Mad scientist is a caricature of a scientist, described as "mad" or "insane" owing to a combination of unusual or unsettling personality traits and the unabashedly ambitious, taboo or hubristic nature of their experiments. As a motif in fiction, the mad scientist may be antagonistic, benign or neutral; some may have benevolent or good-spirited intentions if their actions are dangerous or questionable, which can make them accidental villains. They are aided by a hunchback lab assistant named Igor; the prototypical fictional mad scientist was Victor Frankenstein, creator of his eponymous monster, who made his first appearance in 1818, in the novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Though the novel's title character, Victor Frankenstein, is a sympathetic character, the critical element of conducting experiments that cross "boundaries that ought not to be crossed", heedless of the consequences, is present in Shelley's novel. Frankenstein was trained as both an alchemist and a modern scientist, which makes him the bridge between two eras of an evolving archetype.
The book is said to be a precursor of a new genre, science fiction, although as an example of gothic horror it is connected with other antecedents as well. The year 1896 saw the publication of H. G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau, in which the titular doctor—a controversial vivisectionist—has isolated himself from civilisation in order to continue his experiments in surgically reshaping animals into humanoid forms, heedless of the suffering he causes. Fritz Lang's movie Metropolis brought the archetypical mad scientist to the screen in the form of Rotwang, the evil genius whose machines had given life to the dystopian city of the title. Rotwang's laboratory influenced many subsequent movie sets with its electrical arcs, bubbling apparatus, bizarrely complicated arrays of dials and controls. Portrayed by actor Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Rotwang himself is the prototypically conflicted mad scientist. Rotwang's appearance was influential—the character's shock of flyaway hair, wild-eyed demeanor, his quasi-fascist laboratory garb have all been adopted as shorthand for the mad scientist "look."
His mechanical right hand has become a mark of twisted scientific power, echoed notably in Stanley Kubrick's film Dr. Strangelove, Or--How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb and in the novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K. Dick. A recent survey of 1,000 horror films distributed in the UK between the 1930s and 1980s reveals mad scientists or their creations have been the villains of 30 percent of the films. Mad scientists were most conspicuous in popular culture after World War II; the sadistic human experimentation conducted under the auspices of the Nazis those of Josef Mengele, the invention of the atomic bomb, gave rise in this period to genuine fears that science and technology had gone out of control. That the scientific and technological build-up during the Cold War brought about increasing threats of unparalleled destruction of the human species did not lessen the impression. Mad scientists figure in science fiction and motion pictures from the period. Girl Genius Fringe science Boffin Crank Creativity techniques Creativity and mental illness Edisonade, a similar trope, about a brilliant inventor, but of positive attitudes List of mad scientists Megalomania Allen, Glen Scott.
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Adventure Comics is an American comic book series published by DC Comics from 1938 to 1983 and revived from 2009 to 2011. In its first era, the series ran for 503 issues, making it the fifth-longest-running DC series, behind Detective Comics, Action Comics and Batman, it was revived in 2009 by writer Geoff Johns with the Conner Kent incarnation of Superboy headlining the title's main feature, the Legion of Super-Heroes in the back-up story. It returned to its original numbering with #516; the series ended with #529, prior to DC's The New 52 company reboot as a result of the Flashpoint storyline. Adventure Comics began its nearly 50-year run in December 1935 under the title New Comics, only the second comic book series published by National Allied Publications, now DC Comics; the series was retitled New Adventure Comics with its 12th issue in January 1937. Issue #32 saw the title changed again to Adventure Comics, which would remain the book's name for the duration of its existence. A humor series, it evolved into a serious adventure series.
In issue #12 when the series was titled New Adventure Comics, Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel introduced the first version of the character Jor-L as a science fiction detective in the far future. The series' focus shifted to superhero stories starting with the debut of the Sandman in issue #40. Other superheroes who appeared in the early days of Adventure included Hourman. A pivotal issue of the series was #103, when Superboy, Green Arrow, Johnny Quick, Aquaman moved from More Fun Comics, being converted to a humor format to Adventure. Starman's and Sandman's series were canceled to make room for the new features, while Genius Jones moved to the comic the new arrivals had just vacated. Superboy became the star of the book, would appear on each cover into 1969. Superboy's popularity in Adventure resulted in the character receiving his own title in 1949, when superhero titles in general were losing popularity. Krypto the Superdog debuted in issue # 210 in a Curt Swan. In issue #247, by Otto Binder and artist Al Plastino, Superboy met the Legion of Super-Heroes, a team of super-powered teens from the future.
