Richard John Grayson is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics in association with Batman. Created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane, he first appeared in Detective Comics #38 in April 1940 as the original incarnation of Robin. In Tales of the Teen Titans #44 the character retires his role as Robin and assumes the superhero persona of Nightwing, created by Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez; the youngest in a family of acrobats known as the "Flying Graysons", Dick watches a mafia boss named Tony Zucco kill his parents in order to extort money from the circus that employed them. After the tragic murder, Batman takes Dick in as his legal ward and trains him to become his crime-fighting partner Robin, he is written by many authors as the first son of Batman. As well as being Batman's crime-fighting partner, Dick establishes himself as the leader of the Teen Titans, a team of teenage superheroes; as a young man, he retires as Robin and takes on his own superhero identity to assert his independence, becoming Nightwing.
As Nightwing, he continues to lead the Teen Titans and the Outsiders. In the first volume of his eponymous series, he becomes the protector of Blüdhaven, Gotham's economically troubled neighboring city, the locale the character is most associated with, he has been depicted as protecting the streets of New York and Gotham City over the years. Dick Grayson has taken on the identity of Batman on a few occasions. In the aftermath of "Batman: Knightfall", Grayson declines taking up the mantle of Batman while the original was recovering from a broken back as he feels Nightwing is a hero in his own right and not Batman's understudy, but after the events of the Zero Hour miniseries that year, he replaces Bruce Wayne as Batman, beginning in Robin #0 and extending throughout the Batman: Prodigal storyline in 1995. Dick again assumes the mantle following the events of "Batman R. I. P." and Final Crisis. As Batman, Dick moves to Gotham City following his mentor's apparent death and partners with the fifth Robin, Damian Wayne.
On Bruce's return, both men maintained the Batman identity until 2011, when Dick returned to the Nightwing identity with DC's The New 52 continuity reboot. In a 2014 comic story, Dick is forced to abandon the Nightwing identity after being unmasked on TV and faking his death, setting up Tim Seeley's Grayson comic book, Dick becomes Agent 37, Batman's mole in the nefarious spy organization Spyral. Following the conclusion of the Grayson series, the restoration of his secret identity in the series' final issue, Dick returns to being Nightwing as part of the DC Rebirth relaunch in 2016. Dick Grayson has appeared as Robin in several other media adaptations: the 1943 serial played by Douglas Croft, the 1949 serial played by Johnny Duncan, the 1966–1968 live action Batman television series and its motion picture portrayed by Burt Ward, played by Chris O'Donnell in the 1995 film Batman Forever and its 1997 sequel Batman & Robin, he stars on the Titans television series for the new DC streaming service played by Brenton Thwaites.
Loren Lester voiced the character as Robin in Batman: The Animated Series and as Nightwing's first screen adaptation in The New Batman Adventures. In May 2011, IGN ranked Dick Grayson #11 on their list of the "Top 100 Super Heroes of All Time". In 2013, ComicsAlliance ranked Grayson as Nightwing as #1 on their list of the "50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics"; the character was first introduced in Detective Comics #38 by Batman creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Robin's debut was an effort to get younger readers to enjoy Batman; the name "Robin, The Boy Wonder" and the medieval look of the original costume are inspired by the legendary hero Robin Hood, as well as the red-breasted American robin, which parallels the "winged" motif of Batman. He was born on the first day of spring, son of John Grayson and Mary Grayson, a young aerialist couple. In his first appearance, Dick Grayson is a circus acrobat, with his parents, one of the "Flying Graysons". While preparing for a performance, Dick overhears two gangsters attempting to extort protection money from the circus owner.
The owner refuses, so the gangsters sabotage the trapeze wires with acid. During the next performance, the trapeze from which Dick's parents are swinging snaps, sending them to their deaths. Before he can go to the police, Batman appears to him and warns him that the two gangsters work for Tony Zucco, a powerful crime boss, that revealing his knowledge could lead to his death; when Batman recounts the murder of his own parents, Dick asks to become his aide. After extensive training, Dick becomes Robin, they start by disrupting Zucco's extortion rackets. They successfully bait the riled Zucco into visiting a construction site, where they capture him. Robin's origin has a thematic connection to Batman's in that both see their parents killed by criminals, creating an urge to battle the criminal element. Bruce sees a chance to direct the anger and rage that Dick feels in a way that he himself cannot, thus creating a father/son bond and understanding between the two. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, DC Comics portrayed Batman and Robin as a team, deeming them the "Dynamic Duo" publishing a Batman story without his sidekick.
