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A list of different Supergirls throughout the years.

Updated on March 27, 2015

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We tend to only think of the Kara Zor-El Supergirl which first appeared in Action Comics #252 back in 1959 but in fact that was not even the first Supergirl. I want to list all of the Supergirls that have appeared over the many long years we have been reading the comics. But first let's have a look at the main Supergirl that we all know and love Kara Zor-El.

Her first appearance.

Kara Zor-El has she appears in her most recent run in the New 52.
Kara Zor-El has she appears in her most recent run in the New 52.
Action Comics #252  1959.
Action Comics #252 1959.

Kara Zor-El

Cousin to the man of steel, Supergirl has all of his same powers. In the beginning Supergirl was kinda meant to serve as a female version of Superman but over time she has become something truly of her own separate from the man of steel even having done things that Superman has never done, for example in the story of "Red Daughter of Krypton" Supergirl joins the Red Lanterns and is using the Red Lantern power ring. This is the main Supergirl that everyone thinks of when the character come to mind but that being the case she was not even the first Supergirl to have appeared there was one that appeared just one year before. that being the case Kara Zor-El is the one and true Supergirl.


Her first and only appearance in Superman 123 1958.
Her first and only appearance in Superman 123 1958.

When Jimmy Olsen met an archaeologist who was studying native american artifacts, he gave him a magical totem that would grant him three wishes when the jewel was rubbed under the light of the full moon. But that is not the point, the point is that good ol jimmy thought he would be a good friend to Superman and give him a girl that he could talk to, so he wished up a Super-Girl. She was without a doubt a kind and nice girl however she often got in the way of Superman's actions. however she did managed to do one thing right when a group of thugs in a single-engine jet dropped a supply of Kryptonite on top of the man of steel, when she saw this she removed the the Kryptonite of the weakened hero, however although she was created from a wish she still carried the same weakness to the radioactive element. Dying she managed to reach jimmy's place where she asked him to undo the wish, which he did before the Kryptonite poisoning could finish her.

Dark Supergirl

A dark immersion of the girl of steel.
A dark immersion of the girl of steel.

Also none as Kara Zor-El II, this Supergirl first appeared in Supergirl Vol 5 #3 December, 2005 and was eventually defeated Supergirl Vol 5 #5 March, 2006. This Supergirl was created when Lex Luthor exposed Supergirl to black Kryptonite. This Supergirl was the evil darkness that resisted deep within Kara's subconscious. Naturally she could do anything that Supergirl could however she had no morale code to hold her back making her a very dangerous foe for anyone to fight. However eventually with some help from Batman, Wonder Woman bind the two Supergirls together with her Lasso of Truth, and it's magic had fused the two Supergirls back together and there was only one once again.

Supergirl matrix

A shape shiftier that took the role for period of time.
A shape shiftier that took the role for period of time.

This Supergirl first appeared in Superman Vol 2 #16 April, 1988.

In an alternate reality (a "Pocket Universe") three Kryptoniancriminals escaped the Phantom Zone, and tried to take over that reality's Earth. There was no Superman in this reality (his younger self, Superboy, having died before the criminals' escape) but there was a Lex Luthor who hadn't gone bad. Using an artificial life form called the "protoplasmic matrix," Lex made a red-headed woman who resembled his true love, the deceased alternate reality Lana Lang, even having Lana's memories due to her synaptic pathways being copied into the creature. This Lex had also patterned her physiology to resemble Superman's, whom he had seen using one of his many inventions to look into the mainstream universe.

Like Superman, the creature was super humanly strong and fast and could fly, but also had the powers of shape shifting, telekinesis, and invisibility. The girl, whom Luthor called Matrix, was given a feminine version of Superman's uniform, shape-shifted into a young blonde woman, and fought the three criminals as "Supergirl"

Power Girl

Supergirl from another time.
Supergirl from another time.

