TODAY IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY: DEC. 1970
Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips and main antagonist of Kirby’s Fourth World epic, first showed his face in a small cameo in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olson #134. His history reads like a Shakespeare play, ascending the throne of Apokolips through the murder and deception of his friends and family, all while waging a war with New Genesis.
Soon Darkseid would come up with a peace treaty between Apokolips and New Genesis in order to give him time to search for the Anti-Life Equation. Darkseid sent his son Orion to the ruler of New Genesis, Izaya. In return Izaya sent his son, who would become Scott Free, to live on Apokolips. As long as the orphans remained on their adopted worlds, the peace treaty would remain.
Of course Scott Free aka Mister Miracle escaped Apakolips with his true love, a member of Apokolips’ Female Furies, Big Barda, and the peace treaty was void. Darksied would eventually come to Earth, believing Humans posses fragments of the Anti-Life Equation and become one of Superman’s most powerful foes.
Darkseid posses vast superhuman powers. Most notably his “Omega Effect” which is a form of energy projected from his eyes. He is a master strategist and posses extraordinary weapons.
[Above, New Gods #4 (Sept. 1971) by Jack Kirby & Vince Colletta]