The second Dr. Polaris, John Nichol, first appeared off-panel in Justice League of America #11 (September 2007), before receiving a full introduction in Justice League of America vol. 2 #17, (March 2008). Nichol's origins in this issue were developed by Matthew Sturges and Andre Coelho.
Neal Emerson as Doctor Polaris
Art by Phil Jimenez.
|First appearance||Green Lantern vol. 2 #21|
|Created by||John Broome|
|Alter ego||Neal Emerson|
|Place of origin||New Earth|
Secret Society of Super Villains
Black Lantern Corps
|Notable aliases||Baxter Timmons, Repulse|
Neal Emerson 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. 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.
As a medical student, Neal Emerson develops a fanatical interest in magnets, despite the teasing of his classmates. Emerson is convinced exposure to magnetic fields will give him more energy. He later holds crowd-drawing lectures on "Health via Magnetism." Due to his medical background and belief in magnetism, Emerson adopts the name "Doctor Polaris." He even designs a special costume and mask to wear for his public appearances.
After time Emerson came to believe he had absorbed too much magnetic energy, and unsuccessfully tries to drain off the excess energy. In desperation, Emerson tries to make a public appeal at a charity event to Green Lantern, believing Green Lantern's power ring can help him. Unfortunately, putting on the costume causes the evil persona of Doctor Polaris to take over Emerson, and he robs the box office of the proceeds instead. Polaris tries to draw a magnetic gun on Green Lantern, but is knocked unconscious by the Lantern instead. At the hospital, Green Lantern probes Polaris' mind, and learns of Emerson's evil side. Shortly thereafter, Polaris recovers and attacks Green Lantern from hiding with girders and other metal objects. The Green Lantern manages to draw Polaris out into the open and defeat him. Doctor Polaris is remanded to police custody; during that time, his "good self" resurfaces.
Doctor Polaris apparently returns to battle Green Lantern and the Justice League alongside Killer Moth, Dagon, the Mask and the Pied Piper, but it is later revealed the Demons Three, Abnegazar, Rath and Ghast, had created magical duplicates of the villains. The League even has to battle the villains' costumes before ultimately defeating the Demons Three.
Doctor Polaris was later released from imprisonment during one of his "good" periods. He attempted to discover the source of Green Lantern's power by kidnapping his friend, Tom Kalmaku. Polaris learned Green Lantern's power battery was hidden at Ferris Aircraft and was able to put a magnetic barrier around it, which prevented Green Lantern from fully charging his ring. The hero tracked Kalmaku to Polaris' lair as his power ring ran out of energy. Polaris turned his weapon on the Green Lantern, apparently killing him. The emerald gladiator's body disappeared.
What Doctor Polaris did not know was that Green Lantern 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. 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. Returning to the 20th Century, Green Lantern defeated 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.
A reformed Emerson traveled to the Earth's magnetic North Pole to study it. Emerson was at the point where the lines of magnetic force converge when an earthquake plunged him into a deep crevice. At the bottom of the crevice lay a glowing blue blob. The radiation from the blob altered Emerson's perceptions, allowing him to understand the blob's intentions to dehydrate the entire Earth. Emerson was able to subconsciously influence Hal Jordan into becoming Green Lantern, but was unable to bring the Lantern to the North Pole. In desperation, Emerson created a mental duplicate of his evil alter ego. Doctor Polaris took advantage of the situation and attacked Green Lantern by blocking his power battery with a magnetic barrier. Doctor Polaris flew into Earth's orbit in order 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. Green Lantern managed to use micrometeorites to form an iron mask around Polaris' head, blocking off his vision. Back on Earth, Emerson was able to use telepathy to warn Green Lantern of the alien threat. Once Green Lantern disintegrated the blob, the mental image of the evil Doctor Polaris faded away.
Years later, Emerson's dark side returns. Returning to his old costume, Polaris takes the name of Baxter Timmons and moves to Metropolis' Suicide Slum, where he steals advanced technology from warehouses throughout the city. Polaris integrates the new magnetic circuits into his costume, as part of an attempt to gain revenge on Green Lantern. Polaris' plans are stopped through the efforts of the superhero Black Lightning.
