Martha 'Ma' Kent (01 - Earth-1)
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Made baby Kal-El's play suit from the blankets inside Kal-El's space rocket. When Clark was older she designed his Superboy costume.
Retroactively, "Martha" was the name applied to Earth 1 Superman's human mother. Differentiated from Earth 2's "Mary" Kent in that she was the "adoptive" and not merely "foster" mother of the young Kal-El. Contrary to her Earth 2 counterpart, her death precedes that of her husband.Somewhat tricky to tell in late 1940's and 1950's comics, prior to the official introduction of the multiverse, whether an issue featuring "Ma Kent" is using Mary or Martha, but a big tip-off is the presence of a costumed Superboy. If Superboy is present, it's definitely Martha. Because a display of uncostumed super powers is not always indicative of the Superboy persona, however, there will probably always be disagreement over the exact issue in which Martha makes her first appearance, but it's sometime in the early 1950s. Jonathan and Martha Kent expired within (apparently) days of each other, as a result of contracting the same rare disease while on vacation in the Caribbean. ADMIN NOTE: Search for first use of the name "Martha" still under way. If you know, please assist.
When Clark was small the Kent's lived on a farm but when Clark was old enough to attend school they moved to Smallville and opened a General Store.
The courtship of Martha and Johnathan is shown in Superman #141.
First Appearance: None listed.
Martha Clark 'Ma' Kent (DC)(02 - post-Crisis)
Mary Kent (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
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80 Page Giant (1964)
#1 Action Comics (1938)
- 'SUPERMAN Annual'#3
- 'Lois Lane'#6
- 'More SECRET ORIGINS'#10
- 'SUPERBOY All-Menace Issue!'#11
- 'SUPERMAN The Greatest Superman-Luthor Duels!'
#158 Adventure Comics (1938)
- 'The Kid From Krypton'#242
- 'The Super-Duel in Space'#247
- 'The Return of Superman's Lost Parents'#275
- 'The Menace of Red-Green Kryptonite!'#283#288
- 'The Man Who Exposed Superman!'#337#365
- 'Superman's Funeral!'#370
- '100 Years...Lost, Strayed, or Stolen!'#399
- 'Superman, You're Dead... Dead... Dead!'#469
- 'The Night Superman Was Buried In Boot Hill!'#494
- 'The Secret Of The Super-S!'#500
- 'The Life Story Of Superman'#515
- 'This Is My World, And You're Welcome To It!'
Adventures of Superboy (2010)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
#560 Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
- 'The Super-Rivalry That Rocked Metropolis!'
HC DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
- 'Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López'
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Goes Ape (2008)
DC Super Stars (1976)
#12 DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
- 'presents... Superboy'
HC Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (1981)
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'TPB
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'
Four Star Spectacular (1976)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
#280 Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
- 'O! Call Back Yesterday!'
HC Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
- 'Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years'
More Fun Comics (1935)
Roter Blitz (1976)
Secret Origin Mini Comic (1980)
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2007)
Superboy (Australian) (1982)
Superboy: The Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told (2010)
Annual 10 Superman In The Forties (2005)
- 'The Day The Cheering Stopped!'#106#128#130
- 'The Town That Hated Superman!'#131
- 'Superman's Future Wife'#132
- 'Superman's Other Life/Future, Super-Hero of Krypton!/The Superman of Two Worlds!'#137
- 'The Two Faces Of Superman!'#141
- 'Superman's Return To Krypton!'#145#146
- 'The Story of Superman's Life!'#152
- 'The Robot Master!'#156
- 'The Last Days of Superman!'#173
- 'The Triumph of Luthor and Brainiac!'#174
- 'Clark Kent's Incredible Delusion!'#175
- 'Clark Kent's Brother!'#230
- 'Killer Kent Versus Super Luthor'#249
- 'The Challenge Of Terra-Man!'#270
- 'The Viking From Valhalla!'#286#296
- 'Who Took The Super Out Of Superman!'#307
- 'Krypton -- No More!'#318
- 'The Wreck Of The Cosmic Hound'#327
- 'The Sandstorm That Swallowed Metropolis!'#327 (Whitman Variant)#328
- 'Attack Of The Kryptonoid!'#362
- 'The Last Days Of Lois And Lana!'#362 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Last Days Of Lois And Lana!'#363
- 'The Dying Day Of Lois And Lana!'#369
- 'Superman's Last Christmas!'#369 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Superman's Last Christmas!'#380
- 'A Mind-Switch In Time!'#380 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'A Mind-Switch In Time!'#381
- 'Whose Super-Life Is It Anyway?'#391
- 'Who Stole The Newswoman Of The Year!'#404
- 'Born To Be Superman!'#420
- '...And We Are The Dreamers Of The Dreams!'
TPB Superman the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
- 'Superman In The Forties'
#1 Superman-Batman (1966)
- 'The Origin of Superman!'
#1970-03 Superman: The Secret Years (1985)
- 'Die gefährlichsten zwanzig Meilen in Gotham City'
#1 The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
- 'Dreams And Schemes And Feeling Proud!'#4
- 'Beyond Terminus'
nn The Best of DC (1979)
- 'The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition'
The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
The Superman Family (1974)
The Superman Story (1983)
TPB The World of Krypton (1979)
- 'The Superman Story'
#3 Two Guns for Johnny Thunder (1982)
- 'The Last Days Of Krypton'
World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'The New Superman And Batman Team!'#285
- 'Deliver Us From Evil!'#289
- 'The Kryll Way Of Dying'#300
- 'A Tale of Two Worlds! or: Planets of Peril'
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