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Dr. Polaris

Dr. Polaris. Art by Phil Jimenez. Image File history File links Drpolaris. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern (2nd series) #21 (June 1962)
Created by
Alter ego Neal Emerson
Secret Society of Super Villains
Notable aliases Dr. Emerson, Repulse
Abilities Magnetism manipulation,
Genius-level intelligence

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Fictional character biography

Once a researcher working for the betterment of mankind, Neal Emerson became one of the deadliest metahumans on Earth. Metahuman is a term to describe superhumans in the DC Universe. ...

By Polaris' account, he and his brother John were raised by an abusive father (although a later flashback shows him raised by an abusive aunt). This apparently drove Neal Emerson within himself and led to the creation of the personification of his own dark side. Child abuse is the physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment or neglect of children by parents, guardians, or others. ...

Even as a medical student, Neal Emerson had a fanatical interest in magnets. While his fellow students harassed him about it, he believed that some day he would prove his superiority to them. Fanaticism is an emotion of being filled with excessive, uncritical zeal, particularly for an extreme religious or political cause, or with an obsessive enthusiasm for a pastime or hobby. ... Magnetic lines of force of a bar magnet shown by iron filings on paper A magnet is an object that has a magnetic field. ...

Emerson left the United States for a year and returned to find he was an uncle. His brother John and sister-in-law Katherine had adopted a baby and named him Grant. Emerson was not around much for his nephew over the years, but he was quite fond of the boy. Damage is a DC Comics superhero who first appeared in a comic book of the same name during the Zero Hour crisis. ...

As the years went by, Emerson convinced himself exposure to magnetic fields would give him more energy. His daily regime involved standing between two powerful electromagnets. Emerson plunged deeper into the secrets of magnetism, vowing to keep the results of his studies in secret until he had become absolute master of the subject. Working on his own, Emerson far surpassed modern science in the usage of magnetic power. The name Magnetic Fields has been used by: A 1981 album by Jean Michel Jarre; see Magnetic Fields (album) (Les Chants Magnetiques) A computer game developer; see Magnetic Fields (computer game developer) The Magnetic Fields, a band led by Stephin Merritt For magnetic fields in general, see magnetic field. ... An electromagnet is a type of magnet in which the magnetic field is produced by a flow of electric current. ...

When Emerson was finally ready to show the world his work, he held crowd-drawing lectures on "Health via Magnetism." Due to his medical background and belief in magnetism, Emerson adopted the name "Doctor Polaris" after the North Star, Polaris, to which all magnets point. For other senses of this word, see magnetism (disambiguation). ... Polaris is not exactly at the celestial pole, as this time-exposure photo shows. ...

His vibrant personality and good will won many supporters. Doctor Polaris visited shut-ins and invalids and spoke with people on the street. His mere touch seemed to improve his patients' health.

His lectures were well received and he extolled the virtues of his magnetism program. He told his listeners they should place their beds so the magnetic lines of force in the Earth would travel along their bodies from head to toe, rather than in a crosswise manner which he believed caused disorderly activity in the body cells. He advised which metals to avoid, metals which draw harmful forms of magnetism to them. Drawing of the structure of cork as it appeared under the microscope to Robert Hooke from Micrographia which is the origin of the word cell being used to describe the smallest unit of a living organism Cells in culture, stained for keratin (red) and DNA (green) The cell is the...

While his success was great, there were still those that scoffed at his work, pointing to the work of medicine as a curative to ailments. A subject's strong belief in magnetism, they said, could have a powerful effect on himself, creating the illusion of health. Despite their dismissal of his work, even his skeptics would have difficulty believing he had evil intentions.

Doctor Polaris is born

Emerson believed he had absorbed too much magnetic energy. Looking in a mirror, he believed a look of evil had settled on his face. He could feel changes inside of him, the drive for power and wealth only for himself. Emerson tried to fight it, tried to drain off the excess magna-energy inside him by reversing the magnets he had exposed himself to for so long. The treatments could not help him, however. For other uses, see Evil (disambiguation). ...

Polaris felt the need to design a costume and mask which he would wear while performing on stage at a charity show. Emerson hoped to make a public appeal to Green Lantern Hal Jordan, believing Green Lantern's power ring could counteract the evil force that had seized hold of him. A fictional artifact used in DC comic books See Green Lantern Corps All Green Lanterns wield a power ring that can generate a variety of effects and energy constructs, powered purely by the user thinking about it. ...

Putting on the costume, Doctor Polaris twisted the purpose of his attendance at the charity show. Instead of performing, Doctor Polaris robbed the box office of the proceeds and disappeared.

Polaris tried to draw a magnetic gun on Green Lantern, but the ring wielder's energy beam struck first. Polaris fell and hit his head, rendering himself unconscious.

