Jonathan Kent
Real name: Jonathan Kent
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: grey
Relatives: Martha Kent (wife)
Clark Kent (adopted son)
Affiliations: Farmer
Voiced/Played: Season 1: Olan Soule
Season 3: Stan Jones
Superman: Alan Oppenheimer

Jonathan Kent's Season 3 appearance

Jonathan Kent[1]is from a farming family that lives in Smallville.

He is married to Martha Kent and the adoptive father to Clark Kent.

He is also the owner of the Kent's General Store.

Powers and Abilities

Super Powers



Background Information

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Jonathan was a former race car driver, who is a farmer on a farm just outside of Smallville. After he and Martha find the toddler Kal-El in his rocket, they take him to the Smallville Orphanage and later formally adopt him, naming him "Clark" (this is same in Earth-1A continuity).

They soon discover that Clark possesses a fantastic array of superpowers. Around the time Clark starts school, the Kents sell their farm, and the family moves into Smallville, where they open a general store. During Clark's early grade school years, Jonathan trains young Clark in the use of his superpowers to the best of his knowledge while urging him to keep the use of his powers a secret. He soon takes on the superhero persona of Superboy.

After Clark graduates from high school, Jonathan and his wife Martha take a vacation to the Caribbean Islands, where they contract a fatal and rare tropical disease after handling materials from a pirate's treasure chest they had exhumed; despite Superboy's best efforts, Martha dies, with Jonathan dying soon thereafter.[2] Before dying, Jonathan reminds Clark that he must always use his powers for the benefit of humanity. Clark mourns his parents and moves to Metropolis to attend college.

Jonathan Kent (Adoption), 1988

Jonathan Kent in his Superman, 1988 appearance.


The Adventures of Superboy

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Hanna Barbera’s Super Friends:


Jonathan Kent[3]

Superman, 1988 TV Series:


  • Jonathan Kent first appeared in Superman, Vol. 1 #1[4] (Summer 1939)
  • He was created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian-born artist Joe Shuster.


External Links

Appearances in Other Media

Jonathan Kent
Jonathan Kent was a farmer from Smallville and Superman's adoptive father. He and his wife Martha witnessed the arrival of the Kryptonian spacecraft bearing the infant Kal-El. Jonathan was somewhat apprehensive of the mysterious child, wondering if perhaps the baby might have been launched into space by the Russians.

This version of Jonathan Kent is based on the Justice League animated series produced for the Cartoon Network from 2001-2004.
- Go to DCAU for more on the Jonathan Kent
Jonathan Kent
Jonathan Kent (1961-2006) grew up in the town of Smallville, Kansas. He was the husband of Martha Kent and the adoptive father of Clark Kent, and ran the Kent Farm. Jonathan died of heart failure on January 26, 2006, the night he was elected Kansas State Senator. He is buried in Smallville Cemetery, adjacent to his family’s farm.

This version of Jonathan Kent is based on the Smallville TV series (2001-??) as seen on the CW.
- Go to the Smallville Wiki for more on the Jonathan Kent


  1. Pa Kent is first named Jonathan in Adventure Comics, Vol. 1 #149 (published in February 1950). Issue can be found at the DC Database.
  2. As revealed in Superman, Vol. 1 #161 (May 1963), and Superman, Vol. 1 #163 (September, 1981). Both issues can be found at the DC Database.
  3. As seen in the Filmation series.
  4. Go to DC Database for more on Superman, Vol. 1 #1 (published Summer, 1939)

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