Doctor Sivana

fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics

Doctor Thaddeus Bodog Sivana is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain created by Bill Parker and C. C. Beck. He first appeared opposite superhero Captain Marvel in Whiz Comics.

Doctor Sivana (left) and Captain Marvel (right).

Sivana was soon established as Captain Marvel's archenemy. In 2009, Doctor Sivana was ranked as IGN's 82nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.[1][2]

Beck has said Parker created Sivana's name by combining the name of the Indian god Siva with the word "nirvana".[3]

The character will make his cinematic debut in the upcoming 2019 DC Extended Universe movie Shazam!, played by Mark Strong.


  1. Doctor Sivana is number 82 Archived May 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine IGN. Retrieved 10-05-09.
  2. Greenberger, Robert (2008), "Doctor Sivana", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 106, ISBN 0-7566-4119-5, OCLC 213309017
  3. An Interview with C.C. Beck, 1998[permanent dead link]