Doctor Fate

Doctor Fate (also known as Fate) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character has appeared in various incarnations, with Doctor Fate being the name of several different individuals in the DC Universe who are a succession of sorcerers. The original version of the character was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Howard Sherman, and first appeared in More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940).

Doctor Fate
Doctor Fate
Art by Alex Ross
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceKent, Inza:
More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940)
Strauss:
Doctor Fate (vol. 1) #1 (July 1987)
Hall:
(as Doctor Fate) JSA #3 (Oct. 1999)
Kent V.:
Countdown to Mystery #1 (Nov. 2007)
Khalid:
Earth 2 #9 (Feb. 2013)
Khalid Nassour:
Doctor Fate #1 (June 2015)
Created byKent, Inza:
Gardner Fox (writer)
Howard Sherman (artist)
Strauss:
J. M. DeMatteis
Shawn McManus
Kent V.:
Steve Gerber
Justiniano
Khalid:
James Robinson
Brett Booth
Khalid Nassour:
Paul Levitz
Sonny Liew
In-story information
Alter egoKent Nelson
Eric and Linda Strauss
Inza Cramer Nelson
Jared Stevens
Hector Hall
Kent V. Nelson
Khalid Ben-Hassin
Khalid Nassour
Team affiliationsKent:
All-Star Squadron
Justice Society of America
Lords of Order
Justice League Dark
Justice League
Kent, Strauss:
Justice League International
Hall:

Justice Society of America
Sentinels of Magic
Kent V.:

Justice Society of America
Notable aliasesKent, Strauss, Inza, Hall, Khalid:
Nabu
AbilitiesMastery of magic

Publication history

More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940) introduced the first Doctor Fate in his own self-titled six page strip. After a year with no background, his alter ego and origins were shown in More Fun Comics #67 (May 1941).[1]

Doctor Fate's love interest Inza was known variably throughout the Golden Age as Inza Cramer,[2] Inza Sanders,[3][4] and Inza Carmer,[5][6][7][8] which was amended to Inza Cramer in the Silver Age.[9]

When the Justice Society of America was created for All Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940), Doctor Fate was one of the characters National Comics used for the joint venture with All-American Publications. He made his last appearance in the book in issue #21 (Summer 1944), virtually simultaneously with the end of his own strip in More Fun Comics #98 (July – August 1944).

Aside from the annual JSA/JLA team-ups in Justice League of America, DC featured the original Doctor Fate in other stories through the 1960s and 1970s, including a two-issue run with Hourman in Showcase #55–56, two appearances with Superman in World's Finest Comics (#201, Mar. 1971 and #208, Dec. 1971) and DC Comics Presents (#23, July 1980); an appearance with Batman in The Brave and the Bold (#156, Nov. 1979); and a solo story in 1st Issue Special #9 (Dec. 1975), written by Martin Pasko and drawn by Walt Simonson.

The character featured in a series of back-up stories running in The Flash from #306 (Feb. 1982) to #313 (Sept. 1982) written by Martin Pasko (aided by Steve Gerber from #310 to #313) and drawn by Keith Giffen.[10]

In 1985, DC collected the Doctor Fate back-up stories from The Flash, a retelling of Doctor Fate's origin by Paul Levitz, Joe Staton, and Michael Nasser originally published in Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (Jan. 1978) (DC Special Series #10 in the indicia), the Pasko/Simonson Doctor Fate story from 1st Issue Special #9, and a Doctor Fate tale from More Fun Comics #56 (June 1940), in a three-issue limited series titled The Immortal Doctor Fate.

Following 1985's Crisis on Infinite Earths, Doctor Fate briefly joined the Justice League.[11] A Doctor Fate limited series was released soon afterwards, which changed the character's secret identity.[12] DC began a Doctor Fate ongoing series by J.M. DeMatteis and Shawn McManus in winter of 1988.[13] William Messner-Loebs became the series’ writer with issue #25.[14] When the series ended with issue #41,[15] DC replaced the existing Doctor Fate with a new character, Jared Stevens. Stevens was introduced in a self-titled series called Fate, launched in the wake of Zero Hour in 1994,[16] which was cancelled after 23 issues in September 1996. The character then starred in The Book of Fate, which ran from February 1997 to January 1998 for twelve issues as part of DC's "Weirdoverse" imprint.