The group became popular, would replace "Tales of the Bizarro World" as the Adventure backup feature with #300, soon be promoted to its lead. Lightning Lad, one of the Legion's founding members, was killed in Adventure Comics #304 and revived in issue #312. Issue #260 saw the first Silver Age appearance of Aquaman. In Adventure Comics #346, Jim Shooter, 14 years old at the time, wrote his first Legion story. Shooter wrote the story in which Ferro Lad died – the first "real" death of a Legionnaire – and introduced the Fatal Five; the Legion feature lasted until issue #380. With the next issue, Supergirl migrated from the backup slot in Action Comics to the starring feature in Adventure and ran until issue #424; the series reached its 400th issue in December 1970 and featured a Supergirl story written and drawn by Mike Sekowsky. As of #425, the book's theme changed from superhero adventure to fantasy/supernatural adventure; that issue debuted one new feature along with three non-series stories, the pirate saga "Captain Fear".
The next edition added a semi-anthology series, "The Adventurers' Club". Soon, editor Joe Orlando was trying out horror-tinged costumed heroes such as the Black Orchid, the Spectre. Before long, conventional superheroes returned to the book, beginning behind the Spectre, first a three-issue run of Aquaman and a newly drawn 1940s Seven Soldiers of Victory script. Aquaman was promoted to lead, backing him up were three-part story arcs featuring the Creeper, the Martian Manhunter, bracketed by issue-length Aquaman leads, he was awarded his own title and Superboy took over Adventure with Aqualad and Eclipso backups. Following this was a run as a Dollar Comic format giant-sized book, including such features as the resolution of Return of the New Gods, "Deadman", the "Justice Society of America"; the standard format returned, split between a new Starman named Plastic Man. With an increase in the story-and-art page count, the last four issues included one more run of Aquaman. All three were dropped to make way for a new version of an old feature, "Dial H for Hero".
Issue #490 saw the comic's cancellation. "Dial'H' for Hero" was moved to New Adventures of Superboy as of that series' issue #28. Adventure Comics was soon rescued; as of the September issue it was revived as a digest-sized comic. This format lasted from issues #491–503, with most stories during this period being reprints, with new stories featuring the Marvel Family and the Challengers of the Unknown including a
Superboy is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. A modern variation on the original Superboy, the character first appeared as Superboy in The Adventures of Superman #500, was created by writer Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett. From the character's debut in 1993 to August 2003, Superboy was depicted as a genetically-engineered metahuman clone of human origin designed by Project Cadmus as a duplicate and closest genetic equivalent of Superman; the character was retconned in Teen Titans #1 as a Kryptonian/human hybrid of Superman and Lex Luthor. After DC's The New 52 initiative that relaunched the company's comics continuity in 2011, the character of Superboy was revamped as a clone derived from three DNA sources and designed by Project N. O. W. H. E. R. E. as a recreation of Jon Lane Kent, the biological son of Superman and Lois Lane from a potential future timeline. After the character's death in the Superboy series, Kon-El was replaced by Jon Lane Kent in subsequent stories.
After the events of Superboy #34 Kon-El returns as Superboy again. Kon-El is depicted as a modern incarnation of the original Superboy. Created by writer Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett, the character first appeared in Adventures of Superman #500. After the death of Superman at the hands of a kryptonian monster named Doomsday, Project Cadmus Executive Director Paul Westfield wanted to create a clone replacement of Superman that would follow the agendas of Project Cadmus as well as his own personal agenda. After failed attempts to acquire Superman's DNA, Westfield decided to genetically alter a human clone to look like Superman and made the clone to be the closest human equivalent to a Kryptonian as they could based on their research. During their research when they had Superman's body, Westfield's scientists discovered a bio-electric aura surrounding Superman's body that provided some of Superman's powers such as invulnerability, flight through a form of self-telekinesis, protection from getting dirty and protection from skin-tight clothing to be damaged.
