Foundling is the sixteenth episode of the first season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

In this episode, Clark learns of his Krytonian past for the first time.


A strange globe Clark took from the wreckage of his spacecraft begins to project messages from his father and mother on Krypton. Then a teenage thief steals the globe...and sells it to Lex Luthor!

Plot Summary

Clark discovers that the globe he had found on his spaceship in (Strange Visitor (From Another Planet)) is a projector of messages from his biological father Jor-El who tries to explain to him, in five different messages, why he and his mother Lara, had to send him to Earth and helps him find out the truth about his heritage and his Kryptonian birth name; Kal-El.

Clark only manages to see the first message before a teenage thief named Jack, stole Clark's stuff from his apartment and then sells it to two strangers who are none other than Lex Luthor and Nigel St. John and told them that the globe has something do with Superman.

Clark tries to find and take the globe back and manages to locate Jack with the help of a Lois' friend named Louie. While trying to find out who bought the globe, Lois is upset with him because he lied to her about Superman's globe.

At the end, Superman finds the globe but he is not able to find out who bought it. Clark later finds out that he wasn't abandoned by Jor-El and Lara, but saved because Krypton was about to be destroyed and they had no time to save themselves or anyone else, but they were able to send him there for his safety.

Clark helps Jack to get a job at Daily Planet and into a foster home and gets Jack's brother Denny into a good foster home.

Lois forgives Clark for lying to her since if she had found the globe she would do exactly what Clark did; hide it and not tell anyone about it.

Guest Cast

Recurring cast

Guest starring


  • At the end of the episode, the globe is hidden away in a tree house called the "Fortress of Solitude" which is a strong reference to Superman's lair that he has at the North Pole which resembles his own home planet in the original comic books.