|Ma and Pa Kent|
|When the first Superman story appeared in Action #1 and again in the first newspaper strips, there was no mention of who found Kal-El's rocket. Or where and how Clark grew up. Just a statement that a passing motorist turned the baby into an orphanage. Presumably he grew up there. However in Superman #1, an elderly couple, the Kents are introduced into the story line. Mary is named on page 1.||When the radio show premiered, the producers changed the origin so that Clark lands on Earth as an adult. But when George Lowther's novel appeared in 1942, he named Clark's foster parents Eben and Sarah, names that were later used in the TV show. Young Clark by Shuster and Boring.|
|The next origin sequence to appear was
in 1944, the first appearance of Superboy. The Kents are once again
||A December 1945 Sunday newspaper sequence also did not name the Kents.|
Edward Cassidy and Virginia Carroll
Frances Morris and Tom Fadden
|In the October 1947 radio serial, "The
Secret Rocket", Clark's father is once again called Eben Kent.
(and his rocket lands in Centerville, Iowa). In the 1948 movie serial Clark's parents are called Eben and Martha Kent!. In the George Reeves TV show, they are once again Eben and Sarah!
|In August 1948, Supermanv#53, Clark's parents are called John and Mary Kent. Story by Bill Finger and Wayne Boring.|
|In May 1949, Pa Kent was called
Silas in Action 132.|
"The Secret of the Kents" by Bill Finger, Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye.
|He finally became Jonathan
Kent in Adventure 149, February 1950, after the Superboy strip had been
running for 6 years!
The Smallville General Store first appeared
in Superboy 6, in January 1950.|
"The Fake Superboy" by Ed Hamilton and John Sikela .
|Ma Kent was called Marthe in Superboy
12 January 1951.
"Superboy's Problem Parents"
art by John Sikela.
|The last major change in the Kents, up
until the late 60's was the decision to give Dad Kent hair in Adventure
198 in March 1954.
"The Super Carnival from Space". Art by Curt Swan and John Fischetti.
|In March 1968, the Kents were rejuvenated
by a mysterious force in Superboy 145.|
Otto Binder, George Papp and Frank Springer