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Martha 'Ma' Kent (01 - Earth-1)

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Made baby Kal-El's play suit from the blankets inside Kal-El's space rocket. When Clark was older she designed his Superboy costume.

Retroactively, "Martha" was the name applied to Earth 1 Superman's human mother. Differentiated from Earth 2's "Mary" Kent in that she was the "adoptive" and not merely "foster" mother of the young Kal-El. Contrary to her Earth 2 counterpart, her death precedes that of her husband.

Somewhat tricky to tell in late 1940's and 1950's comics, prior to the official introduction of the multiverse, whether an issue featuring "Ma Kent" is using Mary or Martha, but a big tip-off is the presence of a costumed Superboy. If Superboy is present, it's definitely Martha. Because a display of uncostumed super powers is not always indicative of the Superboy persona, however, there will probably always be disagreement over the exact issue in which Martha makes her first appearance, but it's sometime in the early 1950s. Jonathan and Martha Kent expired within (apparently) days of each other, as a result of contracting the same rare disease while on vacation in the Caribbean.

ADMIN NOTE: Search for first use of the name "Martha" still under way. If you know, please assist.

When Clark was small the Kent's lived on a farm but when Clark was old enough to attend school they moved to Smallville and opened a General Store. The courtship of Martha and Johnathan is shown in Superman #141.

First Appearance: None listed.

Other Identities:
Martha Clark 'Ma' Kent (DC)(02 - post-Crisis)
Mary Kent (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)

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Issue Appearances:
80 Page Giant (1964)
Action Comics (1938)
Action Comics 80 Years of Superman: The Deluxe Edition (2018)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superboy (2010)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Goes Ape (2008)
DC Super Stars (1976)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (1981)
Four Star Spectacular (1976)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Limited Collectors' Edition (1973)
More Fun Comics (1935)
Roter Blitz (1976)
Secret Origin Mini Comic (1980)
Showcase Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2007)
Superboy (1949)
Superboy (Australian) (1982)
Superboy: The Greatest Team-Up Stories Ever Told (2010)
Superman (1939)
Superman In The Forties (2005)
Superman the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
Superman-Batman (1966)
Superman: The Many Worlds of Krypton (2018)
Superman: The Secret Years (1985)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
The Best of DC (1979)
The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
The Superman Family (1974)
The Superman Story (1983)
The World of Krypton (1979)
Two Guns for Johnny Thunder (1982)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

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