Sam Lane (DC)

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Sam Lane is a male comic character that features in DC Comics.





General Lane arranged to meet with Lex Luthor to discuss his new Metallo alloy for use in peacekeeping operations by the United States Army. (Superman: Secret Origin v1 #4)

Him and his wife were later called to meet their daughter Lois who stated that she was going abroad to be a foreign correspondent and leaving Metropolis. An angry Sam Lane opposed this decision where he came to blame Clark Kent for upsetting his daughter and making her embark on such a big change in her life. (Superman v2 #115)

Major Lane later joined President Luthor's administration where he served as Secretary of Defense. (Superman v2 #166)

In reality, he was still alive and was under deep-cover where he began building an army to combat what he perceived was an alien threat. Under Codename: Patriot, he was allowed to reveal his existence to the world where he participated in Markovia to attack Superman and the Kryptonian Ral-Dar. His return was hailed by the media as a hero with it claimed that General Lane had defended the U.S. President from an alien attack. (Superman v1 #692)


The New 52

Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

After the emergence of the 'Superman', General Lane began to monitor sightings of the individual over the span of six months and had Lex Luthor consulting for the military about this individual's super-powered nature. (Action Comics v2 #1) General Lane was later briefed about the Machine and its operations leading to him taking over the facility along with gaining the services of its superhuman operative Wraith. (Superman Unchained v1 #3)


It was said that Sam Lane once ran a secret program that had the United States secretly supporting dubious dictators. This was exposed by his daughter Lois Lane leading to him disowning her with the pair not speaking to one another since before she had her son Jon Kent. Afterwards, he was leading a black ops mission against the corrupt government of the nation of Logamba where he insisted on operating on the field besides his men despite being a general. No documents or credentials were given in order to allow the U.S. to claim full deniability in the case of capture. The unit was ambushed leading to General Lane's capture with him being scheduled for a live-execution that was being webcast. The U.S. government stated that this was an unsanctioned operation and that Sam Lane was a rogue officer who had gone mercenary with no official rescue mission being launched to retrieve him. (Action Comics v1 #993)


Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities

Commanding the U.S. military in Action Comics v1 #999.

For a time, he was placed in charge of the Machine that was a secret research facility in America that contained Wraith and the knowledge he had brought with him to Earth. (Superman Unchained v1 #3)


  • Sam Lane was created by Robert Bernstein and Kurt Schaffenberger where he made his first appearance in Superman's Girl Friend, Lois Lane v1 #13 (November 1959).

Alternate Versions

  • In Superman v1 #159 (1963), an imaginary story showed a scientist named Mr. Lane who masqueraded as a farmer to maintain his research in his hidden laboratory. This was located in a barn where he was working on a power ray to send space capsules to save his daughter Lois Lane by launching the craft containing his baby daughter to Krypton before Earth's son went nova.
  • In Flashpoint: Project Superman #1 (2011), he was in charge of the government division that took custody of the crashed pod that brought Kal-El to Earth as a baby. This division was Project Superman that saw the grafting of his alien DNA to create super-soldiers.
  • In Earth 2 v1 #17 (2014), the Earth-2 version of the character was introduced as part of the new Multiverse of the New 52. He was a survivor of the Apokolips War though his daughter Lois Lane was killed during the conflict. Though she was killed, he managed to upload her mind into a robotic Red Tornado body but was killed during Brutaal's conquest of the planet.
  • In Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015), an alternate reality was shown where Sam Lane never became a soldier but instead became a doctor. He never shot a gun but instead healed people until he died on the streets of India. His daughter Lois Lane highlighted her father during a news segment as being a hero compared to Superman who she believed was more of a terrorist.

In other media


  • In Smallville, Lieutenant General Sam Lane appeared on the television series where he was portrayed by actor Michael Ironside.
  • In Supergirl, General Sam Lane appeared on the live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Glenn Morshower. He was a high ranking General in the United States Military who was the father of Lois and Lucy Lane. General Lane was shown to oppose aliens making him against both Superman and the newly revealed Supergirl. He was also against his daughter Lucy's relationship with Jimmy Olsen as he felt the photographer was holding her back from her true potential.


  • In All-Star Superman, General Sam Lane appeared in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Steven Blum. He was shown to had employed Luthor to produce weapons for the United States military but Lex had used the resources in a plot to kill Superman. When confronted, Luthor attacked Lane leading to his arrest and eventual imprisonment.
  • In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, General Lane appeared in the animated film where he was voiced by actor Danny Huston.
  • In Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Sam Lane appeared in a minor role where he was voiced by Jay K. Johnson. General Lane was deployed to lead the United States Army against the invading Atlantean army that had attacked the surface under Ocean Masters commands.
  • In Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, General Sam Lane appeared in the direct to video animated film where he was voiced by actor John DiMaggio. He was part of the army's research and development acquisitions branch and attended the technology showcase of Wayne Enterprises where he expressed interest in the companys mech armor.

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