DC Universe

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The DC Universe (often abbreviated to DCU ) is the fictional universe that contains the entirety of all characters, locations, cities, planets, organizations, companies, technologies, etc. that appear in the series of the US comic book publisher DC Comics . The comics about the two great DC heroes Batman and Superman include several series, which is why these series also speak of the Batman universe and Superman universe .

Furthermore, the term DC Uni versum demarcating the - until the mid-1980s, existing in the DC Comics and during Infinite Crisis reborn - Multi versum used. The term DC Universe is also used analogously to terms such as Marvel Universe .


The DC Universe is subject to the same laws of nature as our real universe. However, there is also the supernatural and the paranormal in the DC Universe. In the DC Universe there are various people with superpowers and people who are capable of magic . Extraterrestrial, intelligent life forms and races are also recorded in the DC Universe, but this is not known to all people on earth. The technologies in the DC Universe are on the same level as in reality, but with sometimes very large fluctuations in areas that can be assigned to science fiction . Examples of this are combat robots and portable laser weapons.

The DC Universe is roughly based on daily reality. However, there are some countries that do not exist in reality, and some other political facts do not coincide, which, however, normally, over a longer period of time, does not make much difference to the political events in reality.

Analogous to this, there are also the universes of other comic book publishers, for example the Marvel Universe of Marvel Comics and the Image Universe of Image Comics . Sometimes, however, interactions ( crossovers ) between the worlds of the various publishers are also allowed, an example of this is the amalgam universe of Amalgam Comics , which was a cooperation between DC and Marvel.

The DC Universe, however, is particularly complex because of its multiverse compared to the Marvel Universe, for example: In the earlier Multiverse there existed various parallel universes (which, however, all belonged to the DC Universe ). This was expressed, for example, in the fact that there were different versions of the earth. Different versions of the same DC character sometimes lived on these earths, differing in details such as the character background. There was also a version of Earth ("Earth-3") in which all character traits were exactly reversed. Actual superheroes were “bad” there and original super villains were “good”. There was also an earth on which (almost) all DC heroes were just cartoon characters, the Earth Prime . The peculiarities of the different parallel universes were so confusing for new readers or DC laypeople that the sales figures suffered greatly over time. Therefore, in the mid-1980s, the multiverse was combined into a single universe with the events in the miniseries Crisis of the Parallel Earths (in the English original: Crisis on Infinite Earths ).

Probably the most famous superheroes in the DC universe include: Batman , Superman , the Green Lantern (in the English original: Green Lantern ), The Flash and Wonder Woman .

In addition to the heroes, the super villains like Lex Luthor or the Joker also belong to the DC universe, but companion characters like Lois Lane , Jimmy Olsen and Alfred Pennyworth have also been added and expanded for decades. Some accompanying characters even appeared in their own comic series.

Furthermore, cities like Metropolis and Gotham City or planets like Krypton or Oa belong to the DC universe, but also organizations like the Cadmus project or groups like the Justice League .


With the exception of planets Earth and Mars , all locations are fictional .


