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    Very fun article from IGN.

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    Smallville: DC Comics Character Comparison

    Our visual guide to the DC characters that have paid Clark a visit, and how they compare to their comic book counterparts.

    May 9, 2011

    Smallville is coming to an end this week, but after ten seasons, the series has to qualify as one of the most successful comic book adaptations ever. What began as a simple story featuring a high school age Clark Kent and his friends has grown into something much larger. A decade later, the series has showcased dozens of the most famous heroes and villains in the DC Universe.

    Naturally, some of these characters are more faithful to their original comic book counterparts than others. In this Smallville visual guide, we've selected some of our favorite heroes and villains from the past ten seasons. We compare their live-action appearance to the look of the comics, examining which characters succeed, which ones stumble, and why.

    Even with as many characters as there are in this list, we still didn't get to every single DC character that appeared on Smallville, and have mostly focused, with some exceptions, on the more outwardly super-powered characters (sorry, Ma and Pa Kent!). But if there's a favorite Smallville character you have that we didn't list, let us know, and we might just add them in a future update.

    Clark Kent



    It's one of the most common complaints we hear about Smallville - "Why hasn't Clark put on the costume?". Yes, even after ten seasons and meeting countless other costumed heroes, Clark seemingly has been very reluctant to don the red and blue tights. In that sense alone he doesn't qualify as being completely faithful to the comics.

    But strictly comparing Smallville's Clark Kent to Clark Kent of the comics, there are definitely many shared features. Tom Welling has the bulky, chiseled features of a Kansas farmboy in a way other live action Superman actors haven't always managed. Clark's preference for red and blue clothes is also a continuous tease for the eventual costume change they may or may not ever come.

    One aspect of the Clark Kent look that was only recently introduced is the glasses. In the comics, Clark relies primarily on his glasses and subtle use of posture and body language to distance himself from Superman. The Clark in Smallville slowly adopted this same strategy, and thus the glasses made their long-awaited debut.

    Clark has so far worn two different costumes that blend the Superman design with a more street clothes inspired look. Instead of a cape and spandex, in Season 9, Clark prefered a trenchcoat and a shirt with his trademark "S" logo painted on. In terms of color, this suit actually recalls the comics. Aside from the trenchcoat, the comic book Clark wore a similar "Kryptonian Life Suit" that helped restore his body after his near-fatal battle with Doomsday.



    The more recent costume change involves a red leather jacket with the familiar S logo. This look reminds us a bit of current comic book Superboy Connor Kent's original costume from the mid-'90s.

    It's also worth pointing out that we have glimpsed the real Superman costume hiding behind ice in the Fortress of Solitude in Season 10. This suit looks to be the one worn by Brandon Routh in Superman Returns. Will Welling's Clark don this outfit, or is there another new costume in the works for the final episode?

    Lois Lane



    As a non-costumed resident of Metropolis Lois Lane doesn't have much in the way of a defined look. As such, it's difficult to criticize Smallville for its portrayal of Lois. In either universe, Lois is a headstrong reporter who wears clothes that accentuate her beauty without flaunting it.

    In the comics, the one source of variation In Lois' over the years has been her hair color. She debuted with black hair, but during the '70s and '80s her hair lightened even as her personality became more forceful. Lois' is usually portrayed as having black hair in the current comics, though some artists depict her as a brunette instead. A similar shift has taken place in Smallville. Lois debuted in her earlier seasons as a brunette. However, more recently her hair has become darker, if not fully black.

    Lois is often known to briefly adopt costumed identities in the comics, particularly during the freewheeling days of the Silver Age. This too is referenced in Smallville in the episode "Stiletto". In this episode, Lois adopts the identity of Stiletto and briefly wears a black leather costume that fits right in with Clark's own Matrix-esque costume. And we'll get to another DC-influenced alter ego for Lois later in this list...

    Lex Luthor



    Lex Luthor is one of the more faithful characters in the show in terms of appearance. It's not hard to capture the look of the twisted billionaire industrialist. As long as you have an intense man with a completely bald head, you have your Lex Luthor. Lex's fine business attire only seals the deal.

