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Panel from limited series JLA: Another Nail.
Art by Alan Davis.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Brave and the Bold # 30 (June 1960)
Created by Gardner Fox
Murphy Anderson
In-story information
Alter ego Inapplicable
Team affiliations Injustice League
Secret Society of Super Villains
Notable aliases Professor Ivo's Amazing Android
Abilities Duplication of metahuman abilities

Amazo is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appears in The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960) and was created by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson.

Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character has appeared in comic books and other DC Comics-related products such as animated television series; trading cards; and video games.


Publication history

Amazo first appeared in a one-off story in The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960); and returned as a regular opponent of the Justice League of America in Justice League of America #27 (May 1964) and #112 (Aug. 1974). Other significant issues included an encounter with a depowered Superman in Action Comics #480 - 483 (Feb. - May 1978); Justice League of America #191 (June 1981) and #241 - 243 (Aug. - Oct. 1985).

A different Amazo model featured in Justice League Quarterly #12 (Fall 1993) and an battled the hero Aztek in Aztek:The Ultimate Man #10 (May 1997) before being destroyed in Resurrection Man #2 (June 1997). An advanced version debuted in a one-off story in JLA #27 (March 1999), and another appeared in the limited series Hourman, specifically issues #1 (April 1999); #5 (Aug. 1999); #6 (Sept. 1999); #7 (Oct. 1999); #17 (Aug. 2000); #19 (Oct. 2000); #20 (Nov. 2000) and #21 (Dec. 2000).

Amazo's origin is revealed in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (Dec. 1999); another version is discovered to be part of a weapons shipment in Batman #636 - 637 (March - April 2005) and during the Villains United storyline in Firestorm vol. 2, #14 - 16 (Aug - Oct. 2005); Villains United #5 - 6 (Nov. - Dec. 2005) and the Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special (June 2006).

Amazo's consciousness returned in Justice League of America #1 - 5 (Oct. 2006 - March 2007), planted in the body of fellow android the Red Tornado. Ivo also created Amazo's "offspring" in JLA Classified #37 - 41 (June - Oct. 2007).

A story continuing the first Tornado storyline featured in Justice League of America vol. 2, #21 - 23 (July - Sept. 2008).

Writer Mike Conroy noted "Amazo was a persistent thorn in the JLA's side...although his programming and own sentience have displayed no ambition towards world conquest...His very existance is a hazard to all of humanity."[1]

Character biography

The android Amazo is built by insane scientist Professor Ivo, who becomes obsessed with immortality. The original Justice League of America (Green Lantern; Flash; Aquaman; Wonder Woman and the Martian Manhunter) encounter Amazo when experiencing a sudden loss of their abilities. Discovering that certain long-lived creatures are being collected, the heroes locate and battle Amazo, who defeats the entire team and steals their abilities. Ivo is revealed to be the mastermind behind the scheme, and using data collected from the captured specimens creates a potion that will bestow immortality, hoping to escape his fear of death. The plan, however, is foiled by Green Lantern, and Ivo and Amazo are defeated.[2]

At the suggestion of team mascot Snapper Carr, the Justice League reactivate Amazo to deal with an alien threat. Although the alien drains Amazo's abilities, the android's combined powers overload the creature as intended. The Justice League then defeat Amazo once again and return the android to storage.[3] When the Justice League lose their powers due to the machinations of the villain Libra, the heroes reactivate Amazo once again, the android drawing in their lost powers which are eventually returned via technology devised by Batman and the Atom.[4]

Radiation from an exploding red sun in deep space reaches Earth and weakens Superman's significantly. The radiation also revives Amazo, who defeats the remainder of the Justice League. Amazo then seeks out Ivo, wishing to be deactivated. Discovering Ivo cannot assist, the android decides to kill both Ivo and Superman. Superman is forced to create and use a machine called the "Supermobile" to compensate for his weakened state, and saves both Ivo and Lois Lane from Amazo. Superman then uses the device to travel five days into the future, when the effects of the red solar radiation have passed Earth. Newly empowered, Superman defeats Amazo and rescues the Justice League.[5] Amazo is reactivated by former Justice League foe the Key, who seeks a cure for his current shrunken state by using the abilities of the superhero team. Hawkman, however, help the Justice League defeat Amazo and fellow member Zatanna restores the Key to his former state.[6]

Ivo reactivates Amazo for use against a weaker version of the League, with the android defeating all the new members until finally stopped by the Martian Manhunter and Aquaman.[7] A different Amazo model is activated and battles loose superteam the Conglomerate[8] and while searching for Ivo encounters the hero Aztek, who reasons with the android.[9] This version briefly battles the Resurrection Man before finally being destroyed.[10]

