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Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. Art by Alex Ross.

The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared universe where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. The fictional characters Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are well-known superheroes from this universe. Note that in context, "DC Universe" is usually used to refer to the main DC continuity. Occasionally, "DC Universe" will be used to indicate the entire "DC Multiverse"; the collection of all continuities within DC Comics publications. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1035x780, 226 KB) Cover to History of the DC Universe. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1035x780, 226 KB) Cover to History of the DC Universe. ... This is a timeline of events in the fictional DC Universe, the setting for the stories featured in DC Comics. ... Nelson Alexander Alex Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, illustrator and plotter, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. ... A fictional universe is a cohesive fictional world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction. ... A shared universe is a literary technique in which several different authors create works of fiction that share aspects such as settings or characters and that are intended to be read as taking place in a single universe. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... For other uses, see Wonder Woman (disambiguation). ... For the upcoming parody of superhero films, see Superhero!. Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... In fiction, continuity is consistency of the characteristics of persons, plot, objects, places and events seen by the reader or viewer. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ...

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History

The concept of a shared universe was originally pioneered by the DC Comics (originally known as National Periodical Publications) and in particular by writer Gardner Fox. The fact that DC Comics Characters coexisted in the same world was first established in All Star Comics #3 (1940) where several superheroes (who starred in separate stories in the series up to that point) met each other, and soon founded the superhero team, the Justice Society of America. However, the majority of National/DC's publications continued to be written with little regard of maintaining continuity with each other for the first few decades. Gardner Francis Fox (May 20, 1911, Brooklyn, New York – December 24, 1986) was an American writer best known for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. ... This article is about the 1940s comic book series. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


Over the course of its publishing history, DC has introduced different versions of its characters, sometimes presenting them as if the earlier version had never existed. For example, they introduced new versions of the Flash, Green Lantern, and Hawkman in the late 1950s, with similar powers but different names and personal histories. Similarly, they had characters such as Batman whose early adventures set in the 1940s could not easily be reconciled with stories featuring a still-youthful man in the 1970s. To explain this, they introduced the idea of the multiverse in Flash #123 (1961) where the Silver Age Flash met his Golden Age counterpart. In addition to allowing the conflicting stories to "co-exist", it allowed the differing versions of characters to meet, and even team up to combat cross-universe threats. The writers gave designations such as "Earth-One", "Earth-Two", and so forth, to certain universes, designations which at times were also used by the characters themselves. The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... For other meanings of the term, see Hawkman (disambiguation) Hawkman is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... Barry Allen is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe and the second Flash. ... Jay Garrick is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe and the first Flash. ...


Over the years, as the number of titles published increased and the volume of past stories accumulated, it became increasingly difficult to maintain internal consistency. In order to continue publishing stories of its most popular characters, maintaining the status quo became necessary. Although retcons were used as a way to explain apparent inconsistencies in stories written, editors at DC came to consider the varied continuity of multiple Earths too difficult to keep track of, and feared that it was an obstacle to accessibility for new readers. To address this, they published the cross-universe miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985, which merged universes and characters, reducing the Multiverse to a single DC Universe with a single history. However, this arrangement removed the mechanism DC had been using to deal with the passage of time in the real world without having the characters age in the comics. Crisis also had failed to establish a coherent future history for the DC Universe, with conflicting versions of the future. The Zero Hour limited series (1994) gave them an opportunity to revise timelines and rewrite the DC Universe history. This article is about the English rock band. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Gaming crossovers be merged into this article or section. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... Universe was a 1941 story from Heinleins Future History series (shown here in the 1951 Dell edition). ... Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ...


As a result, almost once per decade since the 1980s, the DC Universe experiences a major crisis that allows any number of changes from new versions of characters to appear as a whole reboot of the universe, restarting nominally all the characters into a new and modernized version of their lives. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


Meanwhile, DC has published occasional stories called "Elseworlds", which often presented alternate versions of their characters. For example, one told the story of Bruce Wayne as a Green Lantern, another presented Kal-El as if he'd lived in the time of the American Civil War. In 1998, The Kingdom reintroduced a variant of the old Multiverse concept called Hypertime which essentially allows for alternate versions of characters and worlds again. The entire process was parodied in Alan Moore's meta-comic, "Supreme: Story of the Year". This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, hypertime is both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories, and a variation—in fact, a superset—of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. ... For other persons named Alan Moore, see Alan Moore (disambiguation). ... Supreme is a fictional superhero created by Rob Liefeld. ...


The Infinite Crisis event (2005-2006) remade the DC Universe yet again, with the changes made currently being determined. The limited series "52" (2006-2007) established that a new multiverse now exists. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... In the course of the DC Comics event Infinite Crisis (the seven-issue limited series, its lead-in stories, and various tie-ins), several events in the DC Universes past were retroactively altered by either Superboy-Prime or the separation and re-merging of alternate Earths. ... 52 is the title of a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 10, 2006, one week after the conclusion of the seven-issue Infinite Crisis. ...


Description

A few of the many characters in the DC Universe. Art by multiple artists, most drawing the character they created or co-created.
A few of the many characters in the DC Universe. Art by multiple artists, most drawing the character they created or co-created.

The basic concept of the DC Universe is that its just like the real world, but with superheroes and supervillains existing in it. However, there are other corollary differences resulting from the justifications implied by that main conceit. Many fictional countries, such as Qurac, Vlatava, and Zandia, exist in it. Though stories are often set in the United States of America, they are as often as not set in fictional cities, such as Gotham City or Metropolis. These cities are effectively archetypes of cities, with Gotham City embodying the negative aspects of life in a large city, and Metropolis reflecting more of the positive aspects. Sentient alien species (such as Kryptonians and Thanagarians) and even functioning interstellar societies are generally known to exist, and the arrival of alien spacecraft is not uncommon. Technologies which are only theoretical in the real world or are outright impossible according to modern science, such as faster-than-light travel and artificial intelligence, are functional and reproducible, though they are often portrayed as highly experimental and difficult to achieve. Demonstratable magic exists and can be learned. The general history of the fictional world is similar to the real one (for instance, there was a Roman Empire and World War II and 9/11 occurred), but many fantastic additions exist, such as the known existence of Atlantis. In recent years, stories have increasingly described events which bring the DC Universe farther away from reality, such as World War III occurring, Lex Luthor being elected as President of the United States in 2000, and entire cities and countries being destroyed. There are other minor variations, such as the Earth being slightly larger than ours (to accommodate the extra countries), and the planet Saturn having 18 moons rather than 19 because Superman destroyed one. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1091x600, 568 KB) Summary DC Universe characters, from left to right: Top Row: Tommy Tomorrow, Phantom Stranger, Swamp Thing, The Question, The White Witch, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Enemy Ace, Plastic Man, Darkseid, Ragman, The Ray, The... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1091x600, 568 KB) Summary DC Universe characters, from left to right: Top Row: Tommy Tomorrow, Phantom Stranger, Swamp Thing, The Question, The White Witch, Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Green Lantern (Guy Gardner), Enemy Ace, Plastic Man, Darkseid, Ragman, The Ray, The... Qurac is a fictional country in the DC universe. ... Vlatava is a fictional country in the DC Comics Universe. ... This article is about the fictional place. ... Metropolis Skyline, as seen in Smallville. ... Archetype is defined as the first original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated. ... For other uses, see Krypton (disambiguation). ... Thanagar is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ... Faster-than-light (also superluminal or FTL) communications and travel are staples of the science fiction genre. ... Bold text[[Link title]] “AI” redirects here. ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ... For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Lex Luthor is a fictional DC Comics supervillain and is the primary antagonist of the Superman franchise. ...


Superheroes

See also: List of DC Comics characters & List of DC Comics teams and organizations

The majority of the superhumans on Earth owe their powers to the "metagene": A genetic feature of unknown origin, which causes some people to develop superpowers when exposed to dangerous substances and forces. Others owe their powers to magic, genetic manipulation (or mutation) or bionics (see below). A large power gap resides between Superheroes and civilians, making superheroes almost god-like. Still others owe their powers to not being human at all (see races, below). There are also many heroes and villains who possess no superhuman powers at all (among them Batman) but make do with specialized equipment or training in special skills, such as martial arts. This is a list of characters owned or published primarily by DC Comics. ... Teams and organizations in various DC Comics publications. ... Metahuman is a term to describe superhumans in the DC Universe. ... This article is about the general scientific term. ... A superpower is a state with the ability to influence events or project power on a wide scale. ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ... Genetic engineering, genetic modification (GM), and gene splicing (once in widespread use but now deprecated) are terms for the process of manipulating genes in an organism, usually outside of the organisms normal reproductive process. ... Bionics (also known as biomimetics, biognosis, biomimicry, or bionical creativity engineering) is the application of methods and systems found in nature to the study and design of engineering systems and modern technology. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


The tradition of using costumed identities to fight crime on a vigilante basis (or commit it) started during the 1930s, with heroes like the Crimson Avenger and The Sandman. In November 1940, the first Superhero team, The Justice Society of America, was formed. During World War II, all of America's heroes were banded together as the All-Star Squadron to protect the United States from the Axis powers. However, due to a magical spell cast by Adolf Hitler (using the Spear of Destiny and the Holy Grail) the most powerful heroes were unable to enter Axis-held territories, leaving the war to be fought mainly by normal humans such as Sgt. Rock. After the war, under pressure from the paranoid Committee on Un-American Activities the JSA disbanded. While many types of heroes were active afterwards (mainly non-costumed, such as the Challengers of the Unknown or Detective Chimp), it wasn't until Superman's public debut that a new generation of costumed heroes became active. Soon after, the Justice League was formed, and they've remained Earth's preeminent superhero team; most DC heroes (such as the Teen Titans) have either belonged to the League at some point, or have connections to it. The Crimson Avenger is the name of three separate fictional characters, superheroes who exist in the DC Comics universe. ... The Sandman, alias Wesley Dodds, is a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe, best known for his stories set during the 1940s and his costume consisting of a green business suit, fedora, and gas mask. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hitler redirects here. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Holy Lance. ... For other uses, see Holy Grail (disambiguation). ... One of Joe Kuberts evocative covers for Sgt. ... HUAC hearings House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC or HCUA) (1938–1975) was an investigative committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Cover to Challengers of the Unknown #7, 1959. ... In the fictional DC Universe, Detective Chimp (alias Bobo T. Chimpanzee) is a chimpanzee wearing a deerstalker (in honor of Sherlock Holmes) with human-level intelligence who solves crimes, often with the help of the Bureau of Amplified Animals, a group of intelligent animals, like Rex the Wonder Dog. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ...

Cover to DC Universe: Stories of Alan Moore (2006). Art by Brian Bolland.
Cover to DC Universe: Stories of Alan Moore (2006). Art by Brian Bolland.

Power is greatly exaggerated in some denizens of the DC Universe, like the major heroes and certain cosmic entities. Living as a superhero has its inconsistencies, like Superman's vulnerability to magic and kryptonite, Green Lantern's initial ineffectiveness to the color yellow (which can be overcome through training) or Batman's lack of powers (which he makes up for with his keen intelligence, constant training, and assorted gadgets). Image File history File linksMetadata Alanmoore_dcu. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Alanmoore_dcu. ... For other persons named Alan Moore, see Alan Moore (disambiguation). ... Bollands cover to Hellstorm: Prince Of Lies #16. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...


Superheroes are generally accepted by the general public, with some (such as Superman and The Flash) actually having museums dedicated to them. The governments of the world have long realized that they must deal with the "metahumans" in some way. Years ago an organization called "The Dome" was formed to help superheroes who needed to fight crime across international borders; the superhero group called the Global Guardians were their main agents. However the Dome eventually lost its United Nations backing to the Justice League. The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... The Global Guardians are a team of DC Comics superheroes which hail from countries outside of the US. // History The Guardians are similar to the Justice League as they are also committed to fighting crime around the world. ...


The American government has had a more wary approach, however. Back during World War II they started "Project M" to create experimental soldiers to fight in the war, such as the Creature Commandos. Most of these experiments remain a secret to the public. Currently, the government deals with metahumans and similar beings through its Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO). Covertly, they use an organization of costumed (but non-superhuman) agents known as "Checkmate". The government also formed Task Force X (known as the "Suicide Squad") for "black ops" mostly using imprisoned (and thus expendable) supervillains enticed with offered clemency into helping them. The Creature Commandos are a fictional DC Comics team of military superhumans first deployed in World War II. The original team was introduced in Weird War Tales #93 (November 1980) created by Robert Kanigher and Jim Craig. ... Checkmate is a fictional covert operations agency within the DC Comics universe. ... Suicide Squad is a name for a number of fictional organizations created for and owned by DC Comics. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Outcast personalities are usually evident in DCU super-villainy to be intentionally out-leveled and imprisoned. Villains with meek powers contrive schemes of extraordinary complexity, yet because of their simple talents, they only call the attention of heroes like Batman and Flash. When caught, any prison sufficient enough to contain these villains are suitable. They are masters in heists, kidnappings and robberies. More powerful villains strive to contest for greater goals like world domination, or universal acclaim. Usually more powerful enemies are imprisoned in maximum level facilities, such as Belle Reve Penitentiary (which also was secretly Task Force X's headquarters) and even dimensions or space because they can not simply be killed by a stray bullet or a fatal blow. Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ...


