The Ten Most Powerful Threats in the DC Universe

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Who is the most powerful of the group?

  • Darkseid
  • Trigon
  • Neron
  • Mr. Mxyzptlk
  • The Spectre
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This wasn’t easy.

When I originally thought of doing this piece it came naturally as a companion to “The Ten Biggest Threats to the Marvel Universe”. It’s like washing your hands. You wash your right hand and you naturally are going to wash your left. Unfortunately with this topic it wasn’t that simple.

In this case, my Marvel right hand had water soluble stains that came off with just a little soap. The DC left hand was like trying to scrub off some indelible permanent ink with the mild soap they keep at public rest rooms. It won’t get clean immediately and will only fade after it wears off with time.

DC needed time.

When you look at the Marvel Universe, it’s arranged like an onion. There are universal threats and a team of heroes working to address that threat on that level. Where there are mystical threats there are heroes that address them on that level. For example, when Marvel has a threat on a galactic level that occurs somewhere off in the Kree/Skrull area of the universe, we know that it will be addressed by either the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Silver Surfer, Quasar, or the Nova Corps. Whereas, if there are mystical threats in a storyline from the Shuma Gorath or the Dread Dormammu, we can depend on someone like Doctor Strange, Clea, or Brother Voodoo to step up to the plate and deal with them.

Marvel works from galactic level threats, to mystical/dimensional, to planetary, to national, to environmental, to city, and eventually to street and individual menaces. While these threats do exist from one degree to another within the DC Universe, they are not so readily visible as they are within the Marvel Universe.

The primary focus for DC is what happens on Earth.

Sure, we can expect the Green Lantern Corps to surrey forth to address the measures that happen in outer space or lend a hand to Rann and Thanagar. And because we as readers are human beings, we’ll see these threats through the eyes of Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, or John Stewart. We only become aware of universe ending threats when they approach our solar system or come knocking on our door when we can’t avoid them on Earth.

At least, that’s what happens most of the time. Due to the premise of DC’s 52, Earth appears to be the keystone which keeps the DC Multiverse together. So, luckily, we always get a front row seat to the menace du jour.

And we speak of menaces and threats to this universe. Some enemies were old favorites and were easy to see. Some required a bit of research and personal recollection and analysis. However, for the sake of simplicity, we’re going to start with…

Darkseid - Seeking the Anti-life Equation
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Easily one of the most powerful villains in the DC Universe, this character created by Jack Kirby was set up to be THE BAD GUY. As much as I love the Marvel villain, Thanos, he is a carbon copy of Darkseid.

Darkseid exists to eliminate all free will in the universe and to figure out the anti-life equation. The anti-life equation will give the wielder mastery of all thoughts and emotions of every being in the universe. He exists to corrupt the lives of every being in the multiverse.

His chief weapon/power is his omega beams which he emits through his eyes. Once he unleashes the omega beams they will seek out their target and find it no matter where it goes. It is literally the bullet with your name on it. In addition to this, his strength level is on par with Superman's (if not, greater).

Darkseid rules Apokolips with an iron fist and chooses to keep the entire population of the planet in misery with the exception of his elite force who exist to do nothing but to make the lives of everyone below them miserable.

The Anti-monitor - Out to destroy the multiverse
The Anti-monitor - Out to destroy the multiverse

The Anti-Monitor

When DC does create a really bad guy, they go all out.

In this case, they needed someone so powerful, so evil, so bent on destroying EVERYTHING, that they came up with the Anti-Monitor. The Anti-monitor was created shortly after the creation of the universe and was the counterpart to The Monitor. The Monitor was the positive matter being created by a being called "The Monitor" and the Anti-monitor was the negative version of the "smaller" Monitor (I know, it's confusing - think of it like unleashing a probe that was split into a good version and an evil version).

These two fought each other for a million years before they knocked each other out like something out of a "Three Stooges Coconut Knocking" sound. In any event, they were out of commission for over 9 billion years. When the Anti-Monitor awakened, he went about destroying the original DC Multiverse.

The two biggest deaths/casualties caused by the Anti-Monitor were the original Supergirl and Barry Allen, the Silver-age Flash. There are a whole slew of other heroes and villains that died as a consequence the the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" that he caused.

He is a threat that requires a unified concentrated effort to vanquish.

Trigon - Evil Nasty Demon Megalomaniac
Trigon - Evil Nasty Demon Megalomaniac


This guy is just plain nasty.

