Religion: Kryptonian religion
NOTE: This is our current best assessment of the first appearance of this character, but this has been flagged in our database as uncertain.
Number of Appearances: 1
Note: father of General Zod's ancestor Dru-Zod
Har-Zod was the elected ruler of Krypton generations ago. He was the head of the Militay Council and held on to power a long time. When Krypton decided that their military expansionism was immoral, they voted out the military leaders, including Har-Zod, and voted to be led by the Science Council.
At this point, the first mention of Har-Zod we have been able to find was in Superman #669. But we are not entirely certain yet that this is the first time Har-Zod (an ancestor of Superman's recurrent foe General Zod) was mentioned.
Kryptonian refugee Karsta Wor-Ul recounted her origin to Superman in Superman #669. In panel 6 on page 6, she says, "I'm Karsta Wor-Ul, from the Ansomlands. I was Sub-Command Third under Dru-Zod, one of the proud and strong. I did peacekeeping duty on the possession worlds."
Superman asked, "Zod? Was that General Zod?"
Karsta continues, "Glasslords, no. Dru-Zod was an admiral. Stellar Navy all the way. It was generations ago, at the height of the Kryptonian Empire."
Karsta continues in panel 1 on page 7: "Or better I should say -- at the end of the Empire . . ."
Panel 1 on page 7 shows Karsta's memory of herself and other Kryptonian soldiers discussing recent news. One Kryptonian says, "Recalled to Krypton? What, all of us? But why?"
Another Kryptonian says, "Elections. Old Har-Zod thought he had a lock on his position. He thought wrong. Military Council's out. Bav Sor-El's Science Council is in. Navy's shutting down."
In panel 2 on page 7, Karsta continues her story: "It was true. They'd decided, back home, that the Empire was immoral. Tyrannical. That the power we had under other suns was corrupting. We were ordered back to lunar position, around Wegthor, so the fleet could be decommissioned and dismantled."
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