While Heggra ruled Apokolips, the fourth world (Apokolips and New Genesis) was at peace. She had two sons: Drax and Uxas. Heggra favored Drax immensely since he was to rule after her.
Drax and Izaya of New Genesis have always been friends even though it was said that their two planets would destroy each other. They often went into arm wrestling competitions at taverns, and rode "steeds".
The Infinity Pit
The Infinity Pit was where many "Old Gods" tried to obtain the Omega Effect. None ever prevailed. Drax had plans of obtaining it. Wearing a garb prepared by Desaad, Drax tried to obtain the Omega Effect little knowing his own brother, Uxas, was plotting against him. Once Drax was in the Pit, Uxas dove in after him making it look like he was going to "save" his brother, when he actually tried to kill him. Uxas received the Omega Effect, and became Darkseid.
The title of Infinity Man originally belonged to a man named Astorr, a warrior from a distant planet. One day in his travels he stumbled across the broken and burned body of the young New God named Drax, the brother of Darkseid, who had been horribly injured in his quest for the Omega Force. Nursing the young man back to health, Astorr passed on the identity of Infinity Man shortly before dying of old age. Taking up the identity, Drax became a warrior for Highfather of New Genesis. It was presumably during this time that he met the Forever People, for whom he would later act as protector. The exact nature of their relationship, and why precisely he is always willing to fight their battles, goes largely unexplained, save by vague hints at an "arrangement". Eventually his brother grew wary of the threat posed by Infinity Man, and imprisoned him in another dimension, leaving him stranded on the distant planet of Adon. When the Forever People place their hands on their Mother Box and say the word "Taaru," he takes their place in the main dimension while they are sent to limbo.
Infinity Man was created by Jack Kirby.
Major Story Arcs
The Forever People
Throughout the Forever People's self-titled series, he acts as their protector, frequently aiding them in battle as their main offensive weapon. In one such battle he fights Devilance the Pursuer on an island in the Pacific Ocean. The fight results in both being apparently destroyed, along with the island upon which the fought. Though apparently dead, he eventually returns to life.
Countdown and the Death of the New Gods
During the Countdown to Infinite Crisis, Infinity Man is suspected by some of being responsible for the deaths of a number of New Gods, including the Forever People. He is eventually revealed to have been responsible, disguising himself as Himon in an attempt to mask his involvement. His motive is unclear, but presumed to be related to instructions received from the Source, which he claims as a motive. Using the souls collected from the New Gods he creates another Source Wall that surrounds the original. He ultimately battles Mister Miracle, who has been empowered by the Anti-Life Equation, near the Source Wall. The destruction of the second Source Wall during the fight leads to the reuniting of the Source and the Anti-Life Equation, which are revealed to be two halves of a long-separated whole. Infinity Man is apparently killed in the battle.
Powers and Abilities
Infinity Man appears to have some manner of direct connection to the Source. Because of this, he displays an extremely wide array of powers, the expression of which seem to be at least in part influenced by who is involved in summoning him. More commonly displayed powers include super strength, flight, phasing, and the use of Infinity-Beams. He has also displayed magnetokinesis, super speed, teleportation, matter manipulation, super endurance, healing, energy projection, telekinesis and telepathy.
In Other Media
Infinity Man appears in the Young Justice episode "Disordered". He does not speak in his appearance, and, contrary to his comic book counterpart, is apparently some form of mechasuit or robot who is created when the Forever People merge with each other and the Source, becoming more than the sum of their parts. During the episode a Father Box is used to briefly take over his mind and force him to work for Desaad.