Real Name: Robert McDowell
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Occupation: Pop singer
Affiliations: Mandala; Red Dragon; the heroic alliance who fought the Lloigor; Eddie McPhail (agent)
Enemies: The Lloigor; Masterman; Lux; Spook; Voltage
Known Relatives: Dr.Beat (father); Jenny Ridgeway (White Heat, mother); unnamed grandparents
Aliases: Superbrat (press nickname)
Base of Operations: U.K.
First Appearance: 2000 A.D. Prog 536 (Fleetway, 22nd August 1987)
Powers/Abilities: Able to fly, superhumanly strong, and practically invulnerable. However his powers wax and wane depending on his biorhythm cycle, so at certain times he is just a normal person. Like his mother he has pyrokinetic abilities (the technical term is telekinetic acceleration of molecular motion), and can project his thoughts telepathically. However these abilities are totally undeveloped and will take discipline and dedication to learn to use - so in other words, he may as well not have them, as he would have to look up the dictionary to find the meaning of these words in the first place.
History: Born in 1968, the son of White Heat and Doctor Beat, two members of Cloud Nine, Robert McDowell was brought up by his grandparents when his parents disappeared under mysterious circumstances. His powers first started to show themself around the age of 11, when he entered puberty. When he was around 15 he launched himself into a pop career, under the stage name Zenith. In 1987 he was unwillingly dragged into the world of superheroics, when Masterman returned with the aim of unleashing the Lloigor into our reality. As one of only a handful of superhumans left, and the only second generation one, he was a natural target for their attentions, as well as for those who sought to oppose them.
Comments: Created by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell.
Zenith was not a superhero. His name and costume were part of his stage act, as he was a pop star. Vain and hedonistic, he nevertheless ended up reluctantly joining the battle against the Lloigor.
The Zenith storyline included cameos and guest appearances from a large number of older British superhero characters - there is a scorecard to help identify them here.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Zenith the Albino, arch enemy of detective Sexton Blake
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