"Eclipso: The Darkness Within"
Eclipso The Darkness Within Vol 1 1.jpg
Cover of Eclipso: The Darkness Within 1 (Jul, 1992).Art by Bart Sears.
Publisher DC Comics
Publication date July – October 1992


Main character(s) Eclipso
Creative team
Writer(s) Robert Loren Fleming
Keith Giffen
Penciller(s) Bart Sears
Keith Giffen
Inker(s) Randy Elliot
Mark Pennigton
Raymond Kryssing
Colorist(s) Tom McCraw

"Eclipso: The Darkness Within" was a 1992 comic book mini-series and crossover storyline published by DC Comics. It featured the heroes of the DC Universe fighting against Eclipso. Issue #1 debuted July 1992, and was created and co-plotted by Robert Loren Fleming and Keith Giffen. Keith Giffen also did pencil layouts for the series, and Bart Sears provided the finished artwork.


Within this series it was retconned that Eclipso was not simply Bruce Gordon's dark half, but a vengeance demon who had possessed Gordon.


After an unsuspecting Daxamite hero named Valor frees Eclipso from his palace on Earth's moon, he uses hate as a trigger to possess other beings. Whenever someone who has a black diamond in their possession gets angry, Eclipso can instantly take control of that particular person even while trapped in his lair on the moon. He then uses an eyeblast to take control of others. He can also create monsters from a person's anger, which happens with characters like Hawkman and James Gordon. Furthermore, there are thousands of black diamonds scattered around the world, through which Eclipso can possess his victims by playing upon their darkest emotions and desires.

It is further established that Eclipso is an extremely cruel and vindictive being, who has only been pretending to be a B-list villain in order to avoid detection by heroes. In the mini-series, Eclipso has grown weary of his modus operandi and decides to launch an all-out offensive by using his black diamonds to possess heroes and villains directly or to manipulate them by possessing their loved ones. During this conflict, Eclipso possesses Batman, Captain Marvel, and even Superman on two separate occasions. The story climaxes with a massive confrontation at Eclipso's hideout on the moon, where despite the presence of many superpowered heroes and heroines Bruce Gordon, Eclipso's original host, plays a key role in his defeat.

It was also mocked in the Ambush Bug Nothing Special one-shot.

Crossover titles

  • Part 1: Eclipso: The Darkness Within #1
  • Part 2: Superman: The Man of Steel Annual #1
  • Part 3: Green Lantern Annual #1 (vol. 3)
  • Part 4: Detective Comics Annual #5
  • Part 5: Superman Annual #4 (vol. 2)
  • Part 6: Justice League America Annual #6
  • Part 7: The Demon Annual #1 (vol. 3)
  • Part 8: The Flash Annual #5 (vol. 2)
  • Part 9: Action Comics Annual #4
  • Part 10: Wonder Woman Annual #3 (vol. 2)
  • Part 11: Green Arrow Annual #5 (vol. 2)
  • Part 12: Robin Annual #1 (vol. 4)
  • Part 13: Hawkworld Annual #3 (vol. 2)
  • Part 14: Deathstroke: The Terminator Annual #1
  • Part 15: The New Titans Annual #8
  • Part 16: Justice League Europe Annual #3
  • Part 17: Batman Annual #16
  • Part 18: L.E.G.I.O.N. '92 Annual #3
  • Part 19: The Adventures of Superman Annual #4
  • Part 20: Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2
  • Aftermath: Valor #1



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