MIKISHAWM's Complete Power Girl Appearances List
current up to Feb. 2001
(John, if you ever want to update this, just give a yell!)
POWER GIRL (Kara Zor-L a.k.a. Karen Starr; Earth-Two):
Adventure Comics # 461-466
All-Star Comics # 58-74
All-Star Squadron # 15, 53
America Vs. the Justice Society # 1, 4
Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew # 15
Crisis On Infinite Earths # 5, 7, 9-12
DC Comics Presents # 38, 56
Infinity, Inc. # 1-7, 9-12, 21-22, 24, 27
Infinity, Inc. Annual # 1
Justice League of America # 147-148, 171-172, 183-185, 195, 207-209, 219-220
Legends of the DCU: Crisis On Infinite Earths # 1
Showcase # 97-99
Who's Who '86 # 18
Wonder Woman (first series) # 274-276, 291-293, 300
POWER GIRL (Kara a.k.a. Karen Starr; current; also see POWER WOMAN: E96):
Action Comics # 650, 670, 690
Adventures of Superman # 463
Adventures of Superman Annual # 4
Aquaman (current) # 23-25, 41
Arion the Immortal # 6
Armageddon: Inferno # 2-4
Armageddon 2001 # 2
Batman 80-Page Giant # 3
Birds of Prey # 12-14, 16-17
Blasters Special # 1
Bloodbath # 1-2
Body Doubles # 3-4
Captain Atom # 34, 38, 50
Doctor Fate # 15
Doom Patrol # 13-14
Eclipso # 16-18
Eclipso: The Darkness Within # 2
Firestorm, the Nuclear Man # 77, 80
Flash (current) # 29-30, 59-61, 69
Green Lantern (current) # 25, 30, 40
Green Lantern: Circle of Fire # 1-2
Green Lantern Corps Quarterly # 6
Green Lantern/Green Lantern # 1
Green Lantern: Mosaic # 16-18
Green Lantern/Power Girl # 1
The Hacker Files # 11
Infinity, Inc. # 25, 30, 39 (flashback), 50-51
Infinity, Inc. Annual # 2 (flashback)
Invasion! # 2
JLA # 27, 39-40
JLA 80-Page Giant # 3
JLA/Titans # 2-3
Justice League America # 32, 53, 55-60, 67, 70, 83, 89-91, 93-97, 101, 105-108, 111-113
Justice League Annual # 3-4
Justice League Europe # 1-10, 13-47, 49-50
Justice League Europe Annual # 1-3
Justice League International (first series) # 24; (second series) 51-52, 54-67
Justice League International Annual # 4
Justice League Quarterly # 1, 3-9, 11, 13
Justice League Special # 1
Justice League Spectacular # 1
Justice League Task Force # 1, 13-15
Justice Leagues: JL? # 1
Justice Leagues: Justice League of Amazons # 1
Justice Leagues: Justice League of Atlantis # 1
Last Days of the Justice Society Special # 1
The New Titans Annual # 5
Peter Cannon -- Thunderbolt # 8-12
Power Girl # 1-4
Secret Files & Origins Guide to the DC Universe 2000 # 1
Secret Origins # 11
Secret Origins Annual # 1
Sovereign Seven # 25-36
The Spectre (third series) # 54
Starman (first series) # 5-6, 17-18, 45
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. # 9
Supergirl (current) # 15-16
Superman (current) # 76
Superman: The Man of Steel # 20
Time Masters # 7-8
War of the Gods # 1-2, 4
Warlord # 116-121
Warlord Annual # 6
Who's Who '87 # 4
Who's Who '91 # 6
Wonder Woman (current) # 61, 77
Zero Hour: Crisis In Time # 3-0
POWER GIRL (Earth-992):
Adventures In the DC Universe # 6
POWER WOMAN (Earth-96):
Kingdom Come # 2-4
Kingdom Come: Revelations (text)
POWER GIRL (variants):
Action Comics Annual # 3
The Flash (current) # 150
Gotham Nights # 2
JLA: Created Equal # 1-2
Justice League International Annual # 5
Lobo # 50
Sins of Youth: JLA, Jr. # 1
The Spectre (third series) # 22
Stanley and His Monster # 1
Superman and Batman: World's Funnest
Supermen of America # 5
Assorted PG info copied from posts on the DC Comics Message Boards:
Originally, Power Girl was the Kryptonian cousin of the Golden Age Superman and was the Earth-Two version of Supergirl (revealed in ALL-STAR COMICS # 58 and elaborated on in SHOWCASE # 97 and 98). After CRISIS, there was only one Superman and it was decided that he would be the lone survivor of Krypton.
