|First appearance||The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960)|
|Created by||Gardner Fox|
|Alter ego||Armen Ikarus (Amazo virus Patient Zero)|
|Team affiliations||Injustice League|
Secret Society of Super Villains
|Notable aliases||Professor Ivo's Amazing Android, Amazdroid|
|Abilities||Ability and power duplication|
Amazo (//) is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960) and was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. Since debuting during the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character has appeared in comic books and other DC Comics-related products, including animated television series, trading cards and video games. Traditionally, Amazo is an android created by the villain scientist Professor Ivo and gifted with technology that allows him to mimic the abilities and powers of superheroes he fights (usually the Justice League), as well as make copies of their weapons (though these copies are less powerful than the original). His default powers are often those of Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern (the Justice League founding members that he first fought). He is similar and often compared to the later created Marvel android villain Super-Adaptoid.
In the New 52 timeline of DC Comics, Amazo begins as the A-Maze Operating System and then becomes an android capable of duplicating superhuman powers. Later on, a sentient Amazo Virus infects research scientist Armen Ikarus and takes over his mind. With Ikarus as a host, the Amazo Virus infects other people, granting them super-powers and controlling their minds before they die within 24 hours.
Amazo first appeared in a one-off story in The Brave and the Bold #30 (June 1960) and returned as an opponent of the Justice League of America in Justice League of America #27 (May 1964) and #112 (Aug. 1974), plus a briefer appearance in #65 when another antagonist weaponized Amazo and other items from the JLA trophy room. Other significant issues included an encounter with a depowered Superman in Action Comics #480-483 (Feb. – May 1978), and in Justice League of America #191 (June 1981) and #241-243 (Aug. – Oct. 1985). Amazo also battles a fully powered Superman in Superman Special #3 (1985).
A different Amazo model featured in Justice League Quarterly #12 (Fall 1993) and battled the hero Aztek in Aztek: The Ultimate Man #10 (May 1997) before being destroyed in Resurrection Man #2 (June 1997). An advanced version debuted in a one-off story in JLA #27 (March 1999), while another appeared in the limited series Hourman, specifically issues #1, #5-7, #17, and #19-21 (April 1999 – Dec. 2000).
Amazo's origin is revealed in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (Dec. 1999). Another version is discovered to be part of a weapons shipment in Batman #636-637 (March – April 2005) and during the Villains United storyline in Firestorm vol. 2, #14-16 (Aug. – Oct. 2005), Villains United #5-6 (Nov. – Dec. 2005), and the Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special (June 2006).
Amazo's consciousness returned in Justice League of America #1-5 (Oct. 2006 – March 2007), planted in the body of fellow android the Red Tornado. Ivo also created Amazo's "offspring" in JLA Classified #37-41 (June – Oct. 2007). A story continuing the first Red Tornado storyline featured in Justice League of America vol. 2, #21-23 (July – Sept. 2008).
Writer Mike Conroy noted: "Amazo was a persistent thorn in the JLA's side... although his programming and own sentience have displayed no ambition towards world conquest... His very existence is a hazard to all of humanity".
Fictional character biography
The android Amazo was created by Professor Anthony Ivo, a scientist with expertise in multiple fields who is obsessed with immortality. The original Justice League of America (Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and the Martian Manhunter) discover their powers are being drained and somehow then being used by a thief who is after animals known to have long lifespans. While attempting to discover the perpetrator, the League is confronted and defeated by Amazo, who has duplicated their powers thanks to "absorption cell" technology created by Ivo. Amazo brings the team to Ivo, who reveals he has created a means of extending his life span courtesy of the data obtained from studying the creatures Amazo captured. The League then defeats Ivo and the android. Ivo's immortality results in his body becoming monstrous in form, and the android is stored in the League trophy room.
The android is temporarily re-activated twice to assist the League in regaining lost abilities. In these and subsequent stories, the android's duplication of powers don't make others feel their powers being drained. When red sun radiation reaches Earth, Amazo reactivates and engages in an extensive battle with Superman involving time-travel, only to be defeated before it can murder Ivo and the League. Later, the super-villain called the Key, having been shrunken in size, re-activates the android in a failed bid to restore his original height. The League defeats Amazo and then new team member Zatanna restores the Key to his former state.
After the Justice League of America disbands and reforms as a small team or mostly new heroes based in Detroit, Ivo reactivates Amazo to attack this less experienced, "weaker" League. The android defeats all the new members but is finally stopped by Justice League founding members the Martian Manhunter and Aquaman.
