About Supergirl

Supergirl has appeared in different incarnations as DC Comics revised and reordered their fictional universes over many years. Kara Zor-El first appeared in Action Comics #252 in 1959, and has been a popular character ever since — even when she died and was replaced by other characters who took on the Supergirl mantle for a time.

New 52 (2011-)

After crash-landing on Earth, Kara Zor-El of Krypton awoke with no knowledge of where she was or how she came to be there. Surrounded by hostile strangers speaking an alien language, Kara believed herself to be all alone on a strange world. A man wearing her family’s insignia appeared, impossibly claiming to be her infant cousin Kal-El — whom she’d held in her arms just a few days earlier…

In the current “New 52″ incarnation of DC universe, Supergirl stars in the relaunched Supergirl series and Justice League United and makes regular appearances in the Superfamily books.

Modern Age (2004-2011)

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Kara had been sent to Earth by her parents as Krypton was about to be destroyed, with her escape rocket programmed to follow the trajectory of her infant cousin Kal-El. Her ship became trapped in a meteor formed out of the exploding planet and Kara was kept in suspended animation for three decades before her rocket crashed into Gotham Bay. After being captured by Batman, she awoke to find that her baby cousin had outgrown her and become the world-famous Superman. Kara was eventually reunited with her parents after Superman discovered they had been trapped by Brainiac with other Kryptonian survivors in the bottled city of Kandor.

The animated movies Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and Superman Unbound are adapted from two major comic book storylines from this time period.

Post-Crisis (1988-2003)

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Following the death of the original Supergirl in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC Comics introduced a new Supergirl named Matrix who was a shapeshifting being created from the genetic matrix of another universe’s Lana Lang. She appeared as a minor character in Superman books for a number of years before gaining her own long-running series in 1996.

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In the Supergirl series Matrix merged with a human girl named Linda Danvers. This gave Supergirl a human identity and a new set of family and friends, with references to the Silver Age Kara Zor-El to make her feel familiar to long-time readers. Supergirl/Linda also acquired new powers as an earth-born angel. Linda retired from being Supergirl at the end of her series in 2003, but not before encountering the Silver Age Kara Zor-El in the series’ final six-issue arc.

Silver Age-Bronze Age (1959-1986)

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Kara Zor-El was born on Argo City, which survived Krypton’s destruction intact and protected by a barrier which maintained its atmosphere. When the city’s inhabitants began to fall prey to the deadly Kryptonite radiation emanating from their planetoid, Kara’s father, Zor-El, constructed a rocket for his teenage daughter to escape their city’s doom and her mother, Alura, crafted a Supergirl costume for her. Kara united with her cousin Kal-El on Earth and took on the mantle of Supergirl. In time Kara reunited with her parents after discovering they were still alive, having escaped into the Survival Zone.

A theatrical film based on this version of Supergirl was released in 1984 starring Helen Slater.

Other Versions

The miniseries Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade and the series Tiny Titans and its successor Superman Family Adventures have proven popular with their fun, accessible and iconic stories.

The animated version of Supergirl from Superman Adventures has also made appearances in the comic books set in the DC Animated Universe.

The digital-first series Ame-Comi Girls features an alternate universe of all-female heroes and villains. The series is action-packed and a lot of fun, but Supergirl is turned into Dark Supergirl shortly after her introduction and spends most of her small screen time incapacitated.

Power Girl

Power Girl is Supergirl’s counterpart from the alternate universe world of Earth 2. She’s a few years older than Supergirl and has a more mature and confident persona. Power Girl replaced Earth 2’s Superman when he retired from the Justice Society of America. In the New 52 universe Power Girl’s backstory has been revised (she is the former Supergirl of Earth 2) and she is teamed with the reimagined Huntress (former Robin of Earth 2) in the series Worlds’ Finest.

Power Girl has her own website at Power-Girl.org

Kara Zor-El is Superman’s teenage cousin from Argo City, which survived Krypton’s destruction intact and protected by a barrier which maintained its atmosphere. When the city’s inhabitants began to fall prey to the deadly Kryptonite radiation emanating from their planetoid, Kara’s parents Alura and Zor-El constructed a rocket for their teenage daughter to escape their city’s doom. Kara reunited with her cousin Kal-El on Earth and took on the mantle of Supergirl. In time Kara reunited with her parents after discovering they were still alive, having been trapped by Brainiac with other Kryptonian survivors in the bottled city of Kandor.