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Dan the Dyna-MiteEdit

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Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceStar Spangled Comics #7 (April 1942)
Created byMort Weisinger
Hal Sharp
In-story information
Alter egoDaniel Dunbar
Team affiliationsAll-Star Squadron
Young All-Stars
Old Justice
Seven Soldiers of Victory
AbilitiesAfter coming into contact with TNT:
Enhanced strength, speed, and resistance to injury
Energy generation
Currently:
Control of both rings and powers after TNT's death

Dan the Dyna-Mite is a teen-aged superhero published by DC Comics, a young sidekick to the character TNT, and was created by Mort Weisinger and Hal Sharp in 1942. Both debuted in Star Spangled Comics #7 and starred through #23.[1][2]

Danny Dunbar was the star pupil of Thomas N. Thomas, a high school chemistry and physical education teacher.[3]

One evening while Thomas and Dunbar are working on an experiment, Thomas' hand accidentally touches Dunbar's and both teacher and student find themselves feeling more energised. Thomas realises that each of them has somehow absorbed the chemicals with which they have been working. By touching each other, both became charged with an unknown form of energy and briefly possessed superhuman powers.[4]

They decide not to reveal their discovery publicly for fear that it would be misused. Instead, they use their new super-powers to fight crime as costumed heroes. Thomas becomes as TNT and Dunbar as Dan the Dyna-Mite, and both join the wartime All-Star Squadron.[5] Thomas and Dunbar each wear a "dyna-ring". By pressing the rings together, they trigger a chemical reaction that temporarily charges the two heroes with energy.

In April 1942, TNT and Dyna-Mite battle Nazi saboteurs who are attempting to blow up a dam in Colorado. When the saboteurs flee in a car, the pair gives chase in their own auto. One of the bullets hits the tire of the heroes' car and it crashes and bursts into flames. The young hero Iron Munro pulls TNT and Dyna-Mite from the wreckage. TNT is already dead and his spirit is carried off by the Valkyrie called Gudra (a member of Axis Amerika). Munro takes Dyna-Mite to hospital, where he soon recovers.[6]

Danny is grief-stricken but bucks up when President Roosevelt requests that he and other young members of the All-Star Squadron take a cross-country tour encourage the buying of war bonds.[7] His depression is worsened by the assumption that without TNT, he can no longer use his own super-powers. Danny soon learns that he can activate them by wearing both dyna-rings and pressing them together.[8]

In his "golden years", Dan joins his childhood friends Neptune Perkins, Doiby Dickles, Merry Pemberton, and the Cyclone Kids (now called the Cyclones) to form "Old Justice". They were all once sidekicks to older superheroes. They advovate abolishing teen super-teams and butt heads with Young Justice many times. Over the course of the Sins of Youth storyline, a rally in D.C. over this issue occurs. It is attacked and dozens of superheroes turn young and the Young Justice members turn adult. Old Justice, unaffected, find themselves having to supervise the chaotic crowd of younger heroes with the aid of the now-adult Young Justice. Temporarily working out of the JLA HQ in Happy Harbor, everyone must deal with Klarion the Witch Boy, other younger supervillains, and dozens of magically created monsters. It comes down to every available hand in a vicious battle in the snowfields outside an Alaskan scientific complex. At the end of the adventure, once Klarion is blackmailed into restoring the altered heroes, Old Justice realizes Young Justice are really worthy heroes.[9]

In DCU: Legacies #2 (published in 2010), TNT and Dyna-Mite are revealed to have been founding members of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.[10] How this retcon affects their histories, such as the previously established death of TNT and Dyna-Mite's Young All-Stars stint, has not yet been revealed.

During the "Dark Nights: Death Metal" storyline, Dan the Dyna-Mite is among the superheroes revived by Batman using a Black Lantern ring.[11]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

As with his mentor, he possessed a ring which controlled his powers, releasing them only when the two rings came into contact. Originally he wore only one of the rings, which gave him enhanced strength, speed and resistance to injury and energy generation. After his mentor died, he discovered he could wear both rings and release the power by pressing both rings together himself.

ReceptionEdit

American Comic Book Chronicles says that the TNT and Dan the Dyna-Mite series "had potential, but consistently fell flat, limited space and unimaginative writing its chief problems".

Dyno-Mite DanEdit

Functional forgeries of the rings were later bought online by a superhero wannabe who called himself Dyno-Mite Dan (Harris D. Ledbetter). He appeared only once, after joining the Vigilante's short-lived new Seven Soldiers of Victory.[12]

Other versionsEdit

In the Elseworlds miniseries The Golden Age ny James Robinson and Paul Smith, TNT is killed in an apparent incident, and Daniel Dunbar becomes depressed. He volunteers for a government experiment (dropping an atomic bomb on him) which transforms into the powerful Dynaman, who possesses vast superhuman strength, durability, and the power of flight. It is later learned that the Ultra-Humanite removed Dunbar's brain and replaced it with that of Adolf Hitler. Members of the Justice Society and All-Star Squadron unite to defeat Dynaman in a colossal battle in Washington, DC.