The aura was translated into a telekinetic field for a human that would give the clone the ability to simulate Superman's powers such as flight and strength. This was known as "tactile telekinesis" by the scientists. After twelve failed attempts, the clone known as Experiment 13 was grown from a single cell to a teenage boy in less than a week and was a complete success; the clone was given implanted memories and underwent an artificial maturation process intended to match the age of the original Superman. This clone was released from his cloning tube too early and emerged as a teenager. While at first calling himself "Superman", he would be known as Superboy; when Superboy arrived in Metropolis, he used the name "Superman". While glibly asserting he was the original Superman, he rebuked any insinuation he was the original Superman. In fact, he told anyone; this revelation was first revealed to Lois Lane. This prompts the Kid to turn to another reporter, Tana Moon, who breaks the story live on WGBS.
Three other Supermen emerged simultaneously: "The Man of Tomorrow", "The Last Son of Krypton", "The Man of Steel". After the original Superman's return, Superboy began operating alongside him as an independent hero for a time, refusing to give credence to the idea that he was a "sidekick" of Superman's, he began working as a field agent with Dubbilex and Guardian. After a mission in Paris where they battled the Agenda and meet a supermodel named "Hex", who claims to be Jonah Hex, Superboy meets the new Cadmus Director, new military liaison Col. Adam Winterbourne, one of the new ace scientists, Serling Roquette. Superboy is interested in Serling. A defining moment in Superboy's life would come when Superman asks Superboy to come with him to the Fortress of Solitude. While there, Superboy visits Krypton via virtual reality. After explaining how he considers Superboy part of his family, Superman offers him the Kryptonian name Kon-El. Superboy tearfully accepts, overjoyed with the simple joy of having a real name.
He would accept the name "Conner." After Cadmus was shut down, Superboy had no place to stay. He relocates becoming the "super" at a tenement building called Calvin Gardens. Superman invites him to stay with his parents in Smallville, which he gladly accepted and did for quite some time. Superboy is a founding member of Young Justice, a group of teenage heroes who intended to one day be the next Justice League. Superboy first encountered his future teammate Robin after the latter called Rex Leech requesting Superboy's help in defeating Metallo in Gotham City while Superboy was judging the first "Miss Kryptonite" pageant in Hawaii. While Superboy and Robin defeated Metallo, Poison Ivy takes control of Superboy. Robin follows Poison Ivy to Kauai, where Poison Ivy released vines all over the island. Metallo shows up in Kauai as well and the team of Superboy and Robin defeated them, it was during this that Superboy discovered that he had a weakness to Kryptonite radiation that made him sick in the presence of it as guessed by Professor Hamilton.
He teamed up with future Young Justice member Captain Marvel Jr. against mental projections of Knockout, Chain Lightning, Captain Nazi, Silversword and Captain Marvel. Although Young Ju
Superboy is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. These characters have been featured in five Superboy comic book series, along with other series, such as Adventure Comics and various series featuring teenage superhero groups. Superboy has appeared in various animated and live-action television series. There have been three major incarnations of the character: the young Superman; the first Superboy was Superman as a boy, acting as a superhero in Smallville, where Kal-El lives under his secret identity, Clark Kent. The character was featured in several series from the 1940s until the 1980s, appearing in Adventure Comics and two eponymous series and The New Adventures of Superboy, he developed a mythos and supporting cast of his own, including foster parents Ma and Pa Kent, love interest Lana Lang, time traveling allies the Legion of Super-Heroes. When DC Comics rewrote much of its continuity in 1986, Superman's history was changed so that he never took a costumed identity until adulthood, erasing Superboy from the canonical history of Superman, although many aspects of the backstory created in the Superboy comics, such as Clark's friendship with Lana Lang, remained.
In the last several years, some additional features of Superboy's history, such as his tenure in the Legion of Super-Heroes, have been reintroduced into the story of Superman's youth. The character was adapted into a Superboy television series, which spawned another, short-lived Superboy comic series. A teenage Clark Kent secretly using his powers in heroic acts appeared in the successful TV series Smallville. In 1993, DC introduced a modernized Superboy, a teenage clone, ostensibly of Superman but including human DNA. Superboy becomes known by a Kryptonian name, Kon-El, as Conner Kent, his secret identity as Clark's cousin. Superboy was featured in his own eponymous series from 1994 until 2002, in several series devoted to teenage superhero groups. Conner made his television debut on Smallville, he is featured in the animated series Young Justice. Conner was featured in DC's relaunch of Adventure Comics in 2009, got his own series again in November 2010, which ran until August 2011. A revised version of Kon-El, complete with a new origin, debuted in a Superboy series as part of DC's New 52 launch in September 2011.
