Seyg-El is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is Superman and Supergirl's grandfather and the father of Jor-El and Zor-El. He is the former head of the Kryptonian Council. He appeares in the live action television series Krypton, portrayed by Cameron Cuffe.

Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceWorld of Krypton Vol 2 #3 (Feb. 1988)
Created byJohn Byrne
Mike Mignola
In-story information
Place of originKrypton
Team affiliationsScience Council
AbilitiesScientific genius

Fictional character biography

Silver Age

In the Silver Age the character was known as Jor-El I. He created an experimental rocket-ship capable of traveling through hyperspace and traveled to Earth. He passed this knowledge on to his son Jor-El II.

Modern Age

Seyg-El was one of the Leading members of the Science Council and patriarch to the House of El. He fathered two children Jor-El and Zor-El with his genetically selected mate. He had a tough time relating to his brilliant but rebellious son Jor-El who fought against Kryptonian rules and tradition.[1]

Seyg-El encountered the time-traveling heroes Starman (Jack Knight) and Mikaal Tomas on their intergalactic journey. His young son Jor-El brought them to their home where Seyg-El interrogates them, believing they are members of Black Zero. When they tried to convince him they are from another planet, he doesn't believe them because they appear too much like Kryptonians. But, with the help of Jor-El, they are able to escape Seyg-El's sentries.[2]

When radiation caused by Kryptonite from the planet core caused a "Green Plague" claiming thousands of Kryptonian lives, one of its victims was Zon-Em. Zon-Em's mate Lara was then reassigned a new mate by the master of the gestation chamber, who selected Seyg-El's son Jor-El. When Seyg-El informed his son, Jor-El shockingly asked to meet his mate which was unheard of in their culture. However he was granted the request, and Jor-El soon married Lara. Seyg-El was killed when Krypton was destroyed.[3]


Seyg-El possesses genius-level intellect.

Other versions

  • Seyg-El is featured in the Elseworlds series Superman: The Last Family of Krypton.
  • In the Elseworlds series Superman: Last Son of Earth, Seyg-El comes to find his son who has adopted a young alien named Clark Kent. Seyg-El reluctantly allows his son to adopt the child and he is renamed Kal-El.

In other media

Live-action television


In the Smallville season 3 episode "Relic", Clark learns that Jor-El (portrayed by Tom Welling in flashbacks) came to Smallville as a "rite of passage" by his own father.[4]


Seg-El is the main character in the TV series Krypton, portrayed by Cameron Cuffe. This version of the character is still a young man and is not a father yet, but meets with a time traveling General Zod, from the future, who is revealed to be his son (whose mother is revealed to be Lyta-Zod). As a child, he and his family were stripped of their family name by the Council of Krypton when his grandfather Val-El was sentenced to death for constructing his Fortress of Solitude to research alien life and threats. Seg-El, along with his parents, Ter-El and Charys-El, were forced to live in the slums of Kandor. Now in his 20s, he stops a Black Zero terrorist attack and is rewarded the chance to join the Science Council and even betrothed to Nyssa-Vex. Seg-El secretly has a relationship with Lyta-Zod, the daughter of Krypton's chief military guard Jayna-Zod. Seg-El meets Adam Strange, a time traveler from Earth who traveled to the past to warn Seg about Brainiac who plans to destroy Krypton and kill young Seg before Superman is born.[5][6]

See also


  1. ^ World of Krypton vol 2 #3
  2. ^ Starman vol 2 #51
  3. ^ World of Krypton vol 2 #4
  4. ^ Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson (writers) & Marita Grabiak (director) (2003-11-05). "Relic". Smallville. Season 3. Episode 6. The WB.
  5. ^ "Syfy's Krypton: Meet Superman's Grandpa and Other Key Characters". TVLine. June 21, 2016.
  6. ^ "Krypton: Cameron Cuffe to Star as Superman's Gramps in Syfy Prequel". TVLine. October 3, 2016.

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Jor-El, originally known as Jor-L, is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, Jor-El first appeared in a newspaper comic strip in 1939 with Superman.

A Kryptonian, Jor-El is Superman's biological father, the husband of Lara, and a leading scientist on the planet Krypton before its destruction. He foresaw the planet's fate but was unable to convince his colleagues in time to save the inhabitants. Jor-El was able to save his infant son Kal-El (Superman) by sending him in a homemade spaceship towards Earth just moments before Krypton exploded. After constructing his Fortress of Solitude, Superman honored his biological parents with a statue of Jor-El and Lara holding up a globe of Krypton.


Kryptonians are a fictional extraterrestrial race of humanoids within the DC Comics universe that originated on the planet Krypton. The term originated from the stories of DC Comics superhero, Superman. The stories also use "Kryptonian" as an adjective to refer to anything created by or associated with the planet itself or the cultures that existed on it.

Members of the dominant species of the planet Krypton are indistinguishable from humans in terms of their appearance; their physiology and genetics; however, they are vastly different. In some continuities Kryptonians are difficult to clone because their DNA is so complex that human science is not advanced enough to decipher it. The cellular structure of Kryptonians allows for solar energy to be absorbed at extremely high levels. On the planet Krypton, whose parent star has often been depicted as an ancient red supergiant with a relatively low energy output, their natural abilities were the same as humans. When exposed to a young yellow star like Earth's Sun, which is much smaller than their own sun and with a vastly higher energy output, their bodies are able to absorb and process so much energy that it eventually manifests as vast superhuman powers (such as superhuman strength, superhuman speed, invulnerability, flight, x-ray vision, heat vision and superhuman senses).

Almost all Kryptonians were killed when the planet exploded shortly after the infant Kal-El was sent to Earth. In some continuities, he is the planet's only survivor.

Lara (comics)

Lara (née Lara Lor-Van) is a fictional character who appears in Superman comics published by DC Comics. Lara is the biological mother of Superman, and the wife of scientist Jor-El. Lara Lor-Van is Lara's full maiden name, as "Lor-Van" is the name of Lara's father. Most depictions of Kryptonian culture show that Kryptonian women use their father's full name as their last names before marriage. After marriage, they usually are known simply by their first names, though various versions show they use their husband's full name or last name as their married last name.Lara's role in the Superman mythos has varied over the years, with her treatment and emphasis often depending on the decade she was written in. Golden Age and early Silver Age stories treated Lara in a lesser role compared to her husband. However, stories from the 1970s onwards depict Lara in more prominent roles; one such example is the 2004 miniseries Superman: Birthright.

After constructing his Fortress of Solitude, Superman honored his deceased biological parents with a statue of Jor-El and Lara holding up a globe of their native planet Krypton.

Superman dynasty

The Superman dynasty, an extension of the House of El, is a lineage of DC Comics superheroes. The term is used for the descendants of Kal-El, the original Superman, who continue to uphold his legacy of heroism well into the 853rd century, as depicted in the DC One Million crossover. Repeated references to members of the Superman dynasty as Superman's "descendants" and at least one reference to them as the "blood of his blood" would seem to indicate that they are, in fact, the biological descendants of Superman in some fashion.

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