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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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Issue Appearances:
80 Page Giant (1964)

Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
Adventures of Superman (1987)
Adventures of Superman: José Luis García-López (2013)
Amazing World of DC Comics (1974)
Batman (1940)
Batman Arkham: The Riddler (2015)
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014)
Batman: The Strange Deaths Of Batman (2009)
Convergence (2015)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crossover Classics (1991)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics Super-Villains: 100 Greatest Moments (2019)
DC Sampler (1983)
DC Special Series (1977)
DC Super Stars (1976)
DC Universe by Alan Moore (2012)
DC Universe: Secret Origins (2012)
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore (2006)
DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories (2005)
Heroes Against Hunger (1986)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
JLA - Die neue Gerechtigkeitsliga Sonderband (1997)
JLA in Crisis Secret Files (1998)
Justice (2005)
Justice League of America (1960)
La Legion des Super-Heros et les Nouveaux Jeunes Titans (1984)
Legion of Super-Heroes (1980)
Legion of Super-Heroes: 1,050 Years in the Future (2008)
Legion of Super-Heroes: The Silver Age (2017)
Lex Luthor: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
Secrets of Haunted House (1975)
Shazam! (1973)
Showcase Presents: DC Comics Presents - Superman Team-Ups (2009)
Silver Age (2000)
Silver Age: Showcase (2000)
Super DC Giant (1970)
Super Powers (1984)
Super Powers Collection (1983)
Superboy (1949)
Superman (1939)
Superman Album (1982)
Superman and Batman Annual (1974)
Superman Extra (1980)
Superman in "The Computer Masters of Metropolis" (1982)
Superman In "Victory By Computer" (1981)
Superman Special (1983)
Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (1976)
Superman-Batman (1966)
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991)
Superman: The Secret Years (1985)
Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane (1958)
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen (1954)
Swamp Thing (1985)
The Adventures of Jerry Lewis (1957)
The Amazing World of Superman, Metropolis Edition (1973)
The Best of DC (1979)
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988)
The Joker (1975)
The New Adventures of Superboy (1980)
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
The Superman Family (1974)
The Superman Story (1983)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
World's Finest Comics (1941)

Group Affiliation(s):
Secret Society of Super-Villains (01-Original)

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