Who's Who in the Superman Comics

The Secret Society of Super-Villains

Originally, the so-called Secret Society of Super-Villains was formed by Darkseid - he, the most vile of New Gods and Lord of Apokolips - to have its membership be the pawns of a plot that would see the Dark One firmly rule our world. Its original roster included The Wizard, Sinestro, Grodd the Super-Gorilla, Copperhead, Star Sapphire, Capatain Cold, Mirror Master, The Shadow-Thief, and a clone of Paul Kirk, Manhunter. The sinister collective rebelled, claiming that they would conquer Earth for themselves, and not the likes of Darkseid. Battling Kalibak, Mantis, and other Fourth World dilemmas, the Secret Society succeeded in establishing its own destiny as an evil variation on the Justice League of America. From its Sinister Citadel in San Francisco, the SSoSV would ultimately included several super-villains on its roster, including Lex Luthor, Bizarro, and Killer Frost (all familiar foes of Superman!).

Battling each other, the JLA, Captain Comet, and The Freedom Fighters, The Secret Society of Super-Villains was one of the most powerful collectives of evil doers in existence. The group benefitted from a combination of great leadership, under the likes of Grodd, The Wizard, and even Funky Flashman; along with powerful fiends such as Captain Cold, Felix Faust, Star Sapphire, and Sinestro; and pure muscle in the form of Blockbuster, Bizarro, and even the Quakemaster - all proved to be a deadly combination for the heroes to battle.

However, it seems that - like in too many instances - the bad guys can't stay on the same page. And so, the SSoSV went out with a whimper, and not a bang. But a curious new incarnation cropped up, when Earth-2's Ultra-Humanite utilized the group's name for his own alliance...and agenda. With a grand plan to wipe out the Justice Society of America, the Humanite assembled from Earth-1: The Cheetah, Killer Frost, The Floronic Man, and The Signalman; from Earth-2: The Brain Wave, The Psycho-Pirate, The Monocle, The Mist, and Rag Doll. United, the villains succeeded in capturing members of both the JLA and JSA. But you can't keep the good guys down! Once the Earth-1 Society members learned that their foes wouldn't be wiped out, Ultra's plot unravelled, and all of the SSoSV members found themselves defeated and trapped in limbo. It seemed like this last escapade was the final chapter of the Secret Society of Super-Villains for some time....

However, recent events have led to the recreation of the organization. Firmly spearheaded by Lex Luthor and a handful of other masterminds, the revived "Society" includes several villains, now working on a deadlier plan to successfully annihilate virtually every super-hero! It's membership includes the likes of The Cheetah, Dr. Psycho, Deathstroke the Terminator, Zoom the Reverse Flash, Bizarro, Sinestro, and others. Operating in a darker and far more sinister era than the previous incarnations, the Society is poised to wreak havoc upon the heroes of the DCU.

First Appearance: The Secret Society of Super-Villains #1 (June 1976)

Who's Who in the Superman Comics


This is a listing of many of the notable characters and a few places that have appeared in the Superman comics from the 1986 revamp up until around 2008.

NOTE: A new, and more current version of the Who's Who is currently being worked on and can be accessed by clicking here.

Although Superman often appears in other DC Comics, this text's information is limited mainly to what has occurred in the regular Superman comics.

Many thanks to Scotty V, Derrick Lyle Coleman, Dean Vanek, Genevieve Clemens and Benjamin Grose who all helped out at one time or another with writing and updating these Who's Who descriptions.

The listings are displayed as follows:

  • Surname, Firstname - Text describing the character, place, object, etc...

Relevant issues of the Superman comics are listed as such:
  • SUP = Superman
  • MOS = Man of Steel
  • AOS = Adventures of Superman
  • ACT = Action Comics
  • MOT = Man of Tomorrow

The Issue Number for each of these titles is written in this manner: “#000”. (e.g. SUP #123)

“First Appearance” refers to the issue since 1986 unless otherwise noted.