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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

Other Identities:
Martha 'Ma' Kent (01 - Earth-1)
Mary Kent (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)

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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)
American Heroes (1991)
Batgirl (2000)
Batman (1940)
Batman & Superman: World's Finest (2000)
Batman And Superman: World's Finest (1999)
Batman: Bruce Wayne: Fugitive (2003)
Blackest Night (2009)
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps (2010)
Blackest Night: Superman (2009)
Booster Gold (2007)
Chronos (1998)
Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes (2010)
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: Superman (2010)
DC Comics Presents: Superman/Doomsday (2011)
DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC Premium (2001)
DC Universe Holiday Bash (1997)
DC Universe Special: Superman (2008)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DCU Holiday Special (2009)
Detective Comics (1937)
Final Night (1996)
Grandes Autores de Superman: John Byrne (2014)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Icon (1993)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Jimmy Olsen (2011)
JLA Secret Files (1997)
JLA: Classified (2005)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JLA: Secret Origins (2002)
JSA: Classified (2005)
Justice League of America (2006)
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)
Man and Superman 100-Page Super Spectacular (2019)
Martian Manhunter (1998)
Millennium Edition:... (2000)
Power Girl (2006)
Privilège Semic (1990)
Robin: The Teen Wonder (2009)
Rocketeer Adventures (2012)
Secret Origins (1986)
Silver Age 80-Page Giant (2000)
Smallville: The Comic (2002)
Solo (2004)
Sovereign Seven (1995)
Superboy (1990)
Superboy (1994)
Superboy [I] (2011)
Supergirl (1994)
Supergirl (1996)
Supergirl (2005)
Superman (1939)
Superman (1987)
Superman [BRA] (2002)
Superman [POL] (1990)
Superman 10-Cent Adventure (2003)
Superman 80-Page Giant (1999)
Superman 80-Page Giant (2010)
Superman 80-Page Giant 2011 (2011)
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 Special (1987)
Superman Through the Ages (2007)
Superman Y2K (2000)
Superman, el Hombre de Acero (1987)
Superman: Birthright (2003)
Superman: Mon-El (2010)
Superman: New Krypton (2009)
Superman: New Krypton Special (2008)
Superman: Nightwing and Flamebird (2010)
Superman: Peace on Earth (1999)
Superman: President Lex (2003)
Superman: Secret Files (1998)
Superman: Secret Origin (2009)
Superman: Strength (2005)
Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2004)
Superman: The Kansas Sighting (2003)
Superman: The Last Family of Krypton (2010)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Man of Steel (2003)
Superman: The Man of Steel (2006)
Superman: The Man of Tomorrow (1995)
Superman: The Wedding Album (1996)
Superman: World Of Krypton (2008)
Superman/Batman (2003)
Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey (1994)
Team Superman Secret Files (1998)
Teen Titans (2003)
Teen Titans Giant (2018)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The DC Universe by John Byrne (2017)
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 Man of Steel (1986)
The New Wave (1986)
The World's Greatest Super-Heroes (2005)
Wednesday Comics (2009)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
Wonder Woman (1987)
World of Smallville (1988)
Young Heroes in Love (1997)

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