    The comics have gone though a number of varying explanations as to Luthor's hair loss. Originally, Lex was a corpulent man who slowly lost his hair due to advancing age. However, the modern Lex is portrayed as much thinner and fully bald from a young age. Smallville established that Lex's hair fell out as a result of the meteor shower that brought Clark to Earth. That's a better explanation than some of the stories we've seen.

    The most significant difference between Smallville's Lex and the comic book Lex is that the latter prefers a green and purple ensemble when committing his villainous acts. Often he dons an armored battlesuit when combating Superman directly. The Smallville version seems content to stick to dark, well-tailored suits. With Lex set to return in the series finale, we don't expect this to change.

    Supergirl



    Clark's Kryptonian cousin shows many of the same predilections when it comes to appearance. On a basic level, Kara is similar to her comic book counterpart. Supergirl is usually portrayed as a tall, leggy blond with good looks and a love of halter tops and mini-skirts. Smallville has that much down pat.



    Like Clark, Kara initially showed little willingness to don a true costume. Instead, she favored a similar red-and-blue color scheme in her everyday attire. She also mixed in some white clothes as an homage to the Linda Danvers version of Supergirl. But when she returned in Season 10, including her final appearance in the episode "Prophecy," Kara sometimes wore a blue top and red skirt and boots, which left her but a cape and an S shield away from mimicking the classic Supergirl of the comics.

    Zod



    In the earlier seasons, it would have been difficult to make any comparison's between Smallville's Zod and the Zod of the comics. Though numerous characters calling themselves "General Zod" appeared in various Superman comic book stories, the one, true Zod didn't appear until 2005. This version was similar to the iconic movie Zod in both origin and appearance.

    Zod has appeared in several forms in Smallville as well. General Zod was a respected Kryptonian military leader who was trapped in the Phantom Zone. This version is fairly close to the comic book Zod in appearance. Their military uniforms share many design elements, and this Zod sported the familiar goatee.



    General Zod eventually "escaped" the Phantom Zone by taking control of Luthor's body. Obviously, this version doesn't look much like the traditional Zod. But later, in Season 9, a clone of Zod known as Major Zod surfaced. Because Major Zod favored Earthling attire and didn't have the goatee and facial hair, he had significantly less resemblance to the comic book version.

    Or at least that was the case until Season 10. In his final appearance, in the episode "Dominion," Zod adopted a beard and a new trenchoat costume that put him much more in line with the character as he looks in the comics these days.

    Martin Manhunter



    In the comics, Martian Manhunter spent a great deal of time masquerading as a human before joining the Justice League and going public with his Martian persona. This plot element forms the basis of the character's role in Smallville, where J'onn J'onzz once again masquerades as John Jones.

    Like so many of his fellow heroes, John forgoes the traditional costumed look for a set of street clothes that allow him to blend in. John's favored attire mimics his comic book outfit to almost comical effect, with a blue trenchcoat, green shirt, and bulky red suspenders filling in for his costume.

    John's Martian form has only been briefly glimpsed. Viewers were able to catch a glimpse of his green skin and smooth, bald head. However, in the comics his true form is more lumpy and angular than the rounded and mostly human form he takes on as a superhero.

    Aquaman



    If all you desire out of your Aquaman is a muscular blond man who likes to swim underwater, then Smallville has all the bases covered.

    There are various major and minor differences when compared to the comic, however. Aquaman is usually portrayed with longer hair in the comics, even having shoulder-length hair and a beard at times. While Smallville's Aquaman is one of the few characters to wear a costume, his is essentially a color-coordinated track suit. In the comics, Aquaman generally wears a heavier green and orange ensemble, with his torso covered in what appears to be a sort of chainmail.

    Smallville obviously never dealt with Aquaman's infamous severed hand. After having his hand eaten by mystical piranhas or some such, the comic version of Aquaman wore a hook that cold be fired as a projectile. Later, this was replaced by a synthetic hand made of enchanted water.

    Cyborg



    Whether because of budgetary concerns or pure aesthetic choices, Smallville's Cyborg doesn't resemble the comic book version very much on the surface. In age, at least, the two fall in line. Most of Smallville's heroes are far younger than they are in the traditional DC Universe, but as Cyborg got his start as a Teen Titan the difference is less pronounced.

    In both versions, many of Cyborg's body parts have been replaced by artificial cybernetic components. In the comics, these components are plainly visible. Only a few chunks of human flesh remain, and Cyborg has even been shown to disassemble himself so he can bathe those pieces in a nutrient bath.