In 1999, the revival of the Justice Society in JSA allowed the character to be reworked again.[17][18] In addition to appearing in JSA, DC published a self-titled, five-issue limited series in 2003.[19] The character was killed in the Day of Vengeance limited series in 2005 as part of the lead in to the 2005 company-wide event story, Infinite Crisis.[20]

In early 2007, DC published a bi-weekly run of one-shots depicting the search for a new Doctor Fate. These were intended to be followed by a new Doctor Fate ongoing series in April 2007, written by Steve Gerber and illustrated by Paul Gulacy, featuring the new Doctor Fate.[21][22] However, the series was delayed due to extended production and creative difficulties. Steve Gerber said in an interview for Newsarama that the story intended for the first arc of the Doctor Fate ongoing series had been reworked to serve as the main story for Countdown to Mystery, a dual-feature eight-issue miniseries with Eclipso as the second feature.[23] The first issue of Countdown to Mystery, with art by Justiniano and Walden Wong rather than Gulacy, was released in November 2007. Due to Steve Gerber's death, the seventh issue was written by Adam Beechen using Gerber's notes. The final issue was written by Beechen, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, and Mark Evanier, who each wrote a different ending to the story.[24]

The character then appeared in the Reign in Hell miniseries[25] and in Justice Society of America (vol. 3) #30, featuring in the book until its cancellation with #54 in August 2011.

Following the events of the Flashpoint mini-series in 2011, DC's continuity was rebooted. As part of The New 52 initiative, a new Doctor Fate named Khalid Ben-Hassin was created by writer James Robinson[26] and artist Brett Booth. The character was featured in the Earth 2 ongoing series from #9 (Feb. 2013) onwards.[27]

After the conclusion of the Convergence limited series in June 2015, DC launched a new Doctor Fate ongoing series, written by Paul Levitz and drawn by Sonny Liew. The title focused on the newest Doctor Fate, an Egyptian-American medical student named Khalid Nassour.[28] The series ran for 18 issues from June 2015 to November 2016.[29]

The Kent Nelson version of Doctor Fate was featured in the Dark Nights: Metal event, where he assists the Justice League in defeating the Dark Nights. He forms a search team with Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl to find Nth Metal in the Rock of Eternity, where he is supposedly killed by Black Adam.

Fictional character biographies

Kent Nelson

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Cover to More Fun Comics #61 (Nov. 1940), showing Kent Nelson as Doctor Fate. Cover art by Howard Sherman.

In 1920, archaeologist Sven Nelson and his son Kent go on an expedition to the Valley of Ur. While exploring a temple discovered by his father, Kent opens the tomb of Nabu the Wise and revives him from suspended animation, accidentally releasing a poisonous gas which kills Sven. Nabu takes pity on Kent and teaches him the skills of a sorcerer over the next twenty years before giving him a mystical helmet, amulet, and cloak. In 1940, Kent meets Inza Cramer and Wotan in Alexandria, Egypt on his way back to America.[30] After arriving back in the United States, Kent begins a career fighting crime and supernatural evil as the sorcerer and superhero Doctor Fate and sets up a base in a tower in Salem, Massachusetts.[30][31]

Kent helps co-found the Justice Society of America in 1940.[32]

Kent switches to a half helmet in 1941 due to Nabu occasionally possessing him through the helmet.[33][34] Kent becomes a physician in 1942.[35] Kent later enlists in the U.S. Army and serves as a Paratrooper during World War II.[36] He resigns from the JSA in 1944 and becomes an archaeologist.[37][38]

Kent returns to crimefighting when the Justice Society reforms, again using the original helmet.[39] Sometime later, Kent co-founds a new Justice League.[40] Soon after, Kent and Inza pass away from old age when the magic they use to stay young fails.[12] During the Blackest Night event, Kent is briefly resurrected as a member of the Black Lantern Corps.[41]

Kent becomes Dr. Fate again when he meets his grandnephew, Khalid Nassour, the current Dr. Fate. With two Helmets of Nabu, they both become Dr. Fate and fight Egyptian monsters and deities for a short period of time.[42]

Nabu later appears to Ted Kord, warning him that the Blue Beetle's scarab is magical and not science. He uses Kent's body to appear as Dr. Fate while Kent is trapped in the Tower of Fate. Kent later takes control and helps fight the enemy with Jaime Reyes and Ted Kord.