The character history of the Earth-Two Robin accordingly adopts all of the earliest stories featuring the character from the 1940s and 1950s, while the adventures of the mainstream Robin begin in time and with certain elements of his origin retold. Both were depicte
Batman is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Named the "Bat-Man," the character is referred to by such epithets as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, the World's Greatest Detective. Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy American playboy and owner of Wayne Enterprises. After witnessing the murder of his parents Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne as a child, he swore vengeance against criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Bruce Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City with assistance from various supporting characters, including his butler Alfred, police commissioner Jim Gordon, vigilante allies such as Robin. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any inhuman superpowers, he does, possess a genius-level intellect, is a peerless martial artist, his vast wealth affords him an extraordinary arsenal of weaponry and equipment.
A large assortment of villains make up Batman's rogues gallery, including the Joker. The character became popular soon after his introduction in 1939 and gained his own comic book title, the following year; as the decades went on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic, which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended. Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, culminating in 1986 with The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller; the success of Warner Bros. Pictures' live-action Batman feature films have helped maintain the character's prominence in mainstream culture. Batman has been licensed and featured in various adaptations, from radio to television and film, appears in merchandise sold around the world, such as apparel and video games. Kevin Conroy, Rino Romano, Anthony Ruivivar, Peter Weller, Bruce Greenwood, Jason O'Mara, Will Arnett, among others, have provided the character's voice for animated adaptations.
Batman has been depicted in both film and television by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck. In early 1939, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at National Comics Publications to request more superheroes for its titles. In response, Bob Kane created "the Bat-Man". Collaborator Bill Finger recalled that "Kane had an idea for a character called'Batman,' and he'd like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane's, he had drawn a character who looked much like Superman with kind of... reddish tights, I believe, with boots... no gloves, no gauntlets... with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings, and under it was a big sign... BATMAN"; the bat-wing-like cape was suggested by Bob Kane, inspired as a child by Leonardo Da Vinci's sketch of an ornithopter flying device. Finger suggested giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, a cape instead of wings, gloves. Finger said he devised the name Bruce Wayne for the character's secret identity: "Bruce Wayne's first name came from Robert Bruce, the Scottish patriot.
Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry. I searched for a name. I tried Adams, Hancock... I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne." He said his suggestions were influenced by Lee Falk's popular The Phantom, a syndicated newspaper comic-strip character with which Kane was familiar. Kane and Finger drew upon contemporary 1930s popular culture for inspiration regarding much of the Bat-Man's look, personality and weaponry. Details find predecessors in pulp fiction, comic strips, newspaper headlines, autobiographical details referring to Kane himself; as an aristocratic hero with a double identity, Batman had predecessors in the Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro. Like them, Batman performed his heroic deeds in secret, averted suspicion by playing aloof in public, marked his work with a signature symbol. Kane noted the influence of the films The Mark of Zorro and The Bat Whispers in the creation of the character's iconography. Finger, drawing inspiration from pulp heroes like Doc Savage, The Shadow, Dick Tracy, Sherlock Holmes, made the character a master sleuth.
In his 1989 autobiography, Kane detailed Finger's contributions to Batman's creation: One day I called Bill and said,'I have a new character called the Bat-Man and I've made some crude, elementary sketches I'd like you to look at.' He came over and I showed him the drawings. At the time, I only had a small domino mask, like the one Robin wore, on Batman's face. Bill said,'Why not make him look more like a bat and put a hood on him, take the eyeballs out and just put slits for eyes to make him look more mysterious?' At this point, the Bat-Man wore a red union suit. I thought that black would be a good combination. Bill said that the costume was too bright:'Color it dark grey to make it look more ominous.' The cape looked like two stiff bat wings attached to his arms. As Bill and I talked, we realized that these wings would get cumbersome when Bat-Man was in action and changed them into a cape, scalloped to look like bat wings when he was fighting or swinging down on a rope, he didn't have any gloves on, we added them so that he wouldn't leave fingerprints.
