Sleez from Action Comics #592,
artist John Byrne
|First appearance||Action Comics #592,
|Created by||John Byrne (writer & artist)|
|Place of origin||Apokolips|
Fictional character biography
Sleez is an alien from the planet of Apokolips, born in the Sewers. There he originally serves as the companion of young Prince Uxas (Darkseid) the future ruler of Apokolips. Uxas banishes Sleez to Earth after he grew tired of his depravities, first using the Omega Effect, and the creature took up residence in the city of Metropolis. There he seeks out a living in the sewers of Suicide Slum. He runs afoul of Superman on several occasions. This includes a failed attempt to produce a pornographic film starring a psionically dominated Superman and Big Barda, he hoped to use the money he made from this to create an army to fight Darkseid. Sleez kidnaps children in an amusement park serving as a front for Intergang but later seemingly dies in an explosion. In the 2007 series Countdown, Sleez appears again in Suicide Slum but is killed by an unknown entity (later revealed to be Infinity-Man), while attempting to tell Jimmy Olsen the secret to killing Darkseid.
Powers and abilities
Sleez is an empath who can feed on the baser emotions of the average person and use that energy to bolster his own life force. He can dominate the minds of others, magnifying their most depraved desires.
In other media
- In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Enter the Outsiders", Slug (voiced by Alexander Polinsky) is based on Sleez. Here he is presented as the leader of an underground (literally, within a sewer) ring of teenagers whom he has convinced that they are outsiders to society. He comes into conflict with Batman and Wildcat when he manipulates teen versions of Black Lightning, Metamorpho, and Katana into venting their frustrations on popular social outlets by using their superpowers to destroy a mall.
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