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Adam Schulman
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I haven't watched SUPERGIRL in a long time, but Lex was in prison for a long time, right? I guess a beard makes sense in that context.
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Except he has it in the flashback scene before he goes to
prison.
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I want to like this new Luthor but I always pictured him larger, sort of Trump-sized I guess. But he is eeeevillll at any size or furriness level. They've got me wanting to see the next episode a.s.a.p. again at least.
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Ms. Jansen, depending on the artist, Luthor started losing weight in the Bronze Age. Maybe Brainiac helped him formulate a sensible eating plan, along with a healthy diet. Or maybe hate keeps one thin.

But Silver Age Luthor was DEFINITELY anything but svelte!
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I thought the clone/son one with Mae/Supergirl II in the June Brigman '90s comics, with the full head of hair and beard, was rather large but maybe that was mostly in relation to Supergirl (Mae/II)...
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But the Luthor I think of is very different from the post-Crisis or Smallville
version, or even the animated Justice League version. The one I am used to is
one who hates Superman because of his baldness, and has been so warped by
that hate since his early teens that he's irredeemable... he even blew up Lexor
just because of his hate for Superman.
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Hates Superman that much for going bald...smart enough to do everything he
did to try to kill/spite Superman...not smart enough to figure how to regrow
hair? Even when I was 8 years old that didn't add up for me.
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I was surprised how much I liked Cryer in the role. Deliciously vile.
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Bob S. - well, I summarized that origin to its bare bones. Luthor had developed artificial life - real life from a laboratory. He and Superboy were great friends. He had even developed a green Kryptonite preventative. He was the smartest boy in Smallville (at LEAST), and likely had no one to relate to until he made fast company with Superboy. He was also a little less than stable, per clues from the comics*

Thus, when a catastrophe arose, and Superboy chose the wrong way to address it (and we can discuss that for pages of forum, no doubt!), everything Luthor had and relied on was shattered, and even seemingly betrayed.

Was it far fetched? Yes, maybe. But Luthor existed BEFORE that Superboy story... it just added a retcon for WHY he hated Superboy/man.

IMO, if Luthor just hated Superman so much that he had to try to kill him so often, and he failed so often, that superior intellect would have suggested moving to Chicago. No super villains there to interrupt his pillaging and looting.

*There wasn't a way in a 60s comic story to indicate that Lex was a megalomaniac and paranoid/schizophrenic. The concepts were entirely incompatible with a comic book tale.
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