Kane signed away ownership in
Major Disaster is a former DC Comics supervillain and reluctant amoral superhero. Major Disaster was created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane. Paul Booker was nothing more than a cheap crook. On the run from the police, he climbed in to hide out. Unbeknownst to him, it belonged to Green Lantern's former friend and confidant. Accidentally activating a hidden control panel, he discovered Kalmaku's casebook on Green Lantern. Using this, he found out the secret identities of the Flash. Armed with this knowledge, he decided to embark on a criminal career under the name of "Major Disaster," and hired a group of criminal scientists to create devices for him capable of causing natural disasters. Using his new powers, he set out to kill the crime fighters, but was defeated and was thought to have died in the ensuing explosion. However, Disaster was wearing a device; this device made his atoms reform over time. However, his luck against Green Lantern failed to improve. After his defeat, Green Lantern used his ring to erase the memory of the Flash's secret identity and placed a mental block stopping him from telling anyone else about the Green Lantern's own identity.
Major Disaster threatened the United Nations on behalf of the racist group Nurike. He attempted to destroy the UN Manhattan buildings using a master fissure he started, but was stopped by Karate Kid, he would join forces with the Lord of Time in order to torment the Karate Kid. Booker found that his power had started to internalize in him, but was growing in magnitude and destroying him, he sought to remove the excess power by transferring it onto Superman, was defeated again. Superman, aided by Batman defeated him when he joined General Scarr's Army of Crime. Seeking to kill Green Lantern, Booker threatened to destroy the Baldwin Hills Dam unless Jordan faced him. At the time, John Stewart had taken the Green Lantern mantle and when he arrived at the dam, Disaster was confused, as he still believed Jordan was Green Lantern. Believing that Green Lantern was ridiculing him, he destroyed the dam and nearly the majority of Los Angeles. Due to one of Lantern's constructs, Disaster was defeated and went insane, believing everybody to be Green Lantern.
For a time, Booker served as an operative of the international crime cartel known only as SKULL when its leader, Simon Pons, recruited him into the cartel. Both Booker and SKULL ran afoul of the Outsiders when SKULL began kidnapping prominent scientists and millionaires, he caused the destruction of the Outsiders' Station Markovia headquarters, making it sink off the coast of Los Angeles. It was while in prison that Disaster first met the Mighty Bruce, a computer wizard who stole money from huge corporations to give to charity; the Mighty Bruce seemed vital to Disaster's future plans of a villainous team: the Injustice League. The team consists of Disaster as leader, the Mighty Bruce, Multi-Man, Big Sir, Clock King. Disaster and the League came into possession of a Thanagarian warship left over from a recent alien invasion of Earth and planned to use the weapons on board to attack the Justice League. For them, Guy Gardner, clearing up a Khund warship close by, intercepted their radio transmission and met the ship.
He took the League into custody. Once free, the League decides that their criminal career would be easier in Europe and traveled to Paris to set up base; the Justice League Europe branch had just opened its doors and the League found themselves in the same "French for Beginners" class as the JLE. A scuffle soon breaks out, they are deported from France. Their next mission involves breaking the bank at the Club JLI casino on the island of Kooey Kooey Kooey. Whilst this operation was a success, they are unable to spend their winnings as the Island started to drift into the ocean. Recruited by the JLA, Disaster helps avoid the ensuing geological and tectonic chaos by assisting Aquaman in anchoring the island to an underground volcano, he chooses to stay and face justice rather than flee, despite having the opportunity. Attempting to go legit, the Injustice League were given a chance by Maxwell Lord, the then-chief of the JLI, they somehow managed to stop a terrorist attack and were subsequently sent to the South Pole to form the Justice League Antarctica, along with other nuisances G'nort and the Scarlet Skier.