Later, at the hospital, Green Lantern tried to probe Polaris' mind, but found great resistance. Using the power ring, the Emerald Crusader and the police learned of Emerson's evil side. At a press conference, Green Lantern relayed the events that led to Emerson becoming Doctor Polaris.

Back in the hospital room, Polaris recovered and escaped after attacking his guard. Green Lantern was searching for Polaris when the criminal struck from hiding, increasing the magnetic field around the hero. Green Lantern was apparently overcome by metal girders and other objects attracted to him. To finish off the job, Polaris came out of hiding to fire a fatal burst of "ultra-magnetism" at the downed hero. Green Lantern had anticipated an attack by Doctor Polaris and had in fact let the villain believe he was defeated to draw him out into the open. Doctor Polaris was remanded to police custody; during that time, his "good self" resurfaced.

It appeared Doctor Polaris had returned to battle Green Lantern and the Justice League alongside Killer Moth, Dagon, the Mask and the Pied Piper, but it was later revealed the demons Abnegazar, Rath and Ghast had created magical duplicates of the villains. The League even had to battle the villains' costumes before ultimately defeating the demons three. The Justice League, sometimes called the Justice League of America or JLA for short, is a fictional DC Universe superhero team. ... Killer Moth is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Dagon was a major northwest Semitic god, reportedly a god of grain and agriculture, worshipped by the early Amorites, by the people of Ebla and Ugarit, and a major god, perhaps the chief god, of the Biblical Philistines, enemies of the ancient nation of Israel. ... The Mask originated as comic book series by publisher Dark Horse Comics. ... Pied Piper (real name: Hartley Rathaway) is a fictional former supervillain in the DC Comics universe. ... Abnegazar, Rath and Ghast are three fictional characters in the DC Universe. ...

Apparently, Doctor Polaris was released from imprisonment during one of his "good" periods. When he next appeared, he wore a new costume to reflect his desire for the dark side of his nature to completely take over Emerson's body.

Power hunger drove Doctor Polaris to discover the source of Green Lantern's energy. With that knowledge, Polaris believed he would become the most powerful man who ever lived. A study of news clippings and photos of Green Lantern's exploits showed a common denominator. One man appeared in numerous stories of the hero. It was Tom Kalmaku. Thomas Kalmaku is a character in DC Comics, associated with Green Lantern. ...

Using a device powered by an unexplained form of "concentrated ultra-magnetism," Doctor Polaris was able to abduct Kalmaku and take the information from Kalmaku's mind. Unfortunately, the device proved harmful to Kalmaku, and Green Lantern's friend was dying. From the device, Polaris learned Green Lantern's power battery was hidden at Ferris Aircraft and was able to put a magnetic barrier around it.

As Doctor Polaris had surmised, Green Lantern returned to the battery and believed he had charged the power ring. The hero tracked Kalmaku to Polaris' lair as his power ring ran out of energy. Green Lantern's tremendous will enabled him to use the power ring's emergency reserve energy that would have saved his life to enclose Kalmaku in a protective sheath of green energy. Polaris turned his weapon on the helpless Green Lantern, apparently killing him. The emerald gladiator's body disappeared. Still, the matter of the green glow surrounding Kalmaku was yet to be solved. Polaris intended to retrieve any and all information regarding Green Lantern before Kalmaku died.

What Doctor Polaris did not know was that the ring wielder was taken to Oa, home of the Guardians of the Universe, the masters of the Green Lantern Corps. Due to the magnetic effect of Polaris' weapon, they believed Jordan was dead. Even their advanced devices were unable to detect a faint glimmer of life in their servant. To complicate matters further, Jordan was taken into the 58th Century where he battled a threat to the Earth in the fictional identity of Pol Manning, space explorer. For other uses of Oa and oa, see OA. Oa is a fictional planet located at the center of the DC Comics Universe. ... 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. ... By the late-58th Century, the various planets of Earth’s solar system had banded together and formed the Solar Council. ...

Returning to the 20th Century, Green Lantern headed straight to Earth and defeated a surprised Doctor Polaris. After reviving him, Jordan revealed to Kalmaku the "good" nature of Neal Emerson had lessened the effect of Doctor Polaris' weapon, thereby saving the ring wielder.

Emerson later renewed his research by challenging himself to calculate the direction and angle of drift of the Earth's magnetic North pole. He believed he could learn the location before the shift occurred. For other uses, see North Pole (disambiguation). ...