    In Smallville, Cyborg appears as a normal teenager on the surface. X-Rays of his body paint a different picture that more closely resembles the comics, but otherwise new viewers would be hard-pressed to pick this Cyborg out of a lineup.

    Green Arrow



    Green Arrow was one of the first Smallville characters to really give the costume thing an honest go. In costume, he isn't such a far cry from the Emerald Archer of the comics. He lacks the Robin Hood-esque cap, but he does retain the hood that the comic version has worn at various points in his career. Recently, some DC artists have been adopting certain elements of the Smallville design into their work, bridging the gap that much more.

    Outside of the costume, however, Smallville's Ollie Queen is quite a bit different. First and foremost is the lack of a goatee. This is meant to be another of Ollie's tributes to Errol Flynn. The age difference between Smallville and the comics is also more pronounced than with many characters. In the comics, Ollie is one of the older members of the Justice League. He's one of the few DC characters to suffer from male pattern baldness. The Green Arrow of Smallville is just as spry and youthful as his teammates.

    Hawkman



    With the JSA already being an established team in the Smallville-verse, the show's producers focused more than usual on giving them true superhero costumes when they were introduced in "Absolute Justice." As a result, Hawkman boasts one of the more faithful character designs on the show. His Nth Metal mace, his helmet, his wings they're all there. The primary difference in his costume is that Smallville's Carter Hall wears a chest plate underneath his harness, while the comic version prefers to go bareback.

    Accuracy aside, fans could certainly argue whether the costume looks convincing. Smallville's Carter is also less physically imposing. In the comics, Hawkman is muscular even by superhero standards. His body is covered by scars that tell the tales of countless battles. Despite his long career, Smallville's Hawkman has fewer stories to tell.

    Doctor Fate & Stargirl



    Two more JSA favorites starred in "Absolute Justice". Of all the characters in Smallville, it's difficult to name a character whose look has been more accurately captured than Stargirl. This heroine is more or less a picture-perfect rendition of the current Stargirl in the comics. Everything from her uniform to her Cosmic Staff is dead-on. Again, arguments could be made as to how convincing the costume looks in live-action (especially the bulky mask), but that's a debate for another day.

    The only real visual difference that might be found is in Courtney's age. The Stargirl of the comics is one of the youngest currently-operating heroes in the DCU. Smallville's Stargirl is right in line with Clark and many of the main cast. But one constant about Smallville is that nobody's age stays accurate to the comics.

    Smallville's Doctor Fate sports the sleeker, armored look from the recent Countdown to Mystery mini-series as opposed to the more familiar look the character retained throughout the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Even the color scheme of the suit is darker than the classic version of Fate.

    Zatanna



    Zatanna is a stage magician by trade. Her outfit is less aimed at super-heroism and more and drawing in audiences and their wallets each night. For the most part Smallville follows the comic book aesthetic. Zatanna dresses in a miniature tuxedo and top hat, but leaves plenty of leg on display for her more red-blooded fans.

    Though the fishnets are there, Smallville's Zatanna is less sexualized than the comic book version. In the comics, Zatanna isn't always shy about flaunting her bustline, while the Smallville version covers up with a cravat. Comic book Zatanna is sleeker and sexier, but also a bit too risque at times for simple network television.

    Roulette



    Roulette is a JSA villain who proved to be slightly less villainous in her Smallville debut. Visually, the character wore a slinky dress that drew heavy inspiration from the comics. The comic version has a generally more sinister appearance, however. For one thing, her dragon tattoos paint a certain portrait, and those tattoos are absent in the show. The comic book Roulette also favors sunglasses even when indoors, while Smallville's Roulette has no such habit.

    Black Canary



    In some ways Smallville's Black Canary is a dead-ringer for the comic version, while in other ways the two are vastly different. The basic costume design is similar. In both versions, Dinah favors a mix of black leather and revealing fishnet stockings that leave her enemies too distracted to notice the flying roundhouse kick coming for their face.



