Smallville's Lex Luthor
The History of Smallville
the origins of Lex Luthor
Lana Lang Baby Kal-El
we begin, you must be aware of the fact that there are really 2 main
versions of Lex Luthor in the comic book universe, but in the early years
Lex Luthor had went throught many fazes. In fact at first Lex Luthor
wasn't even bald. At one point he was bald and fat. He eventually would
become the super evil genius who wore the purple looking jump suit we all
know from the Super Friends. This is the version of Lex Luthor that had
ties to Smallville and Clark Kent. But this version was in the good old
days before Superman's origin story was revamped by John Byrne in the
1980's. This was in the day that Superman flew around saving the day as
Superboy in Smallville. Check out the link below for the actual comic book
story ,pictures and all, of how Lex Luthor lost his hair and gained a
terrible hatred for Superman.
the Silver Age Origin of Lex Luthor from the Superman Encyclopedia
The above link will take you the
comic book version of Lex Luthor's origin from the 1975 Superman #
Clark and Lex are shown to be
about same age in this story from Superman # 292. Both were living
in Smallville and going to the same school. Lex and Clark were shown
as friends. And Lex had a full head of hair.
Of course in Smallville, Lex is
a few years older and only comes to Smallville to take over his
In the comic book story Lex
turns to the dark side after Superboy makes a small mistake.
Lex tries to invent a cure for kyptonite to help Superboy. When
Superboy is on his way to visit Lex he sees smoke coming from Lex's
laboratory where Luthor had accidentally dropped a flask and started
a small fire. Superboy blows the fire out with his super
breath but also blows Lex's kryptonite cure all over Lex Luthor.
Thus causing Lex to lose all his hair.
Clark and Lex at school Superman #292
click for larger image of Superman # 292 cover
Super Friends fans may
remember seeing this Lex Luthor origin story on the Challenge of the
SuperFriends Episode "History of Doom"
Lex loses his hair Superman #292
Of course in Smallville's
version its not Clark's fault directly
,but Lex's hair loss is due to one of the meteors crashing to Earth
during Clark's arrival in the rocketship. The meteors were
apparently debris from Krypton's destruction.
Meteor crash near the young Lex
Lex in a cornfield after a meteor
From the pilot episode of Smallville
Lex is much younger in
Smallville's version when he loses his hair, but is only older than
Clark by a few years. Also Lex Luthors father owns a plant in
Smallville but the Luthor's do not live in Smallville. Lex grows up
How does Clark meet Lex
Luthor on Smallvile
Since Lex doesn't grow up in Smallville on the
show he meets Clark by literally running into him with his car.
Clark saves his life and leaves Lex wondering how he himself
survived the car crash over the bridge. This is why he is always so
interested in the Kents and Clark.
Lex running off a bridge after hitting
Comics Current Lex Luthor
Now as to the current version
of Lex Luthor. Since the 1980's revamp, Lex Luthor has been a very rich
business man living in Metropolis. Raised in the "Suicide
Slums" of Metropolis, he used his genius to become
His parents were killed in a
mysterious auto accident, their sizable insurance policy (which
conveniently named Lex as sole beneficiary) brought Lex his first
quarter-million and the chance to be the youngest student to ever
enter MIT. The aggressive young inventor amazed all his teachers and
graduated three years later with a master's degree in science. The
money he soon made from patenting his inventions made him a
billionaire by age twenty. He brought industry and prosperity to
Metropolis, eventually employing two-thirds of the city's work force
among his many companies.
Now in his late forties, Lex
Luthor is generally regarded as a hero. Thanks to his battery of
lawyers and "pet" city officials, it would be nearly
impossible to connect him to any crime. He's careful to keep his
hands clean, delegating the dirty work to subordinates. Lex
learns to hate Superman out of the jealousy of the love of the
people of Metropolis for the hero. He also cannot stand anyone who
cannot control or own.
Lex Luthor President of the United
The vision of Luthor in the White House
The biggest shock of all is the
fact that the current comic book Lex Luthor becomes President of the United
States by using his apparent assistance to the Justice League during
the "Final Night" crisis to help super charge his
campaign. None other than good old Pete
Ross is Luthor's Vice President running mate.
Check out the article from DC
Comics Daily Planet
Luthor took office on January 20, 2001
Lex Luthor President on Smallville
The fact that Lex Luthor becomes President is shown on the episode "Hourglass"
of the first season.
In this episode Lex Luthor visits
Cassandra, an elderly lady with the power to see visions. Cassandra
sees Lex Luthor in the white house. She also sees Lex standing in a
field of large flowers. In the vision Lex reaches out to touch one with
black gloved hand and the flower starts to die and wither away. All the
flowers die and are replaced with a bone yard. Lex just smiles in the
vision and then drops of blood start to pour down out of the sky onto Lex.
The vision is so horrible to Cassandra that the shock kills her.
The Lex Luthor of Smallville is an amalgam of both versions of Lex
Luthor. I personally believe Smallville picks up on the best of the
Superman legend for the most part for
Lex and every other aspect of the show. The fact that Jeph Loeb (
comic book writer) has been working on the show proves that the Smallville
creative team is concerned with staying true to the spirit of the comic
The Big Question
How long before Smallville's Lex Luthor turns evil. He has
already shown signs of turning to the darkside. He apparently has no
problem in lying to protect his own hide, but yet he still seems to
honestly care for his friends the Kents even though Jonathan Kent is
often angry and distrustful of him. Only time will tell. The
Superman story after all has changed since it's very beginning. At
first Superman couldn't even fly. He just leaped from place to place.
Could Lex Luthor's story change? Is it possible that Smallville's Lex
Luthor may not become evil? Probably not. But the suspense keeps us