Dan TurpinEdit

Damien DarhkEdit

The enigmatic Damien Darhk is an elusive and dangerous criminal mastermind who is an enemy of the Titans.[13] He makes his first appearance in Titans #1 (March 1999).[14] Claiming to be a major player in the American underworld and implying he has an army at his disposal, Darhk is shown to be well-established and well-connected despite being in his early 20s and has remained untouchable by the FBI and the CIA.[15] He appears to have some connection to the crime syndicate the H.I.V.E. and has access to unique high-tech equipment unknown to any organization. Darhk uses trickery and forgotten science to make his followers and the public believe he has mystical or magical powers, but is later proven to be a fraud. Darhk is also a Wi-Fi genius, able to stay in touch with anyone by the very latest forms of mass communication. During an altercation with the Titans, Darhk was shot to death by Vandal Savage. Thanks to Adeline Kane, he survived.[16]

Damien Darhk in other mediaEdit

  • The character appears in Arrow, portrayed by Neal McDonough.[17] Ra's al Ghul's personal history mentions him as a friend-turned-rival in season three.[18][19] Described as a renegade member of the League of Assassins who left after being denied leadership to form a "hive" of his own, he is behind many past events in the series and appears as season four's main antagonist. Damien uses a magical artifact to employ telekinesis and can also drain the life energy of his foes if he makes physical contact with them. The only exception to this is Thea Queen who causes his life-force absorption ability to backfire due to being revived by the Lazarus Pit. Although a ruthless killer, when the Green Arrow saves his family from Anarky, Damien allows Oliver Queen to leave, despite having a chance to kill him, out of appreciation for the actions. Damien's artifact is eventually destroyed by Vixen and he is prosecuted and sent to Iron Heights Penitentiary. But, after recruiting the Dark Archer, Brick and Murmur, he eventually breaks out and murders Laurel Lance / Black Canary. After Anarky kills his wife and destroys the secret underground city in which Damien planned to survive the nuclear holocaust he wanted to cause, he becomes nihilistic and decides to destroy the world anyway. With the help from Mr. Terrific and the Calculator, Oliver's allies succeed in disabling all but one of the nuclear bombs (a city is destroyed by the successful nuke). Meanwhile, the Green Arrow leads the people of Star City in a rally against Damien and his army, with the outpouring of hope nullifying Damien's powers. The two engage in a physical fight with Oliver overpowering him. Defeated, Damien taunts the Green Arrow, stating Oliver spared Slade Wilson after killing Oliver's mother. Oliver reminds him that he killed tens of thousands of innocent people, including Laurel, and states not having a choice before stabbing him with an arrow, killing him. He returned in season five as a manifestation from a Dominator's mental simulation in the 100th episode.
    • Neal McDonough also appears as Damien Darhk briefly in The Flash. In the episode "Legends of Today", the Flash rescues Team Arrow from Darhk's attack during a raid on an A.R.G.U.S. facility.
    • Neal McDonough appears again as Damien Darhk in Legends of Tomorrow.[20][21] In season one, he is a minor antagonist. He attends a weapons auction held by Vandal Savage in the 1970s. Damien returns in season two as a recurring character, one of the two secondary antagonists alongside Merlyn, and a member of the Legion of Doom. He also serves as an archenemy to Sara Lance, Laurel's sister and the Legends' leader. Although initially hesitant to work with Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash, he quickly joins forces upon learning of his future death and the failure of his plans from Sara. Together with Eobard, his future/former accomplice and the rest of the Legion of Doom, he works to find the fabled Spear of Destiny in order to change his fate. After they succeed, Damien makes himself mayor of Star City and regains his magical artifact. However, the Legends manage to travel back in time to stop the Legion's success. Eobard also travels back in time to warn the past Legion, so Damien sets out with the Legion to stop the Legends in a final battle. Using swords and a futuristic gun courtesy of Eobard, Damien eventually kills the future counterpart of Citizen Steel before engaging in hand-to-hand combat with Sara. Sara manages to overpower and knock him out. After the Legion is defeated, the Legends return each member of the Legion to their respective place in the timeline and wipe their memories of time travel, so Damien ends up dying in 2016 as before. In season three, Damien is the secondary antagonist. He is resurrected from his death by his time-displaced daughter Nora Darhk with his memories restored and resumes his feud with Sara, the Legends and their allies. He later encounters Gorilla Grodd upon saving him from the napalm bombing during the Vietnam War and claims to have time traveling technology that will let Grodd travel through time at will. It is revealed that his alliance with Mallus is intended to ensure Mallus' release from his prison dimension by causing temporal aberrations that will weaken it, but this effort is complicated when tension arises between Damien and his daughter over their differing approaches to their relationship. Damien, after being convinced by Steel and the Atom that his daughter will cease to exist if Mallus is set free, decides to help the Legends stop Mallus from taking Nora's body, but ends up taking Nora's place and is killed by Mallus in the season three finale. In season five, Astra Logue grants Damien a second chance at life. He was supposed to cause misery, but instead went to go see Nora. She had to hide the fact of her current status by stating that Constantine is her boyfriend and that Sara and Ava are now her henchmen. Everything unraveled when the ring that Ray bought was placed in a chocolate mousse. Nora's latest charge wishes them all into an episode of Mr. Parker's Cul-De-Sac (a parody of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood) where they all worked out their issues in the most unlikeliest of ways. Afterwards, Damien allows Nora to marry Ray. After talking to Sara what Astra wanted him to do, Damien briefly borrowed the Hellsword previously used by Genghis Khan and stabbed himself.

