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By the time "Alexander the Great" made his premiere strike against mankind, he had already achieved some renown as a physicist, though he was considered to be a maverick by his peers for working outside of commonly-accepted lines. Believing himself destined to become a great conqueror, he took the name of the legendary historical figure Alexander the Great for himself and concocted a plan to bend modern society to his own will. Towards this end, he invented a machine whose rays could apparently increase the amount of mass in anything that they touched, seemingly causing those objects to weigh far more than they normally did. In actuality, it would appear that his machine's rays interacted with the pull of gravitational forces on those objects they affected, which created much the same effect.

With this machine, Alexander attempted to blackmail the inhabitants of Manhattan. Several skyscrapers in New York City were made to collapse, killing and injuring an unknown number of New York's citizens. The plot was ultimately foiled by Hawkman, and in his battle with the villain, Hawkman stabbed Alexander with a Roman-style trident.[1]

It was believed at the time that Alexander had perished from his injuries. However, he recovered and appeared again later, this time working in concert with Ian Karkull and an assortment of other villains. The scheme Karkull had concocted was thwarted by the efforts of the Justice Society, and Alexander was captured and turned over to the police to face trial for his crimes. He was convicted and has remained in prison ever since.[2]

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Machine that increases gravity over a given area

  • This gravity-inducing technology is ineffective against Ninth Metal; Hawkman himself explained that "Alexander's machine multiplies the atomic energy of objects and the Ninth Metal has no such energy in its makeup". [3]
  • This version of Alexander the Great, including all history and corresponding appearances, was initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
  • Not to be confused with the historical Alexander the Great, ancient king of Macedon.
  • Various post-Crisis stories (including Green Lantern Corps Quarterly #1 and JSA #7- #9) have made it clear that some version of the story from All-Star Squadron Annual #3 still happened in post-Crisis continuity. However, none of those references/retellings have actually shown that Alexander the Great is still a part of the story, so he is not considered a New Earth character.

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