In the Doomsday Clock limited series, Lois Lane is mailed a flash drive which contains newsreel footage of the Justice Society, including Doctor Fate.[43]

Sometime prior to the start of Justice League Dark, Nabu has taken control of the Helmet of Fate and assumes Kent Nelson's appearance as Doctor Fate.[44]

Eric and Linda Strauss

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Justice League America #31 (Oct. 1989): Linda Strauss as Doctor Fate. Cover art by Adam Hughes.

After Kent's death, Nabu chooses Eric Strauss and his stepmother Linda to be the next Doctor Fate, with Eric and Linda having to merge into one being in order to become Fate.[12] Nabu goes on to possess Kent's corpse in order to personally advise them.[12] The three of them are soon joined by a friendly demon called Petey and lawyer Jack C. Small.[45]

Eric is killed on Apokolips during a battle with Desaad, forcing Linda to become Doctor Fate on her own.[46] Linda is killed soon afterwards by the Lords of Chaos. Eric and Linda's souls are reincarnated in the bodies of Eugene and Wendy DiBellia while Nabu reincarnates in Eugene and Wendy's unborn child.[47]

Inza Nelson

Kent and Inza, whose souls have been inhabiting a fantasy world within the amulet, are resurrected in younger bodies,[47] but only Inza can become Doctor Fate.[14] As Doctor Fate, Inza becomes more proactive and reckless in the use of her powers, which leads to her temporary separation from Kent.[48]

The Nelsons learn T'Giian, a Lord of Chaos, has possessed the helmet. This provides Inza with magic derived from Chaos instead of Order, which is why Kent and Inza can't merge to become Doctor Fate.[49] Kent reunites with Inza and helps her defeat T'Giian.[50] Inza then discovers her new powers come from people of Earth rather than the magic of Order and Chaos.[50][51] The Nelsons start merging as the male Doctor Fate again, but the two of them can become separate Doctor Fates if needed. When operating as separate Doctor Fates, Inza wears the helmet and Kent's original costume while Kent wears the half helmet and costume he used in the late 1940s.[52]

Sometime later, the Nelsons and the JSA face the supervillain Extant during Parallax's attempt to change the history of the universe. Extant uses his time manipulation powers to rapidly age Kent and Inza to their proper physical ages. Extant also scatters the helmet, amulet, and cloak. The aged and depowered Nelsons then retire.[53]

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Fate #1 (Nov. 1994) featuring Jared Stevens. Cover art by Anthony Williams and Andy Lanning.

Jared Stevens

After retiring, the Nelsons hire smuggler Jared Stevens to recover the helmet, amulet, and cloak from an Egyptian tomb. When the Nelsons try to collect the artifacts, they are murdered by two demons. During the battle, Jared attempts to use the amulet as a weapon, which then explodes and imbues him with various magical abilities and a red ankh-shaped scar over his right eye. Jared's injuries force him to use the cloak as a wrap for his right arm and to melt the helmet into a set of ankh-shaped darts and a dagger for use as weapons. After defeating the demons, Jared is contacted by Nabu, who attempts to make Jared the new Doctor Fate. Jared refuses and escapes, becoming a demon hunter using the alias "Fate".[16] During his battles, he teams up with the supernaturally powered team of fugitives Scare Tactics, the demon Etrigan and other forces to combat threats from the realm of Gemworld.

Jared is later murdered by Mordru, who attempts to kill all the agents of Chaos and Order and claim Fate's artifacts for himself.[17] Jared's equipment reverts to its original forms and returns to the Tower of Fate upon his death.[54]

Hector Hall

After Jared's murder, the mantle of Doctor Fate, along with a restored helmet, amulet, and cloak, is passed to a reincarnated Hector Hall.[18] The Justice Society is reformed to protect the newly reborn Hector.[55] Hector's new body is the biological son of Hawk and Dove, who are agents of Chaos and Order respectively, which makes Hector an agent of balance instead of one side or the other.[56]

When the Spectre goes on a quest to extinguish magic, he banishes Hector and his wife to a snowy mountain landscape for all eternity.[57]

Kent V. Nelson

When the JSA looks for Hector, they find the helmet, amulet, and cloak. Sand dons the helmet to speak with Nabu.[58] At the same moment, Mordru appears and removes the helmet from Sand, allowing Nabu to manifest through the helmet without needing a host body.[59] Nabu defeats Mordru and the JSA offers him membership, which Nabu declines.[60] Sensing his impending demise, Nabu gives the helmet to Detective Chimp to pass on to a new wearer, telling him it would still have certain abilities without Nabu's spirit inside. Nabu is then killed by the Spectre.[61]

