AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (4/16/11)

…Maestro Dorn!

Hey look at that a cover for one of these things that has something to do with the character I'm referencing. A RARE TREAT.

From the Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes! 

An ingenious criminal mastermind and master puppeteer who plans each of his gang’s crimes in painstaking detail and then uses puppets to “enact [each] fantastic crime in miniature,” as a sort of rehearsal, so that his henchmen will know exactly what functions they are to perform during the commission of the actual crime. Maestro Dorn and his henchmen are captured by Batman and Robin in April 1952 (Det No 182: “The Human Puppets”).

So, essentially, this guy has a semi-practical, if incredibly boring, crime schtick. Got it. Someone should put him in Scarface and The Ventriliquist’s gang.

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

Max

AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (4/9/11)

…Roland Daggett

Yes. Yessssss.

From the Batman Wikia:

Roland Daggett is an adversary of Batman. He made his debut appearance in Batman: The Animated Series as a corrupt and powerful businessman, voiced by Edward Asner. The president of Daggett Industries,a pharmaceutical company, he is depicted as being a large, physically imposing man with smoothed back reddish-brown hair and blue eyes…

…He is similar in personality and function to Lex Luthor. It should also be noted that his look (and overall demeanor) bears a striking similarity to Norman Osborn as he originally appeared (minus the “Osborn Cornrows”). He was originally intended to be Max ShreckChristopher Walken‘s character from Batman Returns, but it was decided instead to introduce a new character.

Alongside crime boss Rupert Thorne, Daggett is one of the main recurring antagonists of the series who isn’t a member of the Rogue’s Gallery, and is considered to be a possible forerunner to Batman Beyond villain Derek Powers.

Roland Daggett is FASCINATING to me, as a Batman character, for a couple of reasons.

First off,

Character highlights:

  • Infects Catwoman with a near fatal disease, almost unleashes it on the city so his company can make money off of the cure.
  • Inadvertently turns Matt Hagen into Clayface.

The Norman Osborn influence is so pronounced its borderline copyright infringement. Which sounds like a negative but the episodes Daggett appears in (Feat of Clay, Batgirl Returns, etc) are some of the best episodes of the series. He’s a fun bad guy to watch.

And really, having Batman face off against a recurring foe that served as a kind of “evil Bruce Wayne” figure who doesn’t physically engage Batman so much as create problems with his influence is a cool concept. The antagonism here between Daggett and Batman could almost be seen as a prototype take on the later Luthor/Superman stuff by Timm and co.

Anyway, yeah. Good stuff. Surprising that the character hasn’t made it into any other Batman outlets beyond the animated series, sorta like Carl Grissom.

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

Max

AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (4/2/11

…Rufus Lane

I want to know more about this Mr. Wimble fella, actually.

From The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes:

The leader of a gang of criminals who are captured by Batman and Robin in February-March 1949 with the aid of some elderly show-business people from the local old troupers home (Batman No .51/2: “The Stars Of Yesterday”)

I’m not sure who comes off worse here: Batman, for needing the help of the elderly to take down this guy or Lane for the sheer embarrassment of losing like this. I enjoy that the entry acts like retirement homes for old song and dance men are a normal everyday thing. That isn’t a thing, right?

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

Max

 

AND NOW…YOUR AMAZING TWILIGHT CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (4/1/11)

Seth Clearwater

I FUCKIN LOVE THIS CHARACTER

From THE TWILIGHT SAGA WIKIA:

Seth Clearwater is a member of Jacob Black‘s renegade shapeshifter pack and was introduced in New Moon as Leah’s younger brother and member of the La Push werewolf pack. After Jacob Black and his own sister Leah Clearwater, he is the most developed werewolf in the Twilight Saga. He is the son of Harry and Sue Clearwater, and is also the second cousin of Emily Young.

Seth’s just such a great character! I wasn’t sure at first, but then I read this line of dialogue from Edward on my 3rd re-read of ECLIPSE:

He has one of the purest, sincerest, kindest minds I’ve ever heard.

So true! I wish I had an age appropriate daughter so she could date him!

