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AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (3/19/11)

…”Slippery” Jim Elgin

That's some neck pillow

From the Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes!

An underworld disguise artist, known as the “man of 1000 faces,” who is forced to avoid all metal as the result of an accidental explosion at the Baxter Experimental Laboratory which lodged a sliver of magnetic metal deep inside his head, so close to his brain that a movement by the sliver of as little as one-half inch will prove instantly fatal. Elgin is killed in September 1950  when, in a desperate attempt to escape from Batman and Robin, he grabs an opera hat from a passerby in an effort to meld into the ranks of a passing parade, not realizing that the hat contains a metal spring to make it collapsible (Det. No. 163: “The Man Who Feared Metal!”)

That’s really the most bizarrely complex entry so far, right? I don’t know what else you can say about a character like “Slippery” Jim Elgin, other than he’s certainly a product of his time.

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

Max


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