    Canary's methods of disguise are far different. In the comics, Dinah has short, dark hair that she covers with a long blond wig while in costume. In Smallville though, the opposite was true: Canary had short, blond hair that she would then cover with a long, dark wig while in her civilian identity. More recently though, the heroine returned with long hair that made her resemble her comics incarnation more, which she began to sport both in and out of costume. Smallville's Black Canary also shows more concern in disguising her appearance, as she wears black eye shadow in the shape of a domino mask.

    Impulse



    In the comics, Impulse/Kid Flash is the teen sidekick of the elder Flash. The Bart Allen version in particular is a fourth-generation speedster. For whatever reason, Smallville chose to ignore the older generations and skip straight to Bart.

    Impulse is perhaps the youngest character on the show, which fits in with his status in the DCU. The character wears a superhero costume that mainly resembles a track suit, though at least in this case the idea has a certain validity. Bart's colors are mainly red with a yellow trim, which puts his suit more in line with the regular Flash than the Impulse or Kid Flash costumes.

    Out of costume, Bart's hair is both shorter and darker than it is in the comics.

    Metallo



    Metallo is a villain who can blend in with the crowd because he looks human on the outside. Internally, he's a robot powered by Kryptonite. The show more or less got this look down. It passed over John Corben's less popular costumed look to cover the appearance most fans know and love.

    In Smallville, Metallo isn't actually a robot with a human brain, but merely a human powered by a Kryptonite heart. Unlike the comics, the Kryptonite core is visible at all times. If anything, Smallville's Metallo shares his look with Tony Stark as seen in the Iron Man movies, as the Kryptonite harness isn't unlike Tony's personal arc reactor chest piece.

    Brainiac



    Brainiac is a villain whose form and appearance have changed so many times over the years that it's all but impossible to find his definitive look. As with many characters, Smallville chose to go the grounded route. They borrowed the idea of Brainiac disguising himself as a human named Milton Fine. The imposing, muscular, green-skinned alien is nowhere to be seen.

    The Milton Fine of Smallville doesn't resemble the comic version much at all. He has a full head of hair and a scholarly look, whereas the original Milton Fine was bald with a goatee. The comic version also wore a costume and cape, while Smallville's Brainiac has a greater need to blend in.

    The only hint of Brainiac's true appearance came when his digital form was shown. The familiar three-orbed shape that usually adorns Brainiac's head could be clearly seen.

    Speedy



    In the comics, the original Speedy was a male sidekick to Green Arrow. The second, and current, Speedy is a female, and this is the version that Smallville adapted for its purposes. Her origin story is similar -- including her time as a teen prostitute -- though her appearance is slightly less so.

    Smallville's Speedy has dark hair instead of the traditional blond, though she has taken a page from Black Canary by wearing a wig in one episode. She hasn't joined her mentor Green Arrow in wearing a costume, but like Clark and some others, her general attire hints at the colors she will eventually wear as a superhero.

    Toyman



    In the comics, Toyman is a twisted toymaker who appears through his monstrous creations as often as he does in the flesh. Smallville really didn't adopt any of Winslow Schott's crazier designs, but he did build a robotic duplicate of himself to fool his enemies.

    Schott is an unattractive character by comic book standards, suffering from obesity and a generally unkempt appearance. This much is captured in Smallville. But as with most characters, Smallville's Toyman is portrayed as significantly younger the the comic version. The villain's circus-like attire has also been replaced by a more generic set of dark clothes.

    Maxima



    While characters like Black Canary and Zatanna have slightly less revealing costumes on Smallville than they do in the comics, Maxima is very much the opposite. Her native attire is a very skimpy black skirt and top. By comparison, the comic version of Maxima wears a full purple body suit with yellow shoulder pads. The comics play up her royal, militaristic side, while Smallville focuses on her more seductive qualities.

    In general appearance, Maxima retains the same red hair and supermodel-quality looks. However, the comic book version is generally more muscular in appearance, which cements the idea that she and Superman are genetically compatible matches for each other.

    The Legion of Super-Heroes



    Smallville introduced three members of the Legion of Super-Heroes - the same trio that paid the initial visit to Superboy in the comics.

    As with so many Smallville heroes, the Legion wear functional clothes that only hint at the costumes the characters wear in the comics. Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl all wear familiar colors, but their outfits enable them to walk down the streets of 2st Century Metropolis without being laughed at.

    All three Legionnaires are immediately distinguishable by their hair color, though Cosmic Boy has added a bit of a beard in his move to Smallville. And in a reversal from the usual trend on the series, this trio are also somewhat older than they were when introduced in the comics.