1987's SECRET ORIGINS # 11 revealed that Power Girl was actually Kara, born some 45,000 years in the past as the granddaughter of Arion, Lord of Atlantis. When Kara was threatened with bodily possession by Arion's evil brother, Garn Daanuth, Arion sent her through time to the late 20th Century, aging from infancy to her teens en route. Because of Arion's well-intentioned "tampering" with her genetic structure, Kara possessed Superman-like powers.
The account from SECRET ORIGINS # 11 can't be regarded as binding in all respects, however. There was still a lot of overlap with the original continuity at that point, notably Kara's recollection therein of Earth-Two and her status as the cousin of "a middle-aged hero the world knew as Superman." Later, in the 1987 and 1990 incarnations of WHO'S WHO, it was suggested that, in current continuity, Kara THOUGHT she was Superman's Kryptonian cousin until the events of CRISIS raised doubts in her mind. Gerard Jones even made a few throwaway references to that in JUSTICE LEAGUE EUROPE.
Eventually, Roger Stern pointed out that Superman and the world didn't learn that of Krypton's existence until AFTER the Crisis (in MAN OF STEEL # 6 and SUPERMAN (second series) # 1; reaffirmed in 1995's MAN OF STEEL ANNUAL # 4), making it unlikely that Superman would have embraced Kara as his cousin beforehand. In the Stern-scripted ACTION COMICS # 650, Power Girl told her fellow Justice Leaguers that "I first met Superman on the way to a JLA/JSA get-together. In those days, I was a sort of 2nd generation member of the Justice Society, and I didn't impress easily ... but that day had my head spinning."
Kara then went on to describe the post- Crisis version of the Justice League and Justice Society's first encounter with the New Gods (based on 1980's JLA # 183-185). "No one, not even Orion, fought harder than Superman. That battle took place before he learned of his Kryptonian parentage. I sometimes wonder if he suspected that his origins might trace back to New Genesis ..."
In the past year or so, everyone seems to have forgotten the time frame in which the Man of Steel discovered his roots and there have been several references to Superman's early familiarity with Krypton, from THE SILVER AGE to the Superman issue of MARTIAN MANHUNTER to the origin of Dick Grayson's new alias in NIGHTWING SECRET FILES. Be that as it may, the sheer lack of interaction between Power Girl and Superman over the past fifteen years makes it pretty apparent that they NEVER believed they were relatives in current continuity.
So who WAS Power Girl related to and how did she end up as "a sort of 2nd generation member of the Justice Society" ?
Arion's grandson and Kara's brother, Khater, had been reincarnated over the ages and, in the 20th Century, served with the Justice Society as Hawkman (suggested in SECRET ORIGINS # 11 and confirmed in # 16's letter column). Presumably, it was Carter Hall who discovered Kara -- and felt an instant kinship -- when she materialized on 20th Century Earth. Alternately, Doctor Fate might have been attracted by Arion's magical energy that transported Kara and taken the girl in as a protege. Either way, Kara took a costumed identity known as Power Girl eight years ago and offered her services to the Justice Society of America, becoming part of its newly-created youth auxiliary, the Super Squad (ALL-STAR COMICS # 58-59) and being promoted to full membership in the JSA (# 64). Six years ago, Power Girl also helped found Infinity, Inc. (II # 1-2) but soon left in deference to her JSA duties (# 12). Her JSA membership ceased when nearly all of its members were trapped in another dimension (LAST DAYS OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY SPECIAL # 1).
With the aid of the Justice Society, Kara became a computer expert and acquired the civilian identity of Karen Starr (SHOWCASE # 99). Eventually, she founded a software enterprise known as StarrWare.
Around the same time that the JSA went into limbo, Kara learned of her Atlantean roots (SECRET ORIGINS # 11) and made a brief visit to Skartaris, an offshoot of her original race (WARLORD # 116-121 and ANNUAL # 6).
Five years ago, Power Girl returned to group activity as a charter member of Justice League Europe...International II (JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL # 24), remaining until the international branch was dissolved (JLI # 67). Early in her JLE tenure (JLE # 8), Power Girl was struck and gravely injured by the Grey Man ("It wasn't so much the blow ... as the magic behind it.") and Superman was called in to perform life-saving surgery. The injuries had taken their toll and Kara, after sneaking out of the hospital, made a brief assessment of her reduced powers at the end of JLE # 9:
"A lot IS gone, especially the COSMIC end of all my powers. But the speed and the strength are still meta-human, still cooking ... Faster than a speeding bullet ... more powerful than a locomotive ... able to leap tall buildings ... I can live with it!"
In JLE # 40, Doctor Light diagnosed Power Girl's frequent bursts of bad temper as the result of artificial additives in the diet soda she drank. "Paranormal powers can trigger certain rare syndromes and allergies in women's bodies."
