Known Representatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout the universe, formerly Oa
First Appearance: Adventure Comics I #357 (June, 1967)
Powers: The Controllers were extremely long-lived and could manipulate matter and energy. The Controllers were brilliant scientists and had numerous doomsday weapons at their disposal, including the Sun-Eaters.
History: < ten billion years ago> A humanoid species came into being on the planet Oa. After five billion years they evolved to the point where they possessed great power and were virtually immortal. The adults of this race were preoccupied with an eternal study of the universe’s nature, and they expanded their study in every area but one; an ancient warning forbid them from investigating their own origins. Scientist Krona defied this warning, building a machine to see through time to the beginning of all things. The terrible consequences of his actions were the creation of the Anti-Matter Universe, as well as unleashing vast and unstoppable evil. Krona was punished, and the immortals dedicated themselves to creating a force of good to combat the evil Krona had unleashed. A small faction of Oans argued that the evil unleashed corrupted the universe, and the universe would have to be destroyed if the evil couldn't be contained. This faction got no support from the majority of Malthusians, so they left Oa and eventually evolved into the Controllers.
The Controllers created doomsday weapons capable of obliterating galaxies and formed the Darkstars, an intergalactic police force.
Comments: Created by Jim Shooter, Mort Weisinger & Curt Swan
In the pre-Crisis DC Universe Krona's viewing of the universe's birth resulted in the universe splitting into myriad parallel dimensions.
In the pre-Zero Hour DC Universe a renegade Controller tried to destroy the Milky Way galaxy in the 30th Century. The Controller unleashed his doomsday weapon, the Sun-Eater, but the galaxy was saved by the Legion of Super-Heroes.
The Controllers received a profile in Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #5.
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