DarkseidEdit

DawnstarEdit

DeadmanEdit

DeadshotEdit

DeathEdit

DeathstrokeEdit

Deep BlueEdit

Further reading

Deep Blue is a superhero in the DC Universe.

The character, created by Peter David and Jim Calafiore, first appeared in Aquaman (vol. 3) #23 (August 1996).[22]

Within the context of the stories, Debbie Perkins is the daughter of Tsunami and grew up believing Neptune Perkins to be her father, while Rhombus believed her to be his daughter. As Deep Blue, she is among the heroes who respond to Aquaman's call to unite the undersea kingdoms.[23] Over time, she begins to insist on being called Indigo and learns that Atlan claims to be her true father.

DeSaadEdit

DesperoEdit

Detective ChimpEdit

Dex-StarrEdit

Dex-Starr
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceFinal Crisis: Rage of The Red Lanterns #1
Created byGeoff Johns
Shane Davis
In-story information
Alter egoDexter
Place of originEarth
Team affiliationsRed Lantern Corps
AbilitiesRed power ring:
  • Red Energy Conduit
  • Rage Plasma
  • Rage Transformation
  • Flight
  • Rage Empowerment
  • Force Field Generation
  • Claws

Dex-Starr is an abandoned stray blue domestic cat from Earth, adopted by a woman in Brooklyn who names him Dexter. During a break-in, Dex-Starr scratched a burglar before his owner was killed and he was evicted by the police. Homeless, he was grabbed by two street thugs and thrown off the Brooklyn Bridge, but the rage that he felt caught the attention of a red power ring and it came to him before he hit the water. As a member of the Red Lantern Corps, wearing his red power ring around his tail, he killed the two thugs and slept on their skulls, proclaiming himself to be a "good kitty" using thoughts expressed in simple sentences. He was described by Geoff Johns in an interview with Wizard as "the most sadistic and malicious" of the Red Lanterns. Originally intended as a joke by Shane Davis, he began being featured more prominently due to positive reception. Dex-Starr frequently travels with Atrocitus, with his vengeful quest centering on finding the burglar that murdered his owner. Dex-Starr gained the ability to create constructs after drinking the blood of Rankorr and, unbeknownst to his fellow Red Lanterns, he used his newfound ability to save Atrocitus from certain death after the former leader of the Red Lanterns saw his red power ring being taken by Guy Gardner.[24]: 89 

Dex-Starr in other mediaEdit

  • Dex-Starr appears in Justice League Action, voiced by Jason J. Lewis. In the episode "Rage of the Red Lanterns", he is a member of the Red Lantern Corps. In "Unleashed", he is sent to infiltrate the Justice League Watchtower while the team is distracted to activate a Boom Tube to bring in the Red Lantern invasion force. Dex-Starr has to deal with distractions from Plastic Man and Krypto, and nearly succeeds, but is stopped by Krypto and Streaky the Supercat.
  • Dex-Starr appears in DC Super Hero Girls, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson as a Red Lantern and Fred Tatasciore provides his vocal effects. In the episode "#RageCat", he is a homeless cat at an animal shelter named Dexter that Green Lantern Jessica Cruz tries to find an owner for. After he briefly gains the powers of a Red Lantern, Jessica adopts him as her pet. In the episode "#It'sComplicated" having regained his power ring thanks to Jess leaving a chair too close to the counter. He joins Star Sapphire and Sinestro in attacking Jess and Hal, but after Hal apologizes to Star Sapphire and Sinestro, Dex-Starr joins them in hugging Hal, saying "I love you Hal Jordan, you always taste like steak sauce," before they fly off to the moon as the best of friends. His physical appearance resembles the one of a Maine Coon. He also appears to lack whiskers.
  • Dex-Starr appears in Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis, voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.
  • Dex-Starr appears as a playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, voiced again by Dee Bradley Baker. He is first found in the Hall of Justice in a side quest, requesting the player to keep enemies from attacking him until he counts to 10. He later appears in Yismault, where Catwoman requests the player to help find a place which could be his territory.
  • Dex-Starr is among many other DC characters included in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure.[25]
  • Dex-Starr appears in Injustice 2 alongside Atrocitus. He is Atrocitus' in-game character trait on which the player summons him to help Atrocitus attack the opponents.
  • Dex-Starr appears as a playable character in Lego DC Super-Villains, voiced again by Dee Bradley Baker.[26]

