Rocketed to Earth in order to escape a dying planet, Superman has always been known as the Last Son of Krypton. However, it wasn’t long before Kal-El started to produce his own sons and daughters with the ones he loved the most. He left Krypton and became a hero, but he also managed to find a new home and form a family of his own.
Superman has had countless children in various tales over the years. Now, for the first time ever, the Man of Steel has an in-continuity son who also serves as the new Superboy in DC Comics’ Rebirth. After the events of “Superman Reborn” it looks like Jon Kent will be sticking around in mainstream continuity. In celebration, let’s remember the 15 most powerful sons and daughters of Superman.
15. JASON WHITE
In 2006’s “Superman Returns,” Superman… well… returns to Earth after traveling to find the remnants of Krypton. When he tries to reconnect with Lois Lane, he finds that she has married Richard White and had a child with him named Jason White. Her son is presented as a sickly boy with asthma, but throughout the course of the movie, there are hints as to whom his real father might be.
Jason is seen reacting to the presence of Kryptonite, like any Kryptonian would. He also seemingly crushes one of Lex Luthor’s goons with a piano in order to save his mother’s life. It isn’t until the end of the film that we learn for sure that the child is indeed Superman’s son. Sure, he’s been somewhat of a deadbeat dad while flying around in space, but it’s played to be a heartwarming scene where the Last Son of Krypton learns that he has a son of his own. With a new sense of purpose, Superman vows to remain on Earth and protect the innocent once again.
14. JON KENT
Jon Samuel Kent is introduced during the “Convergence” event from 2015 in “Convergence: Superman” #2 by Dan Jurgens. He becomes part of main continuity in “Superman: Lois and Clark,” when the Post-Crisis Superman and Lois Lane become stranded in the Post-Flashpoint universe. He is originally depicted as a young boy who is unaware of who his father truly is until he begins to exhibit Kryptonian abilities in the pages of the 2016 “Superman” Rebirth title by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason.
The new Superboy is a naive 10-year-old boy who possesses superhuman strength, super-breath, and heat vision, but is still unable to fly. Many of his adventures involve learning how to control his powers and become a hero while also understanding responsibility and what it means to be human. He befriends Batman’s son Damian Wayne, and the two currently star in the “Super Sons” spinoff series by Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez.
13. SUPERMAN JUNIOR
There have been multiple iterations of Superman Junior over the years. The original character debuted in “World’s Finest Comics” #154 from 1965, but Bob Haney and Dick Dillin created a new version in “World’s Finest Comics” #215 from 1973, where Superman Junior and Batman Junior came together as the Super Sons. The son of Superman and a human mother, Superman Junior possesses half the strength, endurance and durability of his father. He retains his father’s heat vision, super-breath, and superspeed, though.
Reimagined as angsty teenagers, Superman Junior and Batman Junior rebelled against the legacy of their famous fathers Superman and Batman. In an act of rebellion, the two went off on a road trip to find themselves and learn what they truly believe in. Though they eventually embraced their roles in carrying on everything their fathers had built, it was later revealed that the existence of the Super Sons was all a product of a computer simulation.
12. ADAM KENT
In 2000’s “JLA: Created Equal,” by Fabian Nicieza and Kevin McGuire, the two-part series tells the story of a virus that wipes out most of the male population on Earth. The only survivors are Superman and Lex Luthor. Believing he is a carrier of the virus, Superman exiles himself to space in order to save his unborn son and the other male children that will be created using his Kryptonian DNA. In the meantime, the women of the DC Universe take charge of the planet and Lois Lane gives birth to Adam Kent.
When Superman finally returns years later, he finds that Lex Luthor has poisoned the mind of Adam against the female leaders of the world. Confined to Paradise Island to be trained by the Amazons, Adam Kent leads his superpowered brothers in a revolt against the women he has been made to believe are inferior to men. Superman confronts his son and convinces him to stop fighting.
11. JON KENT (SON OF SUPERMAN)
In the Elseworlds tale “Son of Superman,” written by Howard Chaykin and David Tischman, and drawn by J.H. Williams and Mick Gray, teenager Jon Kent suddenly develops superpowers. When his mother, Lois Lane, tells him that his father, Clark Kent, was actually Superman, who has been missing for 15 years, Jon attempts to follow in his footsteps and goes off to find answers.
