Egypt (Country) (DC Comics)



Egypt i/ˈiːdʒɪpt/ (Arabic: مصر, Miṣr, Egyptian Arabic: [mɑsˤɾ] ; Coptic: Ⲭⲏⲙⲓ, Kīmi ; Sahidic Coptic: ⲕⲏⲙⲉ, Kēme), officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, Arabic:  جمهوريّة مصر العربيّة (help·info), is a country mainly in North Africa, with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Southwest Asia. Egypt is thus a transcontinental country, and a major power in Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Covering an area of about 1,010,000 square kilometers (390,000 sq mi), Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west.
Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The great majority of its over 81 million people live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable land is found. The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.
Monuments in Egypt such as the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx were constructed by its ancient civilization. Its ancient ruins, such as those of Memphis, Thebes, and Karnak and the Valley of the Kings outside Luxor, are a significant focus of archaeological study. The tourism industry and the Red Sea Riviera employ about 12% of Egypt's workforce.
The economy of Egypt is one of the most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as tourism, agriculture, industry and service at almost equal production levels.
In early 2011, Egypt underwent a revolution, which resulted in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power.
Presidential elections are scheduled for May 2012.

Publication information

Publisher: DC Comics
First appearance: Flash Comics #1 (January, 1940)
Created by: 

In story information

Official Name: Arab Republic of Egypt
Aliases: Khem; Upper Egypt; Lower Egypt; Ancient Egypt; جمهورية مصر العربية
Type: Country
Notable people: 
Notable races: 
Notable locations: 

Location Details

Universe:
Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth
Locale: Africa

Characteristics

Dimensions:
  • Land Area: 1,001,450 km² (30th) (386,560 sq mi)
  • Water(%): 0.6%
Population: 76,000,000; Population density: 77/km² (199/sq mi)

History

The following is a list of various events in the DC Universe that have taken place in Egypt:
  • Egypt is the birthplace of the Illuminati.
  • Death of The Endless uses the Egyptian Ankh as her sigil. Ironically, the Ankh represents immortality.
  • Millions of years ago, the Timeless Ones imprisoned Abnegazar of the Demons Three beneath the sands of Cairo. He laid dormant for centuries until awakened by Felix Faust.
  • On Earth-Two an amulet was created in ancient Egypt, which allowed the Pharaoh the ability to control swarms of locusts. This amulet eventually passed down through the ages and came into the hands of Lana Lang, transforming her into the Insect Queen.
  • In 2030 BCE, Nabu fought against a priest of Anubis named Khalis. He took from him the Amulet of Anubis and eventually gave it to his protégé, Doctor Fate.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes member Ultra Boy was accidentally sent to ancient Egypt where he encountered the wizard, Nabu.
  • The unfettered Spectre of vengeance brought the Ten Plagues against ancient Egypt during the time of Moses.
  • Vandal Savage ruled as an Egyptian leader under the name Cheops.
  • The wizard Shazam acted as the Champion of Rameses II circa 1290 BCE.
  • In an alternate continuity (Earth-S), an Egyptian court vizier presented Queen Hatchupset with an enchanted amulet. The enchanted relic housed the mythical power of the Goddess, Isis. In the 20th century, high school teacher, Andrea Thomas discovered the amulet and inherited the name and power of Isis.
  • A Thanagarian ship crashed in Egypt during the time of Prince Khufu Kha-Tar.
  • Martians landed in Egypt thousands of years ago using their shape-changing abilities to impersonate animal-headed Gods of the Egyptian pantheon.
  • Pharaoh Kha-ef-re was buried with a gemstone known as the Blue Scarab. This gem later became the focus of power for several individuals using the name Blue Beetle.
  • Hector Hall was reborn as the new Doctor Fate in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Hourman, Hawkgirl and Doctor Fate traveled backwards in time to ancient Egypt to find a way to stop the wizard, Mordru.
  • Hath-Set murdered Prince Khufu Kha-Tar and his wife, Chay-Arra. Khufu and Chay-Arra are later reincarnated as Hawkman and Hawkwoman.
  • A demon from Apokolips arrived in Ancient Egypt and bartered with Hath-Set for his life, by giving him a powerful Apokoliptian weapon. [1]
  • Seven Soldiers of Victory member, Stripesy was once stranded through time, and became a slave in ancient Egypt.
  • Antiope, sister of Amazonian queen Hippolyta established a tribe of warrior women in Bana-Mighdall.
  • The Orb of Ra created the first Metamorpho.
  • Shazam once selected Teth Adam to become his champion, transforming him into Mighty Adam. The power corrupted Adam and he later became the villain known as Black Adam.
  • The wizard Amentep assumed the guise of Ibis the Invincible.
  • A sorcerer named Amen-Hotep awakened in 1938 and began attacking an archaeology team. Mystery Man John Zatara confronted Ament-Hotep at the Temple of Philae.
  • The Flash (Barry Allen) saved Princess Tara in Cairo from a group of Egyptian bandits. This incident caused the collapse of one of the pyramids. [2]
  • The Flash (Jay Garrick) and Green Lantern (Alan Scott) traveled to Egypt in search of a cure for their dying colleague Doctor Fate. [3]
  • The international terrorist known as Kobra has bases established all throughout Egypt, including the Pyramid of Cheops.
  • In recent years, Black Adam led a revolt against the Arab nation of Khandaq, ousting its terrorist regime and establishing himself as the country's new ruler.
  • Cairo was a major battle site between Black Adam and the Marvel Family during World War III.

Points of Interest

  • Cairo
  • Khandaq
  • Pyramid of Giza
  • Temple of Isis

Residents

  • Nabu the Wise
  • Shazam
  • Bana-Mighdall
  • Antiope (New Earth)

Gods of Ancient Egypt

  • Isis
  • Osiris
  • Ra
  • Thoth

Notable Items

  • Amulet of Anubis
  • Amulet of Isis
  • Claw of Horus
  • Orb of Ra
  • Nth Metal
  • Orb of Nabu
  • Helm of Fate

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