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"In my long life, I have met some of the most skilled interrogators in history, but—but since we are in the Soviet Union, let me tell you a story about a friend of mine, Joseph Stalin. He became quite skilled at breaking a man—carefully aimed strikes to the bridge of the nose, along the shoulder blades, and right underneath the chin. Stalin gave me this as a gift."
Vandal Savage to Martin Stein[src]

Joseph Stalin was a dictator of the Soviet Union and a friend of Vandal Savage.


Early life and Death[]

Astra prepares to release her Encores at the soul exchange

Stalin's soul token.

Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union as a dictatorship during the years of World War II. At some point, presumably during or after the war, he met Vandal Savage and the two became friends. Stalin taught Savage a great deal about the methods of torture and gave him a torture device as a gift.[1]

After Stalin died, his soul was sent to Hell, where Neron obtained his soul token and kept it in a bank. Later, Astra Logue negotiated with a bank employee and obtained Stalin's soul token, along with some others.[2]



The Encores.

A wax figure of Stalin was placed by Lachesis in a museum to display the worst people in history when free will is allowed to prevail unchecked. Feeling cornered by the Legends, Lachesis used Stalin's soul coin and animated the wax figure with Stalin's spirit, turning the statue into the real Joseph Stalin but under her commands. Stalin fought with the other reanimated Encores against the Legends. He stood with General Custer and fired at Behrad Tarazi, but was repelled by the Air Totem. He continued to battle until he was destroyed, and returned to Hell, by a hell weapon wielded by Astra Logue.[3]


"Do you see a future Joseph Stalin amongst these lambs?"

Stalin's methods of torture continued to be in practice thanks to the work of KGB and the facilities like Koshmar prison.[1]

Lachesis used Stalin as an example of ambitious villainy and chaos when she was explaining the benefits of Loomworld for Humans to Clotho.[3]


  • Master interrogator/Torturer: Joseph Stalin was incredibly skilled in the use of torture, so much so that he could teach Vandal Savage in the "art" of torture. Stalin used carefully aimed strikes to the bridge of the nose, along the shoulder blades, and right underneath the chin to "break a man", along with emotional torture. Stalin possessed many torture devices, one of which he granted to Savage as a gift.[1]


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  • Historically, Joseph Stalin was a dictator of the Soviet Union, who managed to concentrate power in his hands in 1930s and ruled undisputed until his death in 1953. Under Stalin, the secret service of USSR became a ruthless machine of repressions, as referenced by making him a master of torture in DC's Legends of Tomorrow.
  • In DC comics, Joseph Stalin appeared in a number of stories. One of his most known appearances is from Earth-30, the home of Soviet Superman, described in the 2003 three-issue, Superman: Red Son.