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.
Polaris later attacks Steel in Washington D.C., seeking a weapon called the Annihilator that Steel had built. During the battle, Steel's grandmother attacks Polaris and is killed. Polaris is driven away after the Parasite attacks him. Parasite, afraid of absorbing Polaris's mind and not just his power, lets him go before killing him. Polaris flees to Keystone City.
Some time after that, Polaris shows up at Poseidonis in an attempt to seize control of the city, prompting a battle against Aquaman and his allies. At that same time, Maxima is in the city trying to force Aquaman to marry her. Using her powerful mental abilities, Maxima compels Polaris into believing that his alternate personality has reemerged, forcing him into a nearly catatonic state.
Under unknown circumstances, the catatonic Polaris ends up being held in Iraq, but he is rescued by Hatchet, Heat Wave and Sonar. The trio planned to carry him to the Aurora Borealis in the magnetic North Pole for recharge, thinking that he would be thankful to them and would lead them. They fought The Flash, Green Arrow and Green Lantern. When Polaris recovers, the Flash gives him a bit of his speed, which has the same effect as applying kinetic energy to a magnet; Doctor Polaris' body attracts the remains of the sunken Aurora Borealis, containing him. (Green Lantern #96, Green Arrow #130 and Flash #135)
In 2001, Polaris emerges during the Joker's Last Laugh crisis attempting to take control of the magnetic south pole itself, forcing a battle against the Justice League where the League only just manage to defeat him thanks to the actions of Plastic Man (the only League member with no metal on him whatsoever). At the end of Last Laugh, the Slab metahuman prison is moved to Antarctica, as Polaris now is the magnetic pole, and cannot be moved.
Shortly thereafter, Polaris appears in San Francisco, allied with the villainous Cadre. Here, he is utilizing the power of one of the unimaginably powerful alien Controllers, as well as Cadre member Black Mass, the latter keeping Polaris' magnetic powers in check so that he can move from the Slab. This time, Doctor Polaris has an "altruistic" goal in sight; convinced that civilization and humanity's free will are obstacles for creating a better Earth, he plans to use the Controller's power and some stolen S.T.A.R. Labs equipment to focus his powers and "cleanse the world". The heroes known as the Power Company defeat Polaris by turning the brain-damaged Black Mass against his master and use his gravitational powers to drain Polaris on power.
Shortly before Infinite Crisis, Dr. Polaris appears in Metropolis, seeking Superman's help in battling a more powerful and ruthless magnetism manipulator who calls herself Repulse. It eventually transpires that this is a new manifestation of his personality disorder; Polaris is hallucinating Repulse (who looks like the aunt who hated him), and performs her actions himself. Eventually, Superman forces him to accept she is not real.
After recovering from this breakdown, Polaris is recruited by Lex Luthor's Secret Society of Super Villains in Villains United. Dr. Polaris is one of the villains waiting to ambush the Freedom Fighters in a warehouse south of Metropolis in the beginning of Infinite Crisis. When Phantom Lady is impaled by Deathstroke, the Human Bomb becomes enraged. After Dr. Polaris taunts the Human Bomb, he is blown into pieces by the Human Bomb's explosive rage.
Emerson has been identified as one of the deceased entombed below the Hall of Justice.
Neal Emerson appears in the DC Rebirth reboot. He first appears as part of Max Lord's supervillain team trying to kill Amanda Waller. He is revealed to have been part of Waller's original Suicide Squad.
|First appearance||Justice League of America vol 2#17|
|Created by||Brad Meltzer (writer)|
Gene Ha (artist)
|Alter ego||John Nichol|
|Place of origin||New Earth|
In Justice League of America #11, a new Doctor Polaris is mentioned, having fought League members Red Arrow and Vixen. The battle occurs off-panel, but he appears in a panel in Justice League of America #17. In Justice League of America #21, the new Doctor Polaris can be seen among the recruits of Libra's new Secret Society.
In Blue Beetle vol. 2 #32, (December 2008) it is revealed that businessman and Intergang associate John Nichol, a follower of Neal Emerson's exploits, became the second Doctor Polaris after the death of Neal Emerson. He battles Blue Beetle, holding a definitive advantage, until he is shot in the shoulder by his own daughter.