Fuck. TWILIGHT  rules so much you guys. So much I want to cry.

AN AMAZING TWILIGHT CHARACTER. EVERY FRIDAY. THAT’S THE HIVE OF SCUM PROMISE.

-Max

AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (3/26/11)

….Carlo

What the hell am I looking at here?

From The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes:

A vaudeville mind-reader who turns to crime when he discovers that the delicate brain surgery he underwent following an automobile accident actually endowed him with the miraculous ability to read minds. At one point, Carl reads Batman’s mind and learns his secret identity, but is shot and killed by Pete Jorgen, one of his intended robbery victims, before he can reveal the secret to anyone else (Det No. 70 Dec ’42: “The Man Who Could Read Minds!”.)

We’re about two for two here on one-time Batman villains who are also the victims of prior intense head trauma. Who’s this Pete Jorgen fellow? Sounds like a real tough customer. Guy will not be robbed by vaudeville scum.

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

Max

AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (3/5/11)

….Bob The Goon

If I got a jacket that cool, I'd work for a homicidal maniac too.

Look, all you need to know about Bob The Goon is that in the ’89 Batman movie, The Jacker asks him for a gun, Bob gives him the gun, and then he shoots Bob, seemingly for no reason. AND he got his own action figure WITH POWER KICK ACTION.

He looks so happy.

For more information of Bob The Goon, check out this YouTube video.

Have a good weekend, kids.

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

Max

 

 

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

AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (2/19/11)

Carl Grissom

 

:/

 

From the Bat-wikia

Carl Grissom is the most powerful crime lord in Gotham City, with almost the entire Gotham City Police Department (except Commissioner Gordon) on his payroll, including Lieutenant Max Eckhardt. When the recently-elected District Attorney Harvey Dent begins to make connections between Grissom and Axis Chemicals, Grissom panics, knowing that the evidence stored at the factory is enough to have him sent to the electric chair.

Grissom finds out that his mistress, Alicia Hunt, has been having an affair with his second-in-command, Jack Napier. So to take his revenge, Grissom sends Napier and his crew to Axis Chemicals to seize the evidence before Dent can. At the same time, he calls Lt. Eckhardt and orders him to lead a team of police to arrest Napier. However, Eckhardt attempts to escape, but is shot in the chest and killed by a vengeful Napier. Napier is then confronted by Batman, and falls into a vat of chemicals. Grissom then thinks that Napier was killed.

That night, after a shower, Grissom has a visit from Napier, who survived the fall and now wants revenge. Grissom feigns relief, but Napier scoffs him, playing wise to Grissom’s moves. Grissom then pleads for his life by offering to cut a new deal with Napier, but Napier refuses and instead reveals his new identity: The Joker, with green hair, white skin, and a widened, permanent grin. At that point, the Joker shoots him dead, and takes over Grissom’s empire.

Like many of the characters who appeared in the 1989 Tim Burton film Batman (Eckhardt, Bob The Goon, …the annoying journalist guy who hung out with Vicki Vale), Grissom never showed up outside of his cinematic appearance. Not surprising when you consider how many characters EXACTLY like this there are in Batman already (Rupert Thorne, Carmine Falcone, Sal Maroni, etc). Still, its Jack Palance being Jack Palance and there is not a thing wrong with that.

Really, this whole post was just an excuse to link to THIS:  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNKNAK60AXk

Happy Saturday, everyone.

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

Max

AND NOW…YOUR OBSCURE BATMAN CHARACTER OF THE WEEK (2/12/11)

“Pills” Mattson

The Penguin entices our heroes with the smell of delicious baked zitti

From, as always, The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes

A fugitive criminal, called “Pills” because of his hypochondria, who seizes control of a neighborhood drugstore and transforms it into his gangland headquarters until he and his henchmen are captured by Batman, Robin, and two courageous drugstore customers (“Prescription for Happiness!”)

So, essentially, Batman and Robin spent a chunk of the early 40’s fighting non-costumed schizophrenics. What a time to be alive. Think of things Frank Miller could do with this guy. The terrible things he could do with him.

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

Max