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Dr. Kent Nelson was a physician who came across the helmet of Nabu and became Doctor Fate.


Decades ago, prior to World War II, a twelve year-old Kent Nelson followed his father, Sven Nelson, into the Valley of Ur. His father had been struck with a prophetic vision some time earlier, a vision of an ancient tomb belonging to an exta-terrestrial wizard. His father spent the family's life savings getting them to the Valley, becoming a laughingstock in the process. Sven was vindicated, however, when he and his son discovered an ancient tomb filled with mysterious writing.[2]

Unfortunately, the Lord of Order Nabu , bound within a false body, forced Kent to pull a nearby lever, releasing a poisonous gas that killed Sven. As payment, Nabu flooded the young boy's head with arcane knowledge and rebuilt him to his physical peak and mental peak, transforming him into a being of pure order.[3]

Nabu then ordered Kent to kill his false body; Kent aquiesced, blasting the body apart with his newfound power and revealing the helmet hidden within.[4]

Using his newfound power, Nabu and Kent went on to become great heroes and forces for order within the universe.[5]

Early Adventures

Doctor Fate would go on to become a founding member of the Justice Society of America.

Later, an outside force would warp the timeline in the aftermath of Flashpoint, erasing the JSA from history and displacing many of Doctor Fate's associates. Unlike most of his comrades, however, Doctor Fate's history remained largely intact.


The New Dr. Fate

After retiring as Dr. Fate at some point Kent Nelson returned to being Dr. Fate after meeting his grandnephew Khalid Nassour who was the current Dr. Fate. Together they would use the power of Nabu to fight an ancient Egyptian monster.


Fate at some point appeared to Ted Kord to warn him of the power of the Blue Beetle's Scarab telling that he sensed great magic emanating from it. However it was revealed that the spirit Nabu was taking the form of Kent and while the real one was trapped in the tower of fate. Kent would later regain control of his body to aid Blue Beetle and Ted Kord.

Doomsday Clock

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After Superman is framed and rendered comatose, Doctor Fate joined the group of heroes heading towards Mars to confront their mysterious enemy. The heroes meet and engage Doctor Manhattan, but they are easily defeated.[6]

Justice Society

Fate's history as a member of the Justice Society was restored to history when Wally West, having gained the powers of Dr. Manhattan and acquiring the Mobius Chair, attempted to fix time by merging the various timelines.[7][8][9]


  • Order Magic: A powerful practitioner of magic, Kent Nelson is considered the greatest sorcerer of the modern age.[10]
  • Immortality: Nelson is immortal.[1]
  • Superhuman Durability: Nelson is considered nearly invulnerable.[1]
  • Mystical Connection to the Artifacts of Fate: Overtime, Nelson's connection to the artifacts of fate proved powerful enough for him to draw power from them without wielding them physically, allowing for him and another to both act as Doctor Fate. Even from a distance or without the artifacts on his person physically, he can draw powers from them and transform himself into Doctor Fate with the Helm of Fate, Cloak of Destiny, and Amulet of Anubis.[13]


  • Peak Human Condition: As a twelve year old boy, Nelson's encounter with Nabu would cause him to age him up to an adult in both his physical and mental peak.[14]
  • Occultism: Nabu's transformation of Kent Nelson included centuries worth of knowledge on arcane lore and magic known to Nabu.[14] Because of his experience as Doctor Fate, Kent has learnt a great deal about the different aspects of magic and how they work.
  • Indomitable Will[12]
  • Archaeology: Nelson has a degree in archaeology.[1]

Other Characteristics


  • As Doctor Fate, Kent was considered the strongest of the "Sorcerer" classification, magic users who used enchanted objects to mitigate the cost of certain magics and spells and focus their magics through them.[10]
  • Nelson was twelve years old when Nabu accelerated his aging to an adult.[14]



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