- For a thousand years, I might as well have already been dead. I... couldn't speak, I couldn't hear... ...and I was so... alone. To have been with you the last few days... to once more be a part of something... thank you all for letting me live again... ...if only for a little while.
- -- Mon-El
- -- Mon-El
Lar Gand was born on Daxam in the 20th century. He was a seeker who studied forbidden lore. Lar discovered the fate of Krypton and tracked down the rocket sent right before the planet exploded. He ended up in Smallville (without memories) and met Clark Kent who thought that they may be brothers (since Lar had spoken something about Krypton and Jor-El, and has displayed powers similar to Clark). Thinking him kin, Clark offered Lar to fashion a temporary name for himself, Mon-El ("Mon" for Monday, the day he came to Earth, "El" for Clark's real name, Kal-El).
After Mon-El and Clark met, Mon-El had dreams featuring glimpses from his forgotten past. He suggests that they may use Kryptonite to confirm if he really is a Kryptonian, and the result was negative. Mon-El instead became affected by the lead box that contained the Kryptonite. He was fatally poisoned, but could now remember his past. He recalled that while he tracked down the path of the rocket, a sunspot storm ruptured his fuel cells, causing him to crash and lose his memory. At his request, Clark put Mon-El in stasis in the Phantom Zone, where he can't be hurt. Clark promised he will find a way to cure him, even if it takes a thousand years.
Years later, Superman encountered Mon-El while they were both trapped in the Phantom Zone . Mon-El has been observing the actions of General Zod and his allies in the Zone, including their base of operations, a prison immune to the timeless phantom effect. He aids Superman in defeating one of Zod's followers within the prison (at the cost of advancing his lead poisoning) before returning to his phantom state and sending Superman back to Earth.
New Krypton and the World Without Superman
When the Kandorians were released on Earth, they trapped most of the villains from Stryker's Island prison in the Phantom Zone. In the process of recovering them, the prison authorities accidentally exposed Mon-El to an attack by the Parasite. Seeking medical attention, he was given a temporary fix for his lead poisoning - a strange bottle with a Legion of Super-Heroes logo and the notice "Drink Me". When Superman left Earth to watch over New Krypton, he left Mon-El in the role of Metropolis' protector. At the suggestion of Martha Kent, Mon-El is using "Jonathan Kent" as a human alias, passing himself off as Clark Kent's cousin from London.
In his human identity, Gand has joined the Science Police plainclothes division. Project 7734 has taken an interest in Mon-El, planning to use him against the other members of the Superman family. Meanwhile, the effects of the anti-lead serum have begun to fade, and it is believed that he will die within a year.
The Legion of Super-Heroes
In the 30th century, Mon-El, was saved from the Phantom Zone by the Legion of Super-Heroes. Brainiac 5, the Legion's resident genius, administered a cure for lead poisoning which allowed him his mobility. With the team, he had many adventures.
He was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone again by the Justice League of Earth. He was freed by the team around the time Superboy-Prime attacked the heroes with an expanded Legion of Super-Villains. However, his time in the Phantom Zone reset his physiology, meaning that Brainiac 5 had to re-administer the anti-lead serum.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
- Solar Radiation Absorption: Born under the influence of Daxam's red sun, the ultra solar rays of Earth's yellow sun can super-energize his brain and five senses to give him other, non-muscular, super-powers, such as super-senses and mental powers, x-ray vision, telescopic vision, microscopic vision, super-hearing, super-memory and super-calculations.
- Invulnerability Also, yellow-sun rays, which only tan Earth people's skin, harden Mon-El's skin like steel. Neither radium rays, nor lightning, nor fire can harm him, making him virtually invulnerable.
- Superhuman Senses
- Enhanced Hearing
- Telescopic Vision
- Microscopic Vision
- X-ray Vision: Ordinary x-rays cannot penetrate Mon-El's body. Mon-El's x-ray vision is either invisible to the eye or glows yellow.
- Heat Vision: Mon-El can survive in the core of Earth's sun, and in fact, he can turn his heat vision up to the "Nth degree", which is many times hotter than the sun's core. His heat-vision glows red.
- Vision Limitation: Mon-El's x-ray vision cannot penetrate lead or lead-lined walls. It also cannot penetrate inertron, the most indestructible substance in the 31st century universe. The heat of his x-ray vision cannot melt lead, unless it is a very thin lining.
- Vulnerability to Magic: Mon-El is also vulnerable to magic.
- Vulnerability to Lead: Unlike Kryptonians, whose super-powers are driven from them by the radioactive remnants of their home world, a Daxamite's major weakness is his vulnerability to lead, which does not exist on their planet. Another difference is that, while Green Kryptonite can eventually kill Kryptonians after prolonged exposure, once it is removed the pain eases and the Kryptonian's strength and powers eventually return to him/her. For Mon-El, any exposure to lead causes pain and weakness permanently, even after he is taken to safety.
- 61 Appearances of Lar Gand (Earth-Prime)
- 12 Images featuring Lar Gand (Earth-Prime)
- 4 Quotations by or about Lar Gand (Earth-Prime)
- Character Gallery: Lar Gand (Earth-Prime)
- Mon-El at dccomics.com
- Lar Gand at Wikipedia.org
- Hero History of Mon-El at Major Spoilers
- Mon-El entry on the Legion World
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