|“||My name is Dr. John Deegan, and I, like most of you, I'm a psychiatrist. Do you know what my patients tell me the most? They feel inferior. I'm here to tell you, whether we admit it or not, some people, they're just born lucky, which leads us to the real problem, imperfection. How can we ever hope to feel like supermen or superwomen without first becoming super ourselves?||”|
— Deegan's monologue[src]
Dr. John Deegan, Ph.D., M.D. (died December 10, 2019), was a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum and later the wielder of the Book of Destiny. In one of his Elseworlds, he became the vigilante Superman using the only history record of Kal-El while the latter was fighting AMAZO.
Early Life[edit source]
Deegan was born and raised in Gotham City and gained degrees of psychometrics. Later, he became a psychiatrist and worked at the Arkham Asylum. He later used excessive measures including torture and experiments on his patients. However, he was able to escape from legal actions, but his medical license was eventually revoked in 2013 as well as being fired from the medical board.
Due to his inability to perform medical procedures, he became a professor at The American Psychiatric Consortium.
Gaining the Book of Destiny[edit source]
In 2018, Deegan gave a presentation about how experiments can turn patients into Metahumans. However, the audiences thought it as an insane idea and left before he could elaborate. He then walked to the parking lot where he was approached by Mar Novu. Deegan thought Mar is a prankster trying to get some laughs until the latter crushed Deegan's car. Deegan asked who he is and Mar told him that he is beyond his understanding. Mar then gave him the Book of Destiny to allow him to alter reality as he sees fit.
Riot in Arkham Asylum[edit source]
Locked Up[edit source]
Powers and Abilities[edit source]
- Powers via the Book of Destiny
- High-level Intellect
- Peak of Human Physical Condition
As Superman[edit source]
Former Equipment[edit source]
|Elseworlds, Part 1||Appears|
|Elseworlds, Part 2||Appears|
|Elseworlds, Part 3||Appears|
|Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One||Vision|
|Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Three||Mentioned|
|Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four||In the Speed Force|
- It is unknown what happened to Deegan during the Crisis as he and Roger Hayden are aware of the event being moved to December 10, 2019, due to timeline alterations.
Promotional Images[edit source]
|Other versions of John Deegan|
Earth: 167 • 1 • 96 • 9 • Prime • UE-32 • Bizarro World