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William was young boy saved by Superman after a nuclear disaster, first worshipping him but later despising him as the superhuman cult leader known as Gog.

A super battle gone wrong resulted in a nuclear disaster that destroyed Kansas and parts of neighboring states.[1] A million people died, and a young boy named William was the only survivor.[2] Superman found William and took him to a hospital for treatment.

Over the next twenty years, William founded a religion based on Superman. He believed that the hero was divine, created the Kansas disaster to test society, and chose William to be his sole messenger. However, Superman met with him again to refute these beliefs. He explained that the Kansas disaster was not a product of his godly will, but rather a consequence of his of retirement and his abandonment of humanity. Furthermore, William survived because he was lucky, not because Superman chose him for being special. These revelations shattered William's faith, causing him to set fire to his church and rant in the street. The Phantom Stranger found him then, and delivered a scroll created by the Quintessence. The scroll gave William visions and knowledge of every event that led to the Kansas disaster, as well as superhuman powers.[2]

The experience drove him mad, and made him view Superman as an Antichrist.[3] Gog used his new powers to kill Superman, then time-traveled to the past to accelerate the Kansas disaster. He went backwards one day at a time, and killed Superman again each day.[4] This resulted in numerous Superman spirits in the afterlife, and paradoxes that threatened the timestream. When Gog arrived on the day that Wonder Woman gave birth to Superman's child, he tried to kidnap the baby. He fought over a dozen superheroes, then succeeded in taking the baby further back in time.

In 1998, Gog triggered his own Kansas disaster. The present iterations of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman teamed up with their future counterparts to fight him. They eventually defeated Gog with the assistance of Rip Hunter and four additional allies from the the future.[3]

Many years later, it was eventually revealed that his insanity and his actions which were threatening the stability of his universe's timestream had been influenced by the slumbering Great Darkness as part of Pariah's plan to restore the original infinite multiverse, though he was unaware fact that he was being influenced.



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  • Mystic Staff: It combines Red Sun radiation, Shazam's magic, Zeus' power and Oan and Source energies.

  • This character or object is an adaptation of Gog, a character or object in traditional stories. These include, but may not be limited to religious texts, myth, and/or folk lore. More information on the original can be found at Wikipedia.org.



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