One version of Amazo is pulled from the timestream by a curious Hourman, who wishes to meet his "ancestor". Amazo responds by attacking Hourman and copying the "Worlogog", an artifact embedded in the android. Amazo then becomes "Timazo", and wreaks havoc with his new-found ability to manipulate time until hurled back into the timestream as his former self by Hourman.[11] A current version of Amzao has several more encounters with Hourman.[12]

Another version with the ability to absorb the abilities of the League on a conceptual level overpowers over two dozen heroes until Atom tells Superman to announce the team is disbanded. The premise that the League no longer exists deprives the android of purpose and it shuts down.[13] Batman and Robin discover a partial Amazo (lacking several abilities) in a weapons shipment, and manage to destroy the android by deactivating its individual abilities.[14]

Another Amazo participates in a massive attack by a group of villains on the city of Metropolis, but is deactivated when sometime hero Black Adam decapitates the android.[15]

Ivo then uses parts of the current Amazo; human ova and DNA to create the android's "son". Awakened prematurely by an earthquake, the junior version of Amazo believes itself to be a philosophy student called Frank Halloran, who dates a girl called Sara. Amazo reveals the truth to his progeny, who attempts to resist his programming by becoming a hero called "Kid Amazo." Slowly becoming insane. Kid Amazo confronts Ivo and discovers Sara is Ivo's daughter and was placed to monitor the android. Batman deduces Kid Amazo has both the powers and the personalities of the JLA, and during a battle with the League creates dissension in the team that the android mimics, causing an internal logic error that destroys it.[16]

Ivo secretly downloads Amazo's programming into the body of the Red Tornado, the creation of sometime ally Professor T.O. Morrow. Several members of the JLA battle an army of Tornado androids until discovering that Red Tornado's is intended for the mind of Solomon Grundy. Although the process is prevented, the Amazo progamming asserts itself, and attacks the superhero team despite their attempts to dismantle the android. Member Vixen eventually destroys the Tornado body by shearing it in half.[17]

A new body is created for the Red Tornado, although the Amazo programming from the first body downloads into the shell. The android battles the JLA until teleported into the gravity well of the red star Antares.[18]

Powers and abilities

Professor Ivo's Amazo androids use "absorption cells" to duplicate the powers of metahumans, such as Superman's strength and the speed of the Flash. Later versions are also capable of copying objects, such as the power ring of Green Lantern. All versions apparently retain the base abilities of the original five members of the Justice League first encountered.

Alternate versions

The series Adventures in the DC Universe features a battle between the JLA and Amazo, with the android finally stopped by an electromagnetic pulse.[19]

The limited series JLA: The Nail reveals in flashback that Amazo attacked and crippled Green Arrow during a battle with the JLA. The android is eventually deactivated by the Flash.[20] In the sequel, JLA: Another Nail, the brain of the crippled Green Arrow is transferred into Amazo, who sacrifices himself to save the universe.[21]

Amazo in other media

Amazo has appeared in the animated television series Justice League (2001 - 2004) and Justice League Unlimited (2004 - 2006) voiced by Robert Picardo.

The character also appears in the video game Justice League: Chronicles (2003).

See also


  1. ^ Conroy, Mike. 500 Comicbook Villains, Collins & Brown, 2004.
  2. ^ Brave and the Bold #30 (July 1960)
  3. ^ Justice League of America #27 (May 1964)
  4. ^ Justice League of America #111 - 112 (June & Aug. 1974)
  5. ^ Action Comics #480 - 483 (Feb. - May 1978)
  6. ^ Justice League of America #191 (June 1981)
  7. ^ Justice League of America #241 - 243 (Aug. - Oct. 1985)
  8. ^ Justice League Quarterly #12 (Fall 1993)
  9. ^ Aztek:The Ultimate Man #10 (May 1997)
  10. ^ Resurrection Man #2 (June 1997)
  11. ^ Hourman #1 (April 1999)
  12. ^ Hourman #5 - #7 (Aug. - Oct. 1999); #17 (Aug. 2000); #19 - #21 (Oct. Dec. 2000)
  13. ^ JLA #27 (March 1999)
  14. ^ Batman #636 - 637 (March - April 2005)
  15. ^ Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special (June 2006)
  16. ^ JLA Classified #37 - 41 (June - Oct. 2007)
  17. ^ Justice League of America #1 - 5 (Oct. 2006 - March 2007)
  18. ^ Justice League of America vol. 2, #21 - 23 (July - Sept. 2008)
  19. ^ Adventures in the DC Universe #18 (Sept. 1998)
  20. ^ JLA: The Nail #1 - 3 (Sept. - Nov. 1998)
  21. ^ JLA: Another Nail #1 - 3 (July - Sept. 2004)

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