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New Gods

The New Gods are natives of the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips, which are located in the Fourth World.

They are the descendants of the Old Gods, who were the natives of Urgrund, which was where the twin planets of New Genesis and Apokolips were born from.

New Genesis is an idyllic planet filled with unspoiled forests, mountains, and rivers and is ruled by the benevolent Highfather.

Apokolips is a nightmarish, ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits and is ruled by the tyrant Darkseid.

The two planets were once part of the same world, a planet called Urgrund,[1] but it was split apart millennia ago after the death of the Old Gods during Ragnarök.[2]

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New Gods technology


  • The New Gods first appeared in a self titled, four-part series of comics about those characters.
  • They first appeared in New Gods, Vol. 1 #1 (March, 1971).[3]
  • The series was cancelled in 1972. When it was revived in 1977, the numbering was carried over. Although the indecia remained "The New Gods", the cover used the title "The Return of the New Gods".
  • They were created and designed by Jack Kirby.


  1. Urgrund is German for "primeval ground".
  2. In Norse mythology, Ragnarök ("final destiny of the gods") is a series of major events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures, the occurrence of various natural disasters. Afterward, the world resurfaces anew and fertile, the surviving gods meet, and the world is repopulated by two human survivors. Ragnarök is an important event in the Norse canon, and has been the subject of scholarly discourse and theory.
  3. Go to DC Database for more on New Gods, Vol. 1 #7 published in March, 1972.