  • Apokolips : Apokolips is the home of the tyrannical ruler Darkseid and at the same time the main world of his realm. The planet is polluted, contaminated and completely overbuilt with cities. Poisonous gas and fire volleys are repeatedly shot from the surface of the planet into space.
  • Colu: Colu is a sterile planet that is inhabited by a race of human-like , green-skinned beings, the so-called Coluans (English Coluans ). The planet is on the edge of the DC Universe near the Magellanic Cloud. The Coluanians are described in most comics as a highly intelligent species (they are attributed the sonorous "level 8" intelligence), which is ruled by a ruling caste of artificial beings, which calls themselves computer tyrants. In the old DC Comics from before 1986 Colu is first introduced in the US Superman # 167 issue from February 1964 (author: Edmond Hamilton, illustrator: Curt Swan). In this issue, the computer tyrants send the android Brainiac they made - who later becomes Superman's archenemy - on a journey into space to scout out future targets for conquest. The young Coluanian Vril Dox (who has "level 12" intelligence), who accompanies Brainiac, returns later, instigates a rebellion against the tyrants and liberates the planet. In the "new" DC comics after 1986, Brainiac is not an Android built by the tyrants, but the consciousness of a rebellious scientist named Vril Dox, whom the tyrants have executed and whose consciousness then somehow comes to earth, where it turns into changing Host body nests. The rebellion against the tyrants is not instigated by Vril Dox, but by his clone and laboratory assistant Vril Dox II. The defeated tyrants download a robot body themselves onto the data storage device and flee. They appear as "Pulsar Stargrave" in later stories. The newly won freedom of the planet is temporarily disturbed by Brainiac, who conquered Colu, but later restored by Superman and Vril Dox II and the LEGION led by him. In the stories of the Legion series , set in the 30th century, Colu is the home of the good-natured youthful genius Brainiac 5, a member of the Legion. In addition to the immense intelligence of its inhabitants, the special features of the planet include the fact that it is divided into exactly 50% water and 50% land and that the Colunans use the land as effectively as possible by using shrink technology to protect themselves, buildings and the like reduce the size in order to be able to place as many things as possible in the smallest possible space ("Bottled Planet of Colu").
  • Czarnia: Czarnia (pronounced Tsch-örnia ) is a planet in the DC Universe that plays an important role in the comics about the psychotic bounty hunter Lobo . The planet is first featured in the 1989 miniseries Lobo: The Last Czarnian . There it is described to the reader as a utopian world with paradisiacal landscapes, whose population, the whitish-silver-skinned Czarnians (English Czarnians ), live together in political peace and social harmony until a child named Lobo is born. Lobo made his homeland, which was previously completely alien to war, violence and social tensions, initially for a few years to hell for his fellow men. He later decides to become a bounty hunter. Before he leaves Czarnia, he still depopulates his home planet, because in his eyes this is the only way to become as unique as he wishes. He accomplishes the feat of becoming the last of the Czanians, eventually using a mosquito-like species of insect he bred to spread a deadly virus that can be transmitted by bites across the planet. As a result, anyone stabbed dies a gruesome, slow death - with the exception of Lobo himself, who has injected himself with an antidote. In the end, only Lobo and his elementary school teacher Mrs. Tribb, whom he murdered on a later occasion, survive.
  • Daxam: Daxam is a futuristic planet that plays an important role in the comic series Legion of Super-Heroes , LEGION and Valor . Daxam is inhabited by a race who call themselves Daxamites (English Daxams ). The Daxamites are, according to the Legion comics, the descendants of a group of colonists from the planet Krypton who left their old homeland centuries ago to build a new settlement on Daxam. Unlike the now submerged Krypton, Daxam still exists in the DC Comics. Under the rays of their own red sun (which is called Valor ), the Daxamites have the same physical properties as humans, to which they look confusingly similar. Under the rays of a yellow sun, the Daxamians, whose cells can store and use the yellow sunlight like solar batteries, develop the same tremendous powers as Superman (flying, super strength, speed, endurance, heat vision, invulnerability, etc.) that of their vanished Sister planet originates. In most of the DC comics, the Daxamites are portrayed as a very homely race, of which only a few representatives dare to venture away from their planet into the vastness of space. These include the Legion hero Mon El (also called Valor), the space amazon Julia and the Green Lantern Sodam Yat. The Daxamites on Daxam, who live in constant fear of invasion, usually behave very xenophobically towards visitors from other planets. The Daxamites in their entirety are in various stories and a. involved in battles with the dominators ( Invasion! ), the destroyer Imperiex ( Our Worlds at War ) and the despot Darkseid ( The Great Darkness Saga ), who at times pulls the entire people under his mental spell and thus makes them his war slaves. Due to a genetic manipulation that the so-called eradicator implanted in the original Daxamites when they left Krypton, the Daxamites have a pronounced weakness against the metal lead, which acts on them in a similar way as kryptonite does on Superman - that is, initially through radiation / Weakening to the touch, fatal if exposed to prolonged exposure. According to some stories, Daxam will be attacked by the inhabitants of the planet Throm in the future and will be depopulated with the help of mass lead poisoning.
