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Lex Luthor

Alias: Alexei Luthor

Eyes: Blue
Hair: None, originally brown
Height: 5' 11''
Weight: 185 lbs
Race: Human

Occupation: Criminal scientist
Legal status: U.S. citizen with a criminal record
Identity: Publicly known
Base of operations: Mobile

Skills & abilities: Lex Luthor is a scientific genius

Continuity: pre-crisis Earth-2
Publisher(s): DC Comics
First app.: Action Comics #23 (1940)
Creator(s): Joe Shuster
Jerry Siegel
Country of origin: USA USA

Background notes: This version of Lex Luthor is the original. Contrary to the following Silver Age version, he had no history of growing up in Smallville with Superboy. When the Silver Age started for DC Comics (generally set to October 1956 with the introduction of the Silver Age Flash in Showcase #4), the story of Superman and Lex Luthor was rewritten. It wasn't however a clean break like after Crisis on Infinite Earths when the New Earth version of Lex Luthor was introduced. In the stories Luthor continued as he had been, but this version was retconned into being the Earth-2 version, just like Superman from the same time became Superman of Earth-2. A part of the retcon was also changing Luthor's first name to Alexei.

Related links/characters:
- Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman