Yu-El was a native of the planet, Krypton and lived in the original capital city of Kandor during the latter half of the first Kryptonian millennium. He was the son of Im-El and the brother of Pir-El. Although many of his immediate family members became world renowned statesmen, Yu-El preferred a life of piety and maintained a modest career as a priest of Rao. In Kryptonian year 9852, Yu-El's nephew, Tala-El, approached him along with three dignitaries to ask his assistance in arbitrating a dispute concerning the future of Kryptonian government. Yu-El declared that only Rao possessed the authority to make such a judgment and instructed them to embark upon a task. They were to gather on the Plain of Wanan outside the city of Kandor to wait out an approaching thunderstorm. Each delegate would carry with him a lightning rod, and whoever's rod was not struck by lightning, would cast the deciding vote for the federation. Tala-El won the contest and from that moment on, Kryptonian government evolved as a technocracy. Yu-El continued to serve as a priest of Rao until the time of his passing.
Yu-El possessed no superhuman powers while living under a red sun. Had he existed on a world revolving around a yellow sun, he would have developed physical attributes equitable to that of Superman.
- This version of Yu-El (Earth-One), 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.
- Yu-El's final fate has never been revealed, but it is reasonable to assume that he passed away of natural causes long before the ultimate destruction of Krypton.
- As Yu-El grew older, he required a cane to assist him with walking.
- Yu-El is a great uncle (many generations removed) of Superman. Whether Yu-El sired any children of his own remains unknown.
- 1 Appearances of Yu-El (Earth-One)
- 1 Images featuring Yu-El (Earth-One)
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- Character Gallery: Yu-El (Earth-One)
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