  • Korugar: Korugar is a planet that was first introduced in US Green Lantern # 7 from July / August 1961 (author: John Broome, illustrator: Gil Kane). The inhabitants of the planet, Korugans , are human-like beings with magenta skin. The more frequent residents include Sinestro, Katma Tui and Soranik Natu, who watch over Korugar in different stories one after the other as Green Lantern , i.e. as a kind of space police officer. They are also responsible for all of the rest of the space sector 1417 that Korugar is in. Sinestro eventually abuses his power to rule Korugar as a dictator for a while before being overthrown by a resistance movement led by a woman named Katma Tui and other Green Lanterns. The guardians of the universe, the leaders of the Green Lantern Corps, then make Katma Tui instead of Sinestros the new Green Lantern of Korugar.
  • Mars : The fourth planet in the solar system and the original home of J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter who is one of the green Martians . But there were also white Martians. J'onn J'onzz is unintentionally teleported to Earth shortly before Mars is depopulated by a plague. After the death of his entire race, he chooses earth as his new home.
  • Mogo: Mogo is the only planet in the DC Universe that is also a Green Lantern . It is an important retreat for all remaining Green Lanterns of the Corps, as it can help the Lanterns to regenerate and calm down with the help of mental abilities and visions. It was introduced in issue 188 of the second Green Lantern year (US published May 1985).
  • New Genesis : New Genesis is the home planet of the New Gods , ruled by the Highfather. When he dies, the world is carried on by Takion Lightray. Its residents include u. a .: Miracle Man, aka Scott Free (escapologist, son of the Highfathers and husband of Big Barda), Big Barda (former leader of the Female Furies of Apokolips), Orion (son of Darkseid ). Miracle Man was sent to live in Apokolips in his childhood in exchange with Orion, while Orion was sent to New Genesis. This exchange should serve the peace between the warring planets. When Scott Free met Big Barda, they fell in love and together they fled to New Genesis. Orion, however, stayed on New Genesis and fought relentlessly against his father Darkseid as one of the New Gods thanks to the good influence of the Highfather. In the storyline Final Crisis , all New Gods from New Genesis, as well as Apokolips, die to be reborn on earth in human bodies. There Darkseid takescontrol of the earthwith the help of the "anti-life formula" during the Final Crisis .
  • Oa: Oa is a planet that is at the center of the DC Universe. According to the DC Comics, the planet has been inhabited "since the beginning of time" by the so-called Guardians of the Universe . From their citadel on Oa, the guards, a race of blue-skinned, short beings about a meter tall, try to influence the development of the universe towards the “good” with the help of their galactic police force, the so-called Green Lantern Corps . While the highly intelligent guardians have more mental abilities, the individual Green Lanterns are equipped with energy rings that enable them to fire energetic rays and form structures. They draw the energy for their rings from the so-called central battery, a huge energy source on Oa's surface that looks like a gigantic green lantern. The City of Guardians includes, in addition to the central battery, a meeting hall, a memorial hall in memory of dead Green Lanterns, living quarters, storage facilities for dangerous "villains", a library and training facilities. Outside the City of the Guardians, Oa is a desolate, lifeless desert landscape. After the planet was first depopulated (US-Green Lantern # 50, 1994) and later destroyed (US-Green Lantern # 0), Oa is later put back together again (US- Legacy: The Last Will and Testament of Hal Jordan ), before finally even the guardians believed dead are awakened to new life by the godlike being Ion . The star of Oa is called Sto-Oa ("Light from Oa").
  • Ran: Rann is a futuristic planet on which the stories about the space hero Adam Strange take place. The planet was first featured in the November / December 1958 comic book US Showcase # 17. He is portrayed in most of the stories as a mixture of paradise and futuristic technology (rocket backpacks, flying cars). The inhabitants, the Rannians (Rannians), mostly appear as a human-like, highly developed race that has become sluggish and even sterile as a result of its far-reaching technological achievements. In addition to Adam Strange - who uses a special interplanetary beam called the zeta-beam to travel from Earth to Rann - Rann's returning residents include the scientist Sardath, the beautiful Alanna and her daughter Alea, and a thinking tornado. The wild areas of the planet are inhabited by dinosaur-like, huge primeval beings, the planet itself is transported to other planetary systems in some stories with the help of the so-called omega-ray, which among other things leads to warlike entanglements with the inhabitants of the planet Thanagar.
  • Tamaran: Tamaran is a planet that is populated by a human-like, golden-yellow-skinned race with slightly wild-cat-like features, which is called Tamaran (English Tamaraneans ). The planet was first introduced in the 1980s by author Marv Wolfman and illustrator George Peréz in the Teen Titans series. There it appears as a futuristic planet that has been made into a tropical paradise world by artificial means. Tamran, which is ruled by several ruling families, some of which are at war, is finally destroyed in the course of a civil war. The surviving Tarmarans colonize a new planet called Karna as Tarmaran II in later comics . The local religion pays homage to a goddess named X'Hal. The inhabitants are mostly depicted as very spirited, emotion-driven and warlike beings. Well-known residents include Koriand'r, called Starfire, a former princess of Tarmaran and one of the main characters of the Titans comics, as well as her sister Komand'r or Blackfire, who betrays her family to the enemy dynasty of the Citadel and so theirs during the civil war Causing defeat, as well as her parents Myand'r and Luand'r and her brother Ryand'r.

