He was controversially responsible for killing the Joker, who was arrested for the murders of Lois Lane and dozens of other staff members of the Daily Planet. Magog surrendered to the authorities and Superman for his murder. When put on trial, he was subsequently acquitted with a mass public majority for accepting his actions as the public at that time had grown weary of supervillains and preferring to having them killed off from terrorizing the public. Magog's acquittal was met with shock from Superman over how the public became to embrace the anti-hero and his violent methods which led to Superman's retirement from the public eye, followed, in turn by much of the previous generation of heroes. Subsequently, Magog's actions influenced a dramatic change in heroism among the new generation of self-proclaimed protectors, who admired and revered him as many had Superman, choosing to follow his example and violent approach to eliminating crime and villainy. This, in turn, lead Magog to form his own version of the Justice League known as the Justice Battalion in order to defend the Earth from threats. However, the murderous, chaotic and reckless actions of Magog's generation would cause the civilian population to descend into a state of existentialist depression and hopelessness, abandoning events that celebrated humanity's achievements such as Nobel Prizes and The Olympics.
Ultimately, Magog's brand of justice turned against him as he and the Battalion were directly responsible for causing a nuclear holocaust in Kansas, and forcing many older superheroes, including Superman, to regulate the metahuman community. Magog, traumatized by his experience and deeply repentant, turned himself to Superman's Justice League in order to redeem himself. Magog was later among the superhumans who survived the United Nations bombing; in which prior to that he was avoiding the fight that escalated between Superman and Captain Marvel while attempting to save as many lives as possible. He and the survivors were then present to witnessed Superman's renewed hope for humankind. Thereafter, Magog later retired to Paradise Island.
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- Magog is named after a Biblical character from the Book of Genesis, the Book of Ezekiel, and the Book of Revelation as well as names that appear in a variety of subsequent legends. In addition to taking his name from the Old Testament, Magog represents the Golden calf, that is, a false idol.
- The scar around Magog's right blind eye is in the symbol shape of the Eye of Ra. His staff also invoke ancient Egyptian style and imagery.
- Magog represents the violent, modern-style heroes who come into conflict with the classic, moralistic heroes of the past. His character design was based on superhero design trends of the time, principally the Marvel Comics anti-hero character Cable, and Cable's creator Rob Liefeld himself. According to Magog's character supplement in Kingdom Come / Revelations, Alex Ross stated that despite making Magog "everything we hate in modern superhero design" he and Mark Waid wound up liking Magog's character design.
- In the novelization of Kingdom Come, Magog matured enough to become a Dean of Students in Paradise Island.
- 11 Appearances of Magog (Earth-22)
- 3 Images featuring Magog (Earth-22)
- 1 Quotations by or about Magog (Earth-22)
- Character Gallery: Magog (Earth-22)
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