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Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superheroine, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976).

Power Girl is the Earth-Two counterpart of Supergirl and the first cousin of Kal-L, Superman of the pre-Crisis Earth-Two. The infant Power Girl's parents enabled her to escape the destruction of Krypton. Although she left the planet at the same time that Superman did, her ship took much longer to reach Earth-Two.

Possessing all standard Kryptonian powers, she is a member of the Justice Society of America and the team's first chairwoman. Power Girl sports a bob of blond hair; wears a distinctive white, red, and blue costume; and has an aggressive fighting style. Throughout her early appearances in All Star Comics, Power Girl was frequently at odds with Wildcat, who had a penchant for talking to her as if she were an ordinary human female rather than a superpowered Kryptonian, which she found annoying.

The 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths eliminated Earth-Two, causing her origin to change; she became the granddaughter of the Atlantean sorcerer Arion. However, story events culminating in the 2005-2006 Infinite Crisis limited series restored her status as a refugee from the Krypton of the destroyed pre-Crisis Earth-Two universe. She was ranked ninth in Comics Buyer's Guide's "100 Sexiest Women in Comics" list.

Power Girl
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAll Star Comics # 58 (January/February 1976)
Created byGerry Conway
Ric Estrada
Wally Wood
(based upon Supergirl by Otto Binder and Al Plastino)
In-story information
Full nameKara Zor-L
SpeciesKryptonian
Place of originKrypton-Two
Team affiliationsJustice Society of America
Justice League
Infinity, Inc.
Birds of Prey
Suicide Squad
Sovereign Seven
PartnershipsHuntress (Helena Wayne)
Notable aliasesKaren Starr, Kara of Atlantis, Nightwing
AbilitiesSuperhuman strength
Superhuman speed
Superhuman endurance
Superhuman agility
Healing factor
Superhuman hearing
Freeze breath
Telescopic vision
Microscopic vision
Heat vision
X-Ray vision
Invulnerability
Flight
Power Girl
Cover art to Power Girl vol.2, #1.
Art by Amanda Conner.
Series publication information
PublisherDC Comics
Schedulemonthly
FormatOngoing series
GenreSuperhero
Publication date
(Vol. 1)
June – September 1988
(Vol. 2)
July 2009 – October 2011
Number of issues4 (Vol. 1)
27 (Vol. 2)
Main character(s)Power Girl
Creative team
Writer(s)Vol. 1:
Paul Kupperberg
Vol. 2:
Jimmy Palmiotti (#1–12)
Justin Gray (#1–12)
Judd Winick (#13–25)
Mathew Sturges (#26–27)
Artist(s)Vol. 1:
Rick Hoberg
Arne Starr
Vol. 2:
Amanda Conner (#1–12)
Sami Basri (#13–23)
Hendry Prasetya (#24–27)
Letterer(s)Vol. 1:
Bob Pinaha
Vol. 2:
John J. Hill (#1–24)
Travis Lanham (#25–27)
Colorist(s)Vol. 1:
Julianna Ferriter
Vol. 2:
Paul Mounts (#1–13)
Sunny Gho (#14–20)
Jessica Kholinne (#16–27)
Collected editions
Power Girl: A New BeginningISBN 978-1401226183
Power Girl: Aliens & ApesISBN 978-1401229108
Power Girl: Bomb SquadISBN 978-1401231620
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