Nam-Ek was born on the distant planet Krypton, and following a non-descript childhood there, entered a career in the healing arts. Realizing, as did all Kryptonian healers, that a good portion of what they did revolved around the capture and use of a native Kryptonian beast called the Rondor, whose horn gave off a unique radiation that healed all injuries and sicknesses in seconds, Nam-Ek felt that the prolonged study of a Rondor's horn would be an invaluable boon to science. However, Krypton had strict laws governing the care of the Rondor, and removal of the horn was considered to be a crime severe enough to warrant the harshest penalties Kryptonian law allowed. In earlier times, this meant the death penalty; in Nam-Ek's time, incarceration in the Phantom Zone.
Nam-Ek ignored these warnings, feeling that the potential benefit outweighed the risks. He captured a Rondor, surgically removed its horn (accidentally killing the beast in the process), and studied it until he had concocted a serum from the horn that would, he anticipated, produce the same effect. He then foolishly tested the serum on himself, drinking it to see what would happen.
The result was a mutagenic change within Nam-Ek's entire body. His skin became purple in color and leathery, like the Rondor, and he grew a Rondor-like horn from the middle of his forehead. This horn had the same healing properties as those in the Rondors themselves.
Thanks to his freakish appearance, it was impossible for Nam-Ek to cover up his crime, and he was swiftly captured, convicted, and sentenced to eternity in the Phantom Zone. Because of his presence there, Nam-Ek was able to survive the later destruction of Krypton, as did the other Zone inmates. Nam-Ek found that he was shunned by the other Zone criminals, and his isolation from all types of human contact had a negative effect on his mind.
He was finally freed many years later by the space pirate Amalak. Although Amalak had a deep-seated hatred of all things Kryptonian, he pretended to befriend Nam-Ek, giving him the nickname of Antibiotic Man. Amalak then enlisted Nam-Ek's aid in a plot to mentally torment Superman before finally killing him. The plot very nearly succeeded, but ultimately, Superman was able to best both villains. Amalak apparently died of an accidentally-self-inflicted wound, while Nam-Ek was returned to the Phantom Zone.
Nam-Ek later escaped the Zone again when a dimensional disaster, related to the events of the Crisis On Infinite Earths, tore open the barrier separating the Zone from the material dimension. As Superman struggled to repair the damage, and to contain the Kryptonian criminals who had escaped (all of whom had super-powers, as Superman does, under Earth's yellow sun), he was also beset upon by Bizarro, Mr. Mxyzptlk, and a mysterious being called Aethyr, who claimed to be the Zone in sentient humanoid form. Following a fierce (and sometimes tinged with insanity) battle, Mxyzptlk was able to convince Aethyr that tormenting Kryptonians was fun, and Aethyr re-absorbed the Kryptonian villains--including Nam-Ek--into himself and went off into space to enjoy himself. Neither he, nor any of the Zone villains, has been seen since. Currently, it is presumed that Nam-Ek is still a prisoner within Aethyr.
During the times that Nam-Ek was free of the Zone/Aethyr and operating on Earth, he had all of the same super-human powers possessed by Superman himself, as well as his Rondor-related abilities.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Same as Superman under yellow sun, plus instant healing powers.
- This version of Nam-Ek (Earth-One), including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series and is now considered apocryphal.
- 4 Appearances of Nam-Ek (Earth-One)
- 2 Images featuring Nam-Ek (Earth-One)
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- Character Gallery: Nam-Ek (Earth-One)
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