Doomsday is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as Superman’s deadliest enemy, as well as in the Justice League. Created by writer and artist Dan Jurgens, the character had an appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel # 17 (November 1992) and made his first full appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel # 18 (December 1992).

Originally known as “The Ultimate”, Doomsday was born in prehistoric times on Krypton, long before the Kryptonian humanoid race gained dominance over the planet some 250,000 years ago. At that time it was a violent and hellish world, where only the strongest creatures could survive. In a cruel experiment that involved evolution, with the intention of creating the perfect living being, the alien scientist Bertron released a humanoid baby (born in vitro in a laboratory) on the surface of the planet, where he was quickly killed by the hard ambient. The baby’s remains were collected and used to clone a stronger version. This process was repeated over and over again for decades as a form of accelerated natural evolution. The agony of these repeated deaths was registered in his genes, leading the creature to hate all life.

As it evolved, the boy was finally able to survive the high temperatures and scorching atmosphere, only to be quickly killed by the fierce predators that inhabited the planet. Over time, and without the help of Bertron’s technology, he gained the ability to thrive on solar energy without the need for food or air, to come back to life and adapt to overcome what had previously killed him. The Ultimate hunted down and exterminated the dangerous predators of Krypton. He then killed Bertron himself, whom he had come to identify as an enemy.

 

FIRST APPEARANCES

Doomsday was conceived in 1991 during an annual brainstorming session with the editors and writers of Superman comics, in response to a concern by some writers that most of Superman’s foes at this point either relied on technology or their intellect to outmaneuver Superman or had some natural advantage against him, wanting to create a new foe with great physical power to match him. Doomsday had a cameo appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel #17 (Nov 1992) and made his first full appearance in Superman: The Man of Steel #18 (Dec 1992).

POWER and ABILITIES

Doomsday developed in one of the harshest habitats in all of existence: prehistoric Krypton. Through cloning technology, the infant continually returned to life and evolved, becoming resistant or immune to whatever killed him before, ultimately permanently acquiring the capability to regenerate and evolve without technology. After the Radiant killed him the first time they fought, Doomsday grew immune to the Radiant’s energy-projection and even managed to withstand Darkseid’s full Omega-Effect. The amount of damage dealt to Doomsday determined the length of time it took for him to fully recover. During his outwardly undamaged death at Superman’s hands, he only needed some days to recover, but when Imperiex reduced him to a skeleton, it took months. 

ORIGIN STORY

Originally known as “The Ultimate”, Doomsday was born in prehistoric times on Krypton, long before the humanoid Kryptonian race gained dominance over the planet about 250,000 years ago. It was at that time a violent, hellish world, where only the absolute strongest of creatures could survive. In a cruel experiment involving evolution, intended to create the perfect living being, the alien scientist Bertron released a humanoid infant (born in vitro in a lab) onto the surface of the planet, where he was promptly killed by the harsh environment. The baby’s remains were collected and used to clone a stronger version. 

ENEMIES & ROGUES

Doomsday is a primary antagonist to Superman.

ALLIES

Doomsday is similar to a force of nature and only works alone.

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