Savage also mentions that he shut down the Justice Society with "a few well-placed senators. Ultimately, Savage's enemy the Immortal Man erased himself from existence to save the world during the Crisis on Infinite Earths , and Mitch Shelley, the Resurrection Man , an amnesiac with similar powers which actually came from nanobots, took over as Savage's nemesis. However, Savage's list of foes is not limited to those two characters. Having lived so long, Savage has butted heads with possibly every single hero featured in the DC Universe, most notably the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America.
Original Green Lantern Alan Scott in comics, his very first opponent has been portrayed as one of Savage's main enemies, as well as the original Flash, Jay Garrick. It has been revealed that Savage refers to Hawkman — who has been reincarnated for a few millennia — as "the cockroach". At present, in DC universe, Savage is about 54, years old, although different numbers have been given in the past, from one million years in his first depiction, to 31, years in recent issues of JSA: Classified.
In this series, it is learned Savage has a base deep inside the Egyptian Sphinx. A confrontation with Martian Manhunter leaves him with a burnt out eye, which seemingly afflicts him far into the future. Savage will possibly meet his end after he has lived to the year A. At this point, the time traveling hero Chronos is heard in the background, gloating about having conned Savage in retaliation for a previous adventure when Savage had him stranded in time.
After being foiled or after defeating some thugs, Savage is known to return for bloodthirsty revenge. This time he had his eyes set on the Titans, a team he had nearly defeated before they ruined his plans for a nuclear assault. This time, Savage decided to form a team of his own.
To do this, Savage kidnapped the Titans member known as Omen and forced her to recruit the perfect team for him using her mental powers. Though Omen did what Savage commanded, she secretly selected a team that would quickly fall apart. Their first mission was to find the H. Mistress known as Adeline Wilson so that Savage could use her blood in an immortality serum. After slitting her throat, Savage and his team were confronted by the Titans. Red Panzer died in the fight, but Savage and his remaining team managed to escape by shooting Cheshire and using her as a distraction, leaving her to be captured by the Titans.
After learning the location of Omen, the Titans found her and engaged in another fight with Tartarus that quickly ended after Siren switched sides. Vandal Savage was seen in the final two issues of Villains United. Originally Savage was a member of Lex Luthor 's Society , but he quit the Society and told Lex not to contact him for any reason after Luthor blew him off to welcome some less than competent new recruits.
It is also plausible that Vandal quit because his daughter Scandal Savage was working against the Society as part of the Secret Six. This was shown to be due more to ulterior motives than fatherly love, as in issue three of the Secret Six miniseries it was revealed Savage wants his daughter to produce an heir with Catman , and he's been putting bounties on the Secret Six's heads as a warning of what will happen to her lover, Knockout , if she refuses him.
He actually even serves as one of its inner cabinet members.
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Savage was seen as leader of a doomsday cult. He attempted to use a device to pull an asteroid into the Earth, but was thrown into space with the asteroid itself when the Flash reversed the polarity of the device. His immortality completely drained, he is still able to survive otherwise fatal wounds, but a brain tumor and a strong decay of his biological function are leading him to a fast death, with an estimated life span of eleven days. Savage tries to capture Alan Scott by baiting him with a grotesque and disguised Wesley Dodds clone, who, in fact, is his own clone.
After a failed attempt to steal Scott's DNA, Savage is left alone in the rubble of his former secret base. Realizing that his clone could be considered his own offspring, and that the blood of his descendants has always renewed his strength, Savage cooks and eats his clone, renewing his energies at least for another year. Savage returns in the first story arc of the new Justice Society of America , the mastermind behind a group of Neo-Nazi superpowered villains called the Fourth Reich targeting the heirs of several Golden Age superhero bloodlines, in the belief that eliminating the bloodlines will eliminate the heroes' legacies and allow him to continue his goal of reshaping the world according to his own desires.
In issue 4, after a battle with Wildcat and his newly discovered son, who is revealed to have the ability to turn into a cat-like creature at which Savage is surprised which he claims to have not been in years, Savage is defeated when hit by a fire truck. He later reappears in Atlantis where he is revealed to have been behind the atrocities in Sub Diego and Black Manta 's occupation of the city.
He claims to have puzzled out the mechanical workings of the planet and used this knowledge to locate a "safe zone" without any of the predators that roam the rest of the world. He has placated some of the more willful of the females like Phobia and Cheetah by promising each of them that they will be his queen when he rules the planet.