Dexter MylesEdit

Dexter is on duty when the Flash comes to the Flash Museum in search of a weapon called the Summoner. Dexter is happy to show Flash where the Summoner is, but is horrified to discover it is missing. Later when the Flash is battling Vandal Savage, Dexter shows up with the blueprints for the Summoner that the Flash asked for. With these blueprints, the Flash is able to defeat Savage.

Dexter Myles in other mediaEdit

Dexter Myles appears in The Flash season 1 episode "Going Rogue", portrayed by Bruce Harwood and is mentioned in the season 5 episode "Nora" by Nora West-Allen/XS.

Doctor AlchemyEdit

Doctor CyberEdit

Doctor DestinyEdit

Doctor FateEdit

Doctor LightEdit

Doctor ManhattanEdit

Doctor Mid-NiteEdit

Doctor No-FaceEdit

Further reading

Doctor No-Face is a supervillain in the DC Universe.[27]

The character, created by Dave Wood and Sheldon Moldoff, only appeared in Detective Comics #319 (September 1963).[28]

Within the context of the stories, Bart Magan attempts to remove a facial scar using an experimental device. When the device erases all of his facial features instead, he takes the name "Doctor No-Face" and starts a short-lived crime spree in Gotham City.[Batman 1]

Doctor No-Face in other mediaEdit

Doctor No-Face was adapted for an appearance in the episode "A Bat Divided!" of the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Doctor OccultEdit

Doctor PoisonEdit

Doctor PolarisEdit

Doctor PsychoEdit

Doctor SivanaEdit

Doctor TrapEdit

Doctor Lawrence Trapp, a.k.a. Doctor Trap (first appearance: Chase #3 (April 1998)), is a supervillain with a mechanical jaw. He is an enemy to the Justice Experience, the Martian Manhunter and Cameron Chase.

Doctor Trap in other mediaEdit

Doctor Trap appears in the Harley Quinn animated television series, voiced by Alan Tudyk. When Gotham fell into ruin during the season 1 finale, he took over a museum, stored various weapons he collected from other supervillains and used various booby traps to protect them. In the episode "Trapped", Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, the Kite Man, and Catwoman break into Trap's museum to retrieve the Firefly's flamethrower. However, Catwoman leaves the group behind after they get caught in one of Trap's traps. After escaping, Harley breaks Trap's jaw with her baseball bat. Trap also makes a cameo appearance in the episode "Something Borrowed, Something Green", having had his jaw repaired before attending Ivy and the Kite Man's wedding.

Doctor TymeEdit

Doctor Tyme (Percival Sutter) is a supervillain in the DC Universe and enemy of the Doom Patrol.

Powers and abilities of Doctor TymeEdit

Doctor Tyme's special weapon is a ray that manipulates time, allowing him to freeze objects in stasis. This is mostly used for petty theft and other small crimes.

Doctor Tyme in other mediaEdit

  • Doctor Tyme makes a cameo appearance in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Last Patrol", in which he was seen in a flashback where he had trapped the Doom Patrol in a giant hourglass.
  • In Super Friends comic book series, Doctor Tyme appears as member of W.O.R.M.S., a group of mad scientists led by Lex Luthor. Like the rest of the members, he was arrested by the Super Friends after Luthor called them under the ruse as a chance for his comrades to showcase their technology.[29]
  • Doctor Tyme appears in Doom Patrol, portrayed by Brandon Perea.[30]

DodgerEdit

Debuting in Green Arrow and Black Canary #7 (June 2008), Dodger is a thief who deals in high-end merchandise. Operating from London, England, Dodger will steal and/or sell anything from information to advanced technology.

