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Eclipso


Eclipso possessing Jean Loring
Art by Justiniano Download high resolution version (600x756, 630 KB)Jean Loring as Eclipso in a scene from Day of Vengeance #1, released beforehand as a preview. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance House of Secrets #61 (Aug. 1963)
Created by Bob Haney (writer)
Lee Elias (artist)
Characteristics
Alter ego Eclipso
Affiliations Jean Loring (current host), God, the Spectre, Alex Montez (previous host)
Notable aliases Prince of Darkness, Vengeance Demon, The Lord of the No-Man's Land Between Light and Darkness
Abilities Possession, Energy-vision, Superhuman Strength, Speed and Stamina, Near-invulnerability, Flight

Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe. He is portrayed as having been the incarnation of the Wrath of God, the Angel of Vengeance who turned evil and was replaced by the Spectre. He first appeared in House of Secrets #61 (Aug. 1963), and was created by Bob Haney and Lee Elias. In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... The House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), introducing Swamp Thing. ... Robert Haney (1926 - November 25, 2004) was a comic book writer. ... Lee Elias (Born May 21, 1920, died April 8, 1998 is an American comics artist. ... Jean Loring is a fictional character from DC Comics. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... One popular concept of the villain, meant to mimic the purposely distinctive visage of villains from silent films of the early 20th century. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... The House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), introducing Swamp Thing. ... Robert Haney (1926 - November 25, 2004) was a comic book writer. ... Lee Elias (Born May 21, 1920, died April 8, 1998 is an American comics artist. ...

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Publication history

Originally, Eclipso was written as a generic villain with average superpowers, who would routinely enact an elaborate plot to fulfill his desires: money, power, etc. However, the Darkness Within mini-series established that Eclipso is an extremely evil and power-hungry entity. It has been shown repeatedly that Eclipso desires the kind of power he enjoyed while he served as a spirit of divine vengeance. He would always seek to possess beings of incredible power like Superman, Lar Gand, and Captain Marvel to achieve his ends. On several occasions, he would endanger, hurt, or even kill to achieve his goals with absolutely no remorse or hesitation. Eclipso himself is a being of spite, cruelty and hate who shows nothing but disdain for all other creatures. One of the most disturbing displays of just how evil Eclipso is was when he took control of Superman during the Lightning Strikes Twice arc. While possessing Superman, Eclipso said things to Captain Marvel like, "I'll fill the Grand Canyon with corpses!", "I'll fly to the heart of Metropolis and make a nuclear bomb seem merciful!", as well as "I'll slaughter children and wear the skins of their fathers on my back!". During the conflict, an Eclipso possessed Superman threw an entire cruise ship (Captain Marvel managed to save the ship of people) in order to force Captain Marvel to surrender his body for possession. Ultimately, the wizard Shazam managed to summon the Spectre to banish Eclipso back to his black diamond where it later came into possession of Jean Loring. Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... Lar Gand, known variously as Mon-El, Valor and MOnel, is a fictional character in DC Comics universe who is affiliated with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy, and later Superman. ... Captain Marvel is a comic book superhero, originally published by Fawcett Comics and now owned by DC Comics. ... This article is about the wizard character Shazam. ...


Bruce Gordon

Eclipso's early comics debut is tied to his first modern host, Bruce Gordon, a scientist specializing in solar energy. While in the jungle in order to view a solar eclipse, Bruce was attacked by a tribal sorcerer named Mophir. Before plunging to his death off of a cliff, Mophir managed to wound Bruce with a black diamond. After this, Bruce would find himself transformed into the villanous Eclipso whenever he was in the presence of an eclipse. An off-color (blue-grey or purple) circle would appear covering the rightmost two-thirds of his face, reminiscent of a partial eclipse. From this point on, Bruce would go through many Jekyll-and-Hyde-style misadventures in House of Secrets. During this period, Eclipso was portrayed as a more conventional villain, possessing super-strength, partial invulnerability and eye blasts (aided by his black diamond). Eventually it would be found that Eclipso could be summoned by any type of eclipse: lunar, solar, or any other object blocking out a light source. This was countered by the relatively easy way of banishing Eclipso; any bright flash of light would turn him back into Bruce Gordon. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde book cover The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella written by Robert Louis Stevenson about a lawyer, Gabriel John Utterson, who investigates the strange link between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the misanthropic man... The House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), introducing Swamp Thing. ...


The Darkness Within

Main article: Eclipso: The Darkness Within
Wonder Woman possessed by Eclipso.
Wonder Woman possessed by Eclipso.

