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The Many Looks of Darkseid, from Kirby to Lee & Beyond

When we first see young Darkseid in the classic Kirby New Gods story, "The Pact," Darkseid looks the same as he does when he is an adult. However, it is logical enough to figure that he must have worn a different outfit in the past at least here or there and thus, in a flashback story in Jack Kirby's Fourth World #14 (by Ron Wagner and Ray Kryssing), we see Darkseid wearing a suit of armor...

Darkseid made a quick appearance during DC vs. Marvel, and when the DC and Marvel Universe combined together to form the Amalgam Universe, you better believe that Darkseid was involved. Also, as you might imagine, the character that he was merged with was Thanos, who Jim Starlin plainly based on Darkseid (Roy Thomas famously told Starlin, when Thomas saw that Starlin's first version of Thanos was skinny and looked more like Metron than anyone, "If you’re going to steal one of the New Gods, at least rip off Darkseid, the really good one!" So, in Bullets and Bracelets #1, Gary Frank gave us Thanoseid...

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Another major Darkseid design change occurred in another future storyline, the "Rock of Ages" arc in JLA, when Howard Porter and John Dell showed what Darkseid would look like in JLA #13, after he took over the Earth. He is now sporting an all-black version of his classic outfit, with an Omaga symbol on his chin....

During Walter Simonson's excellent Orion series, he had Darkseid and Orion fight to the death (Orion won). For this epic fight in Orion #5, Darkseid showed up ready to rumble with a spiky version of his regular outfit...

In another future storyline in the rebooted Legion continuity in The Legion #29, Darkseid is now more rock than New God, as he calls his own younger self from the past so that he could steal his own past body to keep on living forever. Chris Batista, Chip Wallace and Robin Riggs delivered this unique look...

If ever there was an artist that you would expect to see give Darkseid a revamp, it would be Michael Turner, who revamped many characters in his Superman/Batman arc that introduced a new version of Supergirl to the DC Universe (in a revamped costume by Turner). The Female Furies all got revamped looks, but his Darkseid design stayed pretty darn faithful to the original Kirby design, although now the sort of toga look is more like a specific draping over his groin in Superman/Batman #11...

Grant Morrison revamped Darkseid dramatically in the last decade of the DC Universe before Flashpoint led to the New 52. First off, he had the various members of the New Gods end up in human bodies for Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle, which ended up being a sort of prologue to Morrison's later Final Crisis series.

In Seven Soldiers: Mister Miracle #2 (by Freddie Williams III), we meet Boss Dark Side, who is Darkseid in human form...

In Final Crisis, we see Darkseid get a revamped look by JG Jones...

But in reality, his new look is mostly due to the fact that he has possessed Dan Turpin and is transforming Turpin's body into Darkseid, hence his strange look...

Darkseid is ostensibly killed in Final Crisis, but we know how "final" these things really are (not very).

However, before too long, there was a whole other deal with the DC Universe, as the whole deal rebooted with the New 52...

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