Codename: Assassin

Codename: Assassin

Codename: Assassin from Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1, art by Jesus Merino
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance 1st Issue Special #11
(February 1976)
Created by Gerry Conway (writer)
Steve Skeates (writer)
Nestor Redondo (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego Jonathan Drew
Team affiliations United States Army
Project Cadmus
Notable aliases Assassin
Abilities Trained covert operative, and seasoned marksman, gifted with telepathy and telekinesis.

Codename: Assassin is a fictional antihero, a comic book character published by DC Comics. He debuted in 1st Issue Special #11, (February 1976), and was created by Gerry Conway, Steve Skeates and Nestor Redondo (credited as the Redondo Studio).

Fictional character biography

1st Issue Special #11, artist Nestor Redondo

Jonathan Drew made his DC Comics debut in 1st Issue Special #11, according to his origin, he participated in Extrasensory perception studies conducted by a Doctor Andrew Stone at the fictional Antioke University. Due to an inexplicable accident, Jonathan developed powers of telepathy and telekinesis which he later used to punish the murderers of his sister Marie.[1] According to Ted Knight who was the Golden Age hero known as Starman, Jonathan Drew briefly operated in Opal City during the 1970s.[2]

Project Cadmus

Main article: Project Cadmus

For a brief time, Jonathan Drew served as head of security for Project Cadmus; he was relieved of this position after he murdered former policeman Jim Harper, the first hero to use the name Guardian.[3]


Main article: The Coming of Atlas

Jonathan Drew returns to the DC Universe in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #1 (December 2008), this story updates his origin and presents the character in a new light. Apparently, Drew had been an operative of the American Government since his very first outing. Jonathan Drew is seemingly part of a conspiracy directed against Superman, and for as yet unknown reasons was responsible for the being known as Atlas' attack on Metropolis. Drew was also responsible for the murders of Dr. Stone, the original Newsboy Legion and the alien known as Dubbilex. He also attempted to murder Daily Planet photojournalist Jimmy Olsen, who had accidentally uncovered the conspiracy.[3]

New Krypton

Main article: Superman: New Krypton

Drew plays a significant role as an agent of General Sam Lane in the multi-title crossover Superman: New Krypton. He is seen with the General when his scientists are experimenting on Brainiac.[4]

Powers and abilities

Jonathan Drew has limited powers of telepathy, which allows him to sense emotions, read minds (only surface thoughts), and telekinesis, which allows him to fly, generate force fields, and lift heavy objects through force of mind alone.[5]

Jonathan is also a skilled marksman, and carries a pair of high tech pistols.


  1. 1st Issue Special #11 (February 1976)
  2. Starman vol. 2 #76 (April 2001)
  3. 1 2 Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 (December 2008)
  4. Superman - New Krypton Special #1 (December 2008)
  5. "The Unofficial Codename: Assassin Biography". Retrieved 2016-10-01.

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