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SMALLVILLE

The United States town - located hundreds of miles from Metropolis, perhaps in the Midwest - where Clark Kent, the man who is secretly Superman, spent his boyhood after being adopted into the home of Jonathan and Martha Kent.

It was near Smallville that the experimental rocket bearing the infant Superman landed after its journey through space from Krypton.  The Smallville Orphanage, where the Kents brought the infant Superman immediately upon finding him, and where he remained for a brief period preceeding his adoption, is located in Smallville.  The Kents' farm, where Superman spent his early childhood years, is located somewhere outside of Smallville.  The Kents' home, where the family moved after selling their farm and where Superman spent the remainder of his boyhood, is located in Smallville, as is Jonathan Kent's general store where Clark used to work afternoons after school.

Clark Kent attended elementary school in Smallville and attended high school at Smallville High.

As a teen-ager, Superman performed numerous heroic exploits in Smallville as Superboy.  In his honor, Superboy Day is still celebrated there annually, as is Superman's Earthday, the anniversary of the day Superman landed on Earth from the doomed planet, Krypton.  Once a year, Superman returns to Smallville to put on a spectacular performance of super-feats for the youngsters at the Smallville Orphanage.

Superman is Smallville's most illustrious son, but other Smallville residents have played important roles in the chronicles as well, including Professor Lang and his daughter Lana Lang, Police Chief Parker, and Pete Ross.


Text on this page taken from The Great Superman Book © 1978 by Michael L. Fleisher.  Superman TM DC Comics & © DC Comics, Joanne Siegel, and Laura Siegel Larson.
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