When Detective Chimp finds the helmet will not fit him, he asks Captain Marvel to throw the helmet into space, allowing the helmet to find its new owner. As it travels across the universe, the helmet warps itself to resemble Kent Nelson's half helmet from the 1940s and falls back to Earth.[61]

The helmet later crosses paths again with Detective Chimp,[62] Ibis the Invincible,[63] Sargon the Sorcerer,[64] Black Alice,[65] and Zauriel[66] before it reaches Doctor Kent V. Nelson, Kent Nelson's grandnephew, who becomes the new Doctor Fate after finding the helmet in a dumpster.[67] When Nelson first wears the helmet, it reverts to its original form and clothes him in a new version of Doctor Fate's original costume.[67]

After fighting off the demon Nergal, Kent uses the helmet's magic for gambling. He later meets Maddy, an occult bookstore owner, and Inza Fox, a comic book writer, who is later killed after turning into water. When Kent turns to alcohol to cope with Inza's death, he gives the helmet to Maddy. The two are captured by Nergal, but escape when Kent overcomes his depression, restoring Inza to life in the process.[67]

Kent helps a group of magic-using heroes escape from Hell[68] and joins the Justice Society.[69] Kent remains with the team after it splits into two groups. He is briefly possessed by Mordru before leaving Earth to hone his spellcasting abilities.[70] Kent later returns to help the team with various problems.[71][72]

Khalid Ben-Hassin

The Earth-2 incarnation of Doctor Fate is an Egyptian man named Khalid Ben-Hassin. Khalid accompanies archaeologist Kendra Saunders while she is exploring a pyramid in Egypt and discovers the Helm of Nabu, but is reluctant to wear it due to Nabu's spirit affecting his thoughts and sanity.[73] After teaming up with other "Wonders" (superpowered heroes), Khalid fights the villain Wotan and discovers the Tower of Fate, Nabu's extradimensional base of operations, and assumes the identity of Dr. Fate. Khalid becomes traumatized and psychologically damaged after he is mercilessly attacked by a brainwashed Superman.

Khalid Nassour

In June 2015, a Doctor Fate series was launched, starring the Earth-0 incarnation of the character, an Egyptian-American medical student named Khalid Nassour.[28] Khalid receives the helmet by a statue of Bastet which turned out to be his cat. It is later revealed that Khalid's mother is Kent Nelson's niece, making Khalid Kent's grandnephew.

In Justice League Dark, it is revealed that Khalid was imprisoned by Nabu (who has taken over as Doctor Fate) within a magical vase. When the vase is accidentally broken when the Justice League Dark arrive at the Tower of Fate, Khalid is temporarily freed and tries to warn them that Nabu is helping release the Otherkind but is trapped back in the vase.[74] After the events of the Witching Hour, the vase containing Khalid is brought to the JLD's headquarters where Man-Bat uses magic to free Khalid from it and learns of Nabu and the Lords of Order's plans involving the Otherkind.[75]

Powers and abilities

Doctor Fate possesses various powers such as spellcasting,[18][76][77] flight,[30] superhuman strength,[78] invulnerability,[79] telekinesis,[30][80] telepathy,[77][81] pyrokinesis,[78][82] and lightning manipulation.[76][80] However, Fate is unable to counteract spells that have already been cast and are in effect.[83] Fate's magic manifests in the shape of Egyptian hieroglyphs, such as an ankh.[84]

Other versions

Pre-Crisis

Doctor Chaos (Earth-1)

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Doctor Chaos. Art by Kurt Schaffenberger

In the Earth-1 universe, Professor Lewis Lang and his assistant Burt Belker discover a helmet in the Valley of Ur in Mesopotamia that is identical to the helmet on Earth-2 except for its blue color. This helmet contains a Lord of Chaos that possesses Burt and turns him into the sorcerer Doctor Chaos, whose costume is identical to Doctor Fate's except for a reversed color scheme. Superboy confronts Doctor Chaos and removes the helmet from Burt, jettisoning it into space.[85]

Post-Crisis

Books of Magic

While Timothy Hunter is being guided through the world of magic by the Phantom Stranger, the two of them observe Kent, though he is unaware of their presence.[86] Sometime later, Mister E shows Hunter a future version of the helmet that resembles a human skull and kills any of its worshippers who wear it. The helmet has given up on life itself and the war between Order and Chaos. Mister E revealed that in the past, he attempted to kill Doctor Fate and destroy the helmet but was stopped by the Justice League.[87]

