Var-El was a native of the planet, Krypton, and a respected member of the House of El. Many years prior to the destruction of Krypton, Var-El discovered a means for crossing long interstellar distances and journeyed to a planet in the Sol system called Earth. His discovery later inspired his grandson, Jor-El to send his child, Kal-El to Earth shortly before Krypton exploded. Var-El’s Earth expedition is not common knowledge among surviving Kryptonians. Many years later, a statue of Var-El was erected in the House of El memorial vault on the planet, Rokyn.