He's a demon from another dimension that has conquered thousands of dimensions and was on his way to ours. He's killed millions and by age sixteen he happily slew his mother. He's cruel, heartless, mean, and demented.

And a bit angry for no real reason.

Oh and, incidentally, he is Raven's (from the Teen Titans) dad.

Trigon is pure evil and a supposed all powerful entity. He's immortal, super-strength, size shifting, energy casting, piece of reality altering bad. He's omniscient. Whenever he makes an appearance, it will take the combined effort of several superteams including the JLA, JSA, Teen Titans... and anyone else they can find, to stop him.

Mister Mxyzptlk
Mister Mxyzptlk

Mister Mxyzptlk

We should all know who this guy is.

Mister Mxyzptlk is that imp that annoys Superman almost every ninety days. He gets bored in the 5th Dimension and needs to come here to have a bit of fun. He can pretty much alter reality in almost any way he sees fit. We've seen him make Superman into all different shapes sizes and animals. However, in the end, Superman usually tricks him into saying his name backwards and he winds up going back home.

Okay, I know what your saying. You're saying, "What's this guy doing here?"

Well, I'll tell you.

A couple of years back, DC came up with a storyline called "Emperor Joker". As Mxyzptlk was really bored, he wanted to see what would happen if he gave an almost infinitesimal bit of power to The Joker. The Joker tricked Mxyzptlk into giving him about 99% of his power. With his power, the Joker had the power over life, death, resurrection, and almost brought an end to everything that ever existed. With Myxzptlk's power, the Joker was able to challenge The Spectre himself.

When you can end existence on "an accident" you're a pretty powerful threat.


Imperiex Prime

Imperiex Prime has caused millions of deaths on this world and billions or deaths across the universe.

What is the Imperiex? Simply put, it's entropy. It's the force that causes all things to slow down, deteriorate, and stop. The Imperiex is older than the universe and his job is to eliminate imperfections within the universe.

This sends him, of course, to Earth. Among the casualties fighting the Imperiex were Aquaman, Queen Hippolyta, Guy Gardner, and Lois Lane's Dad (all of which were brought back to life through one reason or another).

The Imperiex was eventually defeated when he and Brainiac 13 were sent back in time to the creation of the universe at the point of the big bang. Superman allowed the Imperiex to explode with Brainiac 13. The irony was that the imperfection that the Imperiex had originally sensed within the universe was the Imperiex itself.

Parallax - Fear itself
Parallax - Fear itself

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Originally, I was going to show a picture of Hal Jordan as Parallax. But, to be clear, Hal Jordan is not that horrific thing.

DC Readers have known Parallax for decades only they didn't know it was Parallax they were reading about. When the Guardians of the Universe created the central battery on OA, they had used the battery to imprison Parallax. Parallax was what the Guardians called "the yellow imperfection" within the battery. They also stated that without this imperfection that the battery would not work.

This, of course, was a lie.

Parallax's presence within the battery had on specific effect on every Green Lantern who used a ring. It wouldn't work on the color yellow. The reason for this was that yellow was the color for the force of fear in the emotional spectrum.

Personally, I thought this was a great idea from the writers. This harkens back to the old expressions of having a "yellow streak" or being called "yeller" for being a coward.

Parallax is the force of fear. The Guardians knew that the only way to overcome fear was through willpower and fearlessness. That's the reason why every Green Lantern needs those two characteristics in order to work the ring - will power and fearlessness.

Parallax on its own is a terrible force that looks to use its power of fear to dominate the universe. The Sinestro Corps use its power to create fear and panic throughout the universe as a means of control.

Krona - Making Evil
Krona - Making Evil


Billions of years ago, Krona was an OAn scientist who was seeking to find the origin of the multiverse. According to the Guardians of the Universe, the actual creation of the multiverse should never be seen by sentient eyes.

Well, Krona peeked. He saw the hand of creation make all that is - while he was doing that, his machine (which made it possible for seeing this) exploded.

This action apparently released evil into the universe.

The Guardians punished Krona by changing his body into pure energy and scattering him across the cosmos. Krona, with the help of Neron, was able to reassemble himself and was given the power to take revenge on the Guardians.

Krona is immortal and invulnerable and powerful enough to take out any and almost all forces set against him.

A Sun Eater
A Sun Eater

Sun Eaters

Sometimes the name says it all.

"Sun Eaters" are things that eat suns. They are not evil in the sense that a blizzard or a hurricane is not evil. These things are weapons as they are living nebulas that drain all of the energy from a star.

