First it was Catwoman, and then Wonder Woman; and, now Supergirl has arrived!  It’s Superman’s cousin here to save the world!

Supergirl (aka Kara Zor-El) was born and raised in the Kryptonian population of Argo City.  Kara Zor-El was sent by her parents to Earth to save her life and meet her cousin Kal-El.  As a teenager and an immigrant, Kara has to learn to adapt to a completely different culture while she copes with their family’s loss.

A kind-hearted soul, Supergirl becomes optimistic and independent as she matures, but she felt quite lonely and alienated during her first years on Earth.  Thanks to her cousin and foster parents, though, she eventually came to love her new planet.

There’s another side to Supergirl, though; the badass side.  Having little patience for bullies, she can become short-tempered, aggressive, and snarky.  When that badass side of Supergirl comes out, watch out!  She’s one powerful gal—incredibly strong, fast, and quite the adept flyer.  Her eyes can emit bursts of heat, while her vision ranges from the microscopic to the telescopic.  She can even see x-trays and radio waves!

Supergirl’s hearing is also extraordinary!  She can hear the faintest of sounds amongst a bustle of noises just by concentrating. 

In addition to all of those superpowers, the mighty heroine can also inhale and exhale large amounts of air to either blow away or freeze her target.

The superhero was created by writer Otto Binder and designed by artist Al Plastino in 1959, and she first appeared in Action Comics #252.  She became so popular that she has lived on in all sorts of media.  You go girl!