Lex Luthor (DC)(Earth-1 - Pre Crisis)
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Though it would be many years after his first appearance when we discovered the root of animosity between Superman and Lex Luthor (Superboy I was responsible for making his hair fall out), the initial version of the character was a tenacious adversary for Krypton's last son. In many ways a twisted version of his father, Jor-El, the Lex Luthor of Earths 1 and 2 were both mad (but brilliant) scientists. Imagine the genius of Jor-El twisted and used for selfish purposes against Superman, and you have the basic thrust of the character.
The first appearance of the Earth-1 Luthor is a bit tricky, precisely because the first appearance of Superman of Earth-1 is similarly difficult. Thus, the first-appearance considered here as the first encounter with Superboy. It's also the first time Luthor was given a first name. This is significant because the Earth-2 Luthor was never given a first name until shortly before his death in Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Lex Luthor dons his famous green and purple suit for the first time in Superman #282.
Lex Luthor dons his famous green space suit for the first time in Action Comics #544.
Luthor's first name is Alexis Action Comics #512.
First Appearance: Adventure Comics (1938) #271
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80 Page Giant (1964)
#1 Action Comics (1938)
- 'SUPERMAN Annual'#6
- 'SUPERBOY All-Menace Issue!'#11
- 'SUPERMAN The Greatest Superman-Luthor Duels!'#15
- 'The World's Finest Heroes SUPERMAN and BATMAN Together'
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
#558 Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
- 'Another Typical Day'#560
- 'The Super-Rivalry That Rocked Metropolis!'
HC Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
- 'Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López'
#130 Batman Arkham: The Riddler (2015)
- 'The Hand From Nowhere'#291
- 'Where Were You On the Night Batman Was Killed?'#292
- 'The Testimony of the Riddler!'#293
- 'The Testimony of Luthor!'#294
- 'Testimony of the Joker'#380
- 'End of the Bat'
TPB Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
- 'Batman Arkham: The Riddler'
HC Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman (2009)
- 'Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years'
TPB Convergence (2015)
- 'Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman'
HC Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
- 'The God Machine'
#5 Crossover Classics (1991)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#6
- '3 Earths! 3 Deaths!'#9
- 'War Zone'#10
- 'Death at the Dawn of Time'#11
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
#88 DC Comics Presents (1978)
- 'Die Legion der Superhelden: Die grosse Finsternis'
DC Comics Super-Villains: 100 Greatest Moments (2019)
HC DC Sampler (1983)
- 'Highlights from the history of the world's greatest super-villains'
DC Special Series (1977)
#5 DC Super Stars (1976)
- 'Superman Spectacular'#26
- 'Fortress Of Fear'
#10 DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
- 'Presents Strange Sports Stories'
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
HC DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'TPB
- 'DC Universe: Secret Origins'
TPB DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
- 'DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore'
Heroes Against Hunger (1986)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997)
#8 JLA in Crisis Secret Files (1998)
- 'Aus den geheimen Archiven 2'
#1 Justice League of America (1960)
- 'Justice, Chapter One'#4
- 'Justice, Chapter Four'#5
- 'Justice, Chapter Five'#6
- 'Justice, Chapter Six'#7
- 'Justice, Chapter Seven'#8
- 'Justice, Chapter Eight'#9
- 'Justice Chapter Nine'#10
- 'Justice Chapter Ten'#11
- 'Justice, Chapter Eleven'#12
- 'Justice, Chapter Twelve'
#61 La Legion des Super-Heros et les Nouveaux Jeunes Titans (1984)
- 'Operation: Jail the Justice League!'#116
- 'The Kid Who Won Hawkman's Wings!'#128
- 'Death-Visions of the Justice League!'#129
- 'The Earth Dies Screaming!'#154
- 'I'll Kill You In Your Dreams!'
#17 Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
- 'Titans: Les cendres aux cendres!'
#300 Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future (2008)
- 'The Future is Forever!'
TPB Legion of Super-Heroes: The Silver Age (2017)
- 'Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future'
TPB vol. 01 Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
- 'Legion of Super-Heroes: The Silver Age Vol. 1'
HC Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
- 'Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years'
#6 Secrets of Haunted House (1975)
- 'Captains Cataclysmic!'
Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents - Superman Team-Ups (2009)
Silver Age (2000)
#1 Silver Age: Showcase (2000)
- 'Pawns of the Invincible Immortal!'
#1 Super DC Giant (1970)
- 'Showcase Presents the 7 Soldiers of Victory'
Super Powers (1984)
#1 Super Powers Collection (1983)
- 'Power Beyond Price!'#2
- 'Clash Against Chaos'#3
- 'Amazons at War'#4
- 'Earth's Last Stand'#4 (Direct Edition)
- 'Earth's Last Stand'#5
- 'Spaceship Earth!'
