The Man of Steel went toe-to-toe with one of the World’s Mightiest Mortals, but the battle definitely didn’t go the way Superman thought it would.
While Black Adam may currently be a surprising new addition to the Justice League, once upon a time, he was one of DC Comics’ strongest villains – and one of the few people to ever win against Superman himself. While Adam has always had a staunch personal code, that didn’t stop him from allying himself with questionable characters in his homeland Kahndaq. And when one such alliance put him in the crosshairs of the Man of Steel, Adam showed Kal-El just how powerful the Strength of Amon really is.
In the leadup to Infinite Crisis by Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, and more, the villains of the DC Universe – including Black Adam – found themselves united with a common goal. At the time, Adam did whatever he felt necessary to protect his people, even if that meant joining an arm of evil to keep them out of his home. But it was in Action Comics #831 by Gail Simone and John Byrne that Adam’s loyalty to the cause was really put to the test.