Supervillains sometimes also form their own groups, but these tend to be short-lived due to the fact that most villains simply do not trust each other. Most such teams are formed by a charismatic (or fearsome) criminal mastermind for specific purposes; an example is the Secret Society of Super Villains of which there have been several versions. Most villain teams are usually small (formed of individuals who know each other personally, such as the Central City Rogues) or have some other reason to stay together (mercenary groups like the H.I.V.E., fanatical cults such as Kobra, etc.) The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... Central City is a fictional city that appears in stories published by DC Comics, and is the home of the Silver Age version of the Flash, Barry Allen. ... Some members of the Flashs Rogues Gallery. ... The H.I.V.E., which stands for the Hierarchy of International Vengeance and Extermination, is the name of a DC Comics supervillain team. ... Kobra is a DC Comics supervillain. ...


Advanced technology

See also: List of objects in the DC Universe

Devices more advanced than those we currently have are available - but they're usually very expensive, and usually only rich or powerful individuals and organizations (or the scientific geniuses who create them) have access to them. S.T.A.R. Labs is an independent research outfit that often develops these devices, while Lexcorp is the main company selling them. It must also be noted that the government also runs the secret Project Cadmus (located in the mountains near Metropolis) to develop clones and genetic manipulation without the public's knowledge. Technology can also come from outer space or different timelines. Apokolips weaponry is often sold in Metropolis to the criminal organization known as Intergang. A list of fictional objects and materials existing in the DC Universe. ... Scientific and Technological Advanced Research Laboratories, usually shortened to S.T.A.R. Labs, are a research organization in various stories published by DC Comics. ... Lex Luthor is a DC Comics supervillain and archenemy of Superman. ... Project Cadmus is a fictional government genetic engineering project in the DC Comics Universe. ... In the DC Comics fictional shared Universe, Apokolips was the planet ruled by Darkseid, established in Jack Kirbys Fourth World series. ... Intergang is a fictional organized crime organization in Superman comics. ...


Robots and similar creations, including cyborgs, can have superior intelligence when they are created as sentient beings. The Manhunters, Red Tornado, Robotman, Hourman, and Metallo are a few among the many sentient androids, or cyborgs, created by Individuals who possess vast intellect like the scientist Professor Ivo, who has the ability to create super-human androids such as Amazo using a form of Nano-technology developed by Lexcorp. Brainiac also emulates this technology as well as technology from other worlds. Similarly, some characters use technology to enhance their armor or modify cybernetic functions, for example Steel, Cyborg and the Cyborg Superman. The Manhunters are a fictional race of robot warriors that exists within the universe of DC Comics. ... Red Tornado is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... Robotman is an American syndicated comic strip, created, written and illustrated by cartoonist Jim Meddick in 1986. ... Hourman (Matthew Tyler) is a fictional character, a superhero who was created by Grant Morrison and Howard Porter and first appeared in JLA #12. ... Metallo is a fictional supervillain and cyborg who appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ... Professor Ivo is a fictional mad scientist in the DC universe. ... Amazo is a fictional android from DC Comics. ... Buckminsterfullerene C60, also known as the buckyball, is the simplest of the carbon structures known as fullerenes. ... Brainiac is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain and frequent opponent of Superman. ... John Henry Irons is the third hero known as Steel, a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... This article is about the Teen Titans member. ... The Cyborg Superman is a fictional supervillain in the DC Universe and is primarily an enemy of Superman and Green Lantern. ...


Hidden races

There are a few intelligent races living on Earth that the public at large did not know about until recent times. Among these are the last survivors of Atlantis, who changed themselves into water-breathing forms, including the human-like Poseidonians and the mermaid-like Tritonians. Other species, such as Warworlders, were brief test subjects of Project Cadmus who fled to the Underworld below Metropolis. There is also a tribe of highly intelligent, telepathic gorillas living in an invisible city hidden in Africa; this is the home of Gorilla Grodd. Warworld is a fictional artificial planet featured in several DC Comics stories. ... Project Cadmus is a fictional government genetic engineering project in the DC Comics Universe. ... Telepathy from the Greek τηλε, tele, distant, and πάθεια, patheia, feeling, is the supposed ability to communicate information from one mind to another, and is one form of extra-sensory perception or anomalous cognition. ... Gorilla Grodd is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics, primarily as an opponent of The Flash. ...


