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Uses a combination of medieval magic and advanced technology, giving him a power-set equivalent, but possibly superior, to Doctor Fate's.
In the times of prehistory, a cavewoman was brutally attacked by cavemen. Barely surviving, she stumbled upon an ancient female shaman. The shaman spent years training her before dying, and being consumed by the cavewoman.
Eventually, the cavewoman learned the secrets of life-extension and soul-transference, enabling her to assume thousands of forms of both male and female and multiple races over the centuries before finally assuming her/his current identity of Wotan.
Not to be confused with the many other Wotans out there, including the German god of War, the Norse god (Odin), or the mid-sixties super-computer that threatened to take over London (Doctor Who).
Though still present in the post-Crisis DCU, his importance as Dr. Fate's nemesis has perhaps been overshadowed in the 21st century by Mordru.
First Appearance: More Fun Comics (1935) #55
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All-Star Squadron (1981)
Annual #3 America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
- 'Justice Society of America'#1
- 'The World on Fire!'#2
- 'The Tyrant Out of Time!'#3
- 'The Dooms Of Dark December!'#47
- 'The Secret Origin Of Dr. Fate'#48
- 'Camelot 1942!'#49
- 'Death-Sword At Sunrise!'
#2 Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005)
- 'Trial By Congress'#3
- 'Hostile Witness'
Doctor Fate (1988)
#14 Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives (2007)
- 'Over the Wall!'#15
- 'Eyeless, I See'#23
- 'The Beginningless Beginning!'#24
- 'The Endless End!'
HC vol. 01 JLA : Another Nail (2004)
- 'The Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives * Volume 1'
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
#1 JLA: Year One (1998)
- 'The Justice League of America is Dead!'
Justice League of America (1960)
#193 Justice Society of America (2007)
- 'Secret of Genesis'
More Fun Comics (1935)
Secret Origins (1986)
#24 Showcase (1956)
- 'Starring Dr. Fate & Blue Devil'#27
- 'A Symphony of Shadows: The Secret Origins of Zatara and Zatanna'
#56 The Immortal Doctor Fate (1985)
- 'presents Doctor FATE and HOURMAN'
The Spectre (1987)
#7 Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
- 'Pieces Of Zatanna'#8
- 'Armed Against Evil'
#1 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Amanda Waller To Wotan'
#26 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Wizard to Zyklon plus Angel & the Ape to the 1000'
#5 Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
- 'Ultra-Humanite to Zuggernaut, plus Abby Cable to Waid Eiling'
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