On earth

  • Bath cave(English Batcave): Natural cave under the Wayne Mansion in Gotham City, where Batman stores his equipment and creates his plans.
  • Blüdhaven: The city of Blüdhaven was the location of the series Nightwing , Robin and Batgirl for years . The city was first featured in US Nightwing # 1 in 1996 by writer Chuck Dixon and illustrator Scot MacDaniel. It is located on the US east coast of the DC Universe, north of Gotham City. In its situation as a “forgotten city” in the shadow of a global metropolis (Gotham), Blüdhaven bears a resemblance to real American cities such as Newark , Atlantic City , Camden and Gary , which are overshadowed by their significant neighbors. The geographical position that Blüdhaven occupies in the comics roughly corresponds to that of the real cities of Brigantine Island or Atlantic City. In the Nightwing series, the city is located in the middle of the fictional districts of Haven and Avalon. An old whaling settlement is given as the roots of the city. In the Robin, Batgirl and Nightwing stories that take place in Blüdhaven, she is portrayed as a stronghold of crime and corruption. The explanation given is the desolate economic situation of the city, which resulted from the failed attempt by city leaders to become a manufacturing and shipping center. The Nightwing Comics in Blüdhaven is accordingly about the efforts of Nightwing to smash the criminal cartel of the villain Blockbuster that controls Blüdhaven. After the first 100 issues of the Nightwing series deal with Nightwing's protracted private war against Blockbusters' organization, this plot node finally comes to an end with the death of Blockbusters. Nightwing, who is not entirely innocent of this, then leaves the city in order to settle his conscience elsewhere. In order to close the "gap" of his departure, the title heroes of the series Batgirl and Robin take over the protection of the city from time to time. Even later, Blüdhaven is devastated by the terrorist organization Secret Society of Super Villains (US- Infinite Crisis # 4), which drops the monster Chemo, which consists of highly toxic chemicals, on it, killing more than 100,000 people. Blüdhaven, now nothing more than a poison-contaminated ruined city, is thereupon declared by the US government as a "danger to general health" as an emergency area and is surrounded by a blocking belt. Superman reacts to this by throwing chemo into space, other heroes rescue survivors and evacuate the city before it becomes a war zone and the scene of long power struggles of various parties (Baron Black Lord, Titans, Freedom Fighters, Nuclear Family, Atomic Knights). Captain Atom finally puts an end to this situation by wiping out the city with a nuclear explosion. Nothing remains of Blüdhaven except a large radioactive crater.
  • Blue Valley: Blue Valley is a small town in the US state of Nebraska in the DC Universe. The city has been the scene of various stories from the series The Flash and Stars and STRIPES. It originally goes back to the author John Broome and the illustrator Carmine Infantino , who first used Blue Valley in December 1959 in the US issue The Flash # 110. In this issue, the city is introduced as the home of Wally West, the nephew of Linda West, the fiancé of Barry Allen, who in his second identity as the superhero Flash is the title character of the series. West soon becomes Flash's junior partner Kid Flash through an accident and leaves Blue Valley to assist his mentor on his assignments in Central City. Other residents include Courtney Withmore and Douglas Whitmore aka Stargirl and STRIPE
  • Central City: Central City is a city in the United States of the DC Universe. While it was located in Ohio in the 1970s, later u. a. Florida (US- The Flash # 2 of 1987) and Missouri are given as locations. Central City was the main location of the comics about the superhero The Flash in the 1950s to 1980s. The city was first presented by author Gardner Fox and illustrator Murphy Anderson in the comic book US Showcase # 4 from September / October 1956. In US The Flash (Vol. 2) # 2, the population is estimated at 290,000. The Atlas of the DC Universe (1990), meanwhile, has 750,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into an upper and a lower east and west side, as well as the downtown. Recurring locations within the city are the Flash Museum and the Picture News premises. Central City's twin city is Keystone City. In the series The Flash, the city has around 14 million inhabitants.