A different Amazo model is later activated and battles the superhero team the Conglomerate. This updated Amazo searches for Ivo and encounters the hero Aztek, who succeeds in reasoning with the android rather than overpowering it. This Amazo model also briefly battles the Resurrection Man before finally being destroyed. Before his destruction, the second model of Amazo is summoned into the future by the android hero Hourman, who wishes to meet his "ancestor". This Amazo copies Hourman's time-warping "Worlogog" artifact, becoming "Timazo" in the process. Timazo wreaks havoc with his new ability to manipulate time, but is defeated by Hourman and returned to his place in the past so his history can run its course. Another, similar model of Amazo later has several more encounters with Hourman.
Another model of Amazo is activated that can wield multiple powers at once and is programmed to automatically upgrade its abilities to match those of all active Justice League members. Initially not understanding this upgrade, the Justice League calls in reserve members to help defeat Amazo, which only results in its power increasing. On the Atom's advice, Superman (active team chairman at the time) announces the League is officially disbanded. Programmed only to mimic the powers of active members, this Amazo is suddenly depowered and easily deactivated. Years later, Batman and Nightwing discover a partially built Amazo android in a weapons shipment and destroy it.
It is eventually revealed that after perfecting Amazo's asborption cells, Ivo combined this technology with human ova and DNA to create a "son" of Amazo who grows up as Frank Halloran, unaware of his heritage. Years later, Frank is a philosophy student dating a young woman named Sara when his powers are awakened prematurely. Rather than emulate his villainous "father", Frank hopes to be a hero called "Kid Amazo". Slowly becoming mentally unstable, Kid Amazo discovers Sara is Ivo's daughter and was instructed to monitor Frank by posing as a girlfriend. Kid Amazo goes on a rampage. Batman deduces Kid Amazo has not only the powers of the Leaguers but also their contrasting personality traits. This is later used to cause greater internal instability, destroying Kid Amazo.
Later, Ivo downloads Amazo's programming into the body of the Red Tornado, the android villain-turned-hero created by Professor T.O. Morrow, another enemy of the Justice League. The League battles an army of Red Tornado androids before discovering that the villain Solomon Grundy intends to transfer his mind into the original android Tornado's body. Although this plan is defeated, the Amazo programming asserts itself and attacks the League until member Vixen destroys it. A new body is created to house Red Tornado's consciousness but the Amazo programming inhabits it instead, battling Justice League before he's defeated by being teleported into the gravity well of the red star Antares.
The New 52
As part of The New 52, the new origin story of the Justice League references the "A-Maze Operating System" and "B-Maze Operating System" designed by Anthony Ivo. The League later battles an android equipped with a corrupt version of this operating system.
During the "Amazo Virus" storyline, a biotech pathogen is created based on the android's absorption cells. The first person to be infected by this virus is former Lexcorp research scientist Armen Ikarus, whose mind becomes corrupted in the process and replaced by the virus's will. Now possessing power and driven to infect others, Ikarus's personality is replaced by the new Amazo. The Ikarus Amazo infects others, granting them super-powers based on desires and personality traits, but killing them within 24 hours. The Ikarus Amazo, able to enhance infected humans and control them through a "hive-mind" connection, is defeated by the Justice League. Young Reggie Meyer and his family are also affected. Influenced by technology from the original Amazo android, Reggie becomes Kid-Amazo.
In the storyline "Outbreak", Amazo is one of the villains recruited by an A.I. named Genie, created by the daughter of computer technician James Palmer. His technology cells are later hacked and he briefly joins the Justice League's side.
Amazo later appeared as a member of the Cabal.
Powers and abilities
Amazo is an advanced android built using Professor Anthony Ivo's "absorption cell" technology. This technology (later indicated to involve nanites) allows Amazo's cells to mimic the physical structure and energy output of organic beings he encounters, empowering him to mimic physical and energy-based abilities (such as the strength of Superman, the speed of the Flash, or the fighting skill of Batman). Amazo's internal energy source provides power for these abilities, so it does not matter what source of power is used by the superhuman he is mimicking (such as Wonder Woman's speed being based on magical empowerment and Superman's speed being a result of Kryptonian cells fueled by solar radiation). After his first story, many Amazo models retain the powers of the first five founding Leaguers he met as a default power set, absorbing new abilities based on other Leaguers they encounter. The models are usually only able to access a single target's unique attributes at a time. Some models have internally possessed the powers of many Justice League members, not just founding members, in their internal database and can summon them at will, but again only utilizing one person's powers at a time. Some later Amazo versions are upgraded to use and mimic multiple powers at once from any superhuman they come in contact with or anyone it identifies as a Justice League member. Several Amazo models can create duplicates of weapons as well, such as the power ring of Green Lantern, the metal mace of Hawkgirl, or the lasso of Wonder Woman. These copied weapons are more limited in power than the original products.
