We Finally Understand Supergirl's Bizarre History

  • Published: 07 October 2019
  • Even by the standards of superhero comics, Supergirl's long history is truly weird. From her ill-fated romances to being obliterated from existence and replaced by a blob of protoplasm that used to sleep with Lex Luthor, here are the most unbelievably bizarre pieces of Supergirl's buck wild history.

    The single weirdest thing about Supergirl might be that she didn't show up for a full 20 years after the creation of Superman. Despite introducing Superboy in 1944 and Krypto the Superdog in 1955, DC Comics wouldn't get around to even attempting Supergirl for another three years after that.

    When they finally did get around to this whole "Super-Girl" thing, she was originally introduced as a one-off character. Not only was this version not Superman's cousin, she actually died at the end of the story, and was never seen again. The first version, the one with the hyphen in her name, showed up in 1958's Superman #123, when Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen found a magic genie belt and wished her into existence. After a few encounters in which she and Superman kept getting in each other's way, Super-Girl wound up exposing herself to Kryptonite and then begging Jimmy to end her hellish existence. Pretty dark.

    Despite her unfortunate end, this Super-Girl served as a prototype for the Girl of Steel that would be introduced the following year after readers responded well to the idea. Like Super-Girl, Kara's relative inexperience with her powers would be a frequent plot point, and visually, they were almost indistinguishable. Super-Girl's costume was not only similar to what readers would see, it's virtually identical to the one Melissa Benoist would wear on the Supergirl TV show almost 60 years later.

    In 1959, Action Comics #252 told the story of "The Supergirl From Krypton," and introduced readers to Supergirl for real. This time, it was Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin whose family had survived the destruction of Krypton when their home, Argo City, was blasted into space as a single intact chunk of the planet. Unfortunately, the explosion turned Argo City into Kryptonite, poisoning the inhabitants and leading Zor-El to follow in his brother's footsteps by packing his kid into a rocket and shooting her to Earth. Keep watching the video because we finally understand Supergirl's bizarre history!

    #Supergirl #Arrowverse

    The prototype | 0:17
    The Supergirl From Krypton! | 1:29
    That boy's a horse | 2:38
    Supergirl: The Movie | 3:38
    Crisis on Infinite Earths | 4:48
    The Ghost of Kara Zor-El | 5:38
    Enter: the Matrix | 6:28
    Who is Power Girl? | 7:46
    Angels on fire | 9:19
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Comments • 248

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Do you like Supergirl or Power Girl better as a character?

    • wilomica
      wilomica  2 days back

      I am looking forward to Power Girl coming in when Crisis concludes on the CW network. Melissa had a good run but it's time for new blood.

    • lincolneagle
      lincolneagle  3 days back

      Supergirl Melissa Benoist was a perfect choice to play her on the CW show.

    • David Jacobson
      David Jacobson  6 days back

      Like them both. They’re completely separate characters. Not copies. Shortsighted to think one is really better than the other.

    • Pui Chi   Ung
      Pui Chi Ung  1 weeks back

      I like both. For incarnations of Supergirl I didn't like the matrix version or the version of matrix merged with a dying Linda Danvers.

    • Syneca Wilson
      Syneca Wilson  1 weeks back

      Power Girl looks stronger. She looks like she can really kick a$$...

  • Dani
    Dani  21 hours back

    My brain hurts

    • wilomica
      wilomica  2 days back

      I can sum up Supergirl's history in one sentence. Some of her writers were hacks! There, not so hard to understand after all! ;) :p :D

      • CharmingRogue
        CharmingRogue  3 days back

        Superman (~1980): She's my cousin

        Superman (Post-crisis): I think she had sex with the devil or something, and a ton of other weird shit. It's cool. She's cool. It all makes sense, trust me.

        Superman (Now): She's my cousin.

        • Denise F
          Denise F  3 days back

          Oof. Golden Age Superman was so... cringy! People who like to call him a "boyscout" Really should see his earliest versions. I honestly, didn't really care much for him until the 90s. XD
          Also The Supergirl Movie... was baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. Like... so bad. I watched it nearly over decade after it came out at around 12 years old and even I was like: "Oh god this is so stupid." When you can't impress a tween girl with a hero she can identify with, you know it's crap.

          • CosmicJoe`sLife
            CosmicJoe`sLife  4 days back

            Gotta hate her long pants now. Black nylons and dress 👗 were sexy. Also hate Batwoman. Batgirl FTW

            • SKY ONE
              SKY ONE  2 days back

              What a sad pervert you must be. Guess what majority of fans and the cast love the new suit. Don't like then that's your problem.