The team was short lived as Disaster destroyed their embassy whilst defeating a waddle of killer penguins. The team, though lacking an embassy, stayed together, acting as bodyguards for Maxwell Lord when he was in a gunshot-induced coma, they joined the American and European Leagues, the team called the Conglomerate, the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo in pitched battle against Despero. Major Disaster, in an effort to stop Despero, turned Times Square into smoking rubble. Afterwards, they departed from the League. Following this, the group returned to crime, they attempted to steal from the cult of Minister Sun, only to have their loot stolen back from them. Disaster's career took a boost when he accepted a deal from Neron that enhanced his disaster-causing powers, making feats much easier and giving him far more disasters to cause, at the cost of his soul. At Neron's direction, Major Disaster lived up to his name when, in Aquaman vol. 5 #14, he caused a series of events to occur that resulted in the destruction of a commercial airplane and a military submarine with all onboard both vessels killed.
This destruction caused
Apache Chief is a Native American superhero from the various Hanna-Barbera Super Friends cartoons and the DC comic book series of the same name. He was one of the new heroes added to increase the number of non-white characters in the Super Friends' ranks, he was voiced by Michael Rye in most of his appearances, Regis Cordic in his debut appearance, Al Fann in "History of Doom". In the Challenge of the Super Friends series, Apache Chief was seen in every episode except one, but had spoken lines in only nine out of the sixteen episodes of the series, his arch enemy from the Legion of Doom was Giganta, an enemy of Wonder Woman. By speaking the words "inuk chuk", Apache Chief could grow to unlimited sizes. In the episode "Colossus", Apache Chief grows to many times the size of the Earth, making himself able to battle the Colossus, a titanic space creature that plucked Earth from its orbit and placed it in a small glass bottle, his tribal powers limited his growth to only 50 feet tall. However, in one episode, "Man in the Moon", he used the Atom's knowledge of atomic size and was able to increase his growing to unlimited size.
He was able to grow to 1/5 the size of the earth, with one foot the size of the entire eastern United States and defeated the creature, sending it back inside the moon. He spoke in stereotypical "Native American English" and recited vaguely Native American philosophy. In the 1978 episodes, "Revenge on Gorilla City" and "The Time Trap", the 1984 short episode entitled "The Village of Lost Souls", it was shown that Apache Chief had exceptional tracking ability. Apache Chief's origin, shown as a recording in the episode "History of Doom", was thus: while still a young brave, he went for a walk with a Native American Elder, his mentor; the two men are attacked by a grizzly bear, but the Elder, recognizing that the young brave might be ready for a test such as this, gives the younger man a pouch of a special magic powder which will amplify the user's thoughts and abilities a hundredfold. The young man resolves to be strong and brave, upon sprinkling himself with the powder and invoking the magic phrase grows to fifty feet in size, becoming stronger and braver.
He disposes of the bear without violence. A girl horseback riding witnesses the entire affair and uses her lasso to steal the pouch. Despite the Elder telling her her thoughts were evil, she uses the magic powder on herself and becomes the evil Giganta, proclaiming: "The Medicine Man was right, Apache Chief! Your fifty feet of good are now matched by my fifty feet of evil!" In the comics, a somewhat similar character called Manitou Raven was created as an homage to him, joined the canonical JLA. Both Manitou Raven and his widow, Manitou Dawn, have been shown to use'inuk chuk' when casting spells or invoking powers; this character was voiced by Regis Cordic in the first episode of The All-New Super Friends Hour, but Michael Rye voiced Apache Chief in the rest of the episodes as well as in Challenge of the Super Friends. Apache Chief appears several times on Attorney at Law, voiced by Maurice LaMarche, he is one of the few heroes in the show to do superhero work, though he admits to taking various odd jobs to make ends meet.
