Amalak is an alien foe of Superman who started out as a space pirate. Amalak also fought Supergirl, Flash and Green Lantern. He once allied himself with the Kryptonian criminal Nam-Ek, and was one of the nine 'ultimate foes' of Superman assembled by the alien Xviar. Amalak was driven by against all Kryptonians, promising to kill them. Amalak kills himself with a device that belonged to the alien tyrant Kanjar Ro. He took his life trying to trick Superman into believing himself to be a killer. Amalak had an alien ray-gun that could take out even Superman. Amalak had gotten enough from Superman's mind to know that Kandor is in Superman's Arctic fortress. Batman goes to that fortress to defend it.