Aliens

See also: List of DC Comics alien races

There are many intelligent extraterrestrial races as well. Curiously, a large number of them are humanoid, even human-like, in form (such as Kryptonians, who outwardly appear identical to earth-born humans); some can even interbreed with Terrans. Some of these races have natural superpowers, but they're usually the same for all individuals of the same race, unlike Earth's metahumans. This was explained by the fact that in Earths distant past White Martians experimented on human severely culling the metahuman potential, this means that a species that were meant to have a wide ranse of powers like Tameraneans or Kryptonians ended up "just...human". However, there are also plenty of nonhumanoid races as well. List of alien races See List of aliens in fiction 5th Dimensional Imps Alien Family Alien warriors Almeracs Alstairians Anatacans Annihilators Animal Masters Angtuans the Anunnake Aorans Appelaxians The Asgardians Athramites Atlanteans Athyns of Karakkan Azans Bgtzlians Blight Bloodlines Parasites Bogus-Men Bolovax Vikians Braalians Canopians Carggites Citadelians Coluans Competalians...


The DC Universe has many natural and cosmic disasters that occur to their alien civilizations. The Martians were destroyed by war, the Kryptons by a dying planet, and the Czarnians by plague. Even the Almeracian Empire was victim to an impending destruction of the universe by the Imperiex. Czarnians are inhabitants of Lobos homeworld Czarnia. ... Maxima is a fictional comic book character in DC Comics Superman titles. ... Imperiex, also called the Devourer of Galaxies, is a fictional extraterrestrial supervillain featured in the Our Worlds at War crossover published by DC Comics. ...


Order is kept around the galaxy by the Guardians of the Universe and their agents, the Green Lantern Corps. Rival peacekeeping organizations include the Darkstars (created by the Guardians' rivals, the Controllers) and the interplanetary mercenary organization L.E.G.I.O.N.. Criminal organizations include the Manhunters, the Spider Guild and the Dark Circle. The Guardians of the Universe are fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. ... The fictional Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police force featured in DC Comics, particularly series featuring the superhero Green Lantern, Earth’s member of the group. ... Darkstars Issue 1 A fictional intergalactic squadron of cosmic cops that no one had heard of before 1992 in DC Comics. ... The Controllers are a fictional extraterrestrial race existing in the DC Universe. ... L.E.G.I.O.N. was a DC Comics science fiction comic book. ... The Dark Circle are a fictional criminal organization in DC Comics. ...


Most aliens are from different planets, who have a source of origin near the Solar System and in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Dominators are an imperialistic race of terrorist aliens who control most of the unknown cosmos in order to extract genetic resources from planets. The caste is also collectively known as the Dominion. Other aliens in the outlying galaxies control armadas like the Khund, Gordanians, Thanagarians and Spider-Guild. Even though the majority of the DC Universe is policed by the Green Lantern Corps, and later the United Planets, most rogue races strive at conquering the known universe. In the DC Universe, the Dominators are a fictional alien race. ... A governing body in the 30th Century DC Universe, composed of Earth and a large number of other planets in the galaxy. ...


One oddity is the Vegan Star system. Due to an arrangement with the Psions, the Guardians did not intervene in that system, allowing a cruel empire called "The Citadel" to govern there, until it was overthrown by the Omega Men. A fictional alien species in the pages of DC Comics. ... The Omega Men are a team of alien comic book superheroes in the DC Comics universe. ...


Supernatural creatures

See also: List of DC cosmic entities

Magic and the supernatural are often depicted as being real in the DC Universe, though some skeptics such as Mister Terrific maintain that there are scientific explanations to all such events. The narration of the mystic and harsh dark reality is more common in DC's Vertigo comics because its stories lurk outside of superhero fantasy; the Vertigo series have beings that relate better to civilian life although both universe's are subject to fantastical realms, and unworldly dimensions. Magic is too powerful in the physical world, where harnessing magic can distort and even destroy reality if not properly controlled (ie: if the Lord of Order succombs to certain events so will the Lord of Chaos). This is a list of cosmic entities owned or published primarily by DC Comics. ... Michael Holt is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ...