He first appears as the subject of the episode "Very Personal Injury". After saving the Earth by using a telephone pole to deflect a fireball, he goes into a coffee shop named Javalux to buy coffee, he spills hot coffee on his lap, preventing him from "growing larger". He tries to sue Javalux that served the drink, but the case is dropped when the beautiful manager named Sybil Schussler makes an impassioned speech in court about his plight, causing him to become so "excited" that his power returns. At the end of the episode, Black Vulcan and Apache Chief form "The Multicultural Pals" with Juan Gigante, French Tickler and his sidekick Pitseleh, Jesse Jackson, he makes several sporadic appearances in the background of other episodes, now has a deep fear of coffee and other hot liquids. In Justice League Unlimited, the character Long Shadow is based directly on Apache Chief and is voiced by Gregg Rainwater. Here he is a member of the Ultimen. Long Shadow has the ability to increase his size, he gains enhanced hearing.
Long Shadow comes off as the most innocent and selfless member of the Ultimen, a quality which sets him apart from his somewhat greedy teammates and catches the eye of Wonder Woman. He is the only member of the Ultimen to express interest in joining the Justice League, the others being more concerned with the material rewards of their current arrangement; when the team discovers that they are Homunculi and that their cellular structure is breaking down, Long Shadow remains the voice of reason as the others become unstable after finding their replacement clones, Wind Dragon in particular. When they are unable to find a cure, his teammates begin to destroy the building that serves as their headquarters in order to find Amanda Waller. Long Shadow assists in evacuating the civilians from the building tries to reason
Hawkgirl is the name of several fictional superheroines appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The original Hawkgirl, Shiera Sanders Hall, was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville, first appeared in Flash Comics #1. Shayera Hol was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Joe Kubert, first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #34. Kendra Saunders was created by writer David S. Goyer and artist Stephen Sadowski, first appeared in JSA: Secret Files and Origins #1. One of DC's earliest super-heroines, Hawkgirl has appeared in many of the company's flagship team-up titles including Justice Society of America and Justice League of America. Several incarnations of Hawkgirl have appeared in DC Comics, all of them characterized by the use of archaic weaponry and artificial wings, attached to a harness made from the special Nth metal that allows flight. Most incarnations of Hawkgirl work with a partner/romantic interest Hawkman. Since DC’s continuity was rewritten in the 1985 series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Hawkgirl history has become muddled with several new versions of the character appearing throughout the years, some associated with ancient Egypt and some with the fictional planet Thanagar.
These versions of the character have starred in several series of various durations. Hawkgirl has been adapted into various media, including direct-to-video animated films, video games, both live-action and animated television series, featuring as a main or recurring character in the shows Justice League Animated, Justice League Unlimited, The Flash, Young Justice, DC Super Hero Girls and DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Hawkgirl is ranked among one of the greatest female heroines from DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dennis Neville, Shiera Sanders first appeared in Flash Comics #1, in the same 12-page story in which Fox and Neville introduced Hawkman. Shiera first appears as Hawkgirl in All Star Comics #5, in a costume created by Sheldon Moldoff, based on Neville's Hawkman costume. With the fading popularity of superheroes during the late 1940s, the Hawkman feature ended in the last issue of Flash Comics in 1949. In 1956, DC Comics resurrected the Flash by revamping the character with a new identity and backstory.
Following the success of the new Flash, DC Comics revamped Hawkman in a similar fashion with The Brave and the Bold #34 in 1961. The Silver Age versions of Hawkman and Hawkgirl became married alien police officers from the planet Thanagar who come to Earth in order to study police techniques. Silver Age Hawkgirl is introduced as Shayera Hol. Although Silver Age Hawkman joins the Justice League in Justice League of America #31 in 1964, Silver Age Hawkgirl was not offered membership because Justice League rules only allowed for one new member to be admitted at a time. In 1981, Silver Age Hawkgirl changed her name to Hawkwoman in the Hawkman backup feature of World's Finest Comics #274. With the establishment of DC's multiverse system, the Golden Age Hawkgirl was said to have lived on Earth-Two and the Silver Age Hawkgirl on Earth-One. Following the events of DC's miniseries, Crisis on Infinite Earths, the histories of Earth-One, Four, S, X were merged into one single Earth with a consistent past and future.