Also known as Kara Zor-L, this Supergirl first appeared in All-Star Comics #58 February, 1976. Power Girl the Earth 2 counterpart to Supergirl having almost the same origin and the exact same power set of Supergirl, however there are some differences. Unlike Kal-L's ship which was designed for fast travel, Kara's "Symbioship" was designed to hold Kara in stasis during her development through the prolonged voyage. In addition, the ship's artificial intelligence had the life experiences and education of a Kryptonian in the form of a virtual reality program wherein she could interact with life-like copies of her parents and fellow Kryptonians. When she landed on Earth, Kara was the age of an adult woman in her early twenties. It later that she choose to go by the title of Power Girl instead of Supergirl.

Supergirl (Helen Slater)

The first time Supergirl appeared in live action in July 19, 1984.
The first time Supergirl appeared in live action in July 19, 1984.

Supergirl is a 1984 British superhero film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. The film was released in the United Kingdom on July 19, 1984 and failed to impress critics and audiences alike Dunaway andPeter O'Toole earned Golden Raspberry Award nominations for Worst Actress and Worst Actor, respectively, However, Slater was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for Best Actress.

Supergirl herself on the other hand. Kara Zor-El (Helen Slater) lives in an isolated Kryptonian community called Argo City, in a pocket of trans-dimensional space. A man named Zaltar (Peter O'Toole) allows Kara to see a unique and immensely powerful item known as the Omegahedron, which he has borrowed without the knowledge of the city government, and which powers the city. However, after a mishap, the Omegahedron is blown out into space. Much to the distress of her parents (Simon Ward and Mia Farrow), Kara follows it to Earth (undergoing a transformation into "Supergirl" in the process) in an effort to recover it and save the city.

See the first live action Supergirl!

Supergirl (Laura Vandervoof)

The second time Supergirl was brought into live action in Smallville in 2007-2008.
The second time Supergirl was brought into live action in Smallville in 2007-2008.

Prior to the seventh season (2007-2008) of the CW's hit show Smallville where she is introduced into the cast and is portrayed by Laura Vandervoort, a woman claiming to be Kara (portrayed by Adrianne Palicki) is briefly introduced in the season 3 finale. It is later revealed her real name is Lindsey Harrison, and had been given false memories and powers by the artificial intelligence of Clark Kent's (Tom Welling) father Jor-El as part of a series of tests. Vandervoort portrays the real Kara, Clark's cousin whose spaceship had been trapped in stasis until the events of the season 6 finale. Much of season 7 is concerned with Kara's attempts to adjust to life on Earth, especially after learning of Krypton's destruction. Her storyline sees her simultaneously become the object of Lex Luthor's (Michael Rosenbaum) obsessions and Jimmy Olsen's (Aaron Ashmore) affections, suffer a bout of amnesia, discover her father's (Christopher Heyerdahl) sinister motives and become a target of evil android Brainiac (James Marsters).

Last Words

As we can see there have been many Supergirls over the years and there will probably be more to come as Supergirl continues her daventures where ever they may take her. however in the end there can only be one Kara Zor-El, unless of course she is from another dimension. Thank you for reading and if you want to chat about Supergirl then leave me a note and I will get back to you untel then enjoy the Girl of Steel.


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      James Hagseth 

      4 years ago

      !! Wow I didn't even think about that! Alright I might be making an editorial change, thanks Jupiter90. Yeah I am not sure just what I am doing wrong as far as followers go but as long as I have loyal readers like then I am happy. Thanks for the comment it means allot to me.

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      4 years ago

      Great hub, mtndewlover! I do enjoy reading your hubs. I'm shocked you don't have more followers. Anyway, there has been numerous versions of the maiden of might through the decades. The first appearance of Supergirl (Kara Zor-El), in the post-crisis era was in Superman/Batman#13; I even thought the film "Superman/Batman: Doomed" was a perfect addition, to the comic. I do wish, you included some of the live action appearances of the Girl of Steel. There was the 1984 film, "Supergirl" starring Helen Slater (the film wasn't very good, I know). And there was Kara Zor-El portrayed by Laura Vandervoort, on Smallville.


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