Iman (comics)

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Iman (upper left), El Muerto (lower left) and Acrata (bottom) with Superman
art by Huberto Ramos
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Superman Annual (vol.) 2 #12 (August 2000)
Created by Oscar Pinto, F. G. Haghenbeck (writers)
Giovanni Barberi (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Diego Irigoyen
Team affiliations S.T.A.R. Labs
Partnerships Acrata
El Muerto
Abilities Exoskeleton grants the wearer super strength and endurance.

Imán (Spanish: "magnet"), whose real name is Diego Irigoyen, is a fictional superhero from DC Comics who was created as part of the Planet DC annuals event. His first appearance is in Superman Annual (vol.) 2 #12 (August 2000).[1] He was created by Oscar Pinto, Giovanni Barberi and F.G. Haghenbeck.[2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Diego Irigoyen was a brilliant student in Mexico City. He was a recipient of a scholarship to Yale University from Wayne Enterprises, and wrote his doctoral thesis on astronomy and super heroes. He was later employed by S.T.A.R. Labs as an astronaut. While Diego was in outer space, his mother was kidnapped and murdered. Irigoyen, on his return, pledged to use his genius to serve the cause of justice, and built for himself a powerful exoskeleton that granted him superhuman strength and resistance to injury. He greatly admires Superman, whose ideals Imán has said he tries to live up to.[2] He often teams up with fellow Mexican superheroes El Muerto and Acrata, such as when the three of them (along with Superman) saved Mexico and the world from total destruction at the hands of a bio-terrorist group led by a Mexican sorcerer named Duran, who was trying to channel the powers inherent in the ley lines of Earth.

During Final Crisis, Imán was seen fighting as part of the human resistance against Darkseid. He has several lines of dialogue in the novelization of said event.[3]


  1. ^ Oscar Pinto, Francisco Haghenbeck, Brian K. Vaughan (w), Carlo Barberi (p), Marlo Alquiza, Juan Vlasco (i). Superman Annual 12 (August, 2000), DC Comics
  2. ^ a b Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Iman", in Dougall, Alastair, The DC Comics Encyclopedia, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 169 
  3. ^ Final Crisis Novel