Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (original); John Byrne (current)

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Lex Luthor; Art by David Finch and Joe Weems
The Original Universe


Aliases: Mockingbird III
Place of Birth: Smallville, Kansas
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Divorced
Known Relatives: Lena Luthor II (daughter; status unknown); Lori Luthor (niece); Lionel Luthor (father; deceased); Lena Luthor (sister); Wallace Luthor (grandfather; deceased); Edna Luthor (great-great grandmother; deceased)
Base of Operation: Metropolis
Group Affiliation(s): Injustice League; Secret Society of Super-Villains; Injustice Gang; Society
Gender: Male
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 210 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Bald (originally red)
First Appearance: (original): Action Comics #23 (April 1940)
{Silver Age version): Adventure Comics #271 (April 1960): "How Luthor Met Superboy"
(current): Man of Steel #4 (November 1986): "Enemy Mine..."
Creators: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (original); John Byrne (current)


A successful, though corrupt, Metropolis businessman and founder of Lexcorp, who "owned" the city until the arrival of Superman, who was able to get the man arrested, though only briefly, for the first time. From that moment, Luthor hated Superman and devoted much of his energies to humiliating, discrediting or killing the hero, though he never succeeded.

Beset with troubles on all sides, Luthor eventually faked his own death, coming back in a cloned body, claiming to be his own son. Believed by most to be a good man, this Luthor romanced Supergirl and often worked in collaboration with the heroes of Earth when the need arose. Although Superman and a few others saw through him, Luthor has managed to keep his name squeaky-clean, so much so that he has now been elected president of the United States of America, a situation which many people find very worrying. However, thus far his leadership has been uncontroversial, and the entire world, in fact, looked to him in the midst of the recent Imperiex crisis.


For a definitive list of appearances of Lex Luthor in chronological order click here


Who's Who: Update '87 #3 (October 1987)

Who's Who Update '88 #2 (September 1988)
Who's Who in the DC Universe #13 (October 1991)
Superman Villains Secret Files #1 (June 1998)
Superman/Batman Secret Files 2003 (November 2003)
Superman Secret Files and Origins 2005 (January 2006)
Superman: Secret Files 2009 (October 2009)