Tartarus (DC Comics)

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The Titans #12
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceSecret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (December 1999)
Created byDevin Grayson (script)
Drew Johnson and Jose Marzan Jr. (art)
In-story information
Gorilla Grodd
Lady Vic
Red Panzer
Vandal Savage

Tartarus is a fictional organization appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. It was organized by Vandal Savage with the sole purpose of defeating the Teen Titans.

Publication history[edit]

Tartarus first appeared in Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1 (December 1999) and was created by Devin Grayson, Drew Johnson, and Jose Marzan Jr.

Fictional organization history[edit]

Vandal Savage forces former Titan Omen (Lilith) to help him recruit members. While she appears to submit, she undermines his plans by selecting members she knows will not function well as a team.[1]

Tartarus' first mission is to find Adeline Kane, ex-wife of Deathstroke, who is serving as H.I.V.E. Mistress. Vandal Savage needs Adeline's blood to develop an immortality serum and he slits her throat in order to get a sample. As it begins to heal, she begs Slade to kill her. When he is unable to do so because he is still in love with her, Starfire kills Adeline with a well-aimed starbolt. Red Panzer is also killed during the battle and Savage deliberately shoots Cheshire as a distraction while leaving her to be captured by the Titans.[2]

Tempest learns that Omen is being held captive by Tartarus at their base in Scotland. He leads the Titans there to rescue her. As Lilith had originally planned, Tartarus collapses during the fight due to their inability to work together as a team. As the battle turns to the Titans's favor, Siren switches sides from Tartarus to aid Tempest. Tartarus disbands after their defeat.[3]


  • Vandal Savage (leader and founder of the group)
  • Gorilla Grodd
  • Siren
  • Red Panzer
  • Cheshire
  • Lady Vic

See also[edit]

  • Terror Titans


  1. Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1. DC Comics.
  2. Titans #10-12. DC Comics.
  3. Titans #14. DC Comics.

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