In this Elseworlds storyline, baby Kal escapes the destruction of Krypton to find himself crash landing in medieval England. Found in the fields by a poor, childless farmer couple, he quickly displays unnatural strength and resistance to the diseases that ravages the people of the land. Seeing these things as clear signs of sorcery, Kal's adoptive father is strict in his instructions to the young boy to not display any of his skills in front of others. One autumn, just as the boy has grown into a young adult, Kal is forced to save the son of the local blacksmith from a raging bull. Seeing his great strength, the smith threatens to spread the word of Kal's sorcerous powers unless the poor farmer gives up his adoptive son to become the blacksmith's apprentice. That winter, young Kal arrives with the blacksmith in the town of Lexford. He is new to the bustle of the town, but focuses on learning his new trade and soon becomes an accomplished craftsman.