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Jonathan Joseph 'Pa' Kent (DC)(02 - post-Crisis)

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With the John Byrne Man of Steel miniseries in 1986, both elder Kents were de-aged by a decade or so, and kept alive deep into his career as Superman. Much of the mentoring we saw Jonathan Kent (02) give to Superboy are, in current continuity, lessons given from a mid 50s Jonathan to an adult Clark. He's been given further definition in the current version by his contrast with Martha, who tends to be portrayed as a more modern, more free-thinking woman, with echoes of Lois and/or Chloe Sullivan.

For maybe the first time since the character's original inception in 1939, he also has a role to play with other players in the broader DCU--not only (Kon-El) Superboy and both 21st century versions of Supergirl, but also some members of the Justice League. Perhaps more so than his wife, Martha Kent (II), there is a very close relationship between his persona in comics and that of the actor playing him on the television series, Smallville. It is unclear which way the causal arrow is pointing on this phenomenon though. Is actor John Schneider secretly reading current comics for cues? Are the Smallville writers, led by influential Superman writer, Jeph Loeb, simply giving Schneider scripts which offer a more direct translation of his comics counterpart? Or are Superman writers and artists fans of Schneider's work and "look"? Whatever the case, the similarities between Smallville's Jonathan Kent and DC's "Jonathan Kent" have been increasingly close for the first half of the first decade of the 21st century.


First Appearance: The Man of Steel (1986) #1

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Issue Appearances:
A DC Universe Christmas (2000)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (2009)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Adventures of Superman [I] (2013)
Adventures of Superman [II] (2013)
Amazons Attack (2007)
Batman (1940)
Batman & Superman: World's Finest (2000)
Batman And Superman: World's Finest (1999)
Batman Sonderband (2004)
Batman: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive (2003)
Booster Gold (2007)
Chronos (1998)
DC Comics Colección Novelas Gráficas (2016)
DC Comics Presents: Batman - Blink (2011)
DC Comics Presents: Legion of Super-Heroes (2011)
DC Comics Presents: Robin War 100-Page Super Spectacular (2016)
DC Comics Presents: Supergirl/Superman (2012)
DC Comics Presents: Superman (2010)
DC Comics Presents: Superman - The Kents (2012)
DC Comics Presents: Superman/Doomsday (2011)
DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC Universe Holiday Bash (1997)
DC Universe Special: Superman (2008)
DC Universe: Last Will and Testament (2008)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DCU Halloween Special 2010 (2010)
DCU Holiday Special (2009)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Final Night (1996)
General Mills Presents: Justice League (2011)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Icon (1993)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
JLA Secret Files (1997)
JLA: Classified (2005)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JLA: Secret Origins (2002)
JSA: Classified (2005)
Justice League of America, Special (2009)
Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Martian Manhunter (1998)
Marvel Now! Point One (2012)
Power Girl (2006)
Robin: The Teen Wonder (2009)
Rocketeer Adventures (2012)
Secret Origins (1986)
Silver Age 80-Page Giant (2000)
Smallville (2003)
Smallville: The Comic (2002)
Solo (2004)
Sovereign Seven (1995)
Superboy (1990)
Superboy (1994)
Supergirl (1994)
Supergirl (1996)
Supergirl (2005)
Superman (1939)
Superman (1987)
Superman (2002)
Superman (2016)
Superman 10-Cent Adventure (2003)
Superman 80-Page Giant (1999)
Superman 80-Page Giant (2010)
Superman Confidential (2007)
Superman For All Seasons (1998)
Superman For Earth (1991)
Superman Forever (1998)
Superman Legends (2007)
Superman Monster Edition (2003)
Superman Returns Prequel (2006)
Superman Through the Ages (2007)
Superman Y2K (2000)
Superman: Birthright (2003)
Superman: Mon-El (2010)
Superman: New Krypton (2009)
Superman: New Krypton Special (2008)
Superman: Our Worlds at War Secret Files (2001)
Superman: Peace on Earth (1999)
Superman: Secret Files (1998)
Superman: Secret Origin (2009)
Superman: Strength (2005)
Superman: The Kansas Sighting (2003)
Superman: The Last Family of Krypton (2010)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
Superman: The Wedding Album (1996)
Superman: World Of Krypton (2008)
Superman/Batman (2003)
Superman/Batman "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Day" Special Edition (2016)
Supermen of America (2000)
Team Superman Secret Files (1998)
Teen Titans (2003)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The DC Universe by Mike Mignola (2017)
The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2007)
The Death and Return of Superman Omnibus (2013)
The Kents (1997)
The Kingdom (1999)
The Legion (2001)
The Man of Steel (1986)
The New Wave (1986)
The World's Greatest Super-Heroes (2005)
Trinity (2016)
TV Guide Magazine Comic-Con Special (2010)
Wednesday Comics (2009)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
Wonder Woman (1987)
World of Krypton (1987)
World of Smallville (1988)
Young Avengers Megaband (2014)

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