originally published by Fawcett Comics
and later by
. Doctor Sivana
first appeared in Whiz Comics #2
Doctor Thaddeus "Bodog" Sivana is a scientific genius who originally
sought to use his knowledge and inventive genius for good. He attempted
to share with the world his inventions and advancements. However,
when his advancements were not met with the type of praise and
recognition that Sivana believed they deserved, he became bitter and
turned his mind toward gaining power and wealth for himself. His plans
to make himself the "king of the Earth" brought him in direct conflict
with Captain Marvel, who became his most bitter enemy.
Sivana's first plan for world domination invloved a "radio silencer."
This device allowed the one who used it to negate all radio transmissions
worldwide. Sivana announced his intention to use the device if he was
not paid, 50 million dollars, which at the time was an inordinate
amount of money. Captain Marvel found the silencer and stopped Sivana
from using it. Sivana escaped and swore revenge upon Captain Marvel,
beginning their years of emnity.
Sivana is a short, bald man with thick black rimmed glasses. Two of
his more prominent features are an overbite that would allow him to
eat corn through a wire fence and terrible posture. He also possesses the well-known sinister laugh of an evil genius with mayhem on the mind: "Heh heh heh heh hehhhhh..."
It has been revealed over the years that Sivana has four children.
Two of them, Sivana, Jr. and his sister Georgia, share their father's
appearance, with Junior looking like his father with hair and Georgia
appearing to be her father with hair in a dress. These two siblings
also share their father's penchant for evil, often times pitting themsleves
against the younger members of the Marvel family, like Captain Marvel, Jr.
and Mary Marvel.
The other two Sivana siblings obviously got their looks from their
mother. Magnificus was the picture of the perfect male with a strong
muscular body and beautiful face. His sister Beautia was a ravishing
beauty. Both partook in their father's evil schemes to start with,
but because they were attractive and attractive people in 1940's comics
are never evil, they realized that their father was wicked and in turn
helped Captain Marvel.
Over the years, Sivana and his family clashed with the Marvel family.
Finally, Sivana came up with a substance called Suspendium that would
allow him to capture the Marvel family within it, entrapping them forever.
He and his family succeeded in doing this in orbit around the earth,
but due to an accident on their space craft, the Sivana's were entrapped
The whole group stayed trapped until the globe of Suspendium came
to close to the Sun and began to melt. Captain Marvel was able to free
himself and then the others, with the Sivana's escaping as well. The
freed prisoners returned to find that twenty years had passed while they
The Marvels and Doctor Sivana were all part of the Crisis on Infinite
Earths. After the Crisis, Sivana's role in the life of Captain Marvel
changed. He was recast as Billy Batson's distant uncle in one mini-series
and later as a rich inventor and industrialist who was responsible for
the death of Billy's parents at the hands of Theo Adam, who would later
become Black Adam.
My thanks to Quizro for a reminder of Sivana's trademark laugh.