Superman, Batman and Spider-Man may be counted amongst the pantheon of the World’s Greatest Superheroes, but in truth, they are only as good as the challenges they strive to overcome.
While some wish to save the world, others just want to watch it burn. Here, New to Comics has collected an assortment of character bios on those such characters.
Real Name: Uxas
Affiliation: The New Gods
First Appearance: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (November 1970)
Uxas began his reign of tyranny by using his devious nature to sow seeds of discontent among the Old Gods, before stealing their powers one by one. With the Old Gods wiped out, and only he and his brother remaining, Uxas became one of the first of the New Gods. But while his brother created the paradise of New Genesis under the alias of Highfather, Uxas created the hellscape known as Apokolips. Here, he raised a vile and wretched race of beings, who teetered on the brink of war with Highfather’s own purer species. To hold off all out war, the two New God Lords traded their infant sons. As a result, Darkseid’s spawn grew up to be the great hero of New Genesis, Orion, while Highfather’s son lived a tortured life where he learned to be the master escape artist Mister Miracle. With his sights now turned away from the other Gods, Darkseid has since turned his attention to Earth and discovering the Anti-Life Equation.
Real Name: Mobius
Affiliation: The Sinestro Corps
First Appearance: Crisis on Infinite Earths #2 (May 1985)
One of the most dangerous beings in the multiverse, the Anti-Monitor was born from the moon of Qward, the dark mirror to the moon of Oa – the centre of the universe and home to the Green Lantern Corps – in a parallel anti-matter dimension. For millennia, Mobius has battled with his positive matter counterparts, going so far as to attempt the systematic destruction of each positive matter universe. As the embodiment of pure evil and fear itself, Mobius has made several moves to eliminate all life following his attempt to destroy the multiverse, and is responsible for the empowering of the Sinestro Corps, the lord of the Weaponeers of Qward and possess Darkseid‘s coveted Anti-Life Equation, which he can use to enslave any living being.
Stories: Crisis on Infinite Earths
Real Name: Otto Gunther Octavius
Affiliation: The Sinister Six
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #3 (July 1963)
A brilliant scientist, Otto Octavius used his scientific prowess to become a master in both atomic physics and mechanics. Combining these skills, Otto created a set of four mechanical tentacles, resistant to radiation and able to function to an incredibly precise degree, to aid him in his nuclear experiments. However, during an accident at his laboratory, Octavius was caught in an explosion that fused his artificial appendages to his body, driving him to a life of crime. As the founder and leader of the Sinister Six, Doctor Octopus has plagued Spider-Man on many occasions, but in recent years, outdid all of Spider-Man’s other foes by swapping minds with the wall-crawler and dubbing himself the ‘Superior Spider-Man’. Now returned to his own body, Otto uses his skills as a super-villain to continue his life as an anti-hero, in the hopes that he can be remembered for something other than being defeated by Spider-Man, and to prove he is ‘superior’ to all those around him, hero and villain alike.
Stories: Last Legs
Real Name: Wilson Grant Fisk
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967)
Starting out in life as a poor, obese child, Wilson Fisk was always destined for a life of crime. Teaching himself to fight and building muscle mass on top of his already sizeable physique to fight back against his bullies, Fisk soon found himself in a job as a bodyguard. From there, he was employed by a crime-lord known as Don Rigoletto, and used his cunning and incredible strength to rise through the ranks. Through his criminal enterprises, Fisk developed a sizeable wealth, which he put into legitimate businesses, allowing him to have a public persona alongside his secret dealings as the up-and-coming Kingpin of Crime. With his wife Vanessa Mariana at his side, Kingpin slowly took over all of New York, dominating the underworld and the public sector alike. His crimes would bring him into conflict with superheroes such as Spider-Man and Daredevil, but due to his many connections, any charges levelled against him rarely stick.
Real Name: Thanos
Affiliation: The Black Order
First Appearance: The Invincible Iron Man #55 (February 1973)
Born into the Eternals, Thanos was one of a race of Godlike beings that hailed from Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. However, unlike his godlike seeming brethren, Thanos was born with a deviant gene, giving him a look so monstrous that his own mother was driven insane at the sight of him. Alienated from his people, Thanos gave himself to the pursuit of knowledge and power, sharing his findings and psychopathic tendencies only with a mysterious young girl he had befriended. In time, Thanos would learn that that girl was the embodiment of Death, and became enamored with Death’s personification, devoting his extreme acts of violence to her, in the hopes that one day she would return his affections. Destroying the society from whence he came, Thanos has since set out into the stars in pursuit of artifacts like the Infinity Gauntlet and the Cosmic Cube, enacting slaughter on a universal scale all to please his one true love. Now known as the Mad Titan, Thanos is feared by every being in the cosmos that knows his name, and is considered one of the most dangerous beings in existence.
Stories: Infinity Gauntlet
Real Name: Anakin Skywalker Skywalker
Affiliation: The Galactic Empire
First Appearance: Star Wars (Movie – May 1977)
Raised as a slave on the desolate dessert planet of Tattooine, Anakin Skywalker always dreamt of a more exciting life. As fate would have it, Anakin became embroiled in the age-old conflict between the Jedi and the Sith when he was rescued from slavery by two Jedi, who were shepherding Queen Padmé Amidala to the Galactic Senate. Anakin was ushered away to the core world of Coruscant, where he was trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi as a Jedi Knight. Together with Kenobi, Anakin was drafted into the Grand Army of the Republic during the devastating Clone Wars. Amidst this time of war, Anakin fell in love with Padmé, and was subsequently seduced by the Sith Lord Palpatine, who offered to gift Anakin the power to stop Padmé from dying. This was a lie, and after turning against his former brothers in arms, Anakin was defeated by Obi-Wan, and confined to a life-support suit. Now reborn as a dark lord of the Sith, Anakin enacts Palpatine’s every command as his enforcer, Darth Vader.