As a result, both the Golden Age and the Silver Age versions of Hawkman and Hawkgirl live on the same Earth. Shortly after Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC decided that having the Justice Society on the same Earth as all of the other superheroes was redundant and most of the team, including Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl were given a sendoff in the Last Days of the Justice Society one-shot; the Justice Society were trapped in another dimension, where they would battle for all of eternity to prevent Ragnarök from occurring on the Earth. The Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkwoman were kept in continuity unchanged after Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, DC reversed this decision and rebooted Hawkman continuity after the success of the Hawkworld miniseries. Hawkworld was a miniseries set in the past that revised the origins of Hawkman and Hawkwoman, but after the series became a success, DC Comics made Hawkworld an ongoing series set in the present, with both heroes only appearing on Earth after the events in the Invasion! miniseries, resulting in a complete reboot of Hawkman continuity.
Several continuity errors regarding Hawkman and Hawkgirl's Justice League appearances needed to be fixed, including their appearance in the Invasion! miniseries. All previous appearances by the Silver Age Hawkgirl in the Justice League were explained by the Golden Age Hawkgirl taking the Silver Age Hawkgirl's place. However, Hawkwoman continued to appear in some pre-Hawkworld Justice League adventures during the time Golden Age Hawkgirl was trapped in Limbo. To explain this continuity error, a new Hawkwoman, Sharon Parker, was created and retconned into the Justice League during the time Golden Age Hawkgirl was in Limbo. After the Hawkworld reboot, Hawkgirl was now Shayera Thal and not married to Katar Hol, instead his police partner. In post-Hawkworld continuity, Shayera adopts the name Hawkwoman from the beginning of her costumed career and never uses the name Hawkgirl; the Golden Age Hawkgirl is returned from Limbo, but during the Zero Hour miniseries she is merged with Katar Hol and Golden Age Hawkman into a new persona.
A new Hawkgirl was introduced as part of the 1999 revival of the JSA monthly title. The new Hawkgirl is Kendra Saunders, granddaughter of the Golden Age Hawkgirl's cousin, Speed Saunders. Hawkgirl would continue to appear in the monthly JSA series and later
Faith is a superhero in the DC Comics universe who first appeared in JLA #69. Faith is a female hero with tremendous psychic powers. Nicknamed by her teammates "the Fat Lady", a reference to the line "it's not over until the fat lady sings". Faith’s first appearance in the DC universe was as a substitution by Batman for the Justice League when the main members were transported into the past during the events of the Obsidian Age. Of the numerous heroes in the DC Universe to serve on the Justice League, Batman chose her along with Green Arrow, Hawkgirl, Jason Blood, Major Disaster, the Atom to replace the original members in a short tenure with Nightwing as the new leader; the new Justice League confronted Gamemnae and defeated her with the help of the original Justice League. Faith’s tenure with the Justice League is not limited to the Obsidian Age. During her time on the team, she helped out with many other threats, such as the fire-controlling entity Fernus, she became close to Major Disaster, letting him see her true form.
She remained with the Justice League until she was bitten by vampires in the “Tenth Circle” storyline. Her origin is still unclear, she has revealed to Major Disaster that she was raised by the military and has worked with the Black-Ops group. The U. S. military continues to try to use her as a weapon. She has served in the short reincarnation of the Doom Patrol, her powers are telepathic in nature. Batman has long noted her ability to create an aura of trust and confidence within the people around her, allowing a group to work together easily, she has shown the power to levitate both enemies and inanimate objects. The limits of her powers are unknown, but she has been seen raising entire skyscrapers when needed and she once destroyed an entire fleet of alien space ships, she has used psychic energy as a projectile. She is capable of flight and group teleportation
Etrigan the Demon
Etrigan the Demon is a fictional superhero and antihero appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Jack Kirby, Etrigan is a demon from Hell who, despite his violent tendencies finds himself allied with the forces of good because of the alliance between the heroic characters of the DC Universe and Jason Blood, a human to whom Etrigan is bound. Etrigan is a muscular humanoid creature with orange or yellow skin, red eyes, pointed, webbed ears; the character was based in Gotham City, leading to numerous team-ups with Batman. Etrigan was inspired by a comic strip of Prince Valiant in which the eponymous character dressed as a demon. Kirby gave his creation the same appearance as Valiant's mask. Etrigan the Demon first was created by Jack Kirby, he created the Demon. According to Mark Evanier, Kirby had no interest in horror comics, but created Etrigan in response to a demand from DC for a horror character. Kirby was annoyed that the first issue sold so well that DC required him to do sixteen issues and abandon the Fourth World titles before he was done with them.