There are several types of supernatural creatures, such as:

  • Gods: The first beings calling themselves 'gods' first appeared billions of years ago on another planet, but they destroyed themselves in a terrible war. This unleashed the "Godwave," a wave of cosmic energy from The Source. This gave birth to other gods across the universe, including Earth’s. From the planet’s remains were formed the worlds of Apokolips and New Genesis, inhabited by beings that call themselves "New Gods". It must be noted that this universe was created by an omnipotent being known as "The Presence", which is believed to be the creator-being described by many religions, including Christianity. Also, beings calling themselves ‘angels’, such as Zauriel (see below), have appeared, though they seem little different from the mythological gods. Certain Speedsters believe in enlightment in order to become part of the Speed Force (see below). Depending on the characters, other diverse religious deities from ancient cultures are common. Heroes such as Aztek and Black Condor, or villains like Black Adam, have found knowledge of their native roots in origin.
    • Heaven and Hell: Heaven and Hell do exist in the DC Universe but may not exist in the same continuum. In the DC/Vertigo universe the Triumvirate rule hell which are Lord Lucifer, and biblical incarnations of Beelzebub, and Belial. Generic depictions of Satan, angels, demons and God also appear frequently. Versions vary from the Vertigo and DC Universe series because the Vertigo/DC Universe use them in relation to religion and mythology while the writers in the DCU have a tendency to narrate fantasy. In the Vertigo series Swamp Thing, Heaven and Hell seems to be restricted to earth, creating the possibility that every living planet have their own versions of afterlife.
      • Death represents different characters in the DC Universe. One personification of death is the Black Flash, who can represent Death as an internal figure for the speedsters in the DC Universe. Another is Death (see below), who resides at the very end of time. And finally there is the Black Racer, who appears as Death in the afterlife.
  • The Lords of Order and Chaos: These two groups of magical beings have been fighting against each other since the beginning of time, and they often empower others (with "Order Magic" or "Chaos Magic") in exchange for their acting as their agents. Many magical heroes and villains have been manipulated by them. The Lords of Order and Chaos were killed by the Spectre during the Day Of Vengeance: Infinite Crisis Special.
  • Elementals: The Earth itself has a living spirit called "Maya" who, for millennia, has been creating champions, one for each of the mystical elements, to protect itself, using human beings as their hosts. Swamp Thing, Firestorm, Naiad and Red Tornado were some of them.
  • Homo Magi: a subspecies of humanity with the natural ability to use magic, this race almost disappeared after too much crossbreeding with normal humans (it's from them that people in the DC universe inherited the ability to use magic.) The last pureblooded ones decided to retire to a magical invisible city centuries ago, and are now known as "The Hidden Ones". Zatanna had a Homo Magi mother, and knows many of the race's secrets.
  • The Endless: Physical manifestations of eternal and universal phenomena that effect the human condition such as Death, Desire, Dream, Despair, Delirium, etc, principally recounted in the Modern Age Sandman series.
  • Wizards and Sorcerers: Various sorcerers lurk in the DCU. Dr. Fate, Circe, the wizard Shazam, Mordru and Felix Faust are written as characters who use sorcery to create and destroy. Dimensions, rituals and spiritual realms are sources for magic power as seen in Ras Al Ghul's Lazarus Pit and the transformations of Captain Marvel.
  • Demonic entities vary from the Demon Etrigan, to Blaze, Satanus and Neron. Demonic entities are abundant and come from Hell although some like Eclipso, the vengeance demon (also referred to as the Prince of Darkness), reside on the Moon. Demonic Entities from Wonder Woman comics are directly linked to Greek Mythology such as Hades, and Ares. In the Vertigo worlds, characters like John Constantine oppose Demons of Christian Mythology such as Satan and Gabriel, the Fallen Angel. Most Demons are not however directly linked to Demonology.