Earth-2

After Mister Mind "eats" aspects of the fifty-two identical realities that make up the new Multiverse, one of them, designated Earth-2, takes on visual aspects similar to the pre-Crisis Earth-Two, such as the Justice Society of America being this world's premier superteam.[88]

This version of Doctor Fate (based upon the Kent Nelson version of the character) along with the Spectre, suspects something is awry with Power Girl's mysterious reappearance.[89]

Earth-22 (Kingdom Come)

The Kingdom Come universe features a version of Nabu who is able to channel his consciousness through the helmet and cloak without the need for a host body. This version of Fate sides with Batman's group and is amongst the survivors at the end of the final battle.[90]

Doctor Strangefate

Doctor Strangefate is a sorcerer from the Amalgam Comics universe; he is an amalgamation of Doctor Fate and Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange, with the alter ego of Charles Xavier.[91]

Flashpoint

In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Kent Nelson works as a fortune teller in Haley's Circus. Kent tells his co-worker, trapeze artist Boston Brand, of his vision of Dick Grayson's death.[92] The circus is then attacked by Amazons who are looking to steal the helmet. Kent is impaled and killed by an Amazon before the circus workers escape with the help of Resistance member Vertigo.[93] With Boston's help, Dick escapes the Amazons' slaughter of the other circus workers and meets up with the Resistance, using the helmet as the new Doctor Fate.[94]

Earth-20

An alternate version of Doctor Fate, known as Doc Fate, is shown to exist on the pulp fiction-influenced world of Earth-20.[95][96] Doc Fate is an African-American gunslinger and occultist named Kent Nelson who is based in a windowless Manhattan skyscraper. Doc Fate forms and leads a team of adventurers known as the Society of Super-Heroes, which consists of the Immortal Man, the Mighty Atom, the Blackhawks and the Green Lantern Abin Sur.[97]

In other media

Television

Live action

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Brent Stait as Doctor Fate on Smallville.
  • Actor Brent Stait played Kent Nelson/Doctor Fate in the Smallville two-part episode "Absolute Justice", with Erica Carroll as Inza Nelson.[98] The Helmet of Nabu reappeared in the season 10 episode "Lazarus".[99]
  • Doctor Fate's helmet made a brief appearance in the "Non Est Asylum" episode of Constantine. It is seen among the artifacts stored in Jasper Winter's house.[100]

Animation

  • The Kent Nelson version of Doctor Fate appears in the DC animated universe:
  • Doctor Fate appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episodes "The Eyes of Despero!", "The Fate of Equinox", and "Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth", voiced by Greg Ellis. A younger version of Doctor Fate also appears in a small cameo role in "The Siege of Starro" Part 1.
  • Doctor Fate appears in the Young Justice animated series.[101] He first appears in the episode "Denial", with Kent Nelson voiced by Edward Asner and Nabu voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. He subsequently appears in the episodes "Revelation", "Misplaced", and "Agendas". After Nelson dies in a conflict between the Team and Klarion the Witch Boy, Dr. Fate's helmet is stored within Mt. Justice. Over the course of the series, the helmet is temporarily taken up by Wally West in "Denial", then Aqualad in "Revelation". In both instances, the spirit of Kent Nelson, choosing to reside in the helmet a while longer, convinces Nabu to release the host. However, in "Misplaced", after Zatanna dons the helmet after Klarion splits the Earth between children and adults, Nabu refuses to release her due to the belief that the world needs Fate to protect against Chaos more than ever, until her father Giovanni Zatara offers to become Nabu's host in her place.[102]
  • Doctor Fate appears in Mad episodes 22 and 46, voiced by Kevin Shinick.
  • Doctor Fate appears in a series of animated shorts as part of the DC Nation block on Cartoon Network.[103]
  • The Kent Nelson version of Doctor Fate appears in Justice League Action[104] with his child form voiced by Erica Luttrell. In the episode "Trick or Threat", he alongside Batman, John Constantine, and Zatanna are turned into children by Klarion the Witch Boy so that he can lure them into the House of Mystery and steal the Helmet of Fate from Doctor Fate.