They eat suns.

When you consider how life forms rely on the beneficial stellar energy of suns and stars for light, heat, nutrition, and growth, a sun eater can not only wipe out the inhabitants of a sun, but all of the life forms of an entire solar system.

Neron - Have I got a deal for you?
Neron - Have I got a deal for you?


While there are several beings in the DC Universe that have been classified a pure evil, we still have beings here like Neron.

Neron is the kind of seductive evil we know that is temptation and will give a person his or her heart's desire... if they only do one little thing. This thing will seem trite and ordinary, it will also seems to be quite innoculous.

For example, the hero, Blue Devil, was offered fame and fortune from Neron. The Blue Devil's movie career was going nowhere as his lover/agent could not get his career off the ground. Neron told Blue Devil to simply use his power to abandon a secondary manless power station... and he'd take care of the rest. As it turned out, the Blue Devil's agent was in a helicopter with a new movie deal for him. As she was coming home, her helecopter got caught in power lines, killing all aboard. These were power lines that connected one station to the power station that the Blue Devil blew up. Shortly after the agent's death other agents began to call the Blue Devil, asking him if he needed new representation for the movie deal that his original agent had found.

Neron is extremely powerful and can easily dispose and defeat such enemies as Alan Scott (The Golden Age Green Lantern) and the first Mongul with a fraction of his power. Neron represents more of a force of universal corruption rather than destruction.

But isn't that bad enough.



There are stories that say the dark lord, Mordru, was never born and can never die. He is an immensely powerful sorceror who can only be defeated when he imprisoned by entombment.

Although, in the present day, he has made a name for himself as a menace to Earth and the Justice Society of America, in the future, he is a galactic level threat who commands armies and uses nothing but the darkest of magic.

In the future timeline of the Legion of Superheroes, he has fought the Legion countless times and usually can only be defeated by a sorceror of equal power or a team of magic users.

In the present day, his chief antagonist is Doctor Fate in the guise of Hector Hall. Between Hall and the ghost of the magician Nabu, they have used all of the Lord of Order magic to defeat Mordru and show him that despite how powerful he becomes, he will never, ever win against the legacies of the Justice Society.

Nevertheless, he should always be taken seriously before people get killed.

Final Thoughts

After I'd written the Marvel Threats article, I'd gotten some feedback that some of the characters I gave weren't really threats. I had to gauge this by what I thought would be truly horrible.

For example, I thought the end of "everything that is" was pretty bad. It's one thing to have your cable knocked out and depriving yourself of the season opener of "True Blood" but it's quite another to have your planet blown into cosmic dust.

Then we have the threats to the soul. This is the corruption to everything living. Enemies like Neron represent the temptations we fight every day. If someone told you that you could get rid of that supervisor that gets on your nerves every second of the day if you only sneak a worthless file out of the building, you might do it. When you find out that the information on that file will not only get your pain in the ass supervisor fired, but it will also get your closest co-worker canned as well, you know you've made the wrong turn.

That path always dominates your fate.

These are faults of everyday people. The reason why we read about superheroes, is that they show us the right way to get out of things or, more importantly, they illustrate where the wrong roads are. One turn makes a hero, another - a villain.

That's on the small scale, though.

What else is bad? Well, when an all powerful demon comes from out of nowhere and can kill all of your friends, neighbors, and everyone you've ever known - well, that's pretty bad, too. Death on a massive scale cripples everyone who hears about it. After all, there are still those of us who are still reeling from the tragedy of 9-11 (myself included) as well as the absence of friends that were taken before their time. When we identify a source to that tragedy, it makes it all the more imperative to take them down.

We see powerful evil entities in several different lights. Our reactions vary from "We're screwed. What can we do?" to finding the nearest bomb shelter and convincing yourself that you'll survive anything - whether that's true or not.

While I believe that DC does create some powerful villains, I think Marvel have been doing a better job at making them better known. All I've done is do the research to find where things can go terribly, terribly, wrong and who to watch out for.

In the long run, we'll be reading these to say, "Gee, Chris Peruzzi said this guy was really bad. Perhaps, I should stay and listen to this story."


