|Also known as:||Karen Starr, Kara of Atlantis, Nightwing, Power Woman|
|Height:||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight:||160 lb (73 kg)|
Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976).
Power Girl is the Earth-Two counterpart of Supergirl and the first cousin of the Earth-Two Superman. The infant Power Girl's parents enabled her to escape the destruction of Krypton. Although she left the planet at the same time that Superman did, her ship took much longer to reach Earth-Two.
Possessing superhuman strength and the ability to fly, she is a member of the Justice Society of America and the team's first chairwoman. Power Girl sports a bob of blond hair, wears a distinctive white, red and blue costume, and has an aggressive fighting style. Throughout her early appearances in All Star Comics, Power Girl was frequently at odds with Wildcat, who had a penchant for uttering sexist comments that she found offensive.
Power Girl is consistently depicted as a well-endowed, buxom woman. Her costume has varied significantly over the years. During her time with Justice League Europe/America it transitioned to a capeless yellow and white bodysuit, followed by a blue and white costume with a short mini-cape, headband, with a diamond shaped opening on her chest.
In the late 1990s Power Girl's original costume design was restored: red cape, blue gloves and boots, and a white bodysuit sporting the distinctive cleavage window on her chest (its variable size determined by the artist depicting her). She also wore a headband, as had Supergirl prior to her death in Crisis on Infinite Earths. In a guest appearance in Green Lantern, Kara is seen in her large wardrobe closet with every costume design she has ever worn in DC continuity, deciding which costume to wear for that mission.
In Justice League Europe #37, Power Girl adopted a blue and white costume that featured a hole at her chest, and was asked by Crimson Fox about the "front window." Power Girl replied that the costume "shows what I am: female, healthy, and strong. If men want to degrade themselves by staring and drooling and tripping over themselves, that's their problem, I'm not going to apologize for it."
Power Girl's original costume from All-Star Comics #58 returned when Geoff Johns had her rejoin the JSA.
As an example of how the character is sometimes deployed, in Superman/Batman #4 (written by Jeph Loeb) Power Girl is given the responsibility of distracting Toyman while Batman and Superman battle Captain Marvel and Hawkman. Batman notes: "He is ... a 13-year old boy. Find a way to distract him." Noticing that the others are looking at her, Power Girl responds, "What's everyone looking at me for? How am I supposed to distract ... oh."
In JSA: Classified #2 (written by Geoff Johns), Power Girl tells Superman why her costume has an opening at her chest, explaining, "People always ask me why I have this hole right here. They think I’m just showing off… or just being lewd. But the first time I made this costume, I wanted to have a symbol, like you. I just… I couldn’t think of anything. I thought eventually, I’d figure it out. And close the hole. But I haven’t."
-  The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New York: DK Publishing, 244. ISBN 9780756605926.
- Power Girl Online
- Pre-Crisis biography about Power Girl
- Alan Kistler's Profile of Power Girl — A comic book historian traces the various changes to her origin story.
- A Brief History of Power Girl written in 2006 for Infinite Crisis
- The Complete Power Girl Chronology (through JSA #38)
- Power Girl - Huntress' Best Friend — Basic content and pictorial references
- Power Struggle, the Rise and fall and Rise Again of DC's Power Girl — Movie PoopShoot Article
- Interviews from Alter Ego Vol. 3 #14 with Paul Levitz, Gerry Conway, and Ric Estrada about the 1970s All Star Comics revival.
- THE EXPERIMENT PART TWO: STILL "POWER GIRL" AFTER ALL THESE YEARS ~ Joseph Illidge — Column by former Birds of Prey editor Joseph Illidge.
- AMANDA CONNER: TALKING POWER GIRL — Interview with JSA Classified artist Amanda Conner.
- Power Girl's secret origin on dccomics.com