Film

  • The Kent Nelson version of Doctor Fate appears as a member of the JSA in the opening credits of Justice League: The New Frontier.
  • An evil version Doctor Fate from a parallel Earth briefly appears in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, where he is seen as part of Superwoman's "Made Men".
  • Doctor Fate appears in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.
  • Doctor Fate's helmet appears in Justice League Dark within the House of Mystery.
  • A new incarnation of Doctor Fate appears in Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, voiced by Greg Grunberg. This version is an original character named Steel Maxum who was chosen by Nabu to be Doctor Fate for his fitness, but only for a short period before Scandal Savage and Knockout double crossed him and stole the "Get Out of Hell Free" card from him. This caused Nabu to kick him out of the Tower of Fate for his recklessness and irresponsibility. It is rumored by Maxum that Nabu "picked some chick" to replace him. In the present day, Maxum joins a male strip club in Branson, Missouri, as the "Pharaoh" while marked with an Egyptian Ankh tattoo on his back. Maxum is then found in the club by Amanda Waller's Task Force X team at the same time Professor Zoom and his henchmen find him. Though he is knocked unconscious by Silver Banshee, he is still retrieved by the Squad who escapes the club with him. Maxum tells the Squad about the card Waller sent them for, which allows the user to bypass Hell and go straight to Heaven. Maxum is then is kicked out of the Squad's vehicle and left behind in the streets with his undies and blanket and caught by Zoom's henchmen when he is about to be arrested for indecent exposure by a police officer. His fate after that is not revealed.

Video games

  • Doctor Fate appears in DC Universe Online. In the DLC "Hand of Fate", Doctor Fate and Felix Faust became playable avatars in PVP Legends. The DLC also added new multiplayer missions, called Operations, which involve Fate and Faust leading teams of player heroes and villains.
  • Doctor Fate is one of the thousands of characters that can be spawned in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure.

Lego games

  • The Kent Nelson version of Doctor Fate appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.[105]
  • The Kent Nelson version of Doctor Fate appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced by David Sobolov, reprising his role from Injustice 2.

Injustice series

  • Doctor Fate's costume can be seen in The Hall of Justice arena in Injustice: Gods Among Us. He also appears as a support card in the IOS App. Doctor Fate is mentioned in Zatanna's ending where he and Zatanna combined their magic to create the Tower of Fate which served as a stronghold to the Regime's enemies as Superman is vulnerable to magic.
  • The Kent Nelson version of Doctor Fate appears as a playable character in Injustice 2, voiced by David Sobolov.[106][107] In the story mode, Fate confronts Green Arrow and Black Canary in Gorilla City, and they lose to him but manage to take the helmet off, allowing Kent to regain control of his actions. Kent warns them of an incoming threat towards their planet. After putting the helmet back on, Fate later confronts Batman and Superman in Brainiac's ship. Kent, under the influence of the helm, believes Brainiac should be allowed to ravage the planet as it would restore order and undo the chaos brought about by Batman and Superman's war. After one of the two defeats him, Superman destroys the helmet, severing Nelson's connection to the Lords of Order. He tries to warn Batman and Superman to stop their feud to prevent the Lords of Order from imposing their will upon the Earth before he is impaled and captured by Brainiac. In his single player ending, by defeating Brainiac, Doctor Fate angers the Lords of Fate. Taking shelter in the House of Mystery, he is delighted to find his wife Inza, resurrected by John Constantine's daughter Rose.

Toys

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Justice League Unlimited action figure by Mattel.
  • Several Doctor Fate action figures have been released, with most of them based on the Kent Nelson version of the character.
    • The first Doctor Fate figure was released in 1985 as part of the second wave of Kenner's Super Powers Collection.
    • DC Direct released another figure in 2000 as part of the Mystics, Mages and Magicians collection.
    • A third figure was released with the Justice League Unlimited series (2004–2006) as a single figure and as part of three-pack collections.
    • DC Direct released a fourth figure in December 2007 as part of its second wave of DC: The New Frontier action figures.
    • Two Doctor Fate figures were released in April 2009 as part of the DC Universe Classics toyline: a Classic Kent Nelson version with regular yellow armor, and a "Chase" variant Modern Hector Hall version with gold accent armor and helm.
    • The Batman: The Brave and the Bold toyline included a "Dr. Fate versus Wotan" two-pack set released in December 2009.
  • At the 2004 San Diego Comic-Con International, DC Direct announced a full-size replica of Doctor Fate's helmet and amulet in 2005.[108] The helmet was displayed with upcoming items during the February 2007 Toy Fair,[109] but is still not available for purchase.