At one point he came into possession of what appeared to be an alien spacecraft. Recognizing that the vehicle's stealth capabilities made it a lucrative commodity, he began leasing the vessel to various underworld figures, including the League of Assassins. When the vessel in question was linked to an assassination attempt against Connor Hawke, the Green Arrow and the Black Canary began investigating its activity. The trail led them to London where they (along with Mia "Speedy" Dearden) engaged in combat with Dodger at a local pub. Although Dodger proved to be an able-bodied physical combatant, "Team Arrow" subdued him and he told them about the League of Assassins.

When pressed for more information, Dodger was unwilling to cooperate, so the Green Arrow and the Black Canary dropped him from the belly of a cargo plane suspended by a bungee cord until he agreed to give them better intelligence. He took them to his secret lair and triangulated the last location of the stealth ship he had leased.

The Green Arrow and the Black Canary then persuaded him to accompany them on the search, which brought them to a castle in Leichestershire, England. They evaded several traps and finally discovered a cryogenics tube containing the compressed form of former Justice Leaguer Plastic Man.

Dodger continued to work alongside "Team Arrow" and fought a team of metahumans who claimed to represent the League of Assassins. Dodger contributed very little to the battle; however, he did manage to distract one of them long enough for Batman to subdue him. Dodger continued adventuring with the group, battled foes and completed the adventure along with the team.

After settling their business with the League of Assassins, Dodger accompanied "Team Arrow" back to the United States, where he struck up a romantic relationship with Mia Dearden. Mia has now left the States and traveled to London to continue this relationship.

Dodger in other mediaEdit

Dodger appears in the TV series Arrow portrayed by James Callis. Appearing in the episode "Dodger", he is a British jewel thief who robs valuable jewels from wealthy occupants and sells them at a high price. Unlike the comics, this iteration of the character uses hostages with bomb collars to steal for him, rather than alien technology. He also uses a high voltage stun-stick as a weapon, which renders victims unconscious. His real name is Winnick Norton, a reference to the original creators of the character, Judd Winick and Mike Norton. He is defeated by Oliver and John Diggle when he is taken out with his own "shocker" after Oliver causes his car to crash, using an arrow as a dagger, and is arrested by a SCPD unit afterwards. In the Arrow: Season 2.5 tie-in comic, Norton escapes from prison and begins operating out of Bludhaven as part of a mercenary group called the Renegades. He and other members kidnap Felicity Smoak on the orders of Clinton Hogue, reminiscent how he kidnapped her earlier in "Dodger". Norton and other members are defeated by Oliver Queen, Roy Harper and Helena Bertinelli, leaving them bound and tipping off the police so they could arrest them.

Doll ManEdit

DominusEdit

Dominus is a fictional character and a DC Comics supervillain who first appeared in Action Comics #747. He appears primarily as an opponent of Superman.[31]

Originally, Dominus was an alien priest named Tuoni, who served as one of the five custodians of his world's faith. During this time, he fell in love with his peer, Ahti. However, he was driven mad by jealousy when Ahti ascended past him and assumed the mantle of Kismet, Illuminator of All Realities.[31]

Studying infernal forbidden magic in an attempt to gain the power to challenge his former lover and rob her of the power of Kismet, Tuoni's assault was reflected by Kismet's divine energies and his body was incinerated. Despite Tuoni's deceit, the omnibenevolent Kismet showed him mercy and shunted his shattered, still-living body into the Phantom Zone.[31]

Within the Phantom Zone, Tuoni encountered a holographic projection of Superman's long-dead Kryptonian ancestor, Kem-L, who was able to use his own ancient variety of arcane Kryptonian science to rebuild the former holy man as a psionic cosmic phantasm known as "Dominus".[32]

In this new all-powerful form, Dominus escaped the Zone via Superman's Fortress of Solitude and attacked Earth. Attempting to find Kismet to steal her cosmic powers, he was opposed by Superman. Swearing vengeance, Dominus telepathically entered Superman's mind and preyed on one of the Man of Steel's greatest weaknesses; his fear of failing the people of Earth.

Using mind control, Dominus convinced Superman to take control of Earth and build the Superman robots to police the planet 24 hours a day, seven days a week forever. In another battle, Dominus used his reality-warping powers to become Superman, using the Superman robots to search for Kismet while Superman was disguised as one of his own robots and later as Dominus.

During his captivity in these other forms Superman improved on his use of Torquasm Vo, an ancient Kryptonian warrior discipline technique where the warrior can control what they think. Superman and Dominus then engaged in a mental-physical battle with Dominus using any stray thought of Superman to reshape reality. The battle ends with Superman banishing Dominus to the Phantom Zone.

