Created by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams

The Original Universe


Marital Status: Divorced
Known Relatives: Talia al Ghul (daughter); Damian Wayne (grandson); Bride (former wife); Nyssa Raatko (daughter); Dusan al Ghul (son; deceased); Sora (first wife; presumably deceased); Rúh al Ghul (mother)
Base of Operation: Mobile
Gender: Male
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 25 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Grey with white streaks
First Appearance: Batman Vol. 1 #232 (June 1971): "Daughter of the Demon"
Creators: Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams


Through the use of the rejuvenating Lazarus Pit, would-be conqueror Ra's al Ghul has become nearly immortal. In modern times, he has cheated death time and time again, constantly finding his plans thwarted by Batman.


His name meaning 'the demon's head' in Arabic, Ra's al Ghul wants to take over the world, in order to make it a better place. However, since his plans would invariably result in many deaths, he has been opposed at every turn by 'the detective', Batman, whom he had hoped would marry his daughter Talia al Ghul and become his heir. A master swordsman with a keen intellect, Ra's is made particularly dangerous by his knowledge of Batman's other identity and by his 'Lazarus Pits' in which he can rejuvenate himself, already having extended his lifespan far beyond that of a normal human. He has recently clashed with Superman and the rest of the JLA in a couple of incidents which have driven a seemingly permanent wedge between Ra's and his daughter.

In the 31st century, Ra's al Ghul posed for a time as the United Planet president Leland McCauley. When the lost Legionnaires came back to Earth they were surprised to learn that President Brande had been impeached and that McCauley was now in office. As they were chased like fugitives, they discovered the decomposed body of the real McCauley dumped in the sewers of Metropolis. Shortly afterward the impostor was unmasked. The Legion defeated him and his Oversight Watch and thwarted his plans to jump-start the evolutionary process of humanity. A stock of cloned bodies of the Demon's Head were found and, for a time, the Legion assumed that this Ra's al Ghul was a clone too. Brainiac 5 realised later that the resurrection process of the Lazarus Pit to which Ra's al Ghul had submitted himself for decades had changed him. He "was" literally the Lazarus Fires and the cloned bodies were simply vessels for this "sentient blood".


For a definitive list of appearances of Ra's al Ghul in chronological order click here (1971-2011) and here (2011-present)


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #19 (September 1986)

Who's Who in the DC Universe #13 (October 1991)