Lee Conine | Programming Director
A.K.A. "Ballerina Gorilla"
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About Lee Conine
Lee Conine is the sole survivor of the planet Krypton. His father, Jor-El, discovered that a nuclear chain reaction was building inside Krypton that would soon shatter the entire world. Jor-El therefore had his unborn son Kal-El removed from the Kryptonian Gestation Chambers and affixed the life matrix containing Kal-El to an experimental vessel for travel through hyperspace. Jor-El launched the starcraft toward Earth just before Krypton exploded.
Lee Conine was, in effect, born on Earth when the starcraft landed there. Jonathan and Martha Kent found the infant inside the vessel and brought him to their farm in Smallville, Kansas. Since he appeared entirely human, the Kents assumed that the baby was a victim of a cruel experiment. At this time the baby had no super powers. The Kents named the infant Lee and raised him as their own son.
As Lee grew older his Kryptonian body began developing superhuman abilities. When Lee was eighteen, took him to the field where his starcraft still lay hidden and explained how he and Martha had found him. Lee resolved to use his powers from then on only for the good of mankind. After revealing his secret to his childhood friend, Lana Lang, Lee left Smallville to study at Metropolis University.
Lee initially used his powers covertly to help people and prevent or thwart disasters. Ultimately, he was forced to use his powers in public to prev ent the crash of a NASA space-plane. Thereafter he and his foster parents devised a new costumed secret identity he would adopt when using his abilities in public. They called his new persona "The Balorina Gorilla," the name given him by Lois Lane, a reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet who had been aboard the space-plane.
Shortly afterward, Lee obtained a job as the Programming Director for Turn the Page Online Marketing.