Etrigan returned for a four-issue miniseries in 1987, written and illustrated by Grendel creator Matt Wagner. Alan Grant followed this with an Etrigan feature in Action Comics Weekly #636-641 and a second ongoing title in 1990; the 1990 series lasted two Annuals and one # 0 issue. Garth Ennis took over the title beginning with issue #40. Ennis' run included the first appearance of Hitman; this series was followed by Driven Out. Following this, John Byrne's Blood of the Demon lasted 17 issues, ignored much of the continuity that took place after Kirby's initial run. While his first monthly comic book series was short-lived, his second was canceled after five years, Etrigan remains a popular supporting character with occasional additional miniseries. Popular series in which Etrigan has appeared include Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, Kevin Smith's Green Arrow and Batman: The Widening Gyre, Garth Ennis's Hitman, Cosmic Odyssey by Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola. In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity.
In this new timeline, DC Comics launched a new series featuring Etrigan titled Demon Knights, with issue #1 on September 14, 2011. It was drawn by Diógenes Neves. Etrigan, son of the demon Belial, is summoned by his half-brother. Unable to gain the creature's secrets, he bonds the demon with Jason Blood, a knight in King Arthur's Camelot; this renders Jason immortal, though at times he considers this either a curse. Centuries Jason Blood resurfaces in recent times, becoming a prominent demonologist in Gotham City. Jason discovers a poem that changes him into Etrigan, he is followed by the long-lived Morgaine le Fey, who lusts for Merlin's secrets. That leads to Etrigan's first major battle. Over the years, Etrigan both clashes with and aids Earth's heroes, guided by his own whims and Jason's attempts to turn his infernal power to good use; some time after his first appearance, Etrigan begins speaking in rhyme due to a promotion in Hell, though he is not limited to rhyme. He led the forces of Hell in the great battle against the Great Evil Beast and was in brief contact with the entity in its questions about its nature - he survived the attempt.
His high rank would see him guide Dream of the Endless from Hell's gates to Lucifer. Some time after this, Jason Blood and Glenda Mark sought to separate Blood and Etrigan, an event which led to Blood's ally, Harry Matthews, being devoured by, turned into a pillow by, Belial. At the end of these events and Blood were separated. Both began to age and during the event known as Cosmic Odyssey and Etrigan were merged once again. After the remerging, the relationship between Blood and Etrigan became more contentious. Drawn to Hell by the Archfiend Asteroth, Etrigan stopped Asteroth's attempt to sacrifice Glenda Mark, Randu Singh and Blood himself. Etrigan followed these events by overthrowing the triumvirate of leaders in Hell and taking the symbol of authority in Hell, the Crown of Horns, for himself. Separated from Blood via the Crown's power and about to destroy him, Merlin reminded Blood of his own power. Jason Blood spoke the incantation and remerged with Etrigan and they were drawn back to Earth.
There, he fought Lobo, Klarion the Witch Boy and his gang and was drawn into the Realm Beyond, where he met the Thing-That-Cannot-Die and was reunited with his older brother, Lord Scapegoat. Upon escape from the Realm Beyond and Blood agreed to work together and teamed with Batman and Robin against the Howler. Soon after, Etrigan was chosen as a political candidate for President of the United States and nearly succeeded in securing the Republican nomination from George H. W. Bush. During his political run, he was denied it; when Jason Blood's daughter was born, he decided to destroy Etrigan and hired metahuman hitman Tommy Monaghan to help him. After a battle against both Merlin and Etrigan, the two of them rescued the baby and Blood was able to steal the Demon's heart neutralizing the demon and binding him to Jason's will. However, at the end of the battle to gain the Demon's heart, Jason Blood left the child, Kathryn Mark, with her mother, Glenda Mark. Jason told Glenda before he had left, "Take care of Glenda.
I think it would be best if she never knew