    Mister Mxyzptlk



    Is there any Smallville character less like his comic book counterpart than Mikhail Mxyzptlk? In the comics, Mr. Mxyzptlk is an imp for the Fifth Dimension whose godlike powers make him a constant thorn in Superman's side. In Smallville, Mikhail Mxyzptlk is a foreign exchange student who has the power to control others through high frequency voice waves.

    If the origin is vastly different, neither does the appearance share any real connection to the comic. The comic version of Mxyzptlk is very short, with a comical yellow outfit and often bushy white hair. Smallville's Mxyzptlk is merely a well-dressed, dark-haired teen with a chip on his shoulder.

    Plastique



    Plastique is another villain who only shares light visual similarities with her comic book counterpart. In the comics, Plastique is a tall redhead who wears a pink spandex suit. In Smallville, Plastique is much darker in terms of demeanor and appearance. Her red hair is now black (with some purple dye), and a pink spandex suit is probably the farthest thing from this villain's mind.

    Icicle



    In the comics, Icicle is a name passed down from a father to his son. The father is mentioned on the show, but clearly Smallville is adapting the younger Icicle character. The original villain was merely a man who used a gun that could instantly freeze objects. This Icicle can naturally freeze objects without the need for a weapon. Even his body becomes one large chunk of ice.

    In terms of basic appearance, the Icicle of the comics and the show are somewhat similar. In Smallville, Icicle's skin turns a cold blue, while in the comics his body is actually transparent and ice-like. The Smallville version also lacks the comic book Icicle's distinctive goatee. Occasionally the comic icicle has been depicted with a costume, but more often than not his icy body is all the costume he needs.

    Amanda Waller



    Amanda Waller is one of those rare reminders that not every female in superhero comics needs to have a supermodel physique. Waller is short and stocky, not so much fat as simply powerfully built. She's meant to be an intimidating presence even among superheroes. Smallville got this mostly right when Waller made her debut last season.

    Smallville's Waller is also a bit stocky, if not quite as exaggerated as Waller is sometimes portrayed in the comics. Unlike the comic book Waller, Smallville's version is seen with long hair. The Smallville version seems to prefer simple but elegant business wear, as the comic book version does when operating publicly. As for Waller's Checkmate uniform, that never made an appearance on the show.

    The JSA



    Though the Justice Society appeared in "Absolute Justice," the team we spent a lot of time with consisted of only three members. However, the episode made clear that at one point in Smallville's history, the JSA roster was much more extensive. A handful of former members were glimpsed or had cameos in this two-hour episode, but the team in its prime was only seen in a painting.

    Wildcat was briefly seen via flashback, though not in costume. He retains the same grizzled look of the comic version, complete with graying hair. The comic book Wildcat is generally portrayed as more muscular, however.



    Sandman briefly suited up in "Absolute Justice", before being murdered by Icicle. His look is markedly similar to the comic version, particularly the more realistic take seen in Sandman Mystery Theatre. Because that series often relied on live actors for the cover imagery, it's not surprising Smallville's Sandman would look similar.

    Viewers were briefly able to see Alan Scott, aka Green Lantern, behind bars in "Absolute Justice". Sadly, this sequence offered little indication as to how Green Lantern might appear on the show. The JSA painting shows a costume very similar to the one Scott wears in the comics, but whether that translates fully to live-action is a question for another day.

    Finally, the Star-Spangled Kid briefly appeared in the early moments of "Absolute Justice" before getting iced by Icicle. In the comics, Star-Spangled Kid managed to live a long life before eventually retiring and selling the rights to his superhero legacy to Lex Luthor. If only Smallville's Star-Spangled Kid were so lucky.

    Doomsday



    Doomsday has a lasting reputation among Superman's villains as the only creature to actually kill the Man of Steel. It takes a powerful sort of monster to pull that off, and Doomsday certainly fits the bill. This hulking monstrosity towers over even Superman's burly frame. His mottled gray skin is broken by jagged chunks of bone that can pierce even Superman's invulnerable flesh. All in all, Doomsday is not the most attractive of villains, but he might just be the strongest.