At times, Amazo is a simple minded android, capable of basic strategies and possessing average intelligence but with narrow focus. Some models of Amazo have demonstrated advanced analysis and tactics in battle, helping them maneuvers to apply their stolen powers effectively to defeat opponents. In most incarnations, Amazo takes on a person's weaknesses simultaneously when mimicking their powers (as an example, becoming vulnerable to kryptonite radiation while using Superman abilities). Multiple stories have also indicated that his android body, designed to emulate the form and function of a human being, also possesses the pressure points and stress spots the average human body possesses.
Arman Ikarus is a former scientist and researcher at Lexcorp who is the first to be exposed to the Amazo Virus outbreak. This version of Amazo is driven to infect others with the Amazo virus, causing them to develop psychoactive superhuman abilities based on inherent desires and characteristics before dying within 24 hours. The Ikarus Amazo could emulate technology and super-powers he encountered by crudely modifying his genetic structure and biological structure. The Ikarus Amazo can remotely augment the physical abilities of anyone infected with the Amazo virus and influence their behavior through establishing a mental "hive-mind" connection. Initially, Ikarus's body seemed to degenerate from the strain of the virus altering his biology, but later his form stabilized and evolved into the appearance of the classic Amazo android.
Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!
Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! #14-15 featured the parallel Earth of "Earth-C-Minus", a world populated by funny animal superheroes that paralleled the mainstream DC Universe. On Earth-C-Minus a counterpart of the character Amazo existed called "Amazoo": a robotic composite of a dozen different animal body parts and abilities.
DC Super Friends
Amazo appears in the Injustice 2 comics based on the Injustice reality. After the fall of Chancellor Superman's Regime, Ivo sold off Amazo to a terrorist initiative under the control of Ra's al Ghul and Solovar.
In other media
- Amazo is featured in the TV shows taking place in the Arrowverse:
- In Arrow, Dr. Ivo inhabited a ship called the Amazo where he tested experiments with Mirakuru serum and tortured his captives including Anatoly Knyazev. The ship was eventually taken over by Slade Wilson (who was going insane due to the Mirakuru serum) after he killed its former Captain, "The Butcher", and cut off Ivo's hand. Following Slade's defeat by Oliver and the death of Ivo and his crew, the ship became wrecked on the shores of Lian Yu.
- The android Amazo, or A.M.A.Z.O. (Anti-Metahuman Adaptive Zootomic Organism), debuts in the Elseworlds crossover. Built by Ivo Laboratories for A.R.G.U.S., it is capable of replicating all natural skills and special abilities of an individual such as a metahuman, extraterrestrial, or ordinary human. In "Elseworlds, Part 1", A.M.A.Z.O. is awakened when Oliver (who switched lives with Barry under mysterious circumstances and became the Flash) accidentally throws a stray lightning bolt at it. In a climactic battle, it is defeated by a computer virus made by Cisco Ramon with the help of Superman, Supergirl, Flash, and Green Arrow (who, due to the switch, is Barry Allen). A.M.A.Z.O. is brought back by John Deegan as he rewrites reality during the crossover's final battle in "Elseworlds, Part 3", only to be confronted and defeated by Brainiac 5 of Earth-38.
- Amazo made multiple appearances in the DCAU, voiced by Robert Picardo:
- Amazo appears in the Justice League two-part episode "Tabula Rasa." Here he is depicted being a grey blank like humanoid, only referred to as "the Android" (although a schematic showing his construction is labeled with the acronym "A.M.A.Z.O."). Unlike other incarnations, this Amazo is able to access any and all abilities replicated simultaneously. Also, while initially obtaining any target's weakness and various character flaws (i.e. Flash's unfocused and flirting nature or Superman's vulnerability to kryptonite respectively), he can eventually adapt away these flaws. Amazo was found by Luthor who was seeking Dr. Ivo after a battle with the League destroyed part of his battle suit. Upon discovering Ivo's death and Amazo's abilities, Luthor uses the android to steal the League's powers and steal parts needed to fix his suit. However, after absorbing Martian Manhunter's abilities, Amazo learns the truth, becoming a gold form and setting off for space, intent on finding meaning in his existence.