In Blackest Night #4, Nichol is reported to have been killed by the Black Lantern version of Emerson during a conversation between Calculator and Lex Luthor. The kill is said to be verified by Cheetah, Calculator noting that Nichol was the only real source of information he had on the new Blue Beetle.
Both users of Doctor Polaris possessed the power of manipulating and channeling magnetic fields. They can manipulate iron and iron-based alloys to their whim. They can explode most metal constructs, manipulate ferrous materials and also fly using their powers.
The Neal Emerson Doctor Polaris was shown to have lost his powers when exposed to extreme heat. Another one of Emerson's weaknesses was telepathy, due to his fragile psyche.
The John Nichol Polaris has all of Emerson's abilities and more, such as the power to create a localized magnetic storm in a person's brain, killing them instantly. Having no mental defects, Nichol is able to utilize his powers much more effectively than Emerson did.
Advanced Research Group Uniting Super-Humans (or A.R.G.U.S. for short) is the name of a government organization in DC Comics. A.R.G.U.S. first appeared in Justice League Vol. 2 #7 and was created by Geoff Johns and Gene Ha.Batman Total Justice
Batman Total Justice is a line of toys produced by Kenner based on Batman and other, connected, DC Comics characters.Black Mass (comics)
Black Mass is a fictional DC Comics supervillain.Cadre (comics)
The Cadre is a DC Comics supervillain group, except for members of the Cadre of the Immortal, most of whom were redeemed and became heroes by story's end.Controllers (DC Comics)
The Controllers are a fictional extraterrestrial race existing in the DC Universe. They first appear in Adventure Comics #357 (June 1967), and were created by Jim Shooter, Mort Weisinger, and Curt Swan.Crowbar (comics)
Crowbar is a fictional supervillain in the DC Universe.Doctor (comics)
Doctor, in comics, may refer to the following:
The Doctor (Wildstorm), a name given to several characters in the WildStorm universe
Doctor (Doctor Who), the main character in a number of comic adventures chiefly in Doctor Who MagazineIt may also refer to:
Doctor Alchemy, a DC Comics supervillain and Flash rogue
Doctor Angst, a Marvel Comics character and leader of the Band of the Bland
Doctor Bedlam, a DC Comics supervillain and part of Jack Kirby's Fourth World
Doctor Cyber, a DC Comics supervillain
Doctor Death (comics), a DC Comics supervillain and enemy of Batman
Doctor Decibel, a Marvel Comics character
Doctor Destiny, a DC Comics villain
Doctor Doom, a Marvel Comics supervillain
Doctor Doomsday, an Amalgam Comics character
Doctor Druid, a Marvel Comics hero
Doctor Eclipse, a Valiant Comics character
Doctor Fang, a DC Comics character
Doctor Faustus (comics), a Marvel Comics supervillain associated with Captain America
Doctor Fate, a DC Comics sorcerer
Doctor Gorpon, a Malibu Comics character
Doctor Impossible, a DC Comics supervillain
Doctor Light, a number of comics characters of a similar name
Doctor McNinja from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
Doctor Manhattan, a DC Comics character from Watchmen
Doctor Mid-Nite, a DC Comics hero
Doctor John Miers PHD, an all-round Comics hero
Doctor Mirage, a Valiant Comics character
Doctor Mist, a DC Comics superhero
Doctor Moon, a DC Comics supervillain
Doctor Nemesis, two Marvel Comics characters: Dr. James Bradley, a scientist and co-inventor of the original Human Torch and Michael Stockton, a scientist who used Pym particles
Doctor Occult, a DC Comics character
Doctor Octopus, a Marvel Comics supervillain, known as an enemy of Spider-Man
Doctor Phosphorus, a DC Comics supervillain
Doctor Polaris, a DC Comics supervillain and enemy of Green Lantern
Doctor Psycho, a DC Comics supervillain and enemy of Wonder Woman who went on to become a core member of the Secret Society of Supervillains
Doctor Shocker, a DC Comics supervillain and member of the 1000
Doctor Sivana, a Fawcett and DC comics supervillain
Doctor Spectro, a Charlton and DC comics supervillain
Doctor Spectrum, a number of different Marvel Comics characters
Doctor Strange, a Marvel Comics hero
Doctor Sun, a Marvel Comics supervillain
Doctor Thirteen, a DC Comics character
Doctor Tomorrow, an Acclaim Comics series and a character in the game Freedom City
Doctor Vault, a Marvel Comics character
