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Jonathan 'Pa' Kent (01 - Earth-1)

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While there was some early confusion over his name, "Jonathan Kent" was settled on firmly in Adventure Comics #149 in February 1950, and there's been no dispute since about it since. Because he died relatively early in Earth 2's timeline, almost every pre-Crisis appearance of a character purporting to be "Pa Kent" can be said to be this character. Indeed the bulk of Pa Kent's appearances occurred in the pages of Superboy stories, which is an automatic clue that the story took place on Earth 1. Superboy and Adventure comics often detailed the extent to which Jonathan was a mentor for his young son, showing him actively help young Clark learn how to use each of his powers, as well as helping with the creation of the "bumbling" Clark persona and instilling core moral values into his son.

Interestingly this version of the character died, like his Earth 2 counterpart, after his wife, Martha Clark Kent. In other words, this notion of Pa Kent dying of a heart attack and leaving behind a widowed Ma Kent is an entire contrivance of Superman: The Movie and Smallville.

What separates the Earth 1 and 2 Kent deaths from each other is that on Earth 1, 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.

Quite unlike the post-Crisis Earth, both parents died soon after Clark graduated from high school, making them unavailable to the Superman stories of the Silver and Bronze Ages.

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. Johnathan's father Matthew Kent was a war hero. The courtship of Martha and Johnathan is shown in Superman #141. Johnathan has two brothers Burt Kent (Superboy #117) and Kendall Kent (Superboy #119).

First Appearance: None listed.

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Issue Appearances:
80 Page Giant (1964)
Action Comics (1938)
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 Presents (1978)
DC Comics Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2011)
DC Goes Ape (2008)
DC Super Stars (1976)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (1981)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future (2008)
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 the Origin of Superman [1966 Golden Record ed.] (1966)
Superman-Batman (1966)
Superman: The Secret Years (1985)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
The Best of DC (1979)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
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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