He was born on New Krypton, in the year 2074. He loved to watch the soldiers march thourgh town as a kid. It was his favorite pastime. At the time, he did not know that they were the troops of an oppressive leader, who disliked other Kyptoinans. When he was about ten, he learn that his dad led a resictance against the oppressive leader, and was a wanted criminal for doing so. That made Bar-Zel mad. He joined the rebellion when he was 12, and he decided that he would stop this ruler, and he would make him drop all charges on his dad. So he grabbed a gun and marched up to the palace. Where he quickly was arrested and put on trial for treason. He was found guilty and banished to Earth as a punishment.