Powers and abilities of DominusEdit

Dominus uses his "Continuum Control" to alter reality and his "Control" to make people unaware that the change occurred. He can actually create more than one simultaneous reality, each one attacking a specific character's mental attributes. Dominus' realities were also inspired by other times in Superman's publishing history (the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s) and "The Superman of 2965–2966" storyline involving Muto.[33][34]

Dominus behind the scenesEdit

In a 1981 DC Treasury Special called Superman and his Fortress of Solitude, the Pre-Crisis Lex Luthor posed as a red-armored alien named Dominus as part of an elaborate ruse aimed at destroying the Man of Steel.

DoomsdayEdit

Dabney DonovanEdit

Dabney Donovan is a character in DC Comics.

Dabney Donovan is a genetic scientist who founded Project Cadmus with Reginald Augustine and Thomas Thompkins. Dabney Donovan was ultimately fired from the Project because he felt there should never be limits in understanding the potential of the genetic code. Donovan had largely been accredited for the non-human creations of the Project, referred to as "DNAliens" (human beings cloned then genetically altered to discover superhuman potential while also giving them a more "alien" appearance), various normal clones, monsters based on Donovan's favorite horror films (who lived on a small artificial planet on Earth called Transilvane). One of the DNAliens named Dubbilex became a prominent staff member.[35]

During the "Fall of Metropolis" storyline, Dabney Donovan was revealed to be the creator of the Underworlders and the true mastermind behind the clone virus. He later murders Paul Westfield and cuts off one of his ears as a trophy.[36]

Dabney Donovan returned multiple times to plague Cadmus, such as capturing the adult Legion and subjecting them to various torments.[37]

When Mickey Cannon re-established Project Cadmus, Dabney Donovan was brought back under armed guard.[38]

Lex Luthor's estranged wife Contessa Portenza worked Dabney Donovan shortly after Superman regained his normal powers when he expended his electromagnetic ones. To assist in the Contessa's plot, Dabney created his own Bizarro clone.[39]

Dabney Donovan in other mediaEdit

Dabney Donovan makes his live-action debut in Superman and Lois episodes "Haywire" portrayed by Robel Zere. This version is a scientist who assists Morgan Edge in his experiments involving the Eradicator and X-Kryptonite. A flashback in the episode "Haywire" has him and Edge finding X-Kryptonite in Europe. In the episode "Loyal Subjekts", Donovan and Edge start empowering some Smallville inhabitants with X-Kryptonite. In the episode "O' Brother, Where Art Thou?", Superman and the military led by Sam Lane find Donovan and the device used in the X-Kryptonite experiments in a building where Superman persusades him to cooperate with the Department of Defense.

Dabney Donovan appears in The Death of Superman, voiced by Trevor Devall. Dabney Donovan appears in Reign of the Supermen, voiced again by Trevor Devall.

Dragon KingEdit

Dragon King is a fictional character from DC Comics. He was created by Roy Thomas and Rich Buckler, and first appeared in All-Star Squadron #4, in December 1981.[31]

The man known as "Dragon King" was a high-ranking official in the Japanese government during World War II, as well as a brilliant scientist. He was the researcher responsible for the creation of the nerve gas K887. He obtained the mythical Holy Grail for Japan, and was able to combine it with Adolf Hitler's Spear of Destiny which the German dictator had loaned to Japanese General Hideki Tōjō.[40] With the two items, the Dragon King and Hitler were able to create a field of arcane magic that shielded imperial Japan and Fortress Europa from attack by the allies' super heroes or "Mystery Men."[41] The field ensured that any hero with magic-based powers, or a vulnerability to magic (like Superman), would instantly be converted to the Axis cause, keeping some of the allies' most powerful heroes out of the theatre of war.[40] Some heroes were temporarily able to circumvent this for humanitarian missions, despite the Dragon King's best efforts.[42] After Japan's surrender on August 15, 1945, the Dragon King went into hiding and experimented with combining his own genetic material with that of a lizard. He eventually succeeded in making himself a hybrid of human and reptile.[31]

In more recent history, the Dragon King resurfaced in the fictional town of Blue Valley, Nebraska, with a daughter named Cindy Burman, now a villainess called "Shiv". While making use of a robot that operated as Principal Sherman at Blue Valley High School, Dragon King is served by Paintball, Skeeter, and Stunt. He clashed against the second Star-Spangled Kid, Courtney Whitmore, her sidekick S.T.R.I.P.E., and the Shining Knight, while the latter was on a quest to reclaim the Holy Grail. It is strongly implied during this confrontation that the Dragon King had in the past murdered the All-Star Squadron member Firebrand.[43] During this fight, the Dragon King himself was apparently killed, although his body was never found.[31]

He later resurfaced with the Spear of Destiny in his possession and attempted to raise an army of super-powered soldiers, but was defeated by the Justice Society of America.[44]

