Real Name: Val Armorr
First Appearance: Adventure Comics #346 (July, 1966)
Powers: Is a master of every form of martial arts up to the 31st Century. He can sense the weak spot on any object and is able to resist mind control. Karate Kid also keeps himself at the peak of human conditioning.
Affiliation: Legion of Superheroes
Did You Know? Karate Kid is so proficient in martial arts that when he challenged Superboy and used his own Super Karate, he was able to hold his own.
A Little History
Created by Jim Shooter, Karate Kid first made his appearance inside the pages of Adventure Comics #346 back in July of 1966.
The origin of Karate Kid is relatively straight forward.
Karate Kid (Val Armorr) is the son to both Japan’s greatest crime lord, Kirau Nezumi (the Black Dragon) and the American secret agent, Valentina Armorr. Fearing the worst for her son, shortly after his birth, his mother made an attempt to hide him from his father. This proved to be her undoing as she was found out and killed for her efforts.
All wasn’t lost for Val Armorr as Japan’s greatest hero, Sensei Toshiaki (the White Dragon) killed Kirau Nezumi for his crimes. Noticing that Kirau had a son, Sensei took the orphaned youth in and raised him as his own. Under his guidance, Val was taught all forms of martial arts. Karate Kid proved to be exceptional in his studies even becoming the youngest warrior to earn the title of Samurai.
Having been given the title of Samurai, Val began working for his local shogun. Unfortunately, try as he may, he wasn’t able to impress his supervisor. This led Val to leave the shogun and wander the galaxies for new forms of martial arts to master.
After traveling for awhile, his quest ultimately led him back to Earth. Upon landing on Earth, he learned that the Legion of Superheroes wa
Now a member of the Legion, Val fell in love with fellow new recruit, Princess Projectra. In an effort to prove his worth to the Princess, Val took a leave of absence from his team. The leave took him back
Bliss did not last, however. Shortly after their wedding, the two learned that her home planet,
This, however, wasn’t meant to be.
Unwilling to let her husband sacrifice himself in a manner such as this, Projectra pleaded that instead of sacrificing himself for his own reasons, he should
Of course, nobody ever stays dead in comics…
And that’s it. The origin of Karate Kid.