Doctor X (comics), a Nedor Comics character who returned in Terra Obscura
Doctor Zodiac, a DC Comics character from World's Finest ComicsDoc in comics may refer to:
Doc (comics), a member of the Omega Men
Doc (G.I. Joe), a G.I. Joe character who has appeared in the comic book spin-offs
Doc Samson, a Marvel Comics character
Doc Savage, a character who has appeared in a number of comics
Doc Strange, a Nedor Comics character who reappeared in Terra ObscuraFastball (comics)
Fastball is a DC Comics supervillain.Human Bomb
The Human Bomb is a fictional superhero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Police Comics #1 (August 1941), and was created by writer and artist Paul Gustavson.Intergang
Intergang is an organized crime group in Superman and other DC comics. Armed with technology supplied by the villainous New Gods of the planet Apokolips, it is a potent foe who can seriously challenge the most powerful superheroes.List of OverPower card sets
OverPower is collectible trading card game developed by Fleer/Marvel in 1995. Please follow the link to the OverPower card game for specifics on the game itself. This page is devoted to the list of the major sets/expansions that were produced to provide game cards; which expanded from Marvel characters to include DC and Image characters.
A list of the characters included in each set is also provided.List of Secret Society of Super Villains members
The Secret Society of Super Villains is a team fictional supervillains appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Over the years they have featured a large number of ne'er-do-wells as they attempt to subvert the superheroic population of the world for a variety of schemes.List of metahumans in DC Comics
List of metahumans in DC Comics, is a list of fictional superhumans that have appeared in comic book titles published by DC Comics, as well as properties from other media are listed below, with appropriately brief descriptions and accompanying citations.Magenta (comics)
Magenta is a fictional character in the DC Comics' series Teen Titans. She is a former hero turned villain.
An early concept design for Magenta by George Pérez appeared in DC Sampler #2, with the character's initial name being Polara and her color scheme consisting of red and blue rather than magenta and white.
Magenta made her live appearance on the third season of The Flash played by Joey King. This version of Magenta was actually a teenager named Frankie Kane with a split-personality named Magenta.Thunder (comics)
Thunder is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Judd Winick and artist Tom Raney in the Modern Age of Comic Books. She is first mentioned in Green Arrow vol. 2 #26 (July 2003) and first appears a month later in Outsiders vol. 3 #1. Born Anissa Pierce the eldest daughter of superhero Black Lightning, she is a metahuman in the DC Universe. She is capable of increasing her physical density, rendering herself bulletproof, and creating massive shockwaves when stomping upon the ground.
Pierce is also the older sister of Jennifer, herself a superhero operating under the alias Lightning. Against her parents' wishes, Anissa chooses to utilize her abilities to fight crime. She is invited and accepts a position with the superhero team the Outsiders. Pierce is involved in a relationship with her teammate Grace Choi.
Along with her presence in various comic books Thunder has made appearances on a number of television shows and appears in the live action series Black Lightning where she is portrayed by Nafessa Williams.Villains United
Villains United is a six-issue 2005 comic book limited series, published by DC Comics, written by Gail Simone and illustrated by Dale Eaglesham and Wade Von Grawbadger, and later by Val Semeiks and Prentis Rollins.Who's Who in the DC Universe
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (usually referred to as Who's Who) is the umbrella title for a number of comic book series which DC Comics published to catalogue the wide variety of fictional characters in their imaginary universe, the DC Universe.Xero (comics)
For the publication about comics, see Xero.Xero (usually lettered as Xerø) is a fictional superhero and antihero published by DC Comics. He first appeared in Xero #1, (May 1997), and was created by Christopher Priest and ChrisCross.
|In other media|
|In other media|