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AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (2/26/11)

….Chandell/Harry

You are wasting your time, lady

(Image source: http://bat-mania.co.uk/main/villains/chandell.php)

From Batmania.uk!

Chandell turned to a life of crimed after being blackmailed by his evil brother Harry. Above on the left is Harry, with Chandell being on the right. As you can see Liberace the famous pianist played both roles. Chandell’s plot was to murder both Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson then to marry Aunt Harriet so he can get his hands on the Wayne’s Foundations funds. He would then use the money to pay off his brother Harry.

Two pianists. Both played by Liberace. The ’60’s were something else, huh? This would be like if Lady Gaga showed up on Smallville playing a super-villain version of herself herself. I’d actually argue this isn’t a terribly obscure Batman character since everyone knows who Liberace is. But as far as I know, this guy hasn’t shown up anywhere else the way Egghead and King Tut have. The two parter he’s featured in is a fun one and, for as much as people rip on the Adam West Batman tv show, stuff like this really gave the show a fun, smirky-but-everyone’s-having-a-good-time tone that hasn’t been completely replicated since (Morrison’s Batman, Inc and portions of Batman: The Brave and The Bold come pretty close, though).

I’ll leave you with this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jPGBQ77ddU

AN OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER. EVERY SATURDAY. THAT’S THE HIVE OF SCUM PROMISE.

Max

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