Martha Kent (née Clark) was Superman's adoptive mother.
She and her husband Jonathan witnessed the arrival of the Kryptonian spacecraft bearing the infant Kal-El. Martha fell instantly in love with the baby, and insisted that they keep the child and raise him as their own, in contrast to her husband's wariness. She chose to name the baby Clark, after her maiden name.
Over the years, Jonathan and Martha's loving, supportive parenting instilled in young Clark a strong sense of morality and the importance of helping those in need—thus providing Superman with an essential heroism to match his vast, physical power. During Clark's teenaged years, Martha also showed her heroic side, when she wielded a shotgun to defend Clark from Brainiac, who had traveled back in time to crush Kal-El before he ever became Superman.
Later, after Clark had grown up and started his careers (as a reporter and a superhero) in Metropolis, she suggested that he share some of his story with the public, to assuage their fears (in her words, she said he should avoid being compared to "that nut in Gotham City".)
Martha and her husband would also take in Kara, the last surviving Argoan, who would later become Supergirl. As with Clark, the Kents provided her with a stable home and a loving family. The Kents put it around that Kara was Clark's "cousin", and themselves as her foster uncle and aunt, but Kara still called them "Pa" and "Ma".
Martha also welcomed J'onn J'onzz into her home when Clark brought him along for his annual Christmas visit.
Appearances and references
- "The Last Son of Krypton, Part II"
- "The Last Son of Krypton, Part III"
- "My Girl" (Mentioned Only)
- "Father's Day"
- "The Late Mr. Kent"
- "Warrior Queen" (Mentioned Only)
- "Little Girl Lost, Part I"
- "Legacy, Part I"
- "Girl's Night Out" (Mentioned Only)
- "Far From Home" (Mentioned Only)