Lara Lor-Van
Lara Lor-Van
First Appearance
Superman Comic Strip (July 1939)
Jerry Siegel Joe Schuster
Super strength, super speed, flight, super breathe, arctic breathe, super stamina, heat vision, x-ray vision, super hearing, longevity, invulnerability, microscopic vision, telescopic vision
Played by
Sussanah York, Kendall Cross, Helen Slater

Lara Lor-Van, usually referred to as simply Lara, is a fictional character who appears in Superman comics published by DC Comics. Lara is the biological mother of Superman, and the wife of scientist Jor-El.

Lara's role in the Superman mythos has varied over the years, with her treatment and emphasis often depending on the decade she was written in. Earlier stories treated Lara in a lesser role compared to her scientist husband; however, stories from the 1970s onwards depict Lara in more prominent roles, with the 2004 miniseries Superman: Birthright as an example of this.

Lara is usually referred to only by her first name. Most depictions of Kryptonian culture show that females use their father's full name as their last names before marriage, and usually use just their first names after marriage. Thus, "Lara Lor-Van" was Lara's full maiden name, as "Lor-Van" is the name of Lara's father.

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 their native planet Krypton.

Played ByEdit

Susannah YorkEdit

Kendall CrossEdit

  • Smallville (series) - Memoria

Helen SlaterEdit

  • Smallville (series) - Lara, Blue