What's up nerds? Welcome to this week's installment of Cool Nerd Knowledge. Today we’re taking you back in time 40,000 years to tell you all you need to know about the DC Villain and [DC's Legends of Tomorrow](tag:2937021) antagonist, Vandal Savage.
Watch Scott break down Vandal Savage in the video above. Or if you're not the video viewing type, read the blogged out version below:
Vandal savage was created by Alfred Bester and Martin Nodell and first appeared in Green Lantern #10 in December of 1943, but Vandal Savage existed long before he tussled with the corps. Let me take you guys back to the Cro-Magnon era where a caveman by the name of Vandar Adg, leader of the blood tribe, came into contact with a strange meteorite. While the members of his tribe scattered in fear he stayed and bathed in its radiation. Said radiation granted him amazing intellect and immortality. It also gave him incredible abilities such as regenerative healing, invulnerability, leadership, and super human strength. Surviving for millennia allowed Savage to consume vast amounts of knowledge and master both unarmed and weapons combat. It is said Savage has trained with history's greatest warriors. Savage used these powers and abilities in his many plots to control the world and become very wealthy.
In the Silver Age, Vandal Savage tormented the Justice Society of America, specifically the Alan Scott iteration of Green Lantern. He later battled his arch rival, The Immortal Man, who had similar origins to Savage, until Immortal Man was replaced after Crisis on Infinite Earths by Resurrection Man.
In the Modern Age after the Crisis arc, Savage’s hatred of the JSA carried over to the newly formed Justice League of America. Savage wasted no time in assembling a team of villains to battle his new foes. After this attempt to thwart the Justice League proved fruitless, Savage decided it would better serve him to take on each member by his or her self. That plan started and subsequently ended with his face off with Wally West where he peddled a speed drug, Velocity 9, to create his own super-powered army. Savage did come close to defeating West, however. He was able to take away his powers and managed to shoot the speedster at point blank range. West wasn't about to give up just yet, and with the help of Immortal Man, neutralized Savage's powers which caused him to rapidly age and start to die.
But that whole pesky death thing wouldn't keep Vandal Savage down for long. After the Flashpoint arc, the villain returned yet again to create another super villain team to battle The Titans, dueled with his nemesis Resurrection Man, and was stabbed with the Spear of Destiny only to have Cain awake inside him causing him to lead a revenge plot against The Spectre. Vandal Savage also made several small-screen appearances on Justice League, Young Justice, and currently Legends of Tomorrow.
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