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

The Original Universe


Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Widowed
Known Relatives: Jonathan Kent (husband; deceased), Clark Kent (adopted son)
Base of Operation: Smallville, Kansas
Gender: Female
First Appearance: (original): Superman Vol. 1 #1 (summer 1939) (as Mary Kent)
More Fun Comics #101 (January-February 1945) (as Martha Kent; pre-Crisis)
(post-Crisis): Man of Steel Vol. 1 #1 (October 1986)
Creators: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (original); John Byrne (post-Crisis)


Martha Clark grew up in Smallville, marrying farmer's son Jonathan Kent. The two of them set up their own farm, and came to adopt an alien child, whom they named Clark, and raised as if their own. Martha has supported her son over the years, and designed the costume he wears as Superman, also having acted as a surrogate mother for others such as Supergirl.


For a definitive list of appearances of Martha Kent in chronological order click here


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

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