In the early 1990s, DC revamped Eclipso in a company crossover built around the miniseries Eclipso: The Darkness Within. Here it was retconned that Eclipso was not simply Bruce Gordon's dark half, but a vengeance demon who had possessed Gordon. It also revealed that there was more than one black diamond like the one that allowed Eclipso to take possession of Bruce Gordon. There were in fact 1,000 black diamonds that had been passed back and forth among people around the world without even knowing what they were. Originally, Eclipso's soul had been bound inside a giant black gemstone called the Heart of Darkness in deepest Africa, until a treasure-hunter found it, brought it to London and had it cut into one-thousand duplicate diamonds in the late 19th century. This weakened the binding spell enough to allow Eclipso to possess anyone who became angry while holding one of the diamonds. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x620, 65 KB) Cover to the DC Comics comic book Wonder Woman, annual issue 3. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x620, 65 KB) Cover to the DC Comics comic book Wonder Woman, annual issue 3. ... Wonder Woman is a fictional DC Comics superheroine co-created by William Moulton Marston and wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston. ... A fictional crossover occurs when two or more otherwise separated fictional characters, stories, settings, universes, or media meet and interact with each other. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


What's more, the established rules that had bound Eclipso were revealed to be a ruse. He wasn't limited to possessing Gordon during an eclipse, he could possess anyone who became angry while they were holding one of his diamonds, provided it was under the cover of darkness. He had pretended he could only take possession during an eclipse so that Bruce would not know the truth about the black diamond being triggered by anger. He could also possess multiple people and control them simultaneously. He could possess a person through a diamond and then pass it to someone else and possess them too. Eclipso also had the ability to "evoke" shadow-beings rather than possess a person. This happened when the person holding the diamond triggered it with anger, but that person remained passive, a shadow-being would leap forth from them, leaving the host in control of themself and Eclipso in control of the shadow-being.


When Lar Gand, passing through space, discovered Eclipso's palace on the moon and wandered inside, Eclipso claimed it "gave him a new idea" about possessing all of Earth's heroes and using them towards his ultimate goal which was ostensibly the takeover of Earth and/or revenge against God for banishing him inside the Heart of Darkness. Why Eclipso hadn't thought of this approach before was not answered; he merely claimed he had spent the last several years "posing as a B-level villain" in order to remain undetected by Earth's heroes and had limited himself to targeting Gordon for the purpose of quashing Gordon's research into solar science. If Gordon had achieved his goal of making solar energy the planet's primary energy source, Eclipso would find it a very inhospitable place to live, as any solar-powered device could be used as a weapon against him. Lar Gand, known variously as Mon-El, Valor and MOnel, is a fictional character in DC Comics universe who is affiliated with the Legion of Super-Heroes, Superboy, and later Superman. ...


The climax of the story saw several of Earth's heroes possessed by Eclipso and transported to the moon during an eclipse, another of his new abilities. He then absorbed these heroes into his own body, gaining their mass and also their inherent powers. Gordon led a group of heroes armed with solar weapons to the moon in an attempt to defeat Eclipso once and for all. The absorbed heroes were freed in the end but only after Starman Will Peyton destroyed Eclipso's moon base by detonating his own solar-powered body, killing Peyton. Eclipso's diamonds still remained on Earth. Starman, in comic books, refers to several different fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. ...


Eclipso series

Following this successful miniseries, Eclipso received a solo series where he conquered the South American nation Parador. Bruce Gordon tried leading a counterattack with a group of heroes dubbed Shadow Fighters, but in issue #13 of the series, Eclipso defeated them conclusively, killing Wildcat II (Yolanda Montez), Dr. Midnight, the Creeper, Commander Steel, Manhunter IV (a Mark Shaw ringer), and Major Victory. (Manhunter and the Creeper have since returned to action.) The Shadow Fighters were a group of superpowered and non-superpowered DC Comics characters brought together, under the supervision of Amanda Waller, for the sole purpose of battling Eclipso in the Eclipso comic series. ... Yolanda Montez was a fictional superheroine in DC Comics universe. ... Doctor Mid-Nite is a DC Comics superhero. ... The Creeper is a DC Comics superhero created by Steve Ditko. ... Commander Steel is a fictional character and a superhero who first appeared in Steel, The Indestructible Man #1 in 1978, published by DC Comics. ... Secret Origins #22 outlined the history of the Manhunters, as to tie in with Millennium. ... The Major Victory name has been used by three fictional characters in the DC Comics universe. ...