In 2016, a new Superboy, Jonathan Samuel Kent, was introduced by DC Comics. Unlike previous versions, this version is the son of Lois Lane. Since 2017, he has co-starred with Robin in the Super Sons comic books. Due to DC Comics’ complex Multiverse, several other versions have appeared over time, with the most notable being the mentally unstable Superboy-Prime, a parallel world-version of Kal-El; the original pitch for a "Superboy" character was made by Jerry Siegel in November 1938. The idea was turned down by Detective Comics, Inc. and the publisher again rejected a second, more detailed pitch by Siegel two years later. Siegel's conception of Superboy was that of a comical prankster, editor Mort Weisinger felt this would have cheapened Superman's image and presented a bad role model for younger readers. After the appeal of kid superheroes had been demonstrated by the success of Robin the Boy Wonder and similar characters, Detective Comics reversed itself in late 1944 and started publishing a Superboy feature, in an effort to expand the Superman franchise by presenting a version of the character to whom younger readers could relate.
Superboy first appeared in More Fun Comics #101. Though Joe Shuster supplied the art, the Superboy feature was published without the input or approval of Jerry Siegel, serving in World War II; this fact increased an already-growing rift between Siegel and Shuster. In early 1946, Superboy moved to Adventure Comics, where he debuted in issue #103 as the lead feature for the anthology comic, he remained the headlining feature for over 200 issues. Stories in Adventure Comics treat Superboy as a junior version of Superman. To that end, he wears the Superman costume and his alter ego Clark Kent wears glasses as a disguise for his civilian identity. Superboy is the superhero of Clark's hometown of Smallville and grows up under the guidance of his foster parents, Ma and Pa Kent. Superboy's adventures in Adventure Comics include the story of how he was reunited with his pet superdog, Krypto; the popular Legion spun off from Superboy into its own feature, which debuted in Adventure Comics #300. The feature soon dominated the comic and forced out original Superboy features, with the last new Superboy story appearing in #315.
Superboy continued to appear in the comic in reprinted stories and as a member of the Legion until the Legion's final issue, Adventure Comics #380. Four years after his debut, Superboy became only the sixth DC superhero to receive his own comic book when Superboy #1 was published; the series became the first new DC superhero title to succeed since World War II. Superboy saw the debuts of the first Superbaby story, of Clark's two closest friends: Lana Lang, who serves as a romantic interest for Superboy. Other notable stories to appear in Superboy include the story of the first Bizarro and the first appear
Supergirl is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The original and most well known Supergirl is Kara Zor-El, the cousin of the superhero Superman; the character made her first appearance in Action Comics #252 and was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino. Created as a female counterpart to Superman, Kara Zor-El shares his super powers and vulnerability to Kryptonite. Supergirl plays a supporting role in various DC Comics publications, including Action Comics and several comic book series unrelated to Superman. In 1969, Supergirl's adventures became the lead feature in Adventure Comics, she starred in an eponymous comic book series which debuted in 1972 and ran until 1974, followed by a second monthly comic book series titled The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl, which ran from 1982 to 1984. Due to changing editorial policy at DC, Supergirl was killed off in the 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths. DC Comics subsequently rebooted the continuity of the DC Comics Universe, re-establishing Superman's character as the sole survivor of Krypton's destruction.
