First Appearance
Action Comics #1 (June 1938)
Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster
Kryptonian Science Council
Super strength, super speed, flight, super breathe, arctic breathe, super stamina, heat vision, x-ray vision, super hearing, longevity, invulnerability, microscopic vision, telescopic vision, Scientific Genious
Played by
Marlon Brando, David Warner, François Giroday, Terence Stamp, Tom Welling

Jor-El is a fictional character from the Superman comic books, published by DC Comics. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster, he first appeared in Action Comics #1 as Superman's biological father.

Jor-El is a Kryptonian, and the husband of Lara Lor-Van. He is a scientist and leader on the planet Krypton before its destruction. Jor-El foresaw the planet's fate, but was unable to convince his colleagues in time to save their race after his appeals. He was able to save his infant son, Kal-El, sending him in a homemade rocketship to Earth just moments before Krypton's demise. After constructing his Fortress of Solitude, Superman honored his deceased biological parents with a statue of Jor-El and Lara holding up a globe of Krypton.

Jor-El is usually portrayed as closely resembling the later appearance of Kal-El as the adult Superman. In the 2006 Richard Donner cut of Superman II (actor Marlon Brando did not appear in the original 1980 release of the film), Lex Luthor notes a resemblance between Jor-El and Superman.

Played ByEdit

Marlon BrandoEdit

David WarnerEdit

François GirodayEdit

Terence StampEdit

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Tom WellingEdit

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