and Martha Kent (née Clark)
, often referred to as "Ma"
and "Pa" Kent
, are fictional characters
published by DC Comics
. The Kents are the adoptive
parents of Superman
. They live in the rural town of Smallville, Kansas
. The couple is usually portrayed as being either late middle aged
. In most versions of Superman's origin story, Jonathan and Martha were the first to come across the rocket that brought the infant Kal-El
, with their adopting him shortly thereafter, renaming him Clark Kent
— "Clark" being Martha's maiden name
The Kents are usually portrayed as caring parents who instill within Clark a strong sense of morals
, and they encourage Clark to use his powers for the betterment of humanity. In most continuities Martha is also the one who creates Clark's superhero costume.
In DC Comics
continuity before John Byrne
's 1986 reboot
of the Superman story, the Kents die shortly after Clark's high school
#161 (May 1963) In the current comics' continuity, they both remain alive even after Clark becomes an adult. As a couple, the Kents were important supporting characters until Pa Kent's recent death during an attack by the supervillain Brainiac
#870 (December 2008) Ma Kent remains a major supporting character in Superman comics.
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