Following the conclusion of Crisis on Infinite Earths, several different characters written as having no familial relationship to Superman have assumed the role of Supergirl, including Matrix, Linda Danvers, Cir-El. Following the cancellation of the third, 1996–2003 Supergirl comic book series which starred the Matrix/Linda Danvers version of the character, a modern version of Kara Zor-El was reintroduced into the DC Comics continuity in issue #8 of the Superman/Batman comic book series titled "The Supergirl from Krypton"; the modern Kara Zor-El stars as Supergirl in an eponymous comic book series, in addition to playing a supporting role in various other DC Comics publications. Since her initial comic book appearances, the character branched out into animation, film and merchandising. In May 2011, Supergirl placed 94th on IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time. In November 2013, the character placed 17th on IGN's list of the Top 25 Heroes of DC Comics. Superwoman – The first comic to feature a female counterpart to Superman is "Lois Lane – Superwoman", a story published in Action Comics #60, in which a hospitalized Lois dreams she has gained Kryptonesque superpowers thanks to a blood transfusion from the Man of Steel.
She begins her own career as Superwoman, complete with copycat costume. Similar stories with Lois Lane acquiring such powers and adopting the name "Superwoman" periodically appeared later. One such story is in Action Comics #156, in which Lois accidentally gains those powers through an invention of Superman's arch-foe, Lex Luthor. In the story, Lois wears a short blond wig in her crime-fighting identity, giving her an appearance identical to the version of Supergirl after the latter's real name was specified as Kara Zor-El. Supergirl – In Superboy #5 in a story titled "Superboy Meets Supergirl", Superboy meets Queen Lucy of the fictional Latin American nation of Borgonia, she is scholar. Tired of her duties and wanting to enjoy a normal life, Queen Lucy travels to Smallville, where she meets Superboy and soon wins his heart. Superboy puts on a show with her; as Supergirl, Queen Lucy wears a tan dress with Superboy's "S" symbol. Superboy saves her from a scheming minister, she returns to her throne, leaving Superboy to wonder if she thinks of him.
Super-Sister – In the Superboy #78 story titled "Claire Kent, Alias Super-Sister", Superboy saves an alien woman named Shar-La from a life-threatening crash. After he ridicules her driving, Shar-La turns Superboy into a girl. In Smallville, Clark Kent claims to be Claire Kent, an out-of-town relative, staying with the Kents; when in costume, he plays Superman's sister, Super-Sister, claims the two have exchanged places. As a girl ridiculed and scorned by men, he wants to prove. In the end, it is revealed. Superboy learns not to ridicule women. Super-Girl – In Superman #123, Jimmy Olsen uses a magic totem to wish a "Super-Girl" into existence as a companion and helper for Superman. At her insistence, Jimmy wishes the dying girl out of existence. DC used this story to gauge public response to the concept of a new female counterpart to Superman. In the original issue, she has blond hair and her costume is blue and red like Superman's. Early reprints of this story show her with red hair and an orange and green costume to prevent readers from confusing her with the current Supergirl character.
Much the story was again reprinted in its original form. After positive fan reaction to Super-Girl, the first recurring and most familiar version of Supergirl debuted in 1959. Kara Zor-El first appeared in Action Comics #252; the story that introduced the character was drawn by Al Plastino and written by Otto Binder, who had created Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel's sister and female spinoff. Like Supergirl, Mary Marvel was a teen-age female version of an adult male superhero, wearing a costume, identical to the older character's other than substituting a short skirt for tight trousers. Binder created Miss America, a superhero who shared little other than the
Lucy Lane is a fictional supporting character in DC Comics. She is the younger sister of Lois Lane, one of several characters who has assumed the Superwoman identity. Maureen Teefy portrayed her in the 1984 movie Supergirl, Peyton List in the television series Smallville and Jenna Dewan in the series Supergirl. Lucy Lane was created by Curt Swan, she was introduced in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #36. She is the daughter of Ella and Sam Lane, the younger sister of Lois Lane. In the Silver Age stories, Lucy was presented as an airline stewardess, an on-again, off-again romantic interest of Jimmy Olsen. Lucy's Silver Age appearances revolved around Jimmy's various attempts at romancing her; the character was believed to have died in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane #120 but was revived in a story in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #160. Lucy was reintroduced into DC Comics' continuity in The Man of Steel #5. Lucy was an air traffic controller, but became affected by a mysterious blindness, cured as a side-effect of the destruction of a Bizarro clone.