Dragon King in other mediaEdit

  • Dragon King makes a cameo appearance in the Young Justice animated television series episode "Humanity". In a flashback, he attempts to assassinate the Flash at the 1939 World's Fair, but ends up shooting Firebrand by mistake.
  • Dragon King appeared in the first season of the live-action DC Universe series Stargirl, portrayed by Nelson Lee.[45] This version is an ally of the Injustice Society and a controversial scientist named Dr. Shiro Ito, who was originally an Imperial Japanese war criminal from World War II who was supposedly executed for his work with biological weapons. Having survived to the present day however, he hides his identity with an elaborate costume and experiments on himself and his patients. Debuting in the episode "Wildcat", Dragon King meets with Icicle to discuss his support for the Injustice Society's plans involving a machine the latter is building and Shade betraying the group. While he considers late member Wizard to be vile, Dragon King gets Icicle's approval to obtain Wizard's body for further experiments. Dragon King is also concerned with the possibility of Brainwave's son Henry King Jr. developing powers of his own, to the point of forcing his daughter Cindy Burman to date King in order to keep watch over him. In the two-part episode "Shiv", Dragon King's suspicions prove correct when Cindy fights Stargirl and King uses psychic powers to knock them down after getting caught in the crossfire. In the episode "Brainwave Jr.", Stargirl leads the Justice Society of America in an attack on the Injustice Society's subterranean headquarters, during which they discover Dragon King had acquired reptilian traits. During the JSA's second attack on the Injustice Society in the two-part season one finale "Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E.", Dragon King is killed by Cindy.

Richard DragonEdit

Carl DraperEdit

Carl Draper is a fictional character in DC Comics, an enemy of Superman. He has gone by the names the Master Jailer, Kator, Deathtrap, the Locksmith and Castellan.[46] Draper made his first appearance in Superman #331 (Jan. 1979), written by Martin Pasko and drawn by Curt Swan and Frank Chiaramonte.[47]

In the Pre-Crisis comics, Carl "Moosie" Draper grew up in Smallville (see Kator below). Draper was an overweight clumsy teenager whom most of the other kids never noticed or made fun of and was in love with Lana Lang, who had eyes only for Superboy, much to Draper's resentment.[48] As an adult, Draper underwent a self-imposed self-improvement regimen, including exercise and cosmetic surgery, to overcome his physical shortcomings. He became an expert locksmith and architect, designing an inescapable prison for supervillains called "Mount Olympus". Impressed by the achievement, Superman augmented the prison's security by placing it on an antigravity platform. Initially dubbed "Draper's Island" by Superman, it was informally renamed "Superman Island" by the adult Lana—with whom Draper remained smitten, just as she remained lovestruck by Superman. It was the latter name, plus the novelty of the floating platform, that caught public attention, diverting recognition from Draper himself. This proved the final straw for Draper, who snapped and became the costumed supervillain the Master Jailer.[49] He attacked Superman and kidnapped Lana under that name. Superman defeated him and he was sent to his own prison.[50]

In New Adventures of Superboy #17 (May 1981), at the prodding of Carl, Superboy creates a robot named Kator as a sparring adversary (and gives the "safety cutoff switch" to Jonathan Kent). Kator, however, developed an artificial intelligence and almost killed the Boy of Steel before being destroyed (in New Adventures of Superboy #18). However, the robot apparently gave Draper its identity and powers before being destroyed. Draper (as the new Kator) then engages Superboy in combat. However, Jonathan Kent presses the safety switch on the "cutoff" device, which removes "Kator's" superpowers from Draper, and Superboy removes the memory of Draper ever being Kator.[51][52]

In the Post-Crisis comics, Carl Draper first appeared in Adventures of Superman #517 (Nov. 1994). This was during the "Dead Again" storyline, when Superman was suspected of being an impostor after his body was found still in his tomb (from The Death of Superman storyline). Draper was hired by S.T.A.R. Labs to design a holding cell for Conduit, when his daughter, Carla, asked him if he could build a prison that could hold even Superman. Draper initially designed a trap that only the real Superman could escape from, explaining this to Superman by way of a hologram of a costumed figure named Deathtrap. However, when Superman escaped the trap, Draper became obsessed with proving that he could capture the real thing. Note: this version of Draper was dressed in casual wear, only getting an updated costume with chain-based attacks later.

Draper made several other attempts to capture Superman, often programming the Deathtrap hologram in advance so he could publicly be elsewhere. On one occasion, in Superman: The Man of Steel #43 (April 1995), he programmed Deathtrap to appear during a Draper Security press conference and display how Draper's devices were being "subverted", thus both removing suspicion from him and acting as an advertisement for the company.