Emerson was roughly one thousand miles away from the geographic North Pole when he reached the point where the lines of magnetic force converged. A sudden quake plunged him into a deep crevice. At the bottom of the crevice lay a glowing blue blob possibly of extraterrestrial origin. The strange radiation from the blue blob somehow altered Emerson's perceptions. He somehow understood the threat the blue blob meant to Earth. Unless action was taken, the blue blob would eventually dehydrate the entire Earth. As he laid there, Emerson could feel the effect as the blob drew off the water in his body.

Though weak, Emerson was able to subconsciously influence Hal Jordan into becoming Green Lantern, but he was not strong enough to bring the ring wielder to his side. In pain, Emerson used the power of the magnetic North Pole coupled with the glowing glob to create a mental duplicate of his evil alter ego.

Doctor Polaris took advantage of the situation by fighting Green Lantern, rather than enlisting his assistance. A magnetic barrier around Green Lantern's power ring easily brought down the emerald hero.

Doctor Polaris planned to destroy all life on Earth and create a new race in his image by using his vast mental powers. While in Earth's orbit, Polaris sought to increase the solar radiation reaching the planet.

As he left the Earth's magnetic field, the barrier around the power ring faded, allowing Green Lantern to recover and bring the battle to his foe. Predicting another barrier would be placed around his power ring, the Emerald Warrior gathered micrometeorites and formed a solid iron mask around Polaris' head, blocking of his vision. Green Lantern then used a magnet of his own to capture his enemy.

Back on Earth, Emerson was able to use telepathy to warn Green Lantern of the threat of planetary dehydration. Once Green Lantern disintegrated the alien substance, the mental image of the evil Doctor Polaris faded away. Telepathy, from the Greek τῆλε, tele, remote; and πάθεια, patheia, to be effected by, describes the hypothetical transfer of information on thoughts or feelings between individuals by means other than the five classical senses. ...

Years later, Emerson's dark side returned. Returning to his old costume, Polaris took the guise of Baxter Timmons and moved to Metropolis' Suicide Slum. From his apartment, Polaris stole advanced technology from warehouses throughout the city. Polaris integrated the revolutionary new magnetic circuits into his costume, claiming his powers were now virtually inseparable from himself and the costume. Once his upgrades were completed, Doctor Polaris planned to gain revenge on Green Lantern. Metropolis Skyline, as seen in Smallville. ...

Before he could fight the ring wielder, a confrontation ensued between Doctor Polaris and Black Lightning. The villain's magnetic field reacted with Black Lightning's electrical field, allowing Doctor Polaris to escape. Black Lightning is the first major African-American superhero to have been published by DC Comics. ...

Jackie Parrish, the nephew of the real Baxter Timmons, appeared at Timmons' doorstep. Jackie had run away from home, trying to escape his abusive father, Timmons' brother-in-law, Harry Parrish. Timmons allowed the boy to stay with him on the condition he stayed out of his way.

Black Lightning was prepared for his next encounter with Doctor Polaris. By throwing thin metal strips at the magnetic villain, Doctor Polaris was tightly wrapped by the twisting metal. Black Lightning believed he had bested his foe but the villain crashed a fire escape upon the hero. Talking later with the police, Black Lightning learned Polaris was behind the rash of warehouse thefts.

Jackie Parrish stumbled on to his "uncle's" secret identity as Doctor Polaris, but was too late to tell anyone what he'd learned. He managed to throw a lamp through a window before Polaris caught him. Attempting to escape in a van with Jackie as a hostage, Doctor Polaris once again crossed paths with Black Lightning. A third fight with Black Lightning culminated in an auto junkyard. Doctor Polaris had been toying with the hero before he would kill him, but a diversion created by Jackie gave Black Lightning the opening to throw one knockout punch.

Over the years, the Polaris and Emerson personalities fought for dominance, until Polaris was approached by the demon Neron. Polaris sold Neron Emerson’s soul in exchange for greater power and being rid of the other, restraining side of his personality. Polaris was one of Neron's lieutenants before being betrayed by Lex Luthor and the Joker. “Fiend” redirects here. ... Neron is also an alternative name of the Roman Emperor Nero. ... The soul, according to many religious and philosophical traditions, is the self-aware essence unique to a particular living being. ...

Polaris attacked Steel at his home in Washington D.C., seeking a weapon called the Annihilator that Steel had built. Polaris was not satisfied when Steel told him he had destroyed it, reasoning that Steel could easily build him another one. During the battle, Steel's grandmother attacked Polaris and was killed. Polaris was only driven away because the Parasite had turned up and attacked him. Parasite, afraid of absorbing Polaris's mind and not just his power, let him go before killing him. Polaris fled to Keystone City. John Henry Irons is the third hero known as Steel, a fictional superhero in the DC Universe. ... The Parasite is a fictional character and supervillain who appears in Superman stories published by DC Comics. ...