Soon after, Power Girl shared a kiss with Aquaman, then estranged from his wife Mera (JLE # 46). He immediately backed away from the prospect of a relationship, regarding a romance with a teammate as inappropriate.
Nonetheless, two years ago, Kara found herself inexplicably pregnant only a short time thereafter (JLI # 52) and gave birth to a blonde-haired son during a temporal crisis (ZERO HOUR # 1 and 0). Kara was deeply protective of the child but was appalled when she learned that it had all been a ploy conceived by Arion and other sorcerers to create a champion to destroy the demonic Scarabus. Because it had been prophesied that Arion's great-grandson would defeat the monster, the Atlantean mage ensured it by creating the supernatural pregnancy. Since she and the child were being threatened by Scarabus, Kara accepted protective custody with Justice League America (JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA # 94).
In JLA # 107, Power Girl learned that "Arion and his mages wanted to combine the power of light and darkness to create their ultimate champion. So they took the body of a good little girl and mystically impregnated it with the stolen genetic material of a bad big boy" -- Scarabus. Kara's rapidly aging son surged to adulthood, christened himself Equinox, destroyed the evil one and informed his mother that she'd fulfilled her destiny (JLA # 108).
"Are you saying, it's DONE ?! Where do I go from HERE ?! If this was all I was MADE for -- sent to this era for -- and it's over -- what NOW ?!"
"Your life is your OWN now."
"My life has NEVER been my own. I don't even know what that MEANS!"
Equinox vanished and Kara was left in a deep state of depression: "I used to think something was chemically wrong -- now I wonder if it's because I had Scarabus' genes inside me -- if my rage was his bloodlust. Do you know how horrifying it is for me to 'get mad' ?!" (JLA # 111). Power Girl joined Justice League America for what proved to be its final mission. After the entire team was captured and shackled, Blue Devil prodded Kara until she finally released the rage she was holding. The livid heroine broke her bonds and helped lead the team to victory (JLA # 113). She remains part of the Justice League Reserves (JLA/TITANS # 2-3 and JLA # 27, 39-40).
After being possessed by the spirit Nike (SOVEREIGN SEVEN # 25), Power Girl took refuge with Sovereign Seven and eventually became a full member when she replaced the slain Rampart (S7 # 31). The final pages of the series in S7 # 36 suggested that the entire series had been something of a bedtime story and, apparently, is not regarded as being part of DC continuity (though nothing has yet been written to contradict it).
Power Girl was working with Sovereign Seven when the radiation belt known as the Godwave began to contract, causing fluctuations and alterations in the powers of Earth's heroes (see GENESIS # 1; SOVEREIGN SEVEN # 27). Soon after, Kara took a punch from Warrior and gasped, "That actually -- hurt! But how can that be -- I'm supposed to be invulnerable. ... Ever since Genesis, something about me has changed" (S7 # 31). Bullets still bounced off of Power Girl's chest ... but an energy beam left her in excruciating pain (S7 # 34). "Maybe," Cruiser suggested, "you're vulnerable now to certain kinds of energy." In SUPERGIRL # 16, Power Girl was knocked for a loop by a tree branch and then impaled by it. Supergirl asked if she was now vulnerable to wood and Kara replied, "Worse -- to ANY raw unprocessed natural material. So sticks and stones really CAN break my -- "
At the end of BIRDS OF PREY # 12, Oracle called in Power Girl to investigate the disappearance of Black Canary and a train of convicts. Power Girl and the Canary worked together again in BOP # 16 and 17. In the latter, Kara told Dinah of "the last time I worked for your girlfriend. I failed then. I still see the faces in my sleep. Or did you think you were her first partner ?"
Except for the obvious exceptions (team-ups with people like the Earth-Two Huntress and Superman), Power Girl's pre-Crisis catalog of adventures hasn't changed appreciably. At least some of the Earth-One Supergirl's cases could now be ascribed to Power Girl but it's only actually happened in one instance: DARING NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL # 8-9's Supergirl-Doom Patrol tale became a Power Girl-DP adventure in the post-Crisis account (SECRET ORIGINS ANNUAL # 1).
Nope, you didn't miss it. I have the Tangent PG listed as POWER GIRL II on my lists. I should have included it, too. And, for the record, there was ANOTHER non-Kara Power Girl that I didn't include in the above post: Lois Lane became Power Girl in an imaginary tale in SUPERMAN (first series) # 125.
As for when Power Girl debuted in the current DCU timeline, I'm working off of my own research, which (ahem) ties together a little better than the often conflicting SECRET FILES chronologies. The JSA timeline DOES put Kara's debut at six years ago. SECRET FILES 2000 puts it closer to eight or nine (based on its mention of events that took place in the 1970s).
Anyway, I'm glad you all enjoyed the piece. Now we just need a definitive answer as to who sponsored Power Girl when she joined the JSA!