Please introduce the following Bat-villains from Jiro Kuwata’s late-sixties Baman manga, partially collected in Pantheon’s Bat-Manga, into current DCU Continuity…
Lord Death Man
A master villain with a skull mask that cannot be removed who goes around in a skeleton costume he accessorizes with a cape and kicky boots, L.D.M.’s shtick is that he can die and return to life at will. Not a bad superpower really, as it allows him to be executed for his crimes repeatedly, or commit suicide to escape capture, and then crawl free from his grave later.
Also, his name is Lord Death Man.
Go-Go The Magician
He’s basically just Gotham City, Japan’s answer to the Weather Wizard, wielding a wand-shaped scientific invention that allows him to control the temperature and moisture in the air. That may not seem like much to recommend him as a Bat-villain, but it’s worth noting that Go-Go totally killed Batman.
Because Bat-Manga collects several partial stories, the Go-Go passage ends with Batman trapped in an airless ice cube, clutching his throat as he suffocates. Maybe he escaped in the next part of the story, but if so, it’s not included, leaving us to assume that Go-Go killed The Dark Knight.
As rogues gallery resumes go, it’s hard to top that.
Faceless is an insane criminal who had his hair and eyebrows burned off in a scientific experiment that horribly deformed his face. Now he runs around like a maniac, laughing “Woo ha ha ha ha!!” and committing crimes against faces.
He pulverizes a valuable jewel because he hates “the way the faces reflect on this thing!,” he smashes a clock against the ground screaming, “Agh! Even clock faces must die!!” and he tries to vandalize the giant, Mount Rushmore-like stone face of Batman, which is carved into Mount Gotham.
Karmak was a simple circus gorilla that a scientist used in an experiment to give himself gorilla-strength. It worked, but in the process Karmak received the scientist’s human intelligence.
Karmak immediately became an anti-human terrorist, seeking to destroy the human race one bombed-movie theater or savage beating at a time.
While human-hating gorillas with human intelligence may be a dime a dozen in comics, Karmak separates himself by wearing a full supervillain disguise, including a featureless facemask, body stocking, cape, gloves and pointy little boots that must be extremely uncomfortable to wear if you have thumbs on your feet.
Anyway, think about it, huh? Certainly having Batman fight some of these guys for a change would be a lot cooler than seeing Batman fight Ra’s al Ghul or Killer Croc for 140th time, right?
P.S. Is Batman really dead? If so, can I have his Whirly-Bat?