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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace villain, Nuclear Man, set for first original comic appearance

June 27th, 2018 by Marc Comments

Holy crap! Remember Nuclear Man, the really bad Superman villain from 1987’s Superman IV: The Quest for Peace? No? Yes? Well, he’s about to become a legitimate comicbook character.


The character was played by Mark Pillow (honestly) and was voiced by Gene Hackman (also honestly) and was a made up for the movie character.

According to the DC WikiNuclear Man was created by Lex Luthor from a strand of hair containing Superman’s DNA, made into a “genetic stew” which was birthed into a living being when Superman threw the nuclear missile containing the device that had the “stew” into the sun. In Superman’s first encounter with the Nuclear Man, he pierced the Kryptonian’s skin, causing him to lose his powers and his health. After Superman restored his powers and health with the use of the energy module from his star ship, he stopped Nuclear Man for good by causing a sudden solar eclipse when he moved the moon in front of the sun, then dropped him into the heart of a nuclear reactor where he would become an abundant source of energy.

And now he’s being brought into the DC universe once again by Brian Michael Bendis who announced it on the official DC Instagram (embedded below(continues after image)):

The character will appear in Superman #2 on August 8th and here’s what Bendis said:

So when they first announced I was taking over Superman, Nick Derington did a sketch of nuclear man from Superman 4: The Quest for Peace. People started challenging me to put him in my run. Challenge accepted!!! 🙂 This is by @ivanreisart and you’ll find it in superman issue two #superman #superman4thequestforpeace #dcnation #dccomics #bendisdcinstatakeover

While the character appeared in the comic adaptation of the movie, this is the first time he has ever been put in an original story set in the comics universe.

Should be interesting to say the least.


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….