The Peacemaker was also involved in this action, but died when he crashed the helicopter he was flying, in order to destroy some Eclipso-controlled tanks. These tanks were attacking the sole surviving member of the Shadow Fighters, Nemesis. The Peacemaker is a superhero owned by Charlton Comics who was later acquired by DC Comics. ... // Nemesis I Nemesis is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


This series did answer one nagging question created by the Darkness Within retcon. If Eclipso sought to destroy Bruce Gordon's work in the solar energy field, and he didn't need Gordon as a host, why not just kill him? This led to the revelation that Bruce Gordon and his longtime girlfriend Mona Bennett would one day give birth to a child who would, as an adult, travel back in time and become the mysterious treasure-hunter who freed Eclipso from the Heart of Darkness in the 19th century. Eclipso dared not kill Gordon or Bennett before they birthed this child, lest he create a paradox or at least alter the events which led to his freedom.


Eclipso's threat was finally removed from the Earth when the Phantom Stranger completed the long task of gathering all 1,000 black diamonds from around the Earth and fusing them back together into the Heart of Darkness by recreating the spell originally cast by God, trapping Eclipso's soul inside the giant gemstone. The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint. ...


Later in the '90s, the series The Spectre gave key revelations about Eclipso. The Spectre was not the first embodiment of the wrath of God, but was Eclipso's replacement. Series writer John Ostrander chose to portray this as a distinction between the Spectre's pursuit of vengeance and Eclipso's pursuit of revenge. In a historical context, Eclipso was responsible for the Biblical Flood, while the Spectre was the Angel of Death who slew the first-born Egyptian children. The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ... John Ostrander is an American writer of comics. ... Noah or Nóach (Rest, Standard Hebrew נוֹחַ Nóaḥ, Tiberian Hebrew נֹחַ Nōªḥ; Arabic نوح Nūḥ) is a character from the Book of Genesis who builds an ark to save his family and the world... Death, as a skeleton carrying a scythe, visiting a dying man. ...


The Spectre put the final nail in Eclipso's coffin by taking the Heart of Darkness from Earth, along with the remains of Eclipso's palace on the moon, burning them to ash with the holy power of God, and casting the ashes into space.

Alex Montez as Eclipso. Art by John Watson.
Alex Montez as Eclipso. Art by John Watson.

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Alex Montez

Eclipso returned after several years' absence in the "Princes of Darkness" storyline in JSA as an ally of the other shadow-based villains Mordru and Obsidian. Alexander Montez, cousin of Yolanda, had vowed revenge on Eclipso for Yolanda's death. To this end he had gathered the 1,000 black diamonds, liquified them, and injected them into himself; all save one, which he kept to evoke Eclipso. Exactly how Eclipso's diamonds had returned was unknown. Alex had covered his body in tribal tattoos he claimed he had learned about on Diablo Island. With these tattoos, Montez could summon all the powers of Eclipso by triggering the diamond with his anger, while remaining in control of himself and keeping Eclipso trapped within. As the new Eclipso, he joined the short-lived team of loose-cannon heroes assembled by Black Adam, which was the subject of the subsequent storyline "Black Reign". The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... // 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... Obsidian is a fictional character, a sometime superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... 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. ...


During Adam's reign in Kahndaq, Alex became romantically involved with his teammate Nemesis. However, during a battle one of Alex's binding glyphs (which kept Eclipso in control) was broken when his shoulder was cut, freeing Eclipso, who asserted himself by killing Nemesis. Alex then committed suicide to prevent Eclipso from controlling him further. This story was significant as it meant that Eclipso no longer had a limitless number of black diamonds waiting out in the world for him to utilize. Kahndaq is a fictional country in the DC Comics Universe. ... // Nemesis I Nemesis is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


Lightning Strikes Twice

Despite the loss of the other black diamonds, the disembodied Eclipso then tried to possess Superman by antagonizing him through many deaths. He eventually possessed Superman by upsetting him via his possession of Lois Lane. At this point the Wizard Shazam stepped in by sending Captain Marvel to fight the possessed Eclipso-Superman. Thanks to Superman's weakness to magic, Captain Marvel was able to do a significant amount of damage to Eclipso; a prominent method of attack was to continuously trigger his transformations in close proximity to Superman, resulting in the lightning striking Eclipso. Lois Joanne Lane is a fictional comic book character who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ...


Eventually, Shazam himself was forced to step in and removed Eclipso from Superman by calling upon the hostless Spectre himself to do it. The Spectre forces Eclipso back into a lone black diamond. The Spectre then warns Shazam that he's made an enemy of Eclipso and that the Spectre will no longer defend him. At the end of this series, the black diamond is seen appearing in Jean Loring's cell in Arkham Asylum. Jean Loring is a fictional character from DC Comics. ... Arkham Asylum as it appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. ...


