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Real name: Jor-El
Species: Kryptonian
Homeworld: Krypton
Hair: Black
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6'2
Relatives: Lara (wife)
Kal-El (son)
Affiliations: Science Council
Voiced/Played: Season 1: Casey Kasem
Season 3: Stan Jones[1]
1983 Shorts: ??

Jor-El’s Laboratory

Jor-El was an Astro-Scientist on the planet Krypton. He was a member of the Science Council that reported to the Hall of Wisdom. His wife was Lara and his son is Kal-El.

After tremors shook Krypton, Jor-El eventually came to the conclusion that the planet Krypton was soon to explode. But Krypton's council members would not listen to his claims, considering him nothing more than laughingstock. Jor-El built a ship large enough for two, but in the last moment, he and Lara decided to send his son alone to Earth, where he was safe from Krypton's destruction, however, Jor-El was killed along with all the other countless millions of Kryptonians on Krypton.

Background Information

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Jor-El was Krypton's leading scientific genius who lived in Krypton's major city of Kryptonopolis. Shortly after the birth of his son Kal-El, Jor-El discovered a parallel plane of existence which he called the Phantom Zone. He invented a device by which it could be entered, which he called the Phantom Zone Projector. In order to win a seat on the new Kryptonian Science-Council, Jor-El presented his discovery and creation as a consideration for membership on the new Council. Jor-El won the seat and criminals on Krypton would now be banished for a period of time in the Phantom Zone. The Science-Council was based in Kandor, before Brainiac stole Kandor, and the Science-Council.

Destruction was inevitable for Krypton. It would not be long before Krypton would quake for the last time. So Jor-El, realizing he had run out of time, placed baby Kal-El into the experimental space craft. Aware that his son would develop superhuman abilities under a yellow sun, Jor-El devised pills that would restore Kal-El's powers if he ever lost them on Earth, but he was unable to place the box containing the pills in Kal-El's rocket before he launched it. Jor-El launched the rocket with Krypton's last son toward it's destination, Earth.

As the space-craft was soaring toward Earth the planet Krypton exploded. Jor-El amd his wife Lara died, but his son lived on as Superman.


  • Genius capable of inventing and applying extremely advanced technology
  • Gifted philosopher and mentor

Episode Appearances

  1. Season 1: The Planet-Splitter
  2. Season 3: Secret Origins of the SuperFriends
  3. 1983 Shorts: The Krypton Syndrome


  • Jor-El is created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster.
  • In June 1938 (Action Comics, Vol. 1 #1),[2] in the text containing the first account of Superman's origin, Superman's biological father is referred to only as an extraterrestrial "scientist" and his actual name is never stated (or at least what would later be referred to as the "Earth-Two" version of him).
  • In July-August 1948 (Superman, Vol. 1 #53),[3] in a text containing a far more extensive account of Superman's origin, Superman's father is referred to by name as Jor-L (Earth-Two version); for the first time in the chronicles.


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Appearances in Other Media

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Jor-El was one of the planet Krypton's foremost scientists, and the birth father of Kal-El, the future Superman. A brilliant scientist, Jor-El served Krypton's ruling council loyally for many years. At some point, he married Lara, daughter of Councilor Sul-Van. With her, he fathered one son, Kal-El. .

This version of Jor-El is based on the Justice League animated series produced for the Cartoon Network from 2001-2004.
- Go to DCAU for more on the Jor-El
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Jor-El is the Kryptonian biological father of Kal-El, and is now an artificial entity functioning as Clark Kent's guide on Earth. He was born and raised on the planet Krypton. As a young man, Jor-El was sent to Smallville by his father as a Kryptonian rite of passage in 1961. While on Earth, the planet's yellow sun gave Jor-El superhuman powers like any Kryptonian. During his visit, he met the Hiram Kent and fell in love Louise McCallum, the great-aunt of Lana Lang, on June 15, 1961.

This version of Jor-El is based on the Smallville TV series (2001-??) as seen on the CW.
- Go to the Smallville Wiki for more on the Jor-El


  1. Source: Stan Jones' page at
  2. Go to DC Database for more on Action Comics, Vol. 1 #1, published in June, 1938.
  3. Go to DC Database for more on Superman, Vol. 1 #53, published in August, 1948. This issue combines elements of both the Golden Age version of Superman, as well prepares for the revamping of the character for the Silver Age. In the opening story, Superman's birth-parents are known as Jor-L and Lora, whereas later Silver Age versions update their names as Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van.