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Maximillian Zeus (New Earth)

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Information-silkReal NameMaximillian Zeus
Information-silkCurrent AliasMaxie Zeus
Information-silkRelativesMedea (daughter)
Information-silkAffiliationNew Olympians
Information-silkBase Of OperationsGotham City
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationHistory Teacher, crimelord
Information-silkHeight5' 6"
Information-silkWeight135 lbs (61 kg)
Information-silkOriginSuffering from the delusion that he is the Greek God Zeus, he began a criminal career in Gotham City
Information-silkUniverseEarth-One, New Earth
Information-silkCreatorsDennis O'Neil, Don Newton
First Appearance



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. Returned to Arkham, Maxie is one of the villains that escape when Bane brings down the walls of Arkham Asylum during Knightfall. Maxie's escape attempt is disrupted when he collides with a tree. When the Joker escapes, he ignores Maxie's pleas for help because the Joker finds him annoying.

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

Maximillian Zeus

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.

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  • 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.


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