Jean Loring

Main article: Day of Vengeance

In the Day of Vengeance miniseries, which tied into the Infinite Crisis event, Jean Loring, ex-wife of Atom (Ray Palmer) and murderer of Sue Dibny as seen in the Identity Crisis miniseries, discovered the last black diamond in her prison cell, became the new Eclipso and tricksed the Spectre into attacking magic-based heroes as her revenge against Shazam, who was eventually slain while fighting the Spectre. After fending off multiple attacks upon herself, Eclipso-Loring was eventually teleported to a non-decaying orbit around the sun by Nightshade. Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... Day of Vengeance #1; cover by Walter Simonson. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ... // History The Atom introduced during the Silver Age of comic books in Showcase # 34 (Sep-Oct 1961) is physicist and university professor Ray Palmer (named for real-life science-fiction writer Raymond A. Palmer, who was himself quite short). ... Susan Sue Dearbon Dibny is a fictional character from DC comics. ... Identity Crisis is a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics in 2004, written by Brad Meltzer and penciled by Rags Morales. ... In physics, an orbit is the path that an object makes, around another object, whilst under the influence of a source of centripetal force, such as gravity. ... Nightshade (Eve Eden) is a fictional character, a superheroine who was owned and published by Charlton Comics and was later acquired by DC Comics. ...


In the pages of Infinite Crisis, it was revealed by Alexander Luthor, Jr. that he had sent Superboy-Prime to recover the black diamond, and that the Psycho-Pirate delivered it to Loring on Alex's orders and manipulated Eclipso into manipulating the Spectre. This was all done in the interests of breaking magic down into raw magical energy, which Alexander could use for his own ends. The death of Shazam was particularly useful, as his various champions than became a tether of power; all Alexander had to do was capture one of them, make them say 'Shazam', and they would summon their lightning bolt to power his machine. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ... Alexander Luthor, Jr. ... Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... The Psycho-Pirate was the name of two DC comics supervillains. ...

In Week Twenty-Seven of 52, Ralph Dibny, on a quest to restore his wife Sue to life and guided by the helmet of Dr. Fate, approaches the Spectre and promises to fulfil any bargain that the Spectre demands in order to restore his wife to life. 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. ... The Elongated Man is a fictional comic book superhero in the DC universe. ... Doctor Fate, as seen in Justice League Unlimited Doctor Fate is a comic book superhero and wizard in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Cover to The Spectre #31, November 1989. ...


The Spectre, desiring revenge on Eclipso for her manipulations of him during the Infinite Crisis but rendered incapable of taking it owing to his present lack of a host, orders Dibny to punish Eclipso in return for his wife's life; Dibny, realising that this meant punishing Jean Loring, his wife's murderer, and temporarily granted the power of the Spectre, takes Eclipso back to the point at which she (as Jean Loring) murdered his wife and, restoring Jean's sanity, ruthlessly intends to trap her in a permanent time loop and force her to watch herself murder Sue Dibny over and over for all eternity. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue comic book limited series published by DC Comics. ... Jean Loring is a fictional character from DC Comics. ...


Her sanity restored and Eclipso purged out of her, a terrified Loring tearfully begs for forgiveness, screaming that she 'was crazy' when she murdered Sue and that it 'wasn't me!'. Dibny, affected by her pleas, his sense of compassion and his own feelings on watching his wife's death, finds himself incapable of such ruthlessness and refuses to complete his pact with the Spectre, returning Eclipso to her orbit around the sun.


Other media

  • Eclipso has also appeared in a Justice League episode called 'Eclipsed'. Although never referred to by name, Eclipso was characterized as the collective souls of an evil race of snake people who imprisoned themselves in a black diamond to eventually destroy the human race. One of Eclipso's possessed human hosts appears wearing the original Eclipso costume, having been told the best way to lure out the Justice League is to "put on a gaudy costume and threaten to hurt a lot of people".
  • This Eclipso attempted to permanently darken the sun, and possessed all of the Justice League but the Flash and Batman. However, the Flash was able to drive the spirits out of his teammates- Batman was away at the time- and subsequntly helped them create a wormhole to drain away the black energy 'Eclipso' was using to darken the sun.

Justice League was an American animated television series about a team of superheroes which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. ... Barry Allen as the Flash. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ...

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Eclipso is a fictional character, a villain in the DC Comics Universe.
Eclipso's threat was finally removed from the Earth when the Phantom Stranger completed the long task of gathering all 1,000 fl diamonds from around the Earth and fusing them back together into the Heart of Darkness by recreating the spell originally cast by God, trapping Eclipso's soul inside the giant gemstone.
Eclipso returned after several years' absense in the "Princes of Darkness" storyline in JSA as an ally of the other shadow-based villains Mordru and Obsidian.
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Eclipso's powers are at their strongest while he resides on the moon, and he can manifest himself on Earth only at night and only when summoned by a possessor of a fl diamond.
Eclipso is the God of Vengeance, stripped of most of his power and banished from Earth some time in the distant past.
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