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1st Issue Special

1st Issue Special was a comics anthology series from DC Comics, done in a similar style to their Showcase series. It was published from April 1975 to April 1976. The goal was to showcase a new possible first issue of an ongoing series each month, with some issues debuting new characters and others reviving dormant series from DC's past. No series were actually launched from 1st Issue Special but the Warlord made his first appearance in the title and the character's ongoing series was already slated to debut a few months later.

Absolute Justice

"Absolute Justice" is the eleventh episode of the ninth season of the CW series Smallville, and the 185th episode of the overall series. The episode originally aired on February 5, 2010 in the United States, and was initially slated to be two individual episodes before it was ultimately turned into a two-hour, single episode. Glen Winter directed the first half of "Absolute Justice", which was originally known as "Society". Tom Welling directed the second half, which was called "Legends". Comic book author Geoff Johns, who first wrote the season eight episode "Legion", wrote both hours of "Absolute Justice".

In the episode's narrative, Clark Kent (Welling), Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) and John Jones (Phil Morris) meet a team of superheroes, called the Justice Society of America, who operated during the 1970s. The Justice Society is being hunted by an assassin known as Icicle (Wesley MacInnes). Icicle was recruited by the organization Checkmate, which is being headed by Agent Amanda Waller (Pam Grier). Clark, Chloe, Oliver and John team up with the Justice Society members to battle Icicle.

The introduction of the Justice Society was developed to be relevant to the series, primarily being used to teach the new generation of superheroes—Clark, Oliver, and the rest of the team—a lesson about family and leadership. Johns modeled his vision of the Justice Society after the film Watchmen, where a group of superheroes come out of retirement. Johns also included references to other Justice Society members throughout the episode. "Absolute Justice" is Smallville's highest-rated episode for season nine in total viewers, adults 18–49, and men 18–49. The episode received generally mixed reviews from critics; while praise was given to the guest characters' back stories, criticism was dealt for what was perceived as a poor choice of a villain.

All-Star Squadron

The All-Star Squadron is a DC Comics superhero team that debuted in Justice League of America #193 (August 1981) and was created by Roy Thomas, Rich Buckler and Jerry Ordway.

All Star Comics

All Star Comics is an American comic book series from All-American Publications, one of three companies that merged with National Periodical Publications to form the modern-day DC Comics. While the series' cover-logo trademark reads All Star Comics, its copyrighted title as indicated by postal indicia is All-Star Comics, with a hyphen. With the exception of the first two issues, All Star Comics told stories about the adventures of the Justice Society of America, the first team of superheroes, and introduced Wonder Woman.

DC Challenge

DC Challenge was a 12-issue comic book series produced by DC Comics from November 1985 to October 1986, as a round robin experiment in narrative. The series' tagline was "Can You Solve It Before We Do?"

Don Kramer

Don Kramer is an American comics artist. He has worked for both Marvel and DC, as well as on independent projects. Titles at DC include a Doctor Fate miniseries with Chris Golden, JSA with Geoff Johns and a run on Detective Comics with Paul Dini. He was also the artist for Nightwing with Peter Tomasi, the JSA vs Kobra mini-series with Eric Trautmann and J. Michael Straczynski's run on Wonder Woman.Kramer was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in Chebanse, Illinois, and is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

Hector Hall

Hector Hall is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in DC Comics's Infinity, Inc., Sandman and JSA. He has gone by the names Silver Scarab, Sandman and, before his death, Doctor Fate.

Ian Karkull

Ian Karkull is a fictional supervillain in some comic-book titles published by DC Comics. He first appeared in More Fun Comics #69 (August 1941) as a foe of the sorcerer Doctor Fate. He later became a recurring foe of the All-Star Squadron and the Justice Society of America, beginning in All-Star Squadron Annual #3.

Justice Society of America

The Justice Society of America (JSA) is a superhero team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The Justice Society of America was conceived by editor Sheldon Mayer and writer Gardner Fox. The JSA first appeared in All Star Comics #3 (Winter 1940–1941), making it the first team of superheroes in comic books.