Some time after that, Polaris showed up at Poseidonis when that city was on the surface. Polaris attempted to seize control of the city, prompting a battle against Aquaman and his allies. At that same time, Maxima was in the city trying to force Aquaman to marry her. Using her powerful mental abilities, Maxima compelled Polaris into believing that his alternate personality had reemerged, forcing him into a nearly catatonic state. Aquaman is a fictional character, a superhero in DC Comics. ... Maxima is a fictional comic book character in DC Comics Superman titles. ...

In 2001, Polaris emerged during the Joker's Last Laugh crisis attempting to take control of the magnetic south pole itself, forcing a battle against the Justice League. At the end of Last Laugh, the Slab metahuman prison was moved to Antarctica, as Polaris now was the magnetic pole, and could not be allowed to move. “The Joker” redirects here. ...

Infinite Crisis

Shortly before Infinite Crisis, Dr Polaris appeared in Metropolis, seeking Superman's help in battling a more powerful and ruthless magnetism manipulator who called herself Repulse. It eventually transpired that this was a new manifestation of his personality disorder; Polaris was hallucinating Repulse (who looked like the aunt who hated him), and performing her actions himself. Eventually, Superman forced him to accept she was unreal. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... For other usages of Metropolis, see Metropolis. ... 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. ...

After recovering from this breakdown, Polaris was recruited by Lex Luthor's Secret Society of Super Villains in Villains United. Dr. Polaris was one of the villains waiting to ambush the Freedom Fighters in a warehouse south of Metropolis in the beginning of Infinite Crisis. As the Human Bomb watched his allies be beaten to death, especially when Phantom Lady was impaled by Deathstroke, he became enraged. After Dr. Polaris taunted the living bomb, he was blown into pieces by the Human Bomb's explosive rage. Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain owned by DC Comics. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... Villains United is a six-issue comic book limited series, written by Gail Simone with art by Dale Eaglesham and Wade von Grawbadger, published by DC Comics in 2005. ... Freedom Fighters is the name of a DC Comics comic book superhero team made up of characters acquired from the defunct company Quality Comics. ... The Human Bomb is a fictional superhero from the Golden Age of Comic Books. ... For other uses, see Phantom Lady (disambiguation). ... Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


Dr. Polaris has been known to lose his powers many times when around extreme heat due to the fact that heat makes objects lose their magnetism. Another one of his weaknessess is attacks by telepathy, due to his fragile pyche.

The second Dr. Polaris

In Justice League of America #11, a new Dr. Polaris is mentioned, having fought League members Red Arrow and Vixen. The battle occurred off-panel, and the new Dr. Polaris has not yet been seen by readers. Roy Harper is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Vixen is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ...

Other media

Doctor Polaris as shown in the Justice League Unlimited series
  • In Justice League Unlimited, Dr. Polaris (wearing his original costume) is seen as a member of the new Legion of Doom led by Gorilla Grodd. He and Key rescued Lex Luthor from the pursuing cops and brought him to Grodd. He, Lex Luthor, and Key raided the Blackhawks old base and battled Hawkgirl, Flash, Fire and a retired Blackhawk and were able to get away by putting the base on self-destruct which was aborted.
Here, he is portrayed as one of the Legion's most powerful members. In "The Great Brain Robbery," he attempts to wrest control of the organization from Lex Luthor, but Luthor reveals that when he augmented Polaris' powers, he installed failsafes to let him override him.
He is voiced by Michael Rosenbaum.

Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... The Legion of Doom was a group of supervillains led by Lex Luthor that appeared in Challenge of the SuperFriends, a animated series that starred superheroes from DC Comics. ... Gorilla Grodd is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics, primarily as an opponent of The Flash. ... The Key is a DC Comics supervillain with several major incarnations. ... Blackhawk #12 (Autumn, 1946), Quality Comics. ... Hawkgirl is the name of several fictional superheroines all owned by DC Comics and existing in that companys DC Universe. ... The Flash is a name shared by several DC Comics superheroes. ... Fire is a fictional superheroine published by DC Comics. ... Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972 in Oceanside, New York) is an American actor. ... Amalgam Comics was a metafictional American comic book publisher, and part of a collaboration between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in which the two comic book publishers merged their characters to create new ones (e. ... Blacklash (Mark Scarlotti), formerly known as Whiplash, is a deceased fictional character and a supervillain in the Marvel Universe. ...


  • Despite the similarity in powers and appearance to Marvel Comics famous supervillain Magneto, Dr. Polaris actually debuted about a year before the X-Men foe.

Magneto (Eric Magnus Lensherr) is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe. ... The X-Men are a group of comic book superheroes featured in Marvel Comics. ...


Most of the Fictional character biography was taken from Dr. Polaris' profile found in The Book of OA

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