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Sleez from Action Comics #592,
artist John Byrne
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAction Comics #592,
(September 1987)
Created byJohn Byrne (writer & artist)
In-story information
Alter egoSleez
SpeciesNew God
Place of originApokolips

Sleez is a fictional extraterrestrial supervillain published by DC Comics.

Publication history[edit]

Sleeze debuted in Action Comics #592 (September 1987) and was created by John Byrne.

Fictional character biography[edit]

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.[1]

Sleez kidnaps children in an amusement park serving as a front for Intergang but later seemingly dies in an explosion.[2]

In the 2007 series Countdown, Sleez is revealed to have survived and is active in Suicide Slum once again. He is killed by an unknown entity (later revealed to be Infinity-Man) while attempting to tell Jimmy Olsen the secret to killing Darkseid.[3]

DC Rebirth[edit]

Powers and abilities[edit]

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[edit]


  • 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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