  • Coast City: Coast City is a city on the west coast of the United States in the DC Universe. The city has been the main location - intermittently - of the comic series about the superhero Green Lantern (aka Hal Jordan) since the 1950s . The location on the California coast fluctuated constantly over the decades: sometimes Coast City took up the space where Los Angeles is in reality, sometimes that of San Diego and sometimes between San Francisco and the fictional Star City. More recently, it is located north of San Francisco. The city is first mentioned in US Showcase # 22 from September / October 1959 (Author: John Broome ). One of the most prominent locations in the city is the site of Ferris Aircraft, a company that specializes in the development and construction of aircraft and for which the title hero Green Lantern works in his secret identity as test pilot Hal Jordan. Further employees of the Ferris works are the manager Carrol Ferris and the mechanic Thomas Kalmaku. In the story Rule of the Supermen from 1993, the city is destroyed by the extraterrestrial Mongul, who first razes it to the ground and then builds the so-called Engine City on its ruins . Engine City should serve as a nucleus for the transformation of the earth into a huge metal battle station (war world). After that, the field of ruins is temporarily a memorial to the memory of the 7 million dead of the attack and then temporarily the "parking lot" of the flying city of Haven. Later (in the Green Lantern Comics from 2005) the city is rebuilt in its basic features by the magic of the Specter and repopulated on behalf of the (fictional) US President Jonathan Vincent Horne. Jordan is now working as a test pilot on the military base outside the city. Because of the courage of the new residents of the new Coast City, who, despite the cruel fate of the residents of their predecessor city, have found themselves willing to live there, the city is also called "The City Without Fear".
  • Fawcett City: Fawcett City is the city where the adventures of the magical superhero Captain Marvel take place. It is located in the midwestern United States of the DC Universe, either in the US state of Wisconsin or in Indiana . The city is named after Fawcett Comics publisher , who published the Captain Marvel stories before DC took over the rights to the character. The cityscape (buildings, cars, etc.) and the entire atmosphere of the city look noticeably old-fashioned. This is explained within the comics with a spell by the magician Ibis, who put a spell on the city in the 50s that freezes it in the aesthetics of the time. Although the spell that was supposed to protect Fawcett from the intrusion of the dangers of the outside world can eventually be broken (US Power of Shazam # 11), the Art Deco- style city is modernizing very slowly. One of the most important buildings in the city, which is famous for its unpredictable thunderstorm activity (which mostly only comes through rumbling thunder and lightning strikes without it raining), is the Whiz radio station, for which Captain Marvel's alter ego Billy Batson works.
  • Happy Harbor: Happy Harbor is a city in the US state of Rhode Island in the United States of the DC Universe. For years, Happy Harbor was one of the main locations in the Justice League of America comic series and later the Young Justice series . The city was featured in US- The Brave an the Bold # 28, in which the Justice League uses a cave outside the city, in a landscape of mountains and cliffs close to the coast, as its headquarters. This headquarters ( Justice Mountain or Secret Sanctuary ) served the League as a planning center and starting point for its operations in the following years. Later, the cave served as a refuge for the time traveler Hourman, and even later for the Young Justice, a team of teenage superheroes, as a clubhouse or headquarters. Martian Manhunter, a member of the JLA, erected in a story from 2005, in memory of the deceased members of the league, a rock-made monument depicting the dead above the mountain in which the league's old cave hiding place is located. During a visit to Happy Harbor (US Young Justice # 3) the magician Mxyzptlk “presents” the city with an amusement park, the “main theme” of which he, Mxyzptlk, is. Well-known residents of Happy Harbor include the young Snapper Carr, the long-time mascot of the Justice League.