In the years since Superman’s disappearance, Lex Luthor has taken control of the Justice League and democracy has died in America. Through a run-in with a terrorist organization, Jon discovers that the Man of Steel is being held in a secret underground facility. He frees his father and it becomes clear that the two don’t see eye-to-eye on a lot of the philosophical beliefs that Superman is traditionally known for. The two must work together to defeat Luthor and set things right in the world once again.
10. CAROL AND JANE KENT
In “Superman: Secret Identity” from 2004, Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen tell the story of Clark Kent, who grows up in a world where superheroes only exist in comic books. Named after the fictional Superman, he mysteriously gains superpowers and starts a secret superhero career based on his namesake. Busiek actually based the story off the Superboy-Prime character, who was developed as the Superman from “our world” in 1985’s “DC Comics Presents” #87.
Playing off the classic Superman similarities, Clark is set up with Lois Chaudhari, but the two fall in love and later marry. Towards the end of the story, we see that Clark has become a successful writer and his twin children, Carol and Jane, develop superpowers of their own. As Superman’s powers begins to fade, he feels comfortable in retirement knowing that his kids will be able to carry on his legacy and continue protecting the world.
The child known as Zod was the son of Lord Superman and Wonder Woman from the Justice Lords universe, created using Kryptonian and Amazonian technology. Developed by Christos Gage and Iban Coello in “Justice League Beyond 2.0” #4, Zod was engineered to be the perfect heir to the throne of Earth. He was stolen by Brainiac and delivered to Jax-Ur to be raised inside the Phantom Zone to use him as a weapon.
Zod is eventually rescued by the Batman Beyond Superman and given a place to live with the Justice League, who name him Superboy. The child has trouble adjusting to life outside of the Phantom Zone, leaving some members of the League to believe he is helping Brainiac. Zod has all the powers of Superman, but also possesses control over technology, which he uses to defeat Brainiac and gain the team’s trust. When he finally meets his parents, he rejects their ideals and wants nothing to do with either of them.
8. JON LANE KENT
First appearing in “Superboy” #19 from 2013, Jon Lane Kent is the son of Superman and Lois Lane from an alternate future. Because of his unstable DNA, Jon seemingly died and the Kents went into seclusion. Little did they know that the villain known as Harvest took Jon’s body to the past, revived him, and used him in his plot to eliminate all metahumans in the world.
It was later revealed that the mainstream Superboy, Kon-El, is actually a clone of Jon Lane Kent and not Superman, like originally believed. Harvest created Kon-El in an attempt to save Jon, but Superboy escaped from N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and became a superhero with the Teen Titans. The two Superboys fought before Jon was able to replace his clone for a time. Kon-El eventually took back his mantle after a fight between every Superboy in the multiverse finally put an end to the evil Jon Lane Kent.
When Superman died during his fight with Doomsday, Project Cadmus created Superboy, who debuted in “Adventures of Superman” #500 from 1993, in an attempt to recreate the Man of Steel himself. When the real Superman returned from the dead, he accepted the clone as part of his family, giving him the name Kon-El. It was later that Superboy would take on the identity of Conner Kent, the cousin of Clark Kent.
Kon-El’s origin was later retconned by Geoff Johns in “Teen Titans” #1 from 2003, where he is the clone of Superman and Lex Luthor. Superboy struggles with the revelation before ultimately overcoming his hidden programming and meeting a heroic end in “Infinite Crisis” #6 from 2006. Kon-El would be brought back to life by the Legion of Super-Heroes in “Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds” in order to stop Superboy Prime. Conner spent time in Smallville before everything was changed in the New 52 and Superman hated his clone.
6. CHRIS KENT
The child born as Lor-Zod is actually the biological son of General Zod and Ursa, who is used by his parents to weaken the Phantom Zone and escape. Though he isn’t exactly related to Superman by blood, the Kents take him in as their own, and it’s clear that Lois and Clark love him like a son. His arrival in “Action Comics” #844 kicked off the “Superman: Last Son” story arc from 2006 that was written by Richard Donner, Geoff Johns and Adam Kubert. Zod’s army escaped the Phantom Zone and attacked Metropolis until Chris Kent returns to the Zone and seals them back inside.
