365 DC Comics Paper Cut-Out SuperHeroes - One Hero, Every Day, All Year…
May 11th - Supergirl
Kara Zor-El is the paternal cousin of Superman. She grew up in the city of Argo, a portion of Krypton that initially survived the destruction of the planet. The populace of Argo were able to survive for a time by creating a shield that enabled it to float through space, Unfortunately, Kryptonite radiation began to seep through meteor strikes in this shielding and the denizens were doomed. Kara was an adolescent at the time and her parents were aware of Jor-L’s success in sending his infant son to Earth. They fashioned a spacecraft of their own and sent Kara to earth.
The craft passed through some sort of cosmic anomaly which caused it to arrive on earth several years after her cousin; yet Kara didn’t age during the journey so she was now a good deal younger than her cousin. The yellow son of earth bestowed Kara the same powers as Superman, including greatly enhanced strength, speed, durability and flight. Kara adopted the secret identity of ‘Linda Lee Danvers’ and made Midvale Orphanage her home.
Taking on the name of ‘Supergirl’ she promised her cousin that she would keep her existence on Earth a secret, so that he may use her as a secret weapon; not that it stopped her from exploring her new powers covertly. Supergirl would go on to have numerous adventures, both alongside Superman and on her on. She time traveled to the 31st Century where she temporarily served alongside the Legion of Superheroes and was romantically involved with her fellow Legionnaire, Brainiac 5.
Sadly, Supergirl perished during the Crisis On Infinite Earths event; yet was later reintroduced in the post Zero Hour continuity with a similar albeit more contemporary backstory. Now a teenager again, Supergirl served as a member of The Teen Titans and was also a part of The Justice League; as well as spending time in the 31st Century as part of The Justice League.
Actress Helen Slater portrayed the character in the 1984 Supergirl movie; Laura Vandervoort played the her in the television series Smallville; and Melissa Benoist has portrayed the Girl of Steel in the 2015 Supergirl television series. The heroine first appeared in the pages of Superman #123 (1958).