  • Ivy Town: Ivy Town is a university town in the United States of the DC Universe. The city has been the setting (intermittently) of the stories about the miniature superhero The Atom since the 1960s . Ivy Town was created by the author Gardner Fox and the draftsman Gil Kane , who first used the university town - the name of which is an allusion to the elitist east coast universities of the so-called "Ivy League" - as a venue in 1961. In the early years of the comics about Atom, it was established as a plot premise that Ray Palmer, Atom's alter ego, was a professor in the Faculty of Physics at the University of Ivy Town. Meanwhile, the title character of the new Atom comics is a student in town. In the 1970s the city was located in the US state of Connecticut, in the 1980s in the Finger Lakes region in southern New York. The city of Calvin City in northern Pennsylvania, where Al Pratt (Atom I), the hero of the 1940s Atom comics lives, was introduced as Ivy Town's neighboring city.
  • Keystone City: Keystone City is the setting for the stories about the superhero Flash. The city was first introduced in the 1940s and was the setting for the stories surrounding the first Flash character (Jay Garrick) until the early 1950s. After the stories about the second Flash, Barry Allan, were set in Central City in the 1950s to 1980s, Keystone City has again been the home of Flash III, Wally West, the setting of the Flash Comics since the 1980s . The city, nicknamed "the blue collar capital of the United States", is mostly located in Pennsylvania, Kansas (US- The Flash # 188, 2002) or Ohio (US- JSA # 16, 2000). Sometimes there is also talk of a keystone state. The city is connected by a bridge to its neighboring city, Central City, which lies on the opposite bank of a river. Outside the city is the Iron Heights prison, where most opponents of the Flash are kept after they are captured. The town itself is home to WKEY-TV, which Linda Park, Wally West's fiancée, works for, as well as heavy industry companies and Wilson High School.
  • Leesburg: A small town in the United States Midwest of the DCU. Leesburg was the main location of the Supergirl series from 1996 to 2003.
  • Midway City: Midway City is a city in the United States' Midwest of the DCU. Midway was the location of the Hawkman and Hawkgirl series from the 1940s to 1980s . The city is loosely based on the real city of Chicago , which, however, also exists within the DCU as a separate city different from Midway. Bob Rozakis located Midway in US Detective Comics # 470 from June 1977 in the US state of Michigan near Sault Ste. Marie . In other publications, however, this status has been revised. Later, Illinois was specified as the location of the city.
  • Opal City: Opal City is the hometown of the hero Starman . The first Starman was a member of the Justice Society of America (JSA). There are several incarnations of Starman, including the female version of Stargirl , who is an active member of the JSA.
  • Smallville : A small town in the US state of Kansas in the United States of the DC Universe. Smallville is where Clark Kent ( Superman ) grew up.
  • Star City: Star City has been the setting for the adventures of Green Arrow and Black Canary since the 1950s . In the latest comics, the city is located on the north coast of the US state of California in the USA of the DC Universe. In older issues it was located at the Great Lakes (1960s) and Massachusetts Bay (70s and 80s), rarely also in Connecticut. According to the canon of DC comics, the city has existed for almost 200 years, is a stronghold of bohemian artists and has a port. In a story from 2007, one third of Star City is destroyed by criminals Merlyn and Doctor Light in a bomb attack ("Amsterdam Avenue Disaster"). Soon after, Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) takes over the office of mayor. Thomas "Stelclaw" Bolt is one of the previous mayors. Neighboring cities are Triangle and Lamb Valley. Recurring boroughs include the South End, Glades, Adams Height, and Orchid Bay, and recurring facilities include the Grell Museum and Papp Stadium. The population is estimated at 5 million. In the action series Arrow produced for the broadcaster The CW , the city is initially called Starling City , from the fourth season it will then be called Star City.
  • St. Roch: St. Roch is a city in the US state of Louisiana in the United States of the DC Universe. The town is home to the recent Hawkman and Hawkgirl comics . It is modeled on the real city of New Orleans , but within the comics both cities exist separately next to each other, but St. Roch is part of the Orleans Parish there . An important location within the city is the Stonechat House, a museum run by Carter Hall (Hawkman) and where he keeps memorabilia from all of his previous lives (he is reincarnated as a different person after his recurring death, according to the comics ) .

