Wir-El was an ancient native of the planet, Krypton, and one of the oldest known patriarchs of the House of El. He was a respected inventor recognized for designing Krypton's first audio-recording sound technology. Wir-El was the progenitor of the Shu-El family line, a direct paternal ancestor of Superman. Wir-El passed away (presumably of natural causes) many years prior to the explosion of Krypton. A statue of Wir-El was erected in the House of El memorial room in New Kandor on the planet Rokyn.

  • This version of Wir-El, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.