Ultimately, Savage escapes back to Earth along with the rest of the imprisoned villains following an attack by Parademons sent by Desaad who used the planet as a training ground. As he says to Lex Luthor, Vandal is willing to follow Libra in exchange for his heart's desire, an end to his boredom.
Later, a group of followers led by Sister Wrack enter Vandal Savage's tent. They plunge the Spear of Destiny into Vandal's body. Thus Cain is reborn in him, and agrees to lead the Followers into punishing the Spectre for branding him because of his ancient crime.
The Spectre, forbidden by God to kill Cain, instead sentences him to walk the Earth, unable to disguise himself, being forever reviled and persecuted by the rest of the human race and denied rest until God says otherwise the Mark of Cain. The superhero team known as the Outsiders come into conflict with a mysterious group calling themselves the Insiders, who are tracking down the fragments of the meteorite that granted Savage his immortality.
It is ultimately revealed that the Insiders were members of Savage's tribe who were also exposed to the meteorite and gained immortality. Savage still possessing the Mark of Cain forms a temporary alliance with fellow immortal and cult leader as well as at times Mass Murderer Ra's al Ghul to thwart the group's plan. Whether true or not, Vandal Savage has come to believe he literally is the Biblical Cain. The mark he still bears hampers his ability to do his business and thus he attempts to pass it off - to either the Question or the Huntress.
He succeeds, imparting the mark to the Question, who accepts to be branded to spare the Huntress from the disfigurement and the pain  despite the fact that The Question later proves how the brand could be suppressed by acknowledging the flaws, the shortcomings and the guilt of the bearer, a feat made seemingly impossible by Vandal Savage's mindset. In the distant past, an amnesiac Bruce Wayne walks out of the cave where Anthro died  and is discovered by a tribe of primitives led by Vandal Savage, who attempts to kill Wayne in the belief that he is a member of the "Sky People.
In the s, Vandal Savage, under the name of "Monsewer Sauvage" and currently weakened from a cancer in his intestines, wants Jonah Hex to eliminate the man who has been attacking his men, while Savage attempts to torture a woman whose family have been entrusted with a box, marked with the symbol of the bat, that they are to keep sealed until its owner comes to claim it. When he finds from the "doctor" torturing the girl how to open the box; Savage and the doctor escape in a carriage, with the girl and the box, while Batman is busy with Vandal's thugs.
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Batman catches up with the carriage which eventually falls into a nearby river. The doctor and Savage fall in but when they get out they come face to face with the Batman. Vandal, in an opium fueled delusion which he took to control the pain from his cancer , sees Batman as an actual bat, compared to the girl and Alan Wayne who had been on the way to kill himself when the carriage had careened into the river whom he sees as skeletons, and remembers that night thousands of years ago when a bat-man had appeared.
He is then knocked out by Batman. He claims to be of ancient origin, his crimes sacrifices to forgotten gods. He has a daughter named Kassandra aka Kass Sage , who is a police officer. He assists Giganta and Signalman into tracking Pandora. After Giganta was subdued, Vandal Savage steps in and the two fight, until Pandora seemingly kills him. However, Vandal Savage gets up and demands that Pandora give him the box, or else he will continue to try to find a way to kill her.
To his surprise, Pandora willingly gives him the box as she thinks she needs him to open it. Vandal Savage takes the box and fails to open it, with Pandora noting that he must have some good on his conscience. A recent storyline where Superman loses his powers is revealed to be part of a complex plan by Vandal Savage to undermine the world's heroes before abducting several members of the Justice League, using them to power a machine that will draw in the asteroid that gave him his immortality while triggering that power in various modern descendants of his.
Although Superman is able to regain his powers by subjecting himself to a dangerous form of 'chemotherapy' where he deliberately exposes himself to kryptonite to burn away what radiation was preventing his cells from absorbing sunlight,  analysis reveals that Superman is now absorbing power from kryptonite that will soon kill him. Despite this, Superman refuses to give in, as various minor heroes assist him in confronting Savage's descendants before he takes Metallo's kryptonite heart willingly donated and charges into Savage's base.