Main Opposition
Dead or Alive
High Father
Alive at present
The Anti-Monitor
The Entire DC Universe
Last seen as a Black Lantern
The Teen Titans
Mr. Mxyzptlk
Alive as part of the universal defect
Green Lantern
Green Lantern
Sun Eaters
The Legion of Superheroes
There are sun eaters throughout the universe
The Entire DC Universe
Last seen trapped in Doctor Fate's Tower
The JSA and The Legion of Superheroes
Alive and kicking

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Lamar Johns 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Colossal threats for both DC and Marvel have always been the same. A simple way to look at it is by determining whether or not our heroes spanning from many different comics had to team up and fight that one big threat.

DC and Marvel have the big three: Cosmic threat, magical threat, and terrestrial threat. What the New 52 has done is defined those threats more so new readers can easily digest them.

That mentioned, the threats you mentioned are cosmic and magical which pretty much is what the New 52 is striving for.

If you really look at it, Marvel has more cosmic and terrestrial threats, or at least they focus on those more than the magical ones.

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Dominique L 4 years ago from Oregon

Wow! Well done, sir! I enjoyed reading this a lot. Especially about Neron. I started reading comics right when Underworld Unleashed started.

Though I have to disagree with Lamar a little. I've always felt that Marvel had a much better magical world. My personal favorite Marvel storyline ever is the Midnight Sons cycle from the early 90's. And Blade, when he was around up until the mid-90's wasn't exactly fighting mutants. However, the tables seem to have shifted lately, as when Marvel started phasing that stuff out, DC started highlighting theirs with the "Seven Soldiers" plot line (God bless and keep Grant Morrison). Though the gripe I have is that Marvel actually creates new characters to add to their supernatural world, DC stuff involves some combination of The Spectre/Zatanna/Etrigan. Occasionally we get a Madam Xanadu or a Jonah Hex thrown in, but not often.

I've always wondered this, and maybe you guys can explain it to me, since you read a bigger variety of comics than I do, how are Darkseid and Apocalypse (the Marvel guy) different? They seem really really similar to me.

One Eyed Dragon 4 years ago

Dominque L;

Apocalypse is a mutant (like the X-Men) born 5,000 years ago in Ancient Egypt. His original powers were superior strength, stamina, intelligence and some kind of immortality, and he was taller and uglier than any normal human. He later bonded with the technology of the ancient super-aliens the Celestials which gave him techno-pathy, advanced shapeshifting and healing, and a range of other powers. He has demonstrated telepathy and telekinesis on occasion that might be from either source.

Darkseid is a member of the New Gods, a race of gods from another dimension living on two different planets, in his case Apokolips which he rules with an iron fist. All New Gods have strength, speed, stamina etc. comparable to Superman; most sligtly weaker, a few as strong or stronger. Darkseid as enhanced his powers by slaughtering and absorbing the powers of gods from countless other worlds and because of a dark mystical power called the Omega Beams, laser-eyes which let him kill, vaporise, teleport, alter or even ressurect his target, or bring back those the Beams have destroyed. He uses (or is supposed to use, if the writers can remember) an avatar that is slightly stronger than Superman while the real Darkseid is stuck on something called the Source Wall; the real is so vastly more powerful than any other New God that he has the whole of Apokolips worshipping him as God himself.

Apocalypse is mostly a threat to the Earth; Darkseid is a threat to the entire universe. Apocalypse is a Social Darwinist who believes in survival of the fittest, and has created wars and catastrophes throughout human history to weed out the weak; Darkseid is a malevolent control freak who wants to dominate all life everywhere and eradicate love, happiness and free will and make everyone everywhere as miserable as possible.

Apocalypse tends to take defeat well and is impressed by his enemies when they beat him, and lets them live; Darkseid sometimes has this attitude, but more often he'll destroy you for the pettiest of slights, including his minions for trivial offences. Both encourage their underlings to compete against each other and to hate him, but Apocalypse does it because of his philosophy and thinks that if they can kill him then its his own fault; Darkseid does it to put himself above them and does it because he doesn't want their love- he wants them to loath him, but more so to depend on him and for their lives to collapse if he wasn't there.

Apocalypse is one of the strongest physical mutants alive, but there are others more powerful than him; Darkseid is the most powerful New God in existence and is several magnitudes stronger than Apocalypse has ever been. Apocalypse sometimes rules alternate or future Earths and society becomes lawless and chaotic under his rule; Darkseid rules Apokolips, one of the two most advanced planets in the universe, and has ruled for hundreds of thousands of years, if not millions- life on Apokolips is intensely miserable and oppressive, but totalitarian and tightly controlled.

