The Phantom Stranger

Phantom Stranger Prime Earth 001

Real Name
First Appearance
Phantom Stranger (Vol. 1) #1 (August–September, 1952)
John Broome, Carmine Infantino
Team Affliations
The Quintessence. Justice League, The Trenchcoat Brigade, Sentinels of Magic
Brotherless One, Grey Walker
Base of Operations
Magic spells, Immortality, Omniscience
Skills and Abilities
Ancient Wisdom, Magical Skills
Tools and Weapons
Medallion of Magic

The Phantom Stranger is a mysterious figure and occassional superhero in the DC Universe.


Silver Age/Pre- and Post- Crisis

Not much is known about the Phantom Stranger and there are many theoretical origins to the character, suggesting he was perhaps a man cursed for whipping Jesus, an angel and even a survivor of the previous universe.  As originally seen, he often told people stories of horror, but it was not uncommon for him to appear in the stories to effect the outcome and sometimes to help those in need.  When getting involved, he often debunked fake supernatural events, not letting on that he himself was a paranormal entity.  He has appeared several times in the presence of Madame Xanadu over the course of her long life from the days of Camelot to modern day.

He later appeared and though rarely taking direct action, gave aid to superheroes who were facing super-natual threats.  Due to the aid he gave, the Justice League of America offered him membership, though he disappeared before giving an answer (though later he addressed himself as a member).

Since then, he rarely became directly involved in human affairs, often standing back to observe events from above, such as Darkseid's attempt to conquer the Earth through Glorious Godfrey, though there were times where he would bring events (mystical or cosmic in nature) to the attention of heroes, and giving them key pieces of information.  It is uncertain if he does not intervene out of indifference or being prevented from acting.

New 52

When the history of the DC Universe was rewritten in the wake of the Flashpoint, so was the history of the Phantom Stranger, though it was unclear if perhaps what happened in the previous history happened in the latter.  This version of the Phantom Stranger was in fact Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus Christ and for his crime he is called before 7 powerful wizards, who resembled the Justice League.  For his sins, the wizards cursed Judas to walk the Earth for eternity along with Pandora and an unnamed figure resembling the Question.  The curse ensured that we would be a stranger to all and a silent observer to sin (especially greed).

Tv shows

Almost all of the Dc shows, (he is very important).


Teleportation, energy manipulation, immortality, supernatural knowledge, intelligence

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