    Smallville's version of Doomsday is close in line with this design. The primary difference between TV and comics is that Smallville's Doomsday has a human form. By day, Davis Bloom is a mild-mannered paramedic. By night, he's the terrible villain known as Doomsday.

    As with many costumes on Smallville, Doomsday's monster form isn't always the most realistic or convincing. He has a distinct rubbery texture to his skin. But that aside, the look is pretty close to the source material. Even the torn green pants hearken back to Doomsday's original appearance.

    Bizarro



    Bizarro is a twisted clone of Superman. More Frankenstein's monster than human (or Kryptonian, rather), Bizarro is how Supes might be if Ma Kent had dropped him on his head as a baby. His white skin, backwards speak, and addled brain make him one of the less intelligent Superman rogues. But his strength and tenacity put him right in league with his doppelganger.

    Smallville has taken a more grounded approach when it comes to Bizarro. The character actually looks like a perfect duplicate of Clark in many cases, as his permanent body is cloned from Clark's. Even the backwards speech has been trimmed from the character. Only when exposed to yellow sunlight does Bizarro's form change. Instead of white, chalky skin, Smallville's Bizarro is covered by geometric shapes that signify the slow breakdown of his body.

    The Wonder Twins



    Never accuse Smallville of not pulling from all corners of DC's colorful superhero history. Zan and Jayna, the Wonder Twins, crossed over from Super Friends to Smallville in Season 9.

    The twins have similar transformative powers but slightly better fashion sense. The purple unitards are ditched for more ordinary purple street clothes. The characters never explicitly reveal themselves to be aliens, but rather claim their odd names and behavior come from their Swedish background. Thankfully, Gleek the monkey is reduced to a simple cellphone accessory.

    Cat Grant



    Not every member of the Daily Planet is a close friend to Clark. The caustic reporter known as Cat Grant was added to the Planet staff in Season 10.

    Being a humble reporter, Cat doesn't have much in the way of a costume. Her comic appearance is notable mainly for the excessive amounts of makeup she wears and her love of cleavage. Cat has been toned down a bit for Smallville. Like most of the characters, Cat is portrayed as a younger woman, and her shirts actually tend to cover her chest. Her prickly personality remains similar though.

    Booster Gold



    The 25th Century's most egotistical hero finally arrived in Smallville. Booster is a disgraced football player who stole various gadgets from a museum and came back to the past to try his hand at the hero game.

    Booster's live-action costume follows the look of the comics more closely than most. While his leather duds aren't skintight like in the comics, the blue and yellow design is very similar. The various sponsor patches on his suit hearken back to Booster's look in the weekly series 52. The main difference in this suit is that Booster's mask and goggles have been ditched for a simple but stylish pair of shades.

    Blue Beetle



    Where Booster Gold goes, Blue Beetle is rarely far behind. And though we saw a bit of classic Beetle, Ted Kord, in Season 10, it was the younger Jaime Reyes who actually donned the costume.

    Beetle's look follows closely from the comics, mimicking the same technologically advanced, armored suit Reyes has worn since his debut. But as is generally the case with the more ambitious suits in Smallville, the execution leaves something to be desired. The live-action Blue Beetle is much more bulky than the svelte comic version, and his suit has the same plastic-looking texture we've seen from heroes like Hawkman and Doctor Fate.

    Superboy



    As in the current comic books, Superboy is portrayed as a clone made from the combined DNA of Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. This teenage clone currently divides his time between living a normal life in Smallville and saving the world alongside his heroic "father."

    Even in the comics, Superboy's costume is very Smallville-esque in its casual approach. In both the comics and the show, Superboy wore a simple black T-shirt with the S shield. However, in the comics Superboy looks pretty much exactly like a young Superman (muscles included), while in Smallville his Luthor genes are a bit more apparent on the outside.

    Isis



    Isis, Egyptian deity and wife to Black Adam in the comics, made a brief appearance in Season 10. She took over the body of Lois Lane, meaning that her resemblance to the powerful, dark-skinned goddess of the comics is minimal, at best. The possessed Lois wore a slightly more restrained and less revealing version of Isis' trademark white robes. It's just too bad Black Adam and Captain Marvel weren't along for the ride.