In a fight, Apocalypse would be like a puppy fighting a tyrannosaurus rex; Darkseid has a different personality, a different agenda, a different style of rule, and operates on a vastly higher and cosmic scale, and is far more powerful and intelligent even though Apocalypse is powerful and intelligent in his own right. Both are among the strongest and most dangerous enemies their respective heroes (X-Men for Apocalypse; Superman and the entire DC universe for Darkseid) have to fight, but Darkseid is on a completely different level and aside from looking vaguely similar (though Darkseid is a rock monster and Apocalypse is a flesh and blood cyborg) they are two very different beings.

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Dominique L 4 years ago from Oregon

Sorted! Thanks, One Eyed Dragon. Like I said, I don't actually read a great variety of comics, so I was only passingly familiar with both of them!

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cperuzzi 4 years ago from Freehold, NJ Author

I was just giving this another read through.

The one thing you have to give to Jack Kirby is that he was not only a decent artist but also an incredibly creative writer. He has created a group of characters in his New Gods that have endured years after his death (let alone the ones he created for Marvel - like the Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four).

His work on DC has been good. It has endured. Were they all home runs like the New Gods... no. We do have Funky Flashman and OMAC - which didn't fare so well (despite the fact that OMAC is a great concept). But no one bats a thousand in this game.

Kirby though gave us enduring legends and a character like Darkseid just begs to be challenged.

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EJ Lambert 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

To me the most dangerous villains are the ones who lull you into a false sense of security with their seemingly harmless assurances. Japan before Pearl Harbor. Hitler before Poland. These are examples of people not having to use just brute force, but cunning and guile as well. That is why, to me, Neron and Mxyzptlk are the most dangerous. They have the power, but they take it a step further by using their gifted abilities to manipulate. That is far more frightening than a powerful galactic threat simply because they can do the same damage but the heroes don't pay them the same attention.

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cperuzzi 3 years ago from Freehold, NJ Author

One of the things I truly enjoy about today's comic book writing is that you can see some of the influences of modern day tactics... or even ancient ones. Where during the silver age we had villains that would mount an attack of being bigger and stronger without much of a story. Today we have characters like Bane who has all of the proper intelligence and a battle plan to get Batman crazy enough to use his entire strength reserves enough to get his back broken.

You wisely indicate tactics that have been effective since the day of Sun Szu. This is where a villain hides his true strength and potential. The story that I think of, especially with this, was the "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow" Superman story by Alan Moore. It a great story where all of the Superman Silver-age villains who, in the day, were quite laughable - are now deadly. The mastermind of all of this? Mr. Mxyzptlk.

And you're right... those are the most interesting stories.

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seigfried23 3 years ago

Great, great point. The increasing creativity of writers when coming up with new villains, or powering-up old ones by making them more cunning, etc, deep-sixes that old complaint the Superman was so powerful he was boring - because no one could challenge him. That's not nearly true in the current era, as show by Doomsday's fight with the Kryptonian. Great effort laying out all these storylines!

Dovakat 2 years ago

Doomsday is stronger than Darkseid

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cperuzzi 2 years ago from Freehold, NJ Author

That is definitely debatable.

A good model for Doomsday is to look at the different incarnations of the Hulk. Throughout the years we've seen different strength levels of that character. The first "gray" Hulk was not as strong or as irrational as any of his successors because he retained much of Banner's intellect. The classic "Hulk Smash" Hulk who had the emotional instability of a five-year old would get stronger as he got angrier. However, when Bruce Banner's personality was removed from the Hulk completely, that Hulk could crack adamantium.

But I digress... Doomsday.

The original Doomsday was a creation made on Krypton with the ability to keep coming back from anything that "killed" it. With each "death" Doomsday would get more and more powerful. Eventually, he became so powerful that he could go toe to toe with Superman and kill him. This was well documented in the three part story "Hunter/Prey". In that story, Doomsday opens an entire can of whupass on Darkseid and beats him.

HOWEVER, Doomsday has since gained an intellect and has learned fear of death (this revelation came right around the time of the Joker crossover storyline "Last Laugh"). As a result, he became less indestructible and Superman could handle him with somewhat ease (Hence the Hulk analogy from before).

Doomsday without intelligence is indestructible and somewhat unbeatable. Doomsday WITH intelligence can be beaten by either Darkseid or Superman.

Shahrukh97 19 months ago from karachi

where are Braniac and Joker. If i am not mistaken , joker actually killed darkseid in one of the comic books.

