Africa (Continent) (DC Comics)

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30.2 million km² (11.7 million sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With 1.0 billion people (as of 2009, see table), it accounts for about 14.72% of the world's human population.
The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagoes. It has 54 fully recognized sovereign states ("countries"), 9 territories and three de facto states with limited recognition.
Africa, particularly central Eastern Africa, is widely regarded within the scientific community to be the origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes), as evidenced by the discovery of the earliest hominids and their ancestors, as well as later ones that have been dated to around seven million years ago – including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster – with the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) found in Ethiopia being dated to circa 200,000 years ago.
Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones. The African expected economic growth rate is at about 5.0% for 2010 and 5.5% in 2011.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
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In story information

Official Name: Africa
Aliases: The Dark Continent
Type: Continent
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Location Details

Universe: Real World, Earth-Two, Earth-One, Earth-X , New Earth, Pre-Zero Hour , Atari Force , Vertigo , Y: The Last Man
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth


Dimensions: 30,221,532 km² (11,668,545 mi²)
Population: 1,000,000,000 people (as of 2009)


Points of Interest




This was the location of the Upper Lamumba Research Center. Here, scientists Mark and Marie Logan, along with their colleague Doctor Samuel Register studied the effects of the Sakutia virus. It was here that the Logans' son Garfield contracted the virus that would eventually give way to his anthromorphic shape-changing abilities.

Medikwe Game Preserve

Thomas Blake, the Catman, operated out of this African preserve until the mercenary known as Deathstroke arrived and slaughtered a pride of lions.

Valley of the Daals

This is the location of a virtually unknown tribe of green-skinned barbarian women. J'onn J'onzz took on female form in order to negotiate with them, earning the nickname "Joan J'onzz."


  • B'Wana Beast
  • Congo Bill
  • Freedom Beast (Dominic Mndawe)
  • Gorilla Grodd
  • Nada
  • Obatala
  • Vixen (Mari McCabe)
  • Batwing (David Zavimbi)