Jonathan 'Pa' Kent (01 - Earth-1)
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While there was some early confusion over his name, "Jonathan Kent" was settled on firmly in Adventure Comics #149 in February 1950, and there's been no dispute since about it since. Because he died relatively early in Earth 2's timeline, almost every pre-Crisis appearance of a character purporting to be "Pa Kent" can be said to be this character. Indeed the bulk of Pa Kent's appearances occurred in the pages of Superboy stories, which is an automatic clue that the story took place on Earth 1. Superboy and Adventure comics often detailed the extent to which Jonathan was a mentor for his young son, showing him actively help young Clark learn how to use each of his powers, as well as helping with the creation of the "bumbling" Clark persona and instilling core moral values into his son. Interestingly this version of the character died, like his Earth 2 counterpart, after his wife, Martha Clark Kent. In other words, this notion of Pa Kent dying of a heart attack and leaving behind a widowed Ma Kent is an entire contrivance of Superman: The Movie and Smallville.
What separates the Earth 1 and 2 Kent deaths from each other is that on Earth 1, 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.
Quite unlike the post-Crisis Earth, both parents died soon after Clark graduated from high school, making them unavailable to the Superman stories of the Silver and Bronze Ages.
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.
Johnathan's father Matthew Kent was a war hero.
The courtship of Martha and Johnathan is shown in Superman #141.
Johnathan has two brothers Burt Kent (Superboy #117) and Kendall Kent (Superboy #119).
First Appearance: None listed.
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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'#507
- 'The Miraculous Return Of Jonathan Kent!'#508
- 'The Secret World Of Jonathan Kent!'#515
- 'This Is My World, And You're Welcome To It!'#538#538 (Canadian Edition)#558
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)
#29 DC Comics Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2011)
- 'Where No Superman Has Gone Before'#50
- 'When You Wish Upon A Planetoid!'#65
- 'Slayer From The Dark Dimension!'
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 Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future (2008)
- 'O! Call Back Yesterday!'
TPB Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
- 'Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future'
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)
#106#128#130 Superman the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
- 'The Town That Hated Superman!'#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!'#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!'#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!'
#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'
#1 The Brave and the Bold (1955)
- 'Year's Best Comics Stories'
#192 The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
- 'You Can Take The Boy Out Of Smallville...'
#1 The Superman Family (1974)
- 'The Most Important Year of Superboy's Life!'#2
- 'The Demon Next Door'#4
- 'Look At Me world.. I'm Astralad!'#5
- 'Secret of the Super-Power failures'#6
- 'Too Big For Smallville'#7
- 'This Planet Is Condemned'#8
- 'Clark Kent Must Die'#9
- 'How To Stamp Out A Superboy'#10#11#12#13
- 'Superboy's Wild Weekend Out West!'#14
- 'Luthor's Power Ploy!'#15
- 'A New Life For The Orphan From Krypton'#16
- 'The Super-Secret Of Smallville'#18#19
- 'Zero Hour For The Kents'#21#23#24
- 'Blind Boy's Bluff'#25
- 'The Man Who Kidnapped Nature'#27#28
- 'Our Son, The Super-Betrayer'#31#33
- 'Kill Superboy... And Conquer'#34#35#36#38#39#40#42
- 'A Blast Of Dyna-Mind'#43
- 'The Forty-Hour Wonder!'#44
- 'The Traps That Are My Mind'#45#46#48
- 'One Super-Power Too Many'#49#50
- 'Dial 'V' For Villain'#51
- 'The Last Time I Saw Smallville!'#52
- 'The Caveman Of Smallville!'#53
- 'To Slay A Superboy'
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 Super Mystery Of Metropolis!'#167
- '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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