Composite Superman: Wikis


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Composite Superman
Composite Superman, from World's Finest Comics #283, 1982.
Art by Rich Buckler and Frank Giacoia.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance World's Finest Comics #142 (1964)
Created by Edmond Hamilton (writer)
Curt Swan (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego I - Joseph Meach
II - Xan
Notable aliases II Amalgamax
Abilities Possesses the combined powers of many members of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

The Composite Superman is a DC Comics supervillain, an enemy of Superman and Batman.




Joseph Meach version

First appearing in World's Finest Comics #142, June 1964, Joseph Meach was a diver who had fallen on hard times. In an attempt to draw publicity to himself, Meach set up a water tank on a sidewalk in Metropolis and dove off a building. Unbeknownst to Meach, the tank was leaking, and Meach would have died if not for the intervention of Superman. The Man of Steel, upon learning of Meach's misfortunes, obtained a job for him at the Superman Museum, where Meach was employed as a custodian. Meach's bitterness did not subside, and being surrounded by artifacts and mementoes of Superman's career directed his anger towards Superman. One night, as Meach was sweeping in front of a series of statuettes depicting the Legion of Super-Heroes, a bolt of lightning passed through an open window and struck the display. The statuettes, which were actually miniature lifeless duplicates of the Legionnaires, unleashed an energy blast that struck Meach. Meach discovered that he was endowed with the combined powers of the Legion members. Determined to defeat Superman, Batman and Robin, Meach used his shapeshifting power to turn his skin green and form a costume that was half Superman's, half Batman's. Calling himself the Composite Superman, Meach told the heroes that if he was not allowed to join their team, he would expose their secret identities, which he learned via telepathy. The Composite Superman then created situations for Superman or Batman to handle, but which he intentionally sabotaged to humiliate the heroes. When Superman and Batman deduced Meach's evil intentions, the Composite Superman forced the team to retire or he would expose their identities. The World's Finest heroes soon discovered that the Composite Superman's intent was to rule the world. Although they were unable to defeat Meach, who used his vast array of powers to keep the duo at bay, the Composite Superman was defeated when his charge of powers turned out to be temporary. Meach reverted to human form with no knowledge of his activities as the Composite Superman.

Composite Superman re-appeared a few years later, in World's Finest Comics #168 (August 1967). An alien villain named Xan came to Earth to avenge his dead father, a criminal who was captured and imprisoned by Superman and Batman. Xan studied the Composite Superman and decided to restore Meach's powers by recreating the accident that endowed him with superpowers. The Composite Superman soon captured Superman and Batman and tried to kill the team. Meach's powers wore off before he could accomplish this though, and soon Xan appeared explaining why he wanted Superman and Batman to die. Xan then fired a lethal energy blast at the heroes but a remorseful Meach intercepted the blast, killing him instantly.

Xan version

A new Composite Superman appeared in World's Finest Comics #283 (September 1982). Xan escaped from prison and traveled back in time to recreate the event that endowed Meach with his powers, but with himself obtaining the powers. A still-vengeful Xan assumed the identity of the Composite Superman and displayed greater control over his powers and understanding over his weaknesses, such as timing his needed restorations of energy to maintain his power. Xan soon discarded the Composite Superman identity and created an original costume, with the new name Amalgamax. Superman traveled to the 30th century to ask the Legion of Super-Heroes for assistance. Superman, Batman, and the Legion defeated Amalgamax by making him believe that the disease that killed his father had developed in him and that his excessive power was causing the disease to develop rapidly.


The Superman/Batman Annual #3 (March 2009) re-imagined the Composite Superman's origin, depicting it as an early attempt of Professor Ivo's to duplicate the Justice League's powers. Believing it to be a failure, Ivo buried his creature in a field, but it later revived, and stole Superman and Batman outfits from a store, sewing half of each together. Acting as both Superman/Batman and their alter egos of Clark Kent/Bruce Wayne, the Composite creature kidnapped Lois Lane and Tim Drake in an attempt to live the lives of both of its counterparts. Outmatched by the creature's sheer power, Superman and Batman inundate its already confused mind with false emergencies. Unable to decide which to respond to first, the creature rips itself in half.

