Behind the mask is a lot of fun for me. I love looking at old comic books and articles about my favorite heroes and heroines. Hopefully, you’re discovering more about your faves as well. This month we are looking at the mask hiding Kara Zor-El. What will we find that we never knew before? Read on.
The name is not the same:
If you read the August 28 BTM blog on Superman, you’ll remember the odd alliteration for all the Man of Steel’s girlfriends. Apparently in the world of comic books, it extended to his relatives as well. When Kara Zor-El first came to Earth, she took on the name Linda Lee. Later she was adopted by Fred and Edna Danvers and her name became Linda Lee Danvers. Of course we all know her as Kara Danvers on the CW hit series.
Did you know she had a supercat? That’s right. The story goes like this. In an early 1960 edition Supergirl’s cat was exposed to X-Kryptonite, a rare form Supergirl had been experimenting with. Streaky could fly (she even had a little red cape) and she exhibited super-strength, -vision, and -speed, as well as human-level (or maybe even higher) intelligence.
Helen Slater, the actress who played Supergirl in the British movie back in 1984 is playing Kara Danvers’ adoptive mother in the CW series. Her adoptive father is played by Dean Cain, who starred as Superman in Lois and Clark from 1993 to 1997. Also, Teri Hatcher who played Lois opposite Dean Cain in the earlier series, appeared on the CW series as the mother of Mon-El. Wow. The implications are making me a bit dizzy.
Just how old is she?
Supergirl is immortal. Not just super-strong but absolutely indestructible. After being launched into the sun and given up for dead, Supergirl makes a comeback and the readers learn the truth. Our beloved superheroine is immortal. So tell me this—why is she so worried about exposure to Kryptonite?
He did what?
Jimmy Olsen is the real creator of Supergirl. Do you doubt me? A year before the first Supergirl comic appeared, our favorite cub reporter found a magic totem and thought it would be a great opportunity to bring a female version of Superman into existence. Whatever his real reasons for such a decision, the fabricated version (Super-girl) died tragically saving Superman’s life. I guess they didn’t realize she was immortal back then. Or maybe the first Supergirl was from an alternate universe and can one day be reintroduced.
Supergirl and Wonder Woman are sisters. Was that a collective gasp of disbelief? But it’s true. Well, they’re stepsisters anyway. Hippolyta, Wonder Woman’s mom was pretty impressed when Supergirl saved her from danger and offered to adopt her on the spot. Of course Supergirl agreed. After all, who wouldn’t want to live on a beautiful, hidden island with a lot of really-strong and intelligent women calling the shots?
Stay tuned for next month:
So there you have it fans. I hope you’ve learned a tidbit or two about Kara Zor-El. Next month I’ll be digging into yet another superhero’s secrets. What do you think the chances are that I’ll find something new and entertaining to share? I’d bet the Bifrost on it.
Until then remember…You are Born 2Be More.