first appeared in
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen
#134 and was created by writer-artist Jack Kirby. The son of Yuga Khan
and Queen Heggra, Prince Uxas, second in line to the throne of Apokolips,
plotted to seize power over the planet. When his brother, Drax, attempted
to claim the fabled Omega Force, Uxas murdered him and took the power for
himself; transforming him into a rock-like creature, and taking a new name:
Darkseid.At some point, he falls in love with an Apokoliptian scientist
named Suli, with whom he has a son, Kalibak; however Suli is poisoned by
Desaad on Heggra's behalf, who believes that Suli was corrupting her son.
Following Suli's death, Darkseid's heart grew even colder, and has Desaad
poison Heggra, finally becoming the supreme monarch of Apokolips. Darkseid
had briefly been forced by his mother to marry Tigra, with whom he also
had a son; after murdering his mother, Darkseid had both Tigra and their
son, Orion, banished on Apokolips.
destructive war between the rival planet, New Genesis, is stopped only
with a diplomatic exchange of the sons of Highfather and Darkseid. Darkseid's
second born son is surrendered to Highfather, while Darkseid receives Scott
Free, who later becomes the master escape artist Mister Miracle. This eventually
turns out to be a setback for Darkseid, with his biological son growing
up to value and defend the ideals of New Genesis in opposition to his father;
it has been foretold that Darkseid will meet his final defeat at the hands
of his son in a cataclysmic battle in the fiery Armaghetto of Apokolips.
other gods as a threat, Darkseid invades the island of Themyscira in order
to discover the secret location of the Olympian gods, planning to overthrow
the Olympians and steal their power. Refusing to aid Darkseid in his mad
quest, the Amazons battle his parademon troops, causing half of the Amazon
Wonder Woman is able
to gain her revenge against Darkseid for killing so many of her sisters
by placing a portion of her own soul into Darkseid. This supposedly weakened
the god's power as he lost a portion of his dark edge.
goal is to eliminate all free will from the universe and reshape it into
his own image. To this end, he seeks to unravel the mysterious Anti-Life
Equation, which will give him complete control over the thoughts and emotions
of all living beings in the universe. While he has yet to obtain a working
copy of the Anti-Life Equation, Darkseid has tried on several other occasions
to achieve dominance of the universe through other methods. He has a special
interest in Earth, as he believes humans possess collectively within their
minds most, if not all, fragments of the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid intends
to probe the minds of every human in order to piece together the Equation.
This has caused Darkseid to clash with that of many superheroes of the
DC Universe, notably, the Kryptonian Superman. Darkseid works behind-the-scenes,
using superpowered minions in his schemes to overthrow Earth, including
working through Intergang.
Darkseid's attempt to attack Earth using a brainwashed Supergirl, Superman,
believing Darkseid has destroyed (a reformed) Supergirl, hurls Darkseid
into the sun where Darkseid is beaten unconscious by Superman who throws
him into the Source Wall. However, to pay a debt incurred to an alternate
reality Darkseid and in order to realign the timeline, Superman later frees
Darkseid from his entombment in the Source Wall. During his imprisonment
in the Source Wall, Darkseid had been drained of his Omega powers. Desaad
uses a mind-controlled Superman to retrieve Highfather's staff from the
Source Wall, and use it as a conduit to recharge Darkseid's energies, via
a portal to the Omega Realm.