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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceWorld of Krypton Vol 2 #3 (Feb. 1988)
Created byJohn Byrne
Mike Mignola
In-story information
Place of originKrypton
Team affiliationsScience Council
AbilitiesScientific genius

Seyg-El is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is Superman and Supergirl's grandfather and the father of Jor-El and Zor-El. He is the former head of the Kryptonian Council. He appears in the live action television series Krypton as a young man, portrayed by Cameron Cuffe.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Silver Age[edit]

In the Silver Age the character was known as Jor-El I. He created an experimental rocket-ship capable of traveling through hyperspace and traveled to Earth. He passed this knowledge on to his son Jor-El II.

Modern Age[edit]

Seyg-El was one of the Leading members of the Science Council and patriarch to the House of El. He fathered two children Jor-El and Zor-El with his genetically selected mate. He had a tough time relating to his brilliant but rebellious son Jor-El who fought against Kryptonian rules and tradition.[1]

Seyg-El encountered the time-traveling heroes Starman (Jack Knight) and Mikaal Tomas on their intergalactic journey. His young son Jor-El brought them to their home where Seyg-El interrogates them, believing they are members of Black Zero. When they tried to convince him they are from another planet, he doesn't believe them because they appear too much like Kryptonians. But, with the help of Jor-El, they are able to escape Seyg-El's sentries.[2]

When radiation caused by Kryptonite from the planet core caused a "Green Plague" claiming thousands of Kryptonian lives, one of its victims was Zon-Em. Zon-Em's mate Lara was then reassigned a new mate by the master of the gestation chamber, who selected Seyg-El's son Jor-El. When Seyg-El informed his son, Jor-El shockingly asked to meet his mate which was unheard of in their culture. However he was granted the request, and Jor-El soon married Lara. Seyg-El was killed when Krypton was destroyed.[3]


Seyg-El possesses genius-level intellect.

Other versions[edit]

  • In the Elseworlds series Superman: Last Son of Earth, Seyg-El comes to find his son who has adopted a young alien named Clark Kent. Seyg-El reluctantly allows his son to adopt the child and he is renamed Kal-El.

In other media[edit]

Live-action television[edit]


In the Smallville season 3 episode "Relic", Clark learns that Jor-El (portrayed by Tom Welling in flashbacks) came to Smallville as a "rite of passage" by his own father.[4]


Seg-El is the main character in the TV series Krypton, portrayed by Cameron Cuffe. This version of the character is still a young man and is not a father yet, but meets with a time traveling General Zod, from the future, who is revealed to be his son (whose mother is revealed to be Lyta-Zod). As a child, he and his family were stripped of their family name by the Council of Krypton when his grandfather Val-El was sentenced to death for constructing his Fortress of Solitude to research alien life and threats. Seg-El, along with his parents, Ter-El and Charys-El, were forced to live in the slums of Kandor. Now in his 20s, he stops a Black Zero terrorist attack and is rewarded the chance to join the Science Council and even betrothed to Nyssa-Vex. Seg-El secretly has a relationship with Lyta-Zod, the daughter of Krypton's chief military guard Jayna-Zod. Seg-El meets Adam Strange, a time traveler from Earth who traveled to the past to warn Seg about Brainiac who plans to destroy Krypton and kill young Seg before Superman is born. In an attempt to trick Brainiac into the Phantom Zone, Seg is accidentally thrown into the Zone with Brainiac.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World of Krypton vol 2 #3
  2. ^ Starman vol 2 #51
  3. ^ World of Krypton vol 2 #4
  4. ^ Kelly Souders, Brian Peterson (writers) & Marita Grabiak (director) (2003-11-05). "Relic". Smallville. Season 3. Episode 6. The WB.

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