    Rick Flag



    With the Suicide Squad appearing sporadically in Smallville in Season 10, leader Rick Flag became a recurring part of the show. Smallville's Flag bears more resemblance to the original, WWII-era character from the comics, thanks to his grizzled appearance. While the current Rick Flag can generally be seen wearing a skintight orange jumpsuit, Smallville's Flag wears an orange shirt covered by heavy padding and gear.

    Deathstroke



    Like Rick Flag, Slade Wilson is older and more grizzled in Smallville than fans are used to seeing. Despite having no apparent super-powers, Wilson is no less deadly in Smallville than he is in the comics (where he generally answers to the codename Deathstroke). The TV version lacks the enhanced strength and brainpower of the comic book version, as well as the flashy blue and orange suit. But he does wear the familiar eye-patch after having lost one eye in an accident. And Deathstroke does seemingly have the ability to cheat death again and again, suggesting there's more to this villain than meets the eye.

    Mera



    Fans were treated to Aquaman's first appearance several seasons ago, but it wasn't until Season 10 that his wife Mera joined the gang in Smallville. Mera's look varies several times on the show. Unlike the comic version, she isn't averse to wearing street clothes when trying to keep a low profile. She also doesn't seem to mind running around in a bikini. But Mera does have a more functional green costume to match her husband's outfit. The costume is similar in design to the comic book version, though lacking the scaly texture and adornments of the latter. Though honestly, she had our attention at "bikini."

    Lara and Jor-El



    Clark has seen more and more of his biological parents as the show has progressed. While the original comic incarnations of Lara and Jor-El wore colorful, eclectic costumes that made Superman's outfit seem positively restrained by comparison, the 1978 film introduced a more understated look that continues to stick around today.



    As in the movie and the current comics, Jor-El and his wife wear simple robes decorated with their family crest. One notable point of departure is that Jor-El is now depicted as having a beard in the comics, while Smallville's version is clean-shaven.

    Darkseid's Prophets



    Darkseid has been the great, lingering menace to Clark and friends throughout Season 10. We still have yet to get a good look at the ruler of Apokolips, even this close to the series finale, but perhaps we'll see him in all his glory before the end.



    For now, fans have seen plenty of Darkseid's three prophets. As in the comic series Final Crisis, these three minions have taken on human identities on Earth in order to pave the way for their master's rise. What that means is that Smallville again offers a very understated take on normally flashy villains. The colorful armor and bombastic character designs of artist Jack Kirby are abandoned as these three hide in plain sight.



    None of the three are terribly reminiscent of their comic counterparts. Granny Goodness at least is an elderly, white-haired woman, but she lacks the dwarfish stature and toad-like appearance of the comic Granny. Desaad and Godfrey look fairly nondescript on the outside. Godfrey doesn't even have his long, luscious locks of hair. At least Desaad continues to entertain his penchant for torture and bondage.

    Will these three prophets wear actual costumes when their master finally makes his big move? We'll know soon enough.

    The Legion of Doom



    No, Gen X-ers, you're not flashing back to your childhood. The Legion of Doom have appeared in Smallville. This anti-Justice League briefly appeared at the end of the most recent episode, shrouded in shadow and plotting bad things for Clark and friends.

    It's tough to make out much about the looks of the various members form this brief scene, but we at least know the lineup. Returning characters Toyman, Roulette, Dark Archer, and Metallo are joined by new-to-Smallville Captain Cold, Solomon Grundy, and Black Manta.

    Each of these three new villains looks to be fairly comic accurate at first glance. Grundy seems a bit on the small side, but all three are decked out in their iconic costumes.

    Along with these seven, we wouldn't be surprised if Luthor joins in on the fun when he makes his long-awaited return.

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    This is rather interesting, comic wise that is. Thanks for showing us BAF. Could you show us the comic form of Chloe, that is if there is her in the comics. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heroine X View Post
    This is rather interesting, comic wise that is. Thanks for showing us BAF. Could you show us the comic form of Chloe, that is if there is her in the comics. Thanks.
    Chloe was just introduced into the comics last year in the Jimmy Olsen co-feature that was a part of Action Comics.Her first appearance was in Action Comics #893.She's a reporter and Jimmy's ex.



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    I really need to start reading more comics. Those pics were really awesome!! Also I like the pics of her with Jimmy which is really, really awesome!! Thanks again BAF for showing us such awesome pics. Totally appreciate it!!

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