This is the story of a family directly descended from those directly affected by the Wold Newton Event. Like their fellow Wold Newton family members they were given great gifts of intellect and sometime physical prowess. As did their cousins, the Moriarty’s they generally used these gifts for personal gain often to the detriment of society as a whole.
The Luthor name was rather notorious because of “Lex Luthor” Superman's greatest foe, yet while many of the Luthor’s shared the nature of Lex Luthor, they did not use the Luthor name. In some cases this is because they were born under different names and in other cases they chose aliases more fitting to their self image.
Although the articles can be read in any order, I would suggest starting with the Paul Finglemore article. Paul Finglemore was the father of the extended Luthor clan. shed names and identities like other people shed clothing. He was a superlative con man and master of disguise. Under the name of John Clay he was apprehended by Sherlock Holmes, a few years later under the name of Paul Finglemore, he used a variety of disguises to bilk the fortune of a certain South African Millionaire. In addition to being a conman extraordinaire, he was also a bigamist. After he was out of prison he continued this practice, with the consent and aid of one of his wives. He had two families by two different wives.
Paul Fingelmore used the name the Reverend Thomas Wainwright and with his wife Margot Picardot had three sons, Henry, Alexander and John.
They are the Luthors by nature if not by name.
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While using the name Paul Luthor and posing as a salesman, although it seems he was a grifter. Paul Finglemore met and married Sally Finn, never mentioning he already had a family. She gave him a set of quadruplets. These are the secret four. Of these four, three became three of the worst criminal master minds in the history of mankind. Of these three one also became one of the most renown crime fighters of the twentieth century, so redemption was not beyond the ability of these men. One of these brothers was neither evil nor virtuous, just a good businessman who combined elements of both natures.
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