Lara was born on the planet Krypton and became a scientist after reaching adulthood. She fell in love with a fellow scientist named Jor-El, whom she later married. Lara gave birth to a son, Kal-El, in 1979.
Sending Kal-El to Earth
Powers and abilities
- Kryptonian physiology: Like all Kryptonians, Lara's capabilities while exposed to the natural red sun of Krypton were no greater than a normal human of her physical conditioning. However, had she been charged by the energy of a yellow sun metabolizing into her body, Lara would have been able to perform the same superhuman feats as other off-world Kryptonians.
- Genius-level intellect/Master scientist: Lara was highly intelligent, being one of the most renowned scientists on Krypton.
Adventures of Supergirl
Behind the scenes
- Lara Van-El debuted in the Superman comic strip (1939), where she was first named Lora. Her first comic book appearance, after being mentioned in the text novel The Adventures of Superman (1942), where she was named Lara for the first time, was in More Fun Comics #101 (1945).
- In the comics, her full maiden name is Lara Lor-Van, as most depictions of Kryptonian culture show that females use their father's full name as their last names before marriage.