He re-emerged during the “New Krypton” storyline in 2008 as a fully grown adult. He and Thara Ak-Var take on the mantles of Nightwing and Flamebird, where they act as Kryptonian superheroes for a time. Chris channels the abilities of the ancient Kryptonian deity known as Nightwing. He has also been spotted on Earth-16 as the successor to Superman and a member of The Just.
The hero known as Cir-El is introduced in “Superman the 10 Cent Adventure” #1 from 2003 was created by Steven Seagle and Scott McDaniel. She originally operates under the name Supergirl, prompting Superman to investigate who she might be. According to Cir-El, she is the future daughter of Superman and Lois Lane, who has travelled back to the past. After assisting the Superman Family on several occasions, it is discovered that Cir-El is actually a human named Mia.
It is later learned that Brainiac created her by grafting Kryptonian DNA with a human host. He implants her with false memories and sends her out as a host of the Yes virus that will one day help the villain take over the world. Her entire existence was manufactured by Brainiac to help him destroy Superman and completely dominate the human race. In reaction to this information, Cir-El erased herself from existence in order to prevent this dark future from ever taking place.
4. KARA KENT
In John Byrne’s epic “Superman & Batman: Generations,” Superman and Lois Lane have two children. Joel William Kent is exposed to Gold Kryptonite in the womb and is born without powers, but Kara Kent has all the abilities of Superman. She takes the name Supergirl and serves as Superman’s sidekick while hiding her true nature from her non-powered brother. The family decides to keep it a secret from Joel so he doesn’t become jealous of his sister.
Years later she is known as Superwoman and works alongside the current Batman, Bruce Wayne Jr., who plan to marry. Before the wedding takes place, her brother Joel reappears under the influence of Lex Luthor. He had become convinced that Superman purposefully stripped him of his powers so that he would not be able to replace him. Given a serum to gain superpowers, Joel kills his sister before it ultimately kills him in a double cross by Luthor.
3. LARA KENT
Born to Superman and Wonder Woman, Lara Kent was the Supergirl of Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” from 2002. She was raised by Wonder Woman on Paradise Island in order to keep her existence hidden from the corrupted United States government, which would want to control her. At the time, Lex Luthor and Brainiac had secretly taken over the country and Lara was the type of weapon they could have used to reinforce their control over the people.
When Brainiac attacks, Lara finally makes her presence known when she saves her father’s life. Noted for her blue hair, she has all the abilities of Superman and Wonder Woman. She is trained in the ways of an Amazon warrior and looks down on the powerless masses, hoping to take control of the non-superpowered commoners. Superman, Wonder Woman and Lara join Batman’s attack against Brainiac, and they prove to be instrumental in freeing the country from tyrannical rule.
2. ARIELLA KENT
Ariella Kent made her debut in “Supergirl” #1000000 from 1998 as a superpowered six-year-old child in the 853rd century who unknowingly causes massive destruction everywhere she goes. The story of Ariella Kent is also the end of Linda Danvers’ time as Supergirl. When the Pre-Crisis version of Supergirl, Kara Zor-El, shows up on Earth, Linda decides to return to Pre-Crisis Earth in her place. There, she falls in love with Earth-One Superman and the two marry and have a child named Ariella Kent.
When the Spectre tells her that Kara must still be returned to her era, Linda agrees on the condition that he save her daughter. In “Supergirl” #80 from 2003, Linda sends Kara back to “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” where she is fated to die, and then she quits as Supergirl. Ariella, however, is seen wandering around in space. She possesses an incredible amount of powers—including time travel—far surpassing those of Superman and Supergirl.
Thanks to the popularity of “Kingdom Come,” Mark Waid continued the story in “The Kingdom,” which brought many of the characters and concepts from the original story into the mainstream comic book world. When Gog travels through time killing the Man of Steel over and over again, he abducts Superman and Wonder Woman’s baby Jonathan Kent with the intention of raising him to be Magog.
The Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman from the present join forces with their future counterparts from “Kingdom Come” in order to defeat Gog and rescue the child. When Jonathan is saved, the baby slips into Hypertime and is watched over by his future superpowered self, who goes by the name of Hyperman. After Gog is defeated, Jonathan is returned to his parents. The full-grown Hyperman has all the abilities of Superman and Wonder Woman with the added ability to navigate and travel through various timelines known as Hypertime.
That’s our top 15, but is there a Super Son or Daughter that deserves to be on this list? Sound off in the comments.
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