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Vandal Savage

Vandal Savage

  • Original Name: Vandar Adg
  • Occupation: Conqueror
  • Known Relatives: Vandar Adg (father, deceased)
  • Group Affiliation: Injustice Society of the World, the Illuminati
  • Base of Operations: Mobile
  • First Appearance: GREEN LANTERN (first series) #10 (Winter, 1943)
  • Height: 510" ; Weight: 176 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown ; Hair: Black


    Roughly 50,000 years ago, Vandal Savage was a member of the Blood People, a tribe of Cro-Magnons (forerunners of Homo sapiens). The young Vandal saw his father, the chieftain Vandar Adg, murdered by Rip Hunter, a time traveler from the twentieth century. Hunter knew that Vandal Savage would become immortal and found the Illuminati, a secret society that would menace the Earth of his own time. Hunter killed Vandal Savage's father, thinking him to be Vandal Savage himself. But shortly afterward, Hunter realized his mistake: The chieftain's son Would take the name Vandar Adg after his father's death and would succeed him as leader of the tribe. It was the son who would become Vandal Savage, master of the Illuminati.

    Later, a strange fiery meteor tell from the sky and seemingly burst into flaming gases over the younger Vandar Adg's head. Vandar Adg collapsed and fell into a deep coma, from which he eventually awakened. As time passed, Vandar Adg realized that he had become immortal, for others around him grew old and died while he did not.

    The man who became known as Vandal Savage embarked on a quest for power that has lasted throughout the millennia. In the last days of Atlantis before that continent sank, Savage founded a secret society known as the Children of Light, the Illuminated Ones, or the Illuminati, which has endured to this day.

    Savage is said to have been a king in ancient Sumer, where he may have ruled for tens of thousands of years. In ancient Egypt, he ruled as Khafre, a pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty, only to be overcome by the Lord of Order known as Nabu the Wise. Savage also claims to have been Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan.

    Savage eventually decided not to play the public role of leader lest he be assassinated. Therefore, he became the power behind many a throne.

    In the 1940s Vandal Savage decided to throw his support behind the Axis powers, believing he could best achieve his goals through a totalitarian regime. As part of his plans, Savage convinced members of the United States government that he should be made the nation's war labor chief. This led to a confrontation between Savage and the first Green Lantern, Alan Scott, where Savage was defeated and apparently fell to his death.

    Shortly afterward Savage surprisingly returned as a founding member of the criminal team called the Injustice Society of the World. They were defeated by the Justice Society of America, and Savage was sent to prison.

    Years later, Savage took his revenge by capturing many members of the then disbanded Justice Society, only to be thwarted by the first and second Flashes. The Justice Society decided to resume its activities as a result of this misadventure. Still later, Savage discovered that he was beginning to age, and manipulated the two Rashes into retrieving the fireball that had granted him his immortality. Since then Savage has not only recovered his immortality, but he has also regained other superhuman powers that had faded many years before.

    Recently, Vandal Savage has clashed with Wally West, the third Rash. During this time Savage made an unsuccessful attempt to take over the New York City narcotics trade by means of his new drug, Velocity 9, which vastly speeded up human metabolism.

    Savage also continues his activities as head of the Illuminati, which today secretly influences the actions of governments throughout the world.


    Vandal Savage is immortal in the sense that he does not age and therefore cannot die from old age. He can, however, be killed through other means, such as severe injury.

    Vandal Savage has regained the use of various superhuman power's that he had lost earlier. The most notable of these is vast superhuman strength. He also possesses an ability to create interdimensional warps. Savage renews these powers through the consumption pf his enemies' blood.

    text: Peter Sanderson

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