Contessa Erica Alexandra del Portenza
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Little is known about the Contessa del Portenza. While some whisper that she is several hundred years old, these assertions have never been proven. The Contessa and Lex Luthor first met over two decades ago, each impressed with the other's business savvy. When Luthor was in hiding, the Contessa bought controlling interest in LexCorp International and named herself CEO, returning the company to prominence. Upon Luthor's return, the two rekindled their relationship and were married. Soon the Contessa became pregnant. Immediately following Lena Luthor's birth, Luthor held the Contessa prisoner at a private medical facility. Ever resourceful, the Contessa escaped and has been taunting Luthor ever since. Lena Luthor is not the Contessa's only child - she had son, Luca, in the 19th century whom battled Superman at the dawn of the 21st century. It's possible she may have other children scattered all over the world, each gifted with their mother's ruthlessness and mysterious gifts.
First Appearance: Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995) #1
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Action Comics (1938)
#722 Adventures of Superman (1987)
- 'Courageous Intent'#724
- 'Losing Brawl!'
#527 Crossover Classics (1991)
- 'The Return'#535
- 'Love and War'#542
- 'Power Trip!'#543
- 'The Honeymoon's Over'#548
- 'Friends, Lovers, and Strangers!'#552
- 'Control of Power'#554
- 'Children and Monsters!'#555
Secret Files President Luthor (2001)
Silver Surfer/Superman (1996)
Sins of Youth Secret Files (2000)
Sins of Youth: Superman, Jr. & Superboy, Sr. (2000)
#1 Superboy (1994)
- 'The Adventures of Superboy... When He Was a Man!'
#71 Superman (1987)
- 'Prisoners of the Project'#73
- 'Point of No Return!'#74
- 'Game, Set & Match!'
#109 Superman Forever (1998)
- 'The Kill Fee!'#113
- 'To Be a Superman'#123
- 'The Longest Halloween'#131
Superman: End of the Century (2000)
Superman: Secret Files (1998)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
#1 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'Past, Present & Future!'#2
- 'Fighting Back'#4
- 'The World's Mightiest Mortals!'#5
- 'To Have And To Hold?'#7
- 'Hero or Villain?'#8
- 'True Grit'
HC Young Justice: Sins of Youth (2000)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
- 'Justice For All'#2
- 'The Stunning Conclusion'
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