            • flipk
              flipk  3 days back

              They are the same

          • the big mower guy
            the big mower guy  5 days back

            i think that all these Supergirls are from different and the main one is from earth 38

            • David Jacobson
              David Jacobson  6 days back

              Brainiac 5 is not a cyborg. 12 level intellect.

              • Roland Taylor
                Roland Taylor  7 days back


                • Madness Arcade
                  Madness Arcade  1 weeks back

                  What if Laura’s Kara became power girl

                  • Madness Arcade
                    Madness Arcade  1 weeks back

                    Supergirls adopted mom

                    Not Superman’s

                    • Denise F
                      Denise F  3 days back

                      Yeah, probably just a little slip.

                  • Madness Arcade
                    Madness Arcade  1 weeks back

                    I wonder if the series will ever introduce comet

                    • Madness Arcade
                      Madness Arcade  1 weeks back

                      Except that melissas portrayal has leggings and the belt is more v shaped and her S doesn’t have the yellow like Superman’s

                      • flipk
                        flipk  3 days back

                        I wish the s had yellow

                    • Russell Gray
                      Russell Gray  1 weeks back

                      In a few weeks, there is going to be the TV version of Crisis on Infinite Earths. What are they going to do with this? I suppose they will merge the Supergirl universe into the Flashl+Arrow+Legends of Tomorrow universe.

                      • Crusix Angel
                        Crusix Angel  1 weeks back

                        Wait her first love was....DICK!?

                        • Clan Rocks
                          Clan Rocks  1 weeks back

                          Crusix Angel that was the name of the character in the comics.

                      • Derek Knox
                        Derek Knox  1 weeks back

                        Too many commercials. Don't mind one at the beginning and the end, but not every 3-5 min.

                        • Daniel Bondu
                          Daniel Bondu  1 weeks back

                          Weird but very cool!!

                          • Miranda Cocksgrove
                            Miranda Cocksgrove  1 weeks back


                            • Adrian Thomas
                              Adrian Thomas  1 weeks back

                              Crisis on Infinite Earths caused chaos to the DC Universe for many years, it has lot to answer for!

                              • Adrian Thomas
                                Adrian Thomas  3 days back

                                @flipk I don't think so, for me it just wrecked everything.

                              • flipk
                                flipk  3 days back

                                But it made characters more powerful & interesting like George Perez wonder woman

                              • Ronnie
                                Ronnie  7 days back

                                I hate the crossovers. I don't care about the Arrow or the Legends. I like Barry, but I'm not about to watch The Flash. The stupid crossovers and infinite whatevers just take me out of my way when binging Supergirl. I fucking hate DC.

                            • 04nbod
                              04nbod  1 weeks back

                              Brainiac 5 is not a cyborg. He is just an alien

                              • midnitehour1
                                midnitehour1  1 weeks back


                                • 1mezion
                                  1mezion  1 weeks back

                                  What do they mean when they say we finally understand super girls bizarre history who's is the We he's talking about? I'm still confused I do like the Supergirl TV series

                                  • topnotch97
                                    topnotch97  2 weeks back

                                    and then New 52 comes along and then we have a Supergirl and Power Girl

                                    • Lil Zack
                                      Lil Zack  2 weeks back

                                      What is the background music?

                                      • Muddy Boots
                                        Muddy Boots  2 weeks back

                                        I am scratching my head more now than before. DC has to get a handle of things. Please no more alternate versions of superheroes please.

                                        • Franklin Richardson
                                          Franklin Richardson  2 weeks back

                                          Shit was wack and Im saying it now WB Superbowl is really bad who is wacthing that.

                                          • diana dowie
                                            diana dowie  2 weeks back

                                            Whoever came up with the idea to kill off Supergirl and the original Huntress was stupid.

                                            • diana dowie
                                              diana dowie  2 weeks back

                                              Superman is a jerk because he put and placed Supergirl in an Orphanage.

                                              • Denise F
                                                Denise F  3 days back

                                                Golden age Superman was pretty much a jerk to everyone. (especially Lois)

                                            • SimonJPA Baillargeon
                                              SimonJPA Baillargeon  2 weeks back

                                              I am actually more confused now than I was before. This video is too confusing.

                                              • Jon Davis
                                                Jon Davis  2 weeks back

                                                And still, Power Girl is somewhere out there, with her Earth 2 family (post-Convergence)

                                                • Erin Wegner
                                                  Erin Wegner  2 weeks back

                                                  Did he just say "inspiring" and not "aspiring" when describing Faye Dunaway? Sheesh! Learn grammar!

