LexCorp

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LexCorp
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superman vol. 1 #416
Created by Elliot S. Maggin
In-story information
Type of business Conglomerate
Base(s) Metropolis
Owner(s) Lex Luthor
Employee(s) Talia al Ghul
Lana Lang

LexCorp (originally styled Lexcorp) is a fictional company founded by Lex Luthor in the DC Comics Superman series, first canonically appearing in John Byrne's The Man of Steel.

History[edit]

The establishment of LexCorp by Lex Luthor is a stark departure from earlier portrayals of the company's founder, transitioning the character from a warlord and would-be dictator into a power-mad business magnate. LexCorp was founded primarily to serve as a front to Lex Luthor's criminal enterprise while simultaneously being a symbol of Luthor's victory over Superman, as Luthor values defeating the Superman over financial gain (illustrated by abandoning a hollow victory after plundering Fort Knox[1]). Luthor intends to convert LexCorp into a legitimate operation following his retirement from crime, and in the future it is shown being a highly successful non-criminal enterprise, to Superman's pleasure.[2]

Organization & Growth[edit]

LexCorp was originally organized as an aerospace engineering firm started in the top floor offices of the Daily Planet building in Metropolis.

The company grew by acquisition, starting with struggling airlines "Inter-Continental Airlines" and "Atlantic Coast Air Systems", renaming them to "LexAir". When rising profits were threatened by fuel shortages, LexCorp bought out Southwestern Petroleum and renamed it "LexOil". This pattern of acquisition continued to include the Daily Planet and several Metropolis businesses before LexCorp sold the unprofitable Daily Planet and its building to TransNational Enterprises, establishing an L-shaped 96-story high-rise as its new headquarters.

LexCorp grew rapidly into include diverse international conglomerate with interests in media, banks, robotics, security, satellites, food, and other properties. By the timeframe of the Alliance Invasion it was estimated that LexCorp either directly or indirectly employed nearly two-thirds of Metropolis' population of 11 million people, dominating commerce around much of the world. LexCorps subsidiary companies include LexChemical, LexMart, LexComm, FedLex, LexOil, LexAir, and TelLex.[3]

When CEO Lex Luthor was elected President of the United States, Talia al Ghul took over the company, who donated a large portion of its profits to the Wayne Foundation during Superman and Batmans' year long absences.[4] Following his dismissal as president he fired her and took back his place, though she secretly kept a portion of stock.

Competitors include Wayne Enterprises, Kord Enterprises, Queen Industries and S.T.A.R. Labs. LexCorp provides sponsorship to the superhero team The Conglomerate along with American Steel, Dante Foods, Dupree Chemical, Ferris Aircraft, S.T.A.R. Labs, Ovel Oil, Pax Entertainment, and Stagg Enterprises.[5]

Decline[edit]

Following Luthor's public acquittal from criminal charges Lana Lang became LexCorp's new CEO[6] and Lexcorp was began its decline.[7] Lana Lang was dismissed from her post due to a contractual clause in all LexCorp employment charters forbidding aiding Superman in any way, after she attempted to use a LexCorp security unit to aid Superman in a battle against Atlas.[8]

A year after the events of Infinite Crisis, Lex Luthor had been stripped of his wealth and assets; LexCorp was dissolved and sold off to several competitors, most notably to Wayne Enterprises.

Thunder Corporation[edit]

Lex Luthor secretly owns the powerful and legitimate Thunder Corporation which he controls through a false identity,[9] maintaining the illusion of the chairman/principal stockholder "Lucius D. Tommytown" through fake magazine articles and actors because he thought himself too honest to be anything but a criminal. The Thunder Corperation headquarters "Zephrymore Building" fronts Lex Luthors' criminal operations and penthouse.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • The major conglomerate featured regularly on Smallville is LuthorCorp, an agricultural conglomerate which was founded by Lionel Luthor. Following Lionel's incarceration in the fourth season, LuthorCorp comes under Lex's control and gradually turns into a corporation with several subsidiaries and divisions. In the series finale, the LuthorCorp tower is damaged by several explosions which disfigure the corporate logo on the side of the building, with the scarred remains subtly spelling out "LexCorp".
  • LexCorp is shown to be the home of Luthor's pet lizard Ignatius, in the cartoon Krypto the Superdog.
  • In The Batman, LexCorp is shown in the two part episode "The Superman/Batman Story."

Film[edit]

  • A company named Lex Luthor Incorporated appears in the first Superman film. It is a property development company that buys up acres of seemingly worthless desert land which Lex plans to convert into a new West Coast after destroying California.
  • LexCorp is mentioned in a piece of scrolling text in one of the web pages for The Dark Knight's viral marketing.
  • In the 2013 movie Man of Steel, Lexcorp is shown both on the skyline of Metropolis and on several trucks that appear throughout the film.
  • LexCorp is mentioned briefly in Son of Batman when Bruce is discussing corporation business.

Video games[edit]

  • LexCorp appears in DC Universe Online. LexCorp Tower is located in Downtown Metropolis. The soldiers of LexCorp consist of Lexcorp Shock Troopers, Lexcorp Heavy Troopers, Lexcorp Security Guards, Lexcorp Enforcers, and Lexcorp Gladiators.
  • LexCorp appears in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. In this adaptation, LexCorp is featured as the main area for the level Research and Development. In addition, LexBots are frequent enemies in the game, as well as playable characters. "LexCorp Security" and "LexCorp Heavy" are also two minor playable characters in the handheld versions of the game.
  • LexCorp appears is referenced in Batman: Arkham Origins. In Penguin's office, there list of companies including LexCorp. Two LexCorp subsidiaries, Big Belly Burger and Koul-Brau Breweries, appear in the game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Action Comics 277
  2. ^ Superman #416
  3. ^ The Superman Files. Matthew K. Manning (trans.). p. 74. 
  4. ^ Superman #650
  5. ^ "Justice League Quarterly" #1 (Winter 1990)
  6. ^ Superman #654
  7. ^ Superman #663
  8. ^ Superman #679
  9. ^ Superman: Last Son of Krypton. Elliot S. Maggin.