Within the DC Comics Universe, the Source is the non-religion-oriented equivalent to God/Goddess/Jehovah (etc. ... In the DC Comics fictional shared Universe, Apokolips was the planet ruled by Darkseid, established in Jack Kirbys Fourth World series. ... In comic books, New Genesis was the home-planet of the New Gods from Jack Kirbys Fourth World metaseries. ... The New Gods are a fictional race published by DC Comics, as well as the title for four series of comics about those characters. ... For the Marvel comics character see Presence (Marvel Comics) The Presence is a fictional comic book representation of the Abrahamic God created by Grant Morrison for the DC Universe. ... Zauriel is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... Aztek was a superhero in the DC Universe. ... Black Condor is the name of three DC Comics superheroes who have all been members of the Freedom Fighters. ... Black Adam is a fictional comic book character whose morally ambiguous nature has his character fall between the lines of heroism and villainy; as a result, he has associated himself with both superheroes and supervillains in the past. ... The term triumvirate is commonly used to describe a political regime dominated by three powerful political and/or military leaders. ... “Belzebub” redirects here. ... A woodcarving of Belial and some of his followers from Jacobus de Teramos book Buche Belial (1473) Belial (also Belhor, Baalial, Beliar, Belias , Beliall, Beliel; from Hebrew בְּלִיַּ֫עַל ; also named Matanbuchus, Mechembuchus, Meterbuchus in older scripts) is an evil being in Jewish apocrypha, and also a term used to characterise... For other uses, see Swamp Thing (disambiguation). ... Death is a fictional character from the DC comic book series, The Sandman (1988 - 1996). ... The Black Flash is a fictional comic book character from DC Comics. ... This article is about the DC Comics character Black Racer comic book character, for the Black Racer snake, see coluber constrictor. ... The Lords of Chaos and Lords of Order are complementary groups of supernatural entities with godlike powers that appear in DC Comics. ... This article is about elementals in alchemy. ... For other uses, see Swamp Thing (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Ronnie Raymond/Martin Stein version of Firestorm. ... Mai Miyazaki, the Naiad first appeared in Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #90, in which she was revealed to be the elemental of water, in the same league as Firestorm (fire), Red Tornado (air), and Swamp Thing (earth). ... Red Tornado is a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... Zatanna Zatara is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... The Endless are a group of beings who embody various aspects of the universe in the DC comic book series The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman. ... Wolverine, a member of the X-Men, a popular franchise in the Modern Age, and an anti-hero, a popular character type The Modern Age of Comic Books is an informal name for the period in the history of mainstream American comic books generally considered to last from the mid... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... Shazam is a comic book character created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck for Fawcett Comics. ... // Character Biography Mordru (also known as Mordru the Merciless) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe whose main foes are the Legion of Super-Heroes in the future world of the 30th and 31st centuries and the Justice Society of America and the Lord of Order... Felix Faust is a fictional sorcerer and supervillain who appears in stories published by DC Comics. ... A Lazarus Pit is a fictional natural phenomenon in the DC Comics universe. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... “Fiend” redirects here. ... The Demon is a DC Comics superhero series created by comic book master, Jack Kirby. ... Blaze and Satanus are demonic supervillain siblings in the DC Comics Universe. ... For the US Weather Observation Network, see NERON. Neron is also an alternative name of the Roman Emperor Nero. ... Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. ... Hades, Greek god of the underworld, enthroned, with his bird-headed staff, on a red-figure Apulian vase made in the 4th century BC. For other uses, see Hades (disambiguation). ... This article is about the ancient Greek god; for other uses, see Ares (disambiguation). ... John Constantine (born May 10, 1953 in Liverpool, England) is the fictional protagonist of the comic series Hellblazer. ... This article is about the archangel Gabriel. ... Demonology is the systematic study of demons or beliefs about demons. ...

Other dimensions

The DC Universe is composed of a number of different dimensional planes, most notably parallel earths (see Multiverse), but the latter were eliminated when reality was altered by the Anti-Monitor (although stories featuring parallel earths have continued to crop up with various rationalizations in the following years). Other types of dimensions still exist, however, including the Antimatter Universe, the Pax dimension, and the Fifth Dimension. Prison dimensions, such as the Phantom Zone are meant to house super powered criminals who are too powerful for any conventional means of sustainment. Dimensions make up many universes of which are created and destroyed with help from supernatural forces and elements of which power is drawn. As well, certain dimensions function as cross-over opportunities for heroes from different comic book companies to interact, either from competing companies, or from companies absorbed by competitors. The most notable example of the first kind of crossover has been between between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, and the latter with Wildstorm Comics. An example of the latter kind of crossover would be DC's acquisition of Fawcett Comics, Quality Comics, and Charlton Comics and the absorption into the DC continuity as the original Captain Marvel, Plastic Man and Captain Atom. In this way, heroes originally published by different companies can become part of the same fictional universe, and interactions between such characters are no longer considered intercompany crossovers. In metaphysics and esoteric cosmology, a plane of existence (sometimes called simply a plane, dimension, vibrating plane, or an inner, invisible, spiritual, supraphysical world, or egg) is conceived as a subtle region of space (and/or consciousness) beyond, but permeating, the known physical universe (or a portion of the physical... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ... Qward is a fictional world existing within an antimatter universe that is part of the DC Comics universe. ... The Alien Parasites appeared in the Bloodline annuals of DC Comics in 1994 where DC introduced new heroes created by them. ... In physics and mathematics, a sequence of N numbers can be understood to represent a location in an N-dimensional space. ... The Phantom Zone is a fictional prison dimension featured in the Superman comic books and related media. ... In comic books, an intercompany crossover (also called cross-company or company crossover) is a comic or series of comics where characters published by one company meet those published by another (for example, DC Comics Superman meeting Marvels Spider-Man). ... This article is about the comic book company. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Wildstorm Wildstorm Productions, or simply WildStorm, is an American publisher of comic books. ... Whiz Comics #2, the first appearance of Captain Marvel, the companys most popular character. ... Crack Comics #1 (May, 1940), featuring the Clock, previously introduced as the first masked comic book superhero. ... Big C logo, used from Sept. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ... Plastic Man (Patrick Eel OBrian) is a fictional comic-book superhero originally published by Quality Comics and later acquired by DC Comics. ... Captain Atom is a fictional comic book superhero. ...