Lucy had a brief relationship with Jimmy Olsen. After many encounters with super-villains such as Sleez and becoming a vampire bride, she started dating African-American Daily Planet staff member Ron Troupe; when Lucy became pregnant, her conservative father was enraged although Lucy explained "There's not a racist bone in Daddy's body. He hates all his daughters' beaus." Sam Lane overcame his anger when Lucy and Ron were married and their child was born. After a long disappearance from the principal storylines, Lucy Lane returns in the one shot Superman: New Krypton, her past with Ron Troupe is unclear, they are estranged. Her long disappearance is explained by her joining the military, in a desperate, post-mortem attempt to appease her dead father's desire to have a son able to carry on his career in the military. Bitter and angrier than in her former appearances, she still blames Lois for General Sam Lane's apparent death during the war against Imperiex, she thinks Lois broke his heart by putting her love for Superman before her duties as a daughter.
Lucy references her former appearances mentioning her "dating boys in Lois' circle" as failed attempts to live her life through her more successful sister, but she chooses to sacrifice her life and live the military career her father intended for Lois, driving an deeper wedge between the two sisters. Unbeknownst to her, their father is still alive, working with the government. Lucy first appeared as Superwoman in Supergirl #35, her costume a nod to that of the Bronze Age Superwoman Kristin Wells and containing a containment field that simulated Kryptonian powers. Lucy's identity was not revealed until near the story arc's end. During her tenure as Superwoman, she was ordered by her father, General Sam Lane, to kill Agent Liberty, spying on General Lane and Lex Luthor, she attacked Reactron, which tipped off readers that Superwoman was not Kryptonian. Supergirl unmasks Superwoman, accidentally kills her by rupturing the containment field of her suit, causing Lucy's body to contort and explode.
In Supergirl Annual #1 readers are given the current modern backstory of Lucy Lane. In the story, since the moment she was born, has felt overshadowed by her big sister Lois. Lucy always felt that Lois overshadowed her and was more loved by their father. Lucy never blames Lois but she blames her parents Sam and Ella. Feeling that by maybe being closer to Lois her father would pay more attention to her, Lucy moved to the same city but this came at the same time Lois and her father grew apart over Superman. After her father's death, Lucy joined the army. Being a great soldier and a woman, Lucy rose in the ranks. During the Amazon attack on the United States, Lucy was nearly killed by two Amazons but was saved by Codename: Assassin. Awaking in Project 7734, her father is able to convince Lucy to put on the Superwoman suit, which possessed mystical qualities. Although dead, Lucy's remains steal the lifeforce of a man who came too close; when Lucy is recovered by General Lane's forces, they learn that the suit's mystic energies have somehow transformed her into an actual Kryptonian.
Following the War of the Supermen storyline, Lucy is in custody in S. T. A. R. Labs by Kimiyo Hoshi and Gangbuster, who are attempting to remove Lucy's metahuman abilities. After interference by an object that crashes into a Metropolis park, before they leave Lucy's holding cell, it is shown to have cracked. Lucy is visited by her sister Lois, who wants to talk. Lucy is unhelpful as she has given in to insanity. Lois tells Lucy that she is disgusted by her and walks away leaving Lucy in S. T. A. R. Labs custody behind. Although the crack in the cell seemed to hint at Lucy escaping at some point, nothing came of it, once The New 52 was launched, all storylines in progress in DC were dropped in favor of the new continuity. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Lucy Lane is first seen where she was picked up from the train station by Lois after Clark Kent was unable to fulfill his promise to Lois to do it himself. To make up for it, Clark accompanies her, Johnathan Carrol, Morgan Edge to the most expensive restaurant in town but is forced to leave her with the check due to his duties as Superman.
Clark makes it up to her by taking her bungee jumping, an activity which Lucy enjoys. Lucy befri
Superwoman is the name of several fictional characters from DC Comics. Most of them are, like Supergirl, women with powers similar to those of Superman; the name was trademarked by Inc. to prevent competitors from using it. As was the practice, a publication produced for legal purposes was created with the title of Superwoman; the cover was a reproduction of More Fun Comics, with the interior being a reprint of the third issue. The first true appearance of Superwoman was in Action Comics; the first appearance of "Superwoman" in a DC comic is a story in Action Comics #60 by Jerry Siegel and George Roussos, where Lois Lane dreams that she has gained superpowers from a blood transfusion from Superman and launches a career as Superwoman. The theme is revisited in a 1947 Superman comic in which a pair of fraudulent magicians cast a "spell" on Lane, making her believe she has superpowers. Superman is forced to play along with the ruse for a time, using super-speed to invisibly intervene in Lane's adventures, supporting the illusion.
