Maxie, a slightly built, almost mild man, was a history teacher and a married man. Through unrevealed circumstances he lost his wife and his sanity. He became a crimelord, and uses his cunning and intelligence to rise to power amidst the chaos in Gotham City's underworld caused by the city's numerous insane criminals. He fights Batman on several occasions before being committed to Arkham Asylum, where he remains until escaping to form a team of superhuman agents, the New Olympians. He attempts to kidnap Olympic athlete Lacinia Nitocris and force her to marry him and become a mother figure for his daughter Medea. This plot is foiled by Batman and the Outsiders, who beat the Olympians in a series of Olympic-style games.
Sometime later, however, he was drawn into a plot engineered by the children of Ares — Deimos, Phobos, and Eris to merge Gotham City with Ares' throne capital, the Aeropagus. The intent being to re-establish Ares' rule on earth. Maxie is killed as a result of that plot and his sacrifice brought about Ares' return. However, their scheme is foiled by Wonder Woman and her allies, and Ares himself banished his children back to Tartarus.
One Year Later
Maxie Zeus was revealed as alive, and running an illegal casino called "Maxie's". When the mysterious vigilante Violet tried to rob the casino, she escaped thanks to Robin, who also had tipped off detectives who consequently raided the casino, arresting Maxie Zeus, who went without a fight after one officer physically assaulted him.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
- 38 Appearances of Maximillian Zeus (New Earth)
- 4 Images featuring Maximillian Zeus (New Earth)
- 2 Quotations by or about Maximillian Zeus (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Maximillian Zeus (New Earth)
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