Since exposure to an unusual radiation generated by a crashed meteor, Savage has been functionally and biologically immortal, remaining unaged for over fifty thousand years. He was also endowed with meta-human regenerative capacities, although this ability is intermittently portrayed between allowing him to recover from any injuries sustained to just allowing him to survive anything that might kill him; he is even capable of getting drunk like any normal human.
The radiation also enhanced Savage's strength, stamina, and speed, and enhanced his intellect to above average levels. Savage still feels pain, but over time he has developed great endurance to it. His long life span has allowed him to gain a broad range of knowledge in a variety of fields, as well as granting him a great deal of influence over the world in general and the villain community in particular. Since a recent experience when he was trapped on an asteroid, Savage's immortality has been weakened, forcing him to cannibalize his own children and clones as a way of replenishing his energy.
Recent stories have revealed that Savage was suffering from cancer when he acquired his immortality. As a result, while the cancerous cells in his body naturally cannot kill him, they cause him intermittent pain throughout his life, Savage being unable to have them removed as they are considered to be as much a part of his body as his healthy tissue. Vandal Savage is stated to be Cain , the first murderer, and as such he may be as old as the entire human race. He briefly wore the Mark of Cain , a metaphysical scarring with a cross pattern disfiguring his face, until he passed it to Renee Montoya.
Though the mark can be suppressed by willpower and by the recognition of one's shortcomings and flaws, Vandal Savage never realized it, instead trying to force the mark on other people. In the DCnU story line it was revealed the irradiated meteor which gave Savage his immortality and augmented physicality was Kryptonian in origin. A fragment of the asteroid was what gave Savage his bolstered physique and immortality, also having the effect of bestowing on the progeny of his family line with odd powers and abilities included.
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The closer Savage's asteroid came to the planet, the more these powers would intensify, to the point that Savage was able to injure a weakened Superman. The extent of all these new abilities bestowed to him was not fully explored, as the comet was forced away before it could be explored in greater depth. In this story, Savage is obsessed with recovering the meteor that gave him his immortality, believing that it will reveal why he became what he has.
Over the centuries, he finds himself opposing the members of the Wayne family, starting with medieval knight Sir Joshua of Wainwright, to contemporary Bruce Wayne Vandal saved Bruce's parents from the mugging that killed them otherwise, but killed them when Bruce was an adult to ensure they did not stop him from reacquiring the meteor, only for him and Bruce to perish when they fell to Earth after a battle in space , to futuristic Vice President Brenda Wayne, admiring their spirit and strength of character even as he refuses to allow them to stop his efforts.
At the conclusion of this last battle, Vandal is left drifting through space on the meteor, determined to learn the purpose of his life. In the limited series Kingdom Come , Vandal Savage is a member of Lex Luthor 's Mankind Liberation Front, but is captured by Batman and his allies when he is mauled by that timeline's version of Wildcat. In the 6 issue miniseries, the crew of the USS Enterprise join forces with the Legion of Super-Heroes after they are both accidentally thrown into an alternate timeline.
In this timeline, Earth rules a galactic empire and is led by Vandal Savage. Kirk realizes Savage is also the mysterious immortal Flint. While half of the group go back in time to discover when history diverged, the rest confront "Emperor Vandar the First" in the future. Vandar attempts to torture them with the goal of learning about the 'mistakes' in their histories so that he can 'correct' them in his timeline, but Kirk mockingly informs Vandar that his actions prove that he is nothing more than the caveman he was at the start, incapable of considering the idea that progress might be possible in any way other than beating his opponent to death.
The alternate timeline is undone when Spock and Brainiac 5 release Q in the past; Q's escape undoes Vandar's changes and splits Vandal and Flint back into separate entities, Flint being a Vandal Savage who turned his life towards art and science rather than conquest. In the Elseworlds story "Flashpoint" not to be confused with the crossover story arc of the same name , Savage runs a space-exploration corporation with the help of the crippled Barry Allen.
He tries to use technology stolen from J'onn J'onzz to kill humanity he wants to commit suicide in the grandest manner possible , but is killed by Barry Allen , who sacrifices his life to stop the alien device. Another version of Savage, this one an interdimensional pirate, features in The Society of Superheroes 1 , part of the Grant Morrison -written limited series The Multiversity. This Vandal Savage is a native of Earth, a world dominated by pulp fiction villains. With a crew that includes versions of Lady Shiva and Blockbuster , he invades Earth, another pulp-inspired world with a cadre of heroes led by Doc Fate.
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