Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (original); John Bryrne (post-Crisis)

The Original Universe


Full Name: Jonathan Joseph Kent
Identity: Public
Occupation: Farmer
Status: Deceased
Place of Birth: Smallville, KS
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Martha Kent (wife); Clark Kent (adopted son); Sam Kent (father, deceased); Harry Kent (brother, deceased); Sarah Kent (sister-in-law)
Base of Operation: Smallville, KS
Gender: Male
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown, now white
First Appearance: (unnamed) Superman Vol. 1 #1 (Summer 1939); (as John Kent) Superman Vol. 1 #53 (July-August 1948); (as Jonathan Kent) Adventure Comics Vol. 1 #149 (February 1950)
(post-Crisis): Man of Steel #1 (October 1986)
Creators: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (original); John Bryrne (post-Crisis)


Jonathan Kent is the adoptive father of the Kryptonian survivor Kal-El, who is now known both as reporter Clark Kent and as Superman. It was Jonathan and his wife Martha who instilled the moral values into their son Clark Kent which made him the man he is today. He and his wife Martha are generous, loving souls who mean no-one any harm.


For a definitive list of appearances of Jonathan Kent in chronological order click here (1939-2011) and here (2011-present)


Who's Who Update '88 #4 (November 1988)

Who's Who in the DC Universe #1 (August 1990)
Superman Secret Files #1 (January 1998)