- Amazo appears in the Justice League Unlimited episodes "The Return" and "Wake the Dead", voiced once again by Robert Picardo. Amazo had obtained godhood, having demonstrated the ability to teleport Oa away, giving the appearance that he had destroyed it. His intent was to kill Luthor for using him, going through every member of the Justice League in the process. Ultimately, he gives up his quest for revenge due to the words of Doctor Fate, returning Oa, and is given sanctuary in the Tower of Fate to find his purpose. Amazo returns in "Wake the Dead", trying to stop the newly empowered and resurrected Solomon Grundy. However, not only do Amazo's attacks do nothing to harm the zombie, the already dangerous monster is able to drain some of Amazo's immense power. Amazo realizes his presence puts the League at risk, and teleports away. Amazo is briefly mentioned during part 3 of the season 2 finale, "Panic in the Sky". Luthor reveals he set up the League so Project Cadmus could destroy them. This distraction would allow Lex to transfer his mind into an Amazo-like body, which he crafted from stolen Cadmus tech. His plans are foiled, and Amanda Waller destroys the body.
- Amazo appears in the Young Justice episode "Schooled", voiced by Peter MacNicol. After replicating the powers of Black Canary, Captain Atom, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Red Tornado, and Superman, the Justice League was able to just barely defeat the android and dismantle it. While transporting the parts to a safe location, Professor Ivo intercepts the trucks and was able to reassemble his android. The Justice League's respective sidekicks, now called The Team, pursued Ivo and Amazo. Thanks to a timely aid by Artemis, the Team was able to exploit Amazo's inability to use more than one target's replicated powers at a time and cause it to explode.
- Amazo appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Triumvirate of Terror", voiced by Roger Rose.
- Amazo was mentioned in the DC Nation short Enter Extremo.
- Amazo appears in the Justice League Action episode "Boo-ray for Bizarro", voiced by Thomas Lennon. In addition to replicating a target's skills, powers, and personal tools, he is also able to replicate mental prowess of an individual, as he obtained Batman's keen intuition. He arrives at the Justice League Watchtower with the intent to replicate the powers of every member in the Justice League and capture them before taking over the world. Amazo does make a reference to Professor Ivo who is dead. While capturing Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman, and Wonder Woman, he sends out a distress signal for all other League members to return to base. Before his trap can be sprung, Bizarro arrives. Wanting to join the League, Bizarro decides to help stop Amazo by bringing who he claims is the "Smartest Man in the Galaxy", which turns out to be Space Cabbie. As Amazo fights Bizarro while replicating his powers, the clone's backwards mentality conflicts with Amazo processing, ultimately overloading him and leaving Amazo catatonic.
- Amazo appears in Batman: Under the Red Hood, voiced by Fred Tatasciore. In the story, Batman describes Amazo as an android "with the ability to absorb the powers of super-humans". However, Amazo does not display any powers other than super-strength, flight and heat vision, implying that it has at least absorbed Superman's abilities. It has the same weak points as a human being, is damaged by Batman's micro-bombs and its head is destroyed by C-4 charges.
- Amazo appears in Justice League: Chronicles.
- Amazo was mentioned as The Amazo Project in Lego DC Super-Villains, which is the project that gives the player's custom character his/her powers and is nicknamed "Rookie".
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- The Brave and the Bold #30 (July 1960)
- Justice League of America #27 (May 1964)
- Justice League of America #111-112 (June – Aug. 1974)
- Action Comics #480-483 (Feb. – May 1978)
- Justice League of America #191 (June 1981)
- Justice League of America #241-243 (August – October 1985)
- Justice League Quarterly #12 (Fall 1993)
- Aztek: The Ultimate Man #10 (May 1997)
- Resurrection Man #2 (June 1997)
- Hourman #1 (April 1999)
- Hourman #5-7 (Aug. – Oct. 1999), #17 (Aug. 2000) and #19-21 (Oct. – Dec. 2000)
- JLA #27 (March 1999)
- Batman #636-637 (March – April 2005)
- Villains United: Infinite Crisis Special (June 2006)
- JLA Classified #37-41 (June – Oct. 2007)
- Justice League of America #1-5 (Oct. 2006 – March 2007)
- Justice League of America (vol. 2) #21-23 (July – Sept. 2008)
- Justice League Vol. 2 #4 (Feb. 2012)
- Justice League Vol. 2 #8 (June 2012)
- Forever Evil #1 (Sept. 2013)
- Super Sons #1
- Justice League Vol. 3 #10 (Feb. 2017)
- Justice League Vol. 3 #11 (Mar. 2017)
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- Justice League of America Vol. 2 #22 (Jul. 2008)
- Justice League Vol. 2 #36 (Jan. 2015)
- Justice League Vol. 2 #37 (Feb. 2015)
- Justice League Vol. 2 #39 (Apr. 2015)
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- Injustice 2 #12
- Injustice 2 #17
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