Martha Clark 'Ma' Kent (DC)(02 - post-Crisis)
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Starting with Byrne's Man of Steel revamp, both of the elder Kents weren't quite so old. While still possessed of the same sage moral values that had always been characteristic of their pre-Crisis incarnations, the Kents were deliberately de-aged by a decade or so. The creative team wanted both Kents to play a more active role not only in their new Superman's life, but in the larger events of the DCU. From the late 80s onward, the Kents have relationships with heroes other than their son, appearing well beyond the pages of books exploring their roles in Superman's formative years. They have a part to play in such blockbusters as "The Death of Superman", "Identity Crisis", as well as stories involving anyone wearing a Kryptonian "S" on their chest--whether they're related to their son or not. They are, in a real sense, the moral voice of the larger DCU, now.
Martha Kent's current persona has tended to be influenced by K Callahan's televised portrayal on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and to a perhaps lesser degree by Annette O'Toole's Smallville spin. Perhaps the best summation of the 21st century Martha Kent is someone of the approximate age and looks of O'Toole, who has the open mind and free thinking exemplified in Callahan's performance. She has been seen pursuing many interests beyond the scope of a stereotypical farmer's wife. In the Birthright series, she's shown to be computer literate, with an affection for paranormal web sites. Endlessly searching for anything that might help her boy know more of who he is, it's probably fair to say she's the keeper of what TV's Chloe Sullivan would call a kind of "Wall of Weird".This nouveau Kent couple seems most like a marriage between a farm boy from an old farm family and a city girl attracted to that life, but nevertheless a part of the wider world. As such, it's easier to see how both parents feed different parts of Clark's moral foundations, than perhaps with any other Ma/Pa combination.
First Appearance: The Man of Steel (1986) #1
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