She sports a costume modeled on Superman's before the spell is "broken". A story from Action Comics has Lois gaining superpowers from one of Lex Luthor's inventions and launching a short-lived career as "Superwoman."Later stories sporadically feature tales in which Lois gains superpowers and functioned as a "Superwoman" of sorts, but all of these are, like the 1951 tale, temporary. The powers always wear off by the end of the story. A typical example of this is "The Turnabout Powers" from Superman Family, where the Earth-Two Lois Lane gains powers from her husband through the unexpected effect of an exotic extraterrestrial plant Superman brings into their home; the plant's death reverses the effect. Another example is the Batman/Superman: World's Finest mini-series where Mr. Mxyzptlk transforms Lois into a "Superwoman" with costume and powers. At the end of All-Star Superman #2, Lois Lane is presented with a formula called "Exo-Genes" created by Superman that allows her to have his powers for 24 hours, she became Superwoman.
During her adventures with her new Kryptonian powers, she is wooed by two superhumans named "Samson" and "Atlas", she is captured by a time-Ultrasphinx. Her powers fade away at the end of the day, her costume seems to be the same as that of the Anti-Matter Universe's Superwoman, but in Superman's colors. Both outfits were designed by Frank Quitely. In other pre-Crisis imaginary stories—set outside the main DC continuity within an alternate history or hypothetical future—Lois Lane gains superpowers. In one of these, Sam Lane is a astrophysicist, he discovers that Earth's sun will obliterate the solar system. Sam and his wife Ella place their infant daughter Lois in a starship and send her to Krypton within a "power beam" that enables FTL travel and permanently modifies the baby's molecular biology; this gives Lois super powers. Once there and raised as "Kandi Khan," Lois becomes a zookeeper's daughter in Kryptonville. Like Superman in mainstream DC continuity, Kandi/Lois establishes a superhero career, like Lois and Superman in the mainstream continuity and Kal-El fall for one another.
Like Superman in the mainstream DC continuity, Supermaid was vulnerable to fragments of her perished homeworld. Another imaginary story has Clark Kent and Lois exchange places so that she is from Krypton and Kent is an ordinary human, inquisitive about whether or not Lois Lane was Krypton Girl's secret identity. In 2016, Lois again became Superwoman in the DC Rebirth initiative and appeared as Superwoman in the comic book series Superwoman; the series marks the first ongoing comic book series featuring the Superwoman character. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline and Lana gained superpowers due to the solar energy explosion caused by the death of the New 52 Superman; this results in both Lois and Lana becoming Superwoman with Lois possessing all of Superman's powers, while Lana has the ability to absorb solar energy and release it in other forms. Lois was seemingly killed, in a similar fashion to the New 52 Superman, while fighting a female Bizzaro. A woman from the distant planet of Staryl, Luma Lynai wins the heart of Superman.
Just as Superman derives his powers from a yellow sun, Luma derived her gifts of super-strength and flight from an orange sun. Their romance does not last, as Luma becomes deathly ill under the rays of a yellow sun, Superman cannot leave Earth undefended, she physically resembles an adult Kara Zor-El, with a similar costume, except instead of being blue-and-red with a pentagonal S shield, Luma's costume is white-and-green with a circular S emblem. Superwoman is the name of several fictional characters, who are supervillains appearing in stories published by DC Comics. All are corrupted alternate-universe counterparts of Wonder Woman. Superwoman first appeared in Justice League of America #29 alongside the rest of the Crime Syndicate of America. In 1964, an evil counterpart of Wonder Woman from a parallel universe named "Superwoman" was introduced; this Superwoman was a member of the Crime Syndicate of America, a villainous counterpart of the Justice League of America from the parallel world of "Earth-Three".
Superwoman, like Wonder Woman, was an Amazon, possessed similar powers of super-strength and flight. Unlike most/all other versions, her golden lasso could change shape into any form she desired, including a giant winged serpent; the Crime Syndicate first came to Earth-One when they felt they were becoming too soft as they were receiving no real challenge to their powers and Ultraman disc