Speed Force

The Speed Force is an extradimensional energy source which provides the speedsters of the DC Universe with their powers. Accessing the Speed Force makes it possible to run at incredible speeds, even faster than light, and even to jump in and out of the timestream, thereby travelling - albeit with a limited degree of control - through time. The Speed Force also acts as a kind of Valhalla for deceased speedsters. Bart Allen surrounded By the Speed Force after absorbing it. ... A speedster is a fictional character, often found as a staple of superhero comic books, who has the superhuman ability to run and perform other normal physical acts at speeds unachievable by normal human beings. ... For other uses, see Valhalla (disambiguation). ...


Time Stream

It is possible to travel in time in this universe by several means, including moving faster than the speed of light. The Legion of Superheroes from 1,000 years into the future in particular have access to time-travel technology while Rip Hunter is the present day authority of the technology. Originally, it was impossible to change the past, or to exist in two places at the same time (a time traveler appearing in a period on which he or she already existed would become an ineffectual, invisible phantom while there). However that was all changed after the Anti-Monitor tried to change history at the beginning of time during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Also, a number of alternate realities- known as Hypertime- now exist. A group calling itself the Linear Men formed to prevent anyone from changing history. In addition, an enormously powerful being called the Time Trapper, an enemy of the Legion, has been known to mess with the timestream, even creating "pocket universes." The Legion of Super-Heroes is a team of comic book superheroes in the future. ... Rip Hunter is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Showcase #20 (May 1959), then his own series which ran for 29 issues (1961-65). ... The Anti-Monitor is a fictional comic book supervillain, the antagonist of the 1985 DC Comics miniseries Crisis on Infinite Earths. ... Parallel universe or alternate reality in science fiction and fantasy is a self-contained separate reality coexisting with our own. ... Hypertime is a fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories and a variation or superset of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. ... The Linear Men is a DC Comics team of men and women who police time and work to resolve time paradoxes. ... The Time Trapper is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Universe who often fought the Legion of Super-Heroes. ... Pocket universes are a type of very small parallel universe sometimes found in science fiction and fantasy. ...


See also

DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... This is a timeline of events in the fictional DC Universe, the setting for the stories featured in DC Comics. ... Locations in the DC Universe, the shared universe setting of DC Comics. ... The DC Universe Timeline is a timeline of the major events in the fictional DC Universe. ... During its 75 years of publication, DC Comics has produced many noteworthy stories set in its fictional DC Universe. ... A fictional concept presented in the 1998 comic book series The Kingdom, hypertime is both a catch-all explanation for any continuity discrepancies in DC Universe stories, and a variation—in fact, a superset—of the Multiverse that existed before Crisis on Infinite Earths. ... A depiction of several alternate Earths within the Multiverse and the different variations of the Flash inhabiting each Earth. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ...

Further reading

  • Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups graphic novel -- ISBN 1-4012-0470-8
  • Crisis on Multiple Earths, Volume 1 graphic novel -- ISBN 1-56389-895-0
  • Crisis on Multiple Earths, Volume 2 graphic novel -- ISBN 1-4012-0003-6
  • Crisis on Multiple Earths, Volume 3 graphic novel -- ISBN 1-4012-0231-4
  • Crisis on Multiple Earths, Volume 4 graphic novel -- ISBN 1-4012-0957-2
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths graphic novel -- ISBN 1-56389-750-4
  • Kingdom Come graphic novel -- ISBN 1-56389-330-4
  • Zero Hour: Crisis In Time graphic novel -- ISBN 1-56389-992-2
  • Infinite Crisis graphic novel -- ISBN 1-4012-0959-9

Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... The cover to Absolute Kingdom Come by Alex Ross (2006) Kingdom Come is a comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics, written by Mark Waid and painted by Alex Ross. ... Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ...

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