“Kneel before Zod!” When Terrence Stamp uttered this iconic phrase in 1981’s Superman II, the character of General Dru-Zod skyrocketed into the public-eye and became a pop-culture icon.

With Zod’s latest adaptations, both in 2013’s Man of Steel and the second season of Supergirl, the troubled Kryptonian warrior has captivated another generation with his straightforward goals and bitter rivalry with Superman.

Throughout the character’s history, there have remained constants, such as General Zod being intrinsically tied to his supernatural prison – the Phantom Zone – as well as his desire to conquer Krypton, Earth, or whatever stands in his way – namely Superman.

Even so, not every incarnation follows ...

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