- Before the legend, before the icon, there was a teenager named Clark Kent. These are the stories between the boy he thought he was and the man he is destined to become.
Name: Clark Joseph Kent (Earth name), Kal-El (Kryptonian name)
Occupation: Student, farm boy
Place of birth: Krypton
Legal status: U.S. citizen with no criminal record
Known Relatives: Jor-El (father; deceased), Lara Lor-Van (mother; deceased), Jonathan Kent (adoptive father), Martha Clark Kent (adoptive mother)
Hometown: Smallville, Kansas
History: Long ago, a planet named Krypton orbited the distant red dwarf star Rao. The planetary mass closest to Rao, Krypton was a modest-sized planet with the same mass and volume as Earth.
A planet's geophysical conditions are a greater component of biological evolution on that planet than its environmental conditions. The combined synergistic effect of a planet's particular magnetic field and particular gravity field has a molecular-level influence on organisms that induces specific mutations and genetic variations. Because of that, specific geophysical conditions invariably direct evolution and speciation along and towards a specific pattern of physical development when added with a specific natural selection path caused by specific environmental influences such as a particular atmospheric composition and climate system.
As a consequence, physically identical life forms can evolve on different planets because those planets happen to have both very similar environmental conditions and the same precise gravitational and geomagnetic conditions. It is under those circumstances that on Krypton, a planet environmentally similar and geophysically identical to Earth, evolved a sentient mammalian bipedal species outwardly indistinguishable from anatomically modern humans right down to the exact same morphological traits and range of phenotypical variations. It is only at the cellular level that the real differences between the people of Earth and these 'Kryptonian' humanoids could be determined.
Having evolved under the radiation of a red dwarf star, Kryptonians developed a unique subcellular structure and composition that absorbed radiation from their sun to produce a cellular-level bio-electric aura composed of a unique type of energy that further nourished the Kryptonian body. Although they derived most of their nourishment from the consumption of animal and vegetable matter, the solar energy of the bio-electric aura supplemented their diets. They were, in effect, organic solar batteries.
It was on the planet Krypton that the scientist Jor-El and his wife, Lara Lor-Van were born and died. As a member of the Science Council, Krypton's ruling body, Jor-El discovered the Phantom Zone and many other worlds. He also found out something horrifying: Krypton was in great danger. He predicted that due to internal eruptions, Krypton would soon explode. When he produced his findings, however, he was laughed to scorn. Jor-El was determined to find a way off the planet, and he began to research ways of getting off Krypton.
Jor-El had only one thing to do. He began work on a spacecraft that he hoped could carry his son, Kal-El, through an artificial wormhole to the planet Earth, which he had recently been observing. Jor-El had just enough time to build one small rocket. No sooner than he finished the ship, the time of Krypton's death came. The ground began to shake and Jor-El knew he had to act quickly. Lara and him placed their son, still a toddler, in the ship and targeted it for Earth.
Jor-El ordered them inside while he made the final calculations. There was room in the ship for both Lara and Kal-El. But Lara flatly refused. She told him that their son would have a better chance without her weight. Through his studies, Jor-El also knew that their son would grow strong and powerful on Earth as his cellular structure absorbed the solar radiation of Earth's sun. He told Lara that this would give their son the advantage he would need to survive on Earth. Jor-El then launched the rocket and Lara stepped into his arms. They embraced, watching the ship get smaller and smaller. Then, the world of Krypton exploded after the pressure grew too much for the planet's mantle to contain, transmuting the sum and substance of the dying world into an ore with a radiation that is lethal to Kryptonian physiology.
The tiny spaceship generated a wormhole and traveled through it, covering the fifty light-years that separated Krypton and Earth in a matter of moments. However, hundreds of pieces of Krypton's debris also traveled through the wormhole. The ship crash landed in a wheat field in the rural Kansas town of Smallville while a meteor shower of Krypton's debris rained destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of the town.
