Created by Jack Kirby

The Original Universe


Real Name: Uxas
Status: Deceased
Homeworld: Apokolips
Place of Birth: Apokolips
Marital Status: Widower (Suli); married (Tigra)
Known Relatives: Yuga Khan (father; deceased); Heggra (mother; deceased); Infinity-Man (Drax) (brother; deceased); Suli (wife; deceased); Tigra (wife); Orion (son; deceased); Kalibak (son; deceased); Grayven (alleged son; deceased); Steppenwolf (uncle)
Base of Operation: Apokolips
Gender: Male
Height: 8'9"
Weight: 1815 lbs.
Eyes: Red
Hair: None (formerly black)
First Appearance: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (December 1970)
Creators: Jack Kirby


The ruler of the hellish planet Apokolips, Darkseid is without doubt one of the most feared beings in the universe. One of the most powerful of the 'New Gods', he holds the entire population of the planet in absolute dread of him. His ambition to rule is ruthless, and his schemes were often devious, but Darkseid is nevertheless a man of honour, and holds a deep respect for a number of those who oppose him.

Darkseid was recently killed during the 'Final Crisis', and it remains to be seen whether he will be resurrected again.


Darkseid's greatest power is his intellect. He is a ruthless strategist and organizer and holds the entire population of Apokolips, including his inner circle, in absolute dread of him. Darkseid's goal is not chaos but absolute order and the extinction of free will. A universe united under the will of Darkseid.

Even though he prefers to work through agents and not to engage in physical conflict with his enemies, Darkseid nevertheless possesses great superhuman strength, speed, and stamina. He has held his own against the likes of his own son Orion and Superman of Earth.

Darkseid also wields the power of the Omega Beams, force blasts emitted from his eyes. These beams can either erase a being from existence or simply transport them to a location of Darkseid's choosing.


For a definitive list of appearances of Darkseid in chronological order click here


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #6 (August 1985)

Who's Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 (April 1988)
Who's Who in the DC Universe #1 (August 1990)
New Gods Secret Files #1 (September 1998)
JLA-Z #1 (November 2003)