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cperuzzi 18 months ago from Freehold, NJ Author

While the thought of the Joker killing Darkseid is amusing and subject to a geekfest debate, I don't believe it happened outside of the Emperor Joker storyline. It can certainly be argued that while the Joker possessed the bulk of Mxyzptlk's power he could beat everybody (including the Spectre - DC's "Wrath of God").

HOWEVER, in the normal scheme of things, the Joker really isn't that difficult a customer if you're ready for his crap. Yes, he crippled Oracle (as Barbara Gordon) after answering her door (nasty - but anyone can be sucker punched). He killed Jason Todd after his henchmen worked him over and then he beat him with a crowbar, AND THEN blew up the building he was in. After they resurrected Todd and he became The Red Hood, Todd lost little time in beating and torturing the Joker at his leisure.

The evil clown bit works for a while and Joker has certainly earned his reputation as a certifiable psychotic (James Jesse, The Trickster, in "Underworld Unleashed" said that when villains wanted to scare other villains, they told Joker stories). However, he does not have the galaxy destroying might to be up with several of the people on this list. He has no powers outside of getting his ass kicked by Batman regularly and surviving. He has some expertise with chemicals (using janitorial chemicals to make a primitive version of his "laughing gas") and has some skill at disguise.

He's a favorite - but he doesn't belong on this list.

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Taranwanderer 17 months ago

Awesome post and a deeply-enjoyable read. I'm always bookmarking hubs to read later (when does later ever arrive, it seems) but I had to delve into this one while riding the train. It made me wonder how my own strongest dc heroes compilation would stack up against yours if they fought lol! I might be mistaken, but didn't the Last Kryptonian battle Krona with the help of Cap's shield and Thor's hammer?

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cperuzzi 17 months ago from Freehold, NJ Author

That was at the climax of JLA vs. Avengers (drawn awesomely by George Perez). Superman wasn't only holding Cap's shield but he was also holding Thor's hammer (a temporary proviso written into the plot). After everything was over, Superman was not worthy and fell prey to his vulnerability to magic (which I guess might be a problem when fighting Thor similar to that of fighting the DC Captain Marvel - Would Thor's lightning fry Superman? Hmmmm.) The collected graphic novel (of all four issues) is worth a read.

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Taranwanderer 12 months ago

Just coming back to this. As for the most recent comment; it's an excellent question (more like a 'musing', actually) and worth looking into. Will Thor's magic fry Superman? We all know that normal lightning would have no effect whatsoever on the Kryptonian. Captain Marvel's "Shazam" definitely hurts Superman; but he can take many, many strikes depending on the incarnation (see MArk Waid and Alex Ross' beautifully-drawn Kingdom Come). It's the lightning of Zeus, apparently, and can definitely stop Superman in his tracks.

Now, Thor is a god, so his lightning should be on a similar level. Weaker, actually, since Thor is beneath his father Odin, and Odin and Zeus are pretty much equivalent SkyFathers. So I think that, while Thor's lightning can definitely batter the Man of Steel, it wouldn't be nearly enough to put him down - and Thor has to worry about heat vision, superspeed and strength greater than his own.

As a final note, I don't think Superman is really all that vulnerable to magic; I think he's just less invulnerable, if that makes sense - but I can't be sure I'm not double-speaking lol.

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cperuzzi 12 months ago from Freehold, NJ Author

I have to disagree with you on that one... about being less invulnerable to magic. No, he's really vulnerable to magic. Mxyzptlk's (and Mxyztplk as well) isn't even real magic and Superman gets screwed by it every time. When we talk about REAL magic - like Doctor Fate and Mordru (the Dark Lord) - Mordru kicks his ass every time (see any PreCrisis story involving Superboy (Superman as a boy) and the Legion). Zatanna, Zatara, Shazam, The Spectre, Felix Faust - they've all got Kal's number.

But the thing is, is that they SHOULD have his number. If you have a hero who is invulnerable to everything, he just isn't fun. There's no drama. You can't expect Superman to go in everytime, kick some ass, and go away unscathed. You need him to sit back for a moment, think on how he can get by this serious obstacle and then outsmart his foe. If it's just kryptonite - no problem... but magic - that can come out of nowhere and magic lightning can fry his ass.

I will agree with you on that, though. If anyone gets zapped by lighting, they'd die. How Superman survives this, is a mystery and I think you're right - he's got some bit of resistance to that bit of magic. However, let's remember the blood that trickled down his ear and the skin burns after his fight with Captain Marvel. That had to hurt.

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