                                                  • WRECK 215
                                                    WRECK 215  2 weeks back

                                                    You lost me at the beginning 😂😂😂

                                                    • The Disco Stu
                                                      The Disco Stu  2 weeks back

                                                      By the point Supergirl was made, Christopher Reeve hated the producers, the Salkinds, so he refused to appear in Supergirl. Once Supergirl didn't do well at the box office, Reeve took over the film franchise and that's how we all got Superman IV and Nuclear Man.

                                                      • GinsuSher
                                                        GinsuSher  2 weeks back

                                                        This video didn't help at all. If anything, this made me more confused about Supergirl.

                                                        • believeinheroes
                                                          believeinheroes  2 weeks back

                                                          These videos are very frustrating. 10 minutes long, and maybe 30 seconds are spent on what is now the canon version of the history that the title claims to finally understand. Either make it shorter, or focus more on the topic at hand.

                                                          • Timothy Howe
                                                            Timothy Howe  2 weeks back

                                                            It's crazy to think super man just dropped his family on others is what I would have said if I didn't see how he treats his clown. Batman's like" this is ur clown he is as close to a sun u will get and needs ur help" super man: " yeah can't you do it I gotta go get some smokes" flys away. Didn't really say that but might have well.

                                                            • Cristian Reyes
                                                              Cristian Reyes  2 weeks back

                                                              I thought power girl was a clone of Kara that went through age acceleration and ended up older then Kara.

                                                              • 04nbod
                                                                04nbod  1 weeks back

                                                                Athena Wilson Power Girl is the cousin of Earth 2 Superman. The superman who appeared in Action Comics 1

                                                              • Athena Wilson
                                                                Athena Wilson  1 weeks back

                                                                @04nbod I thought Power Girl was the Marvel version of Supergirl when Marvel and DC had a Halloween crossover of...3 issues, I think? Hot Pants and all.

                                                              • 04nbod
                                                                04nbod  1 weeks back

                                                                That was The version they did on Justice League Unlimited called Galatea

                                                            • Nathan Dawson
                                                              Nathan Dawson  2 weeks back

                                                              AD bombardment, sheesh!

                                                              • Numinous123
                                                                Numinous123  2 weeks back

                                                                Jesus. Superman is a jerk.

                                                                • jay mindyah
                                                                  jay mindyah  2 weeks back

                                                                  and this is why i watch anime instead ..

                                                                  • Rajdeep Roy
                                                                    Rajdeep Roy  2 weeks back

                                                                    I thought Supergirl's Brazzer history...🤣

                                                                    • Ultimate Chaos
                                                                      Ultimate Chaos  2 weeks back

                                                                      WhErE We DrOpInG BoYs

                                                                      Superman:The oprhanage

                                                                      • Leorick Girthrie
                                                                        Leorick Girthrie  2 weeks back

                                                                        I like it better when I did not know all of these things.

                                                                        • David Lim
                                                                          David Lim  2 weeks back

                                                                          Finally an Arrowverse relevant video by Looper.

                                                                          Next: We Finally Understand Why They Killed Laurel Lance Off Arrow

                                                                          • Jeffrey Elya
                                                                            Jeffrey Elya  2 weeks back

                                                                            Know what's even weirder??? I think as far as DC's TV shows go, Supergirl has to be one of their biggest flops, which goes to show that the writers still don't know how to properly execute a proper storyline. The biggest problem with Supergirl as far as the TV show goes is the fact that Superman is only in a select number of episodes. Had he had been Kara's principal side-kick, that would've gone over a lot better. That's besides the point that the producers felt they had to be politically correct in tailoring to a group of people who are just as confused as the producers themselves.

                                                                            • SKY ONE
                                                                              SKY ONE  2 weeks back

                                                                              Get bent troll the TV series is great and is the 3rd most watched series on CW and does great in delayed/streaming viewing. Looks like you have some serious anger issues. Also this is a vid about her in the comics not the live action series.

                                                                          • The Bronze Age of DC Comics

                                                                            You forgot Cir-El. Ugh.

                                                                            • Tech Borras
                                                                              Tech Borras  2 weeks back

                                                                              Nice breakdown. I love that she's wearing pants now!

                                                                              • Lin Y
                                                                                Lin Y  2 weeks back

                                                                                OMG LOOK AT POWER GIRLS BOOBIES!!!!