Debut World of Krypton #3
(February, 1988)
Created by John Byrne and Mike Mignola
Classification Kryptonian
Affiliation House of El
Relatives Ter-El (son), Jor-El (grandson), Zor-El (grandson), Nim-El (grandson); Kal-El (great-grandson), Kara Zor-El (great-granddaughter), Superman Dynasty

Don-El is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is Superman and Supergirl's great-grandfather and the grandfather of Jor-El and Zor-El. He is the former head of the Kryptonian Council.

Fictional character biography

Modern Age

Don-El is the father of Ter-El. He was a member of the Kandorian Police Force in the city of Kandor when it was shrunken.

He was still alive when the city was enlarged on the planet Rokyn.

Powers and abilities

As a Kryptonian under a yellow star; Same powers and abilities as Superman.

In other media

Live-action television


Val-El is a supporting character in the TV series Krypton, portrayed by Ian McElhinney as Superman's great-great-grandfather and Jor-El's grandfather. Val-El, was sentenced to death for constructing the Fortress of Solitude from outside threats in the universe.[1][2]


  • Don-El name is a derivation of Donner, the surname of Superman director, Richard Donner.
  • Ter-El's father is named Val-El in the TV series Krypton.


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