In Action Comics #739, Superman (in his blue energy form) was captured in an "energy hobble" by Deathtrap, now calling himself the Locksmith. At the end of the story, it was revealed to the reader that his daughter, Carla Draper, was running the hologram this time and that her father was unaware of this. The now-costumed Master Jailer was one of the villains along with Neutron controlled by Manchester Black in the 2002 storyline "Ending Battle"; however, it was not clear that it was, in fact, Draper.

Carl Draper appears in Checkmate #17 (Oct. 2007). At some point, Checkmate discovered his multiple identities and used this to force him into becoming a security consultant, protecting Checkmate itself from attack. In the issue, he prevents numerous assaults on Checkmate headquarters and is promoted to head of security with the title Castellan. Although he has not told his superiors, he strongly suspects that Carla is involved in the attacks. The issue also contains an Easter egg—computer displays show an actual website (now defunct)[53] that could be accessed with the username "CARL DRAPER" and the password "wilhelmina". The site was a journal and database written from Draper's perspective. In his journal, he claimed to have been only Deathtrap and that he was unconnected with the Post-Crisis Master Jailer.

A DC Rebirth version of the Master Jailer appears in the Aquaman/Suicide Squad crossover "Sinking Atlantis" as a member of the Squad. Aspects of his Pre- and Post-Crisis history are present, with Carl growing up in Smallville and having a daughter.[54]

Alternate versions of Carl DraperEdit

Carl Draper appears in the Smallville comic book continuation Smallville Season 11 where his title is Warden Draper of Stryker's Island.[55]

Carl Draper in other mediaEdit

The Master Jailer appears in the live action TV series Supergirl, portrayed by Jeff Branson. In this version, he is an alien from the planet Trombus who was a third-generation prison guard at Fort Rozz until the prison ship landed on Earth and many of the inmates escaped. He turned vigilante, hunting down and lynching several escapees until he was thwarted by Kara; in overview his methods were overzealous, as he even murdered aliens that were not violent and wanted peaceful lives. On Earth, he posed as Detective Draper of the National City Police Department.[56]

Carla DraperEdit

Carla Draper is the daughter of Carl Draper who made an appearance in Superboy #26 (May 1996) under the name Snare. She responded to a request from the Hawaiian Special Crimes Unit to Draper Security for assistance in capturing the supervillain Knockout, who was on the run with a misguided Superboy in tow. Snare, aware of her father's obsession, tried to prove that she could do something that he could not by capturing Superboy. This led to a fight with the SCU, during which Superboy and Knockout escaped.

DreadnoughtEdit

The Dreadnought is a fictional character in DC Comics appearing in The New 52 continuity. He serves as an agent of the H.I.V.E., along with Psiphon. He appears in Superboy (vol. 4) #20, where he is sent by the H.I.V.E. to New York City to apprehend Doctor Psycho, who had escaped from a H.I.V.E. facility, and Superboy, whose psionic powers were of interest to the H.I.V.E. The two characters teamed up and managed to defeat the H.I.V.E. soldiers. The Dreadnought was sent flying by Superboy and landed in the Hudson River.

Powers and abilities of the DreadnoughtEdit

The Dreadnought has undergone genetic modifications by the H.I.V.E. that mutated him into a giant purple humanoid beast with metallic armor and large black horns protruding from his head. He has superhuman strength and durability, which enables him to hold his own against even Superboy.

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Cal DurhamEdit

Further reading

Cal Durham is a former henchman of Black Manta and a public figure in the DC Universe.

The character, created by David Michelinie and Jim Aparo, first appeared in Aquaman #57 (August–September 1977).[57]

Within the context of the stories, Cal Durham is a mercenary hired by Black Manta under the pretense of establishing an African American-dominated underwater society. To this end, Durham undergoes surgical procedures to emulate Atlantean physiology.[volume & issue needed] Discovering that Manta is more focused on destroying Aquaman than fulfilling his social promise, he rebels. This results in Manta attempting to kill him and Duhram re-evaluating his goals.[volume & issue needed] Much later, he appears as the mayor of Sub Diego.[volume & issue needed]

Cal Durham in other mediaEdit

In the comic book tie-in of the TV series Young Justice, Calvin Durham appears as Kaldur'ahm's foster father. Formerly a henchman of the supervillain Black Manta, Calvin's physiology was genetically modified to match that of an Atlantean's in order to infiltrate Atlantis, but he defected to the Atlanteans and subsequently settled down with Aqualad's mother, Sha'lain'a of Shayeris.[58] Calvin appears in the third season episode "Quiet Conversations", voiced by Phil LaMarr. He is present when Kaldur'ahm brings the Dolphin to Atlantis.

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