While in their farmhouse, Jonathan and Martha Kent heard the ship crash. Intrigued by the chance of being able to find an actual meteorite, the Kents jumped into their truck and drove out to the backfield, where the object had seemed to hit. What they found was a shallow crater and an object that appeared to be a tiny spacecraft. Approaching the craft, Martha thought she saw something moving inside. When Jonathan gingerly reached out to the craft to touch the smooth, egg-like upper section of the craft, it seemed to melt away, revealing a three-year old boy inside. On the ride back to the house, the childless couple discussed what to do with the boy. Martha argued that they should keep him, and Jonathan was hard pressed to think of a reason why they shouldn't. By the time they got home, they had already decided to name him Clark, Martha's maiden name, and raise him as their own son.
As a young child, Clark Kent picked up good values from his loving hard-working parents, learning responsibility in helping with chores around the farm. He also acquired the Kents' love of reading and often derived as much pleasure from sitting under a tree with a book as he did from a fast game of softball. For all intents and purposes, Clark appeared to be just another normal, healthy American boy.
But he was not normal. Just as his genetic father, Jor-El, had calculated, Clark's Kryptonian cells began storing and processing the radiation of Earth's sun. As he grew older, Clark became increasingly stronger and more powerful. The first noticeable consequence of his power came when Clark was 8 years old. Taking a short cut across a pasture, he was trampled by an angry bull, but he sustained no injuries. A few months later, Martha Kent was astounded to see her son casually lift the back end of their pick-up truck to retrieve a ball that had rolled out of reach.
As he entered puberty, Clark discovered that he could see farther and in increasingly greater detail than any of his friends and that he could see through solid objects if he concentrated and he also developed the ability to emit heat from his eyes. At the age of 13 Clark began wearing eyeglasses to help control his vision powers, so he didn't accidentally look somewhere he shouldn't or set something on fire. Even after having learned to control his supervision, he continues to wear the glasses as they make him feel normal, flawed...human.
Aware that their son is in possession of awesome powers far beyond those of mortal men, Jonathan and Martha have raised Clark in virtual isolation, prohibiting him from participating in contact sports. As a result, Clark has the reputation of a gawky nerd, and is extremely self-conscious and full of trepidation about his place in the world. Because of his otherworldly origins, Clark often feels truly alone in the world, like an outsider looking in. Even his best friends Chloe Sullivan - the intrepid investigative reporter for the Smallville High Torch - and straight-talking Pete Ross have long been in the dark about Clark's powers.
Also, Clark struggles with his feelings for the beautiful girl next door, Lana Lang; the girl he worships from afar. Although she feels a strange kinship to Clark, Lana doesn't know much about him, especially that he blames himself for her parents' tragic death in the meteor shower so many years ago. A true beauty and one of the most popular girls in school, Lana dates Smallville's resident heartthrob and high school quarterback, all-around golden boy Whitney Fordman. Clark's yearning to talk to Lana is complicated by the meteor rock that she wears around her neck. Whenever he gets near her, the green stone causes him to become literally weak in the knees.
Clark has also forged a remarkable new friendship with Lex Luthor. Inexplicably bald from exposure to the meteor shower when he was a child, Lex returned to Smallville after college to help turn around the family company's struggling fertilizer plant. After Clark saved Lex's life in a death-defying rescue, the two became friends. Clark looks up to Lex as the big brother he never had, and Lex is surprised that this small-town boy is someone he can actually trust. But the friendship causes tension in the close-knit Kent family, as Jonathan fears Lex may take after his ruthless tycoon father, Lionel Luthor.
Meanwhile, the intervening years since the meteor shower have left Smallville's inhabitants with scars and secrets; some even with unusual traits inherited as a direct result of exposure to the meteor rocks. From the ashes of the tragedy, Clark has grown into an awkward teen. While adolescence always brings its challenges, his transition from boyhood to adulthood is particularly difficult. Clark must struggle to come to grips with his emerging superpowers, and the effects of the meteor rocks, while battling the strange things that have plagued the idyllic Midwest hamlet that is Smallville since the meteor shower.
Someday, he'll master his powers and understand his true calling. For now, Clark Kent just has to get through adolescence.
Powers: Clark Kent's basic cellular anatomy is similar to that of humans. However, being exposed to the powerful radiation of the yellow G2 dwarf star that is the Sun, his solar radiation absorption functions are augmented enough to enhance the strength and properties of his bio-electric aura to a degree that he is endowed with incredible physical abilities.