This version was shown to possess the powers of Superman, Batman, The Atom, Elongated Man, Firestorm and Red Tornado. It was only ever referred to as "Composite".[1]

Composite Man

Following the Zero Hour reboot of Legion history, Composite Superman was removed from continuity. Legion of Super-Heroes Vol 4, #68 introduced a new "Composite Man", a Durlan who had the ability to duplicate any Legionnaire's powers and appearance. Rather than the clean, split-down-the-middle appearance of Composite Superman, Composite Man had a shifting mixture of costume elements from all the Legion members. Both he and his sister had been given these abilities by the Durlan government to be weapons, and resented this. However, while she chose to make her own destiny, he joined the Dark Circle to gain revenge on Durla.

Fictional character biography

On the planet Durla, there was a long cultural struggle between secular and religious movements. Before the formation of the United Planets, the Secularists of Durla created a program to produce living weapons through mutation. The goal was to acquire soldiers capable of not only mimicking the appearance but also the function of any species. When they lost their grip on power, the Secularists found their program deemed sinful by the theocratic government and the test subjects were imprisoned in crystals, denying them their ability. During regular maintenance to keep the living weapons contained, one of the crystals is damaged and an unnamed Durlan mutant breaks free, killing the entire priest class of Durla. His quest for revenge unquenched, the living weapon goes in search of Durlan priest and Legionnaire, Reep Daggle. When battling the Legion of Super-Heroes the living weapon not only imitates the Legionnaires' abilities, but also parts of their respective appearances. Composite Man meets his end when Saturn Girl uses her telepathy to shut down his mind, leaving her in a catatonic state.


In terms of abilities and raw power, the Composite Superman was one of the most powerful enemies Superman and Batman ever faced. In addition to all of Superman's powers (derived from Supergirl), the Composite Superman's strength and invulnerability levels were three times as powerful as Superman's because Legionnaires Mon-El and Ultra Boy were invulnerable and possessed super-strength. The Composite Superman also possessed numerous special powers, derived from various Legion members:

Other versions

In Impulse #56 Crayd'll, a nanotech computer belonging to Bart Allen's archenemy Inertia, accesses Young Justice's files and uses information on Robin and Superboy to become a "composite Superboy", with the half-and-half, green-skinned appearance of the original. Crayd'll intended to access information on the other members of Young Justice, but Impulse tricked him into downloading a music CD instead, turning him into Superboy's favourite rap artist.

In Superman/Batman #6 Hiro Okamura creates a spaceship in the form of a mecha version of the Composite Superman. In a more recent arc in Superman/Batman, a new Composite Superman Batman was created when Mister Mxyzptlk merged the Supermen and Batmen of several alternate realities together. Startled to be joined together, Batman mentally exclaimed to Superman, "Clark, your mind races, I never knew"; Superman replies, "And yours Bruce, is so dark". This ends at the battle's conclusion, and all the Batmen and Supermen who didn't "need to be here" were sent away (Leaving only the normal DCU Superman and Batman).

In other media


  • Composite Superman made a cameo in Justice League Unlimited in an episode called "The Greatest Story Never Told". Unlike the comic, this "Composite Superman" is the product of a battle with the dark lord Mordru. It's actually a fusion of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman with the appearance of Composite Superman, but Wonder Woman's voice, resulting from some twisted spell used in the intense magical conflict. The spell was undone by the time Mordru was defeated.


  • DC Direct released a Composite Superman action figure in 2005, and a second one (based on the Superman/Batman version) in 2008.


  • In the Robot Chicken episode "Easter Basket," there was a Christmas sketch featuring Dragon Ball Z characters and one of the villains in the sketch was called Composite Santa Claus (voiced by Christian Slater): a creature who is half-Santa Claus and half-Frosty the Snowman. When Goku was asked what Composite Santa's powers were, he said he didn't know but its appearance freaked him out. Composite Santa was beaten when his snowman half was melted by the intense heat from an energy ball that destroyed the Nutcracker, making the Santa half vulnerable due to the loss of the missing half which instantly melted away. In the episode "In a DVD Factory," his origin is explained as a mad scientist (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) had his henchmen gather the DNA samples of Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman to create Composite Santa Claus. Composite Santa Claus then shoots the mad scientist and his henchmen. After drinking milk and eating cookies, Composite Santa Claus goes on a rampage on Christmas. An anchorman reports that Composite Santa Claus has been apprehended and is standing trial before a United Nations Tribunal.

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

  • The Toyman built a Mecha/ship to destroy the incoming kryptonite meteor. The ship's design bears a striking resemblance to Composite Superman.

See also


  1. ^ Superman/Batman Annual #3

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