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Created by Jerry Siegel and John Forte

The Original Universe


Real Name: Tenzil Kem
Occupation: Politician
Homeworld: Bismoll
Space Sector: 3493
Race: Bismollians
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Rall Kem (father); Mitz Kem (mother); Renkil Kem (brother)
Group Affiliation(s): Legion of Super-Heroes
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 150 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #303/2 (December 1962): "The Fantastic Spy"
Creators: Jerry Siegel and John Forte


Tenzil Kem was born on the planet Bismoll in the latter half of the 30th century, with the native Bismollian power to eat virtually anything. Upon hearing about the Legion of Super-Heroes, he moved to Earth and applied for membership. Taking the name, Matter-Eater Lad, he served a long and uneventful career as a Legionnaire before being drafted into politics on Bismoll. He resigned from the Legion and represented his planet in the Senate. He temporarily came out of retirement and ate the robotic Miracle Machine, saving the Legion in the process. The elements in the machine reacted violently with his intestinal tract and he went crazy. He was cured by Brainiac 5 and is now the President of Bismoll.


For a definitive list of appearances of Matter-Eater Lad in chronological order click here


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #15 (May 1986)

Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #4 (August 1988)
Who's Who in the DC Universe #9 (May 1991)