Despero first appeared
in Justice League of America #1, and was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowky. In his early appearances, he appeared of normal build. His current
bulked-up look is a result of having bathed in the Flame of Py'tar, a power-giving
flame from his native planet Kalanor, which he enslaved and conquered with
his psychic abilities. In his first appearance the Justice League liberated
the planet from his rule, and he has sworn vengeance ever since.
Despero has gone through virtually
as many transformations as the League itself. Initially conceived as a
physically weak, mind-controlling tyrant with a penchant for playing chess
for the fates of his enemies, he was later redesigned to be a physical
powerhouse fueled by his burning, all-consuming hatred of the Justice League.
The Flame of Py'tar gave Despero
great physical strength that has been shown in one storyline to be superior
to Superman and Captain Marvel, being able to
simultaneously defeat both, along with Wonder
Woman and Power Girl. His durability, while always high, varies in
intensity: at one point he was able to easily withstand simultaneous physical
attacks by the combined forces of the JLA and JSA, on another occasion
was strong enough to throw a piece of steel rebar into his shoulder, as
well as having a group of sharks bite into him, causing the villain to
Also very intelligent, he
is skilled as both a warrior and tyrant. His hypnotic third eye is directly
connected to his brain, giving him telepathic powers that on one occasion
have been depicted as surpassing those of the Martian Manhunter. It is
also capable of projecting realistic illusions and entrancing virtually
any sentient being. It can also project beams of telekinetic energy enabling
the teleportation of matter anywhere in the universe. In his "spirit" form,
Despero can possess any living being, granting the victim the strength
and telepathic abilities of his own body.
In his first appearance, Despero
used a teleportation machine which resembled a chess set. It used pieces
shaped like the Leaguers to move them to different locations. The machine
was subsequently shown to be in the possession of the Weapon Master.
March 20th, 2014
He's probably one of DC's
coolest looking villains... Too bad his fighting
game debut was
lame... mostly because Justice League: Task Force pretty much sucked in every way possible.
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