#1 Superboy (1949)
- 'Lex Luthor'#12
Annual 09 Superman Album (1982)
- 'Villain! Villain! Who's Got The Villain?'Annual 12
- 'Luthor's Ultra-Ego!'#101#112#117#144
- 'The Orphans Of Space!'#145#146
- 'The Story of Superman's Life!'#147
- 'The Legion Of Super-Villains!'#149
- 'The Death Of Superman!'#154
- 'The Underwater Pranks of Mr. Mxyzptlk!'#157#159
- 'Lois Lane, The Super-Maid Of Krypton!'#162
- 'The Amazing Story Of Superman-Red And Superman-Blue!'#164
- 'The Showdown Between Luthor And Superman!'#167
- 'The Team Of Luthor And Brainiac!'#168
- 'Luthor - - Super-Hero!'#170
- 'If Lex Luthor Were Superman's Father!'#172
- 'The New Superman!'#173
- 'The Triumph of Luthor and Brainiac!'#175
- 'Clark Kent's Brother!'#179
- 'The Outlaw Fort Knox!'#194
- 'The Death Of Lois Lane!'#213
- 'The Most Dangerous Door In The World!'#215
- 'Lois Lane... Dead... Yet Alive'#243
- 'The Starry-Eyed Siren Of Space!'#248
- 'The Man Who Murdered The Earth!'#258
- 'Fury Of The Energy-Eater!'#282
- 'Lex Luthor --Super Scalp-Hunter!'#286#292
- 'The Luthor Nobody Knows!'#299
- 'The Double-Or-Nothing Life Of Superman!'#302
- 'Seven-Foot-Two... And Still Growing!'#306
- 'Backward Battle For The Bizarro World!'#363
- 'The Dying Day Of Lois And Lana!'#364
- 'The Sounds That Menaced Metropolis!'#364 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'The Sounds That Menaced Metropolis!'#385
- 'Luthor Rises Again!'#386
- 'Luthor Lashes Back'#386 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Luthor Lashes Back'#400#400 (With UPC)#401
- 'Operation: False Front!'#404
- 'Born To Be Superman!'#404 (Direct Edition)
- 'Born To Be Superman!'#410
- 'Clark Kent- -Fired!'#410 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Clark Kent- -Fired!'#412
- 'Luthor- -Today You Die!'#412 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Luthor- -Today You Die!'#413
- 'Superman - - Your World Is Mine!'#416
- 'The Einstein Connection!'#423
- 'Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, Part One'
#1 Superman and Batman Annual (1974)
- 'Die Saga von Superman-Rot und Superman-Blau'
Superman Extra (1980)
Superman in "The Computer Masters of Metropolis" (1982)
#1 Superman In "Victory By Computer" (1981)
- 'The Computer Masters of Metropolis'
#1 Superman Special (1983)
- 'Victory By Computer'
#3 Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Amazo Means Mayhem!'
nn Superman-Batman (1966)
- 'The Battle of the Century!'
#1972-19 Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
- 'Die gefährlichsten zwanzig Meilen in Gotham City'#1975-21
#83 Superman: The Secret Years (1985)
- 'Shattered Illusions'
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
#23#28#34#42 Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
- 'The Romance Of Superbaby And Baby Lois'#43
- 'Lois Lane - Volunteer Nurse!'#51
- 'The Three Wives Of Superman!'#64
- 'The Lawless Lois Lane!'#65
- 'The Musical Murder of Superman!'
Swamp Thing (1985)
The Adventures of Jerry Lewis (1957)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
nn The Best of DC (1979)
- 'The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition'
#1 The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988)
The Joker (1975)
TPB The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
- 'The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime'#7
- 'Luthor--You're Driving Me Sane!'
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
The Superman Family (1974)
The Superman Story (1983)
TPB Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'The Superman Story'
World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'The Origin Of The Superman-Batman Team!'#100
- 'The Dictator Of Krypton City'#104
- 'The Plot To Destroy Superman!'#117
- 'Super-Batwoman and the Super-Creature'#126
- 'The Negative Superman'#129
- 'Joker-Luthor Incorperated!'#137
- 'Superman's Secret Master'#153
- 'The Clash Of Cape And Cowl!'#167
- 'The New Superman And Batman Team!'#177
- 'Duel Of The Crime Kings!'#183
- 'Supeman's Crime of the Ages!'#189
- 'The Man With Superman's Heart!'#190
- 'The Final Revenge of Luthor!'#238
- 'The Angel With A Dirty Name!'#295
- 'Daughters Of The Moon'
Secret Society of Super-Villains (01-Original)
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