Other dimensions

  • Bizarro World(Eng. Bizarro World ): Bizarro World is a bizarre world in another dimension, in which the Bizarro beings were settled. Probably the best known and at the same time the first of these beings is the Bizarro Superman.
  • Fifth dimension, also Zrfff: Dimension of origin of the Superman opponent Mr. Mxyzptlk .


The DC Universe is home to a huge number of characters, groups and organizations. Some of these are summarized in the following main articles:

In addition, minor characters appearing there are listed in the articles for individual characters and comic series (see: Category: DC Comics ).


Some items play a special role and appear frequently or are particularly popular with readers of the comics (list not complete):

  • Amazonium: This metal is only found on the home island of Themiskyra of the Amazons and is used for extremely resistant and light armor. Wonder Woman's bracelets are made of an Amazonium alloy.
  • Batarang: Batman's throwing weapon and part of his allies, based on the boomerang , often in the form of the Batman logo.
  • Batmobile : The Batmobile is a vehicle from Batman, it has had different looks in comics and films over time. There are also different vehicles for different uses.
  • Cosmic treadmill: Device developed by Flash (Barry Allen) that allowed him and later his nephew Wally West to travel in time and dimensions .
  • Kryptonite : This rock playsan important rolein the stories about Superman and other Kryptonians (especially Supergirl and Superboy ). It was created when elements merged in the core of the planet Krypton , was thrown into space during its explosion and is radioactive .
  • Trick arrows: Arrow variations that Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) could use depending on the situation. In addition to the normal battle arrow, he had the grappling hook arrow, the net arrow, the tear gas arrow or the boxing glove arrow.


In the crossover JLA / The Avengers , the heroes need twelve objects of power, six each from the DC and Marvel universes , to save both universes. The artifacts that often appear in other DC comics as well are included:

  • The green bell from Uthool combined into one object, the silver wheel of Nyorlathand the red pitcher from Calythos. They debuted in US JLA # 10 (March 1962) and are capable of conjuring up the three demons and brothers Abnegazar , Rath and Ghast (collectively the Demons Three ).
  • The magical book of eternityoriginally from the US series The Demon and once belonged to the magician Merlin . It contains every spell that has ever existed and is owned by the Turkish heroine Janissary . This book is not to be confused with the book Destiny wears chained to his wrist.
  • The Medusa maskis owned by the villain named Psycho-Pirate and gives him the ability to manipulate other people's emotions.
  • Ra's spheretransformed the researcher Rex Mason into the creature called Metamorpho and was subsequently able to weaken it. The sphere is owned by Metamorphos archenemy Simon Stagg .
  • The Spear of Destiny was according to legend, the Roman centurion Longinus used to hanging on the cross Jesus Christ is said to have attained to the side to stand, whereby the spear tremendous mystical power. The spear came into the possession of Adolf Hitler , who thus the European theater in World War II shielded from access by the US superheroes. During the Last Judgment , the spear was supposed to be used against the Specter , who, however , had bonded with Hal Jordan and hurled the spear into space .
  • The energy batteryis the energy source of the Green Lanterns and is used by them to recharge their rings. The batteries draw their power from the central battery created by the guardians of the universe on planet Oa, to which they are connected.

See also


Individual evidence

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  3. ^ Paul Kupperberg : Atlas of the DC Universe , 1990 (English); there it is stated that the city was "located in the northeast corner of Nebraska ". Other booklets place the city southwest of Sioux Falls in South Dakota .
  4. ^ Paul Kupperberg : Atlas of the DC Universe , 1990 (English).
  5. US Captain Marvel series of the 1970s (English).
  6. US Power of Shazam (English).
  7. The Atlas of the DC Universe , 1990 (English), later locates the city on the south side of Lake Michigan , roughly at the point where the city of Gary in Indiana is in the real world .
  8. City Walls , Part 3 (English).
  9. Scott Beatty et al. a .: The DC Comics Encyclopedia. Panini Verlags GmbH , Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 978-3-8332-1213-0 (limited collector's edition), pp. 82-83.
  10. JLA / The Avengers # 1 to 4 or JLA / The Avengers Collection (anthology), Panini Comics , Nettetal-Kaldenkirchen 2004.