The team was initially popular, but in the late 1940s, the popularity of superhero comics waned, and the JSA's adventures ceased with issue #57 of the title (March 1951). JSA members remained absent from comics until ten years later, when the original Flash appeared alongside a new character by that name in The Flash #123 (September 1961). During the Silver Age of Comic Books, DC Comics reinvented several Justice Society members and banded many of them together in the Justice League of America. The Justice Society was established as existing on "Earth-Two" and the Justice League on "Earth-One". This allowed for annual cross-dimensional team-ups of the teams between 1963 and 1985. New series, such as All-Star Squadron, Infinity, Inc. and a new All-Star Comics featured the JSA, their children and their heirs. These series explored the issues of aging, generational differences, and contrasts between the Golden Age and subsequent eras.

The 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series merged all of the company's various alternate realities into one, placing the JSA as World War II-era predecessors to the company's modern characters. A JSA series was published from 1999 to 2006. A new Justice Society of America series ran from 2007 to 2011. As part of DC Comics' 2011 "The New 52" relaunch, an unnamed version of the team appears in the Earth 2 Vol 1 (2012–2015), Earth 2 World's End (2014–2015), and Earth 2: Society (2015–2017).

Justiniano

Justiniano (born Josue Rivera) is an American comic book artist.

His recent work includes the Doctor Fate feature in the 8-issue Countdown spin-off Countdown to Mystery miniseries (with the late writer Steve Gerber) from DC Comics.

His past work includes Evil Ernie, Chastity and The Omen for Chaos! Comics and The Titans, The Flash, Beast Boy, The Human Race, Day of Vengeance, The Creeper and 52 for DC.

He has worked with writers Brian Pulido, Geoff Johns, Ben Raab, Bill Willingham and Steve Niles.

Justiniano has done artwork on such DC titles as The Human Race, Beast Boy and Day of Vengeance. He worked on Chastity and The Omen at Chaos Comics, as well as some issues of Incredible Hulk at Marvel. He lives and works in Connecticut.

List of Justice Society of America members

The Justice Society of America is a team of comic book superheroes published by DC Comics.

JSA members are listed here only once—in order of their first joining the team. Retconned members are listed only where they historically took part in the stories. Only official members are listed. No unofficial, reserves or honorary members.

Note: In the wake of DC Comics' Flashpoint event, the history of the JSA has been rebooted. Many of the characters have been reintroduced with new histories while others have yet to reappear. Characters' last known status is listed below. An alternate version of the team appears in the series Earth-2.

List of Super Powers minicomics

With each Super Powers Collection action figure of the first two series, a minicomic was included. Below is a list of them.

Lords of Chaos and Order

Nabu (comics) redirects here.The Lords of Chaos and Lords of Order are complementary groups of supernatural entities with godlike powers that appear in DC Comics. They have also been retconned into the histories of Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld, Doctor Fate, Kid Eternity, the Phantom Stranger, Shazam, Hawk and Dove and The Sandman. The first Lord of Order to appear in comics was Nabu in More Fun Comics #67 (May 1941) created by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman. Nabu's first appearance was later retconned to be in More Fun Comics #55 (May, 1940), where he was inside the helmet, though not explicitly stated in the story. However, the concept of the Lords of Chaos and Order was introduced years later. The term never appears in Golden Age stories.

Martin Pasko

Martin Joseph "Marty" Pasko (born August 4, 1954) is a writer and editor in a diverse array of media, including comic books and television.

Pasko has worked for many comics publishers, but is best known for his work with DC Comics over three decades. He has written Superman in many media, including television animation, webisodes, and a syndicated newspaper strip for Tribune Media Services, as well as comics. He also co-created the 1975 revamp of Doctor Fate.

More Fun Comics

More Fun Comics, originally titled New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine a.k.a. New Fun Comics, was a 1935–1947 American comic book anthology that introduced several major superhero characters and was the first American comic-book series to feature solely original material rather than reprints of newspaper comic strips. It was also the first publication of the company that would become DC Comics.

Steve Gerber

Stephen Ross Gerber (; September 20, 1947 – February 10, 2008) was an American comic book writer best known for co-creating the satiric Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck and a character-defining run on Man-Thing, one of their monster properties. Other notable works include Omega the Unknown, Marvel Spotlight: "Son of Satan," The Defenders, Marvel Presents: "Guardians of the Galaxy," Daredevil and Foolkiller. Gerber was known for including lengthy text pages in the midst of comic book stories, such as in his graphic novel, Stewart the Rat. Gerber was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2010.

Wotan (comics)

Wotan is a fictional character in stories published by DC Comics, a supervillain who is the archenemy of the mystical superhero Doctor Fate. Wotan first appeared in 1940 and has featured in a number of storylines, and has been adapted for two animated television series.

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