Because of the presence of the enhanced bio-electric aura, Clark's body has more than simple adhesion and cohesion holding his tissues together as the potency of the bio-electric aura is enhanced to a degree that it has enveloped his entire molecular structure and in turn augments his cellular and molecular binding forces and functions as a protective energetic force field on both a cellular and molecular level to microscopically deflect and repulse any form of matter or energy that could come close to perforating or disrupting any part of his cellular mass, making him completely invulnerable to any form of physical harm or damage.
His cellular bio-electric aura has a set tolerance for how much stress occurs before it reacts energetically in opposition to the external force. The tolerance for how much stress occurs before his tissues counteract it varies according to tissue type. Clark's bones allow virtually no compressional or tensional strain and his fleshy tissues remain supple under soft pressure, but under stress react to restrict any further deformation in shape. Since the strength of his cellular bio-electric aura greatly exceeds the cohesive force of any substance, no ordinary object can puncture his skin.
The invulnerability together with the continual absorption of solar energy providing a constant source of tremendous power in each of Clark's cells in place of a limited source of ordinary biochemical energies allows his musculature to apply force far beyond normal organic capability, enabling him to lift and hold objects that have mass more than a thousand times his own body's mass.
With his cells being permeated by the enhanced bio-electric aura and their binding forces being augmented, they are reinforced in such a way that they are not only protected from external harm, but internal forces as well and therefore operate at levels of metabolic capacity that would destroy the cells of any ordinary organism, which consequently enhances all of his bodily systems to a functional capacity that would be impossible for any ordinary organism. As a result, the enhanced structure of Clark's sensory organs combined with the increased capacity of the nervous system provides for greatly enhanced senses. His visual reception range covers the entirety of the electromagnetic spectrum. Clark's enhanced reflexes, muscular speed, and nervous system grant him incredible mobility and rapid perceptions.
Due to the highly charged nature of his metabolism, his immune system deals with most normal poisons and diseases quickly and with no ill effect. With the exception of Kryptonian meteorite emissions, radiation and similar harmful energies are similarly neutralized.
The combination of Clark's augmented metabolic functions and nervous system with the excess solar energy streams that course along his entire cellular structure enables him to consciously manipulate certain aspects of his body's electromagnetic forces. Specifically, he is able to project raw energy from his body. Most prominently, Clark can project focused beams of high-temperature electromagnetic energy from the surface of his eyes. He emits light along various frequencies in high energy bursts that flash-melts materials in seconds, weaken structural integrity over a smaller area, such as melting the barrel of a gun but leaving the handle untouched. Clark can control his heat vision and direct it wherever he wants to. He directs it with his eyes. Clark can emit the radiation visibly or invisibly at lower settings. This energy has a high visibility profile if emitted at higher levels.
Clark can also 'breathe' out from his lungs a type of energy that will slow down the molecular motion of an object and the moisture immediately around it at such an incredible rate to create ice blocks, as well as freeze objects and opponents.
Because gravitational forces and electromagnetic forces are simply different manifestations of a single universal fundamental force of interaction, his manipulation of his body's electromagnetic forces gives him the ability to manipulate his body's gravitational forces to generate a gravitational lens on the surfaces of his eyes to magnify his vision so that he can focus through atomic structures to literally see through solid matter. Clark has also shown a capacity to use his personal gravity field manipulation ability to levitate by negating any outside gravitational influences around him. However, he has yet to fully utilize the scope of this ability.
Weakness: The fatal flaw in Clark's cellular physiology is the unique radiation given off by the meteor rocks that arrived with him in Smallville. In the most minute amounts, the radiation waveforms and high-energy particles emitted by meteorites can react catastrophically with the very cellular functions that grant him his powers. The briefest contact can inhibit the effects of the bio-electric aura, stripping Clark of his incredible powers, and further begin a fatal poisoning that totally shuts down cellular activity in the affected areas. Prolonged exposure to the meteorites' radiation would eventually kill him. However, the rate of recovery once removed from the emissions is as rapid as the rate of damage, and Clark will be back to normal in under an hour after exposure in optimal conditions. The emissions of the meteorites can be blocked by lead and other super-dense materials.