Rogues Gallery: A Timeline of Batman Comic Villains [Infographic]

by |October 7, 2015

Rogues Gallery: A Timeline of Batman Comic Villains

 

Batman has a lot of enemies. These villains are often called the Rogues Gallery, a reference to the mugshots and other documents–about their hideouts, known associates, and so on–that early police departments used to identify and catch criminal suspects. Batman’s Rogues Gallery ranged from common criminals to well-known Batman super villains and criminal masterminds like the Joker. In this infographic, we cataloged the first comic book appearance of every Batman Rogues Gallery villain, and also highlighted some of the more iconic supervillains.

 

 

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Since his first appearance in 1939, Batman and his "Family" (including Robin and Batgirl) have defeated hundreds of villains in numerous comic book series. These include the classic Rogues Gallery, supervillains and lesser villains, even everyday criminals. This timeline shows the first appearance of each named Batman Family villain in comics. 

 

1939: 

Alfred Stryker, Frenchy Blake, Dr. Death, Mad Monk, Joe Chill, Professor Carl Kruger

1940:

Whip, Professor Hugo Strange, Catwoman, Joker*, Lex Luthor, Tony Zucco, Clayface, Wylie, Puppet Master

Joker

  • Batman #1 (April 1940)

Joker was introduced as a serial killer, dispatching hapless victims with his grin-inducing Joker venom. He would later be written as a sadistic criminal mastermind, the embodiment of chaos and dark humor. Joker is the iconic archnemesis and antithesis of Batman, obsessed with hurting him in any way possible, including murdering the second Robin (Jason Todd) and paralyzing Batgirl (Barbara Gordon).

1941:

Scarecrow, Penguin, Professor Radium

1942:

Adolf Hitler, Salvatore "The Boss" Maroni and the Maroni Crime Family, Two-Face*, Rag Doll

Two-Face

  • Detective Comics Issue #66 (August 1942)

Harvey "Apollo" Dent was once the district attorney of Gotham City, an ally of Batman and then-Police Captain James Gordon. But after getting scarred by acid, he becomes Two-Face, a villain with multiple personalities who bases his decisions upon the flip of a coin.

1943:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Crime Doctor, Rob Callender, Mr. Lyon, Cavalier

1944: 

Solomon Grundy

1946:

Crazy Quilt

1947: 

Clock II, Huntress, Penny Plunderer, Gentleman Ghost

1948:

Mad Hatter, Riddler

1949:

Tiger Shark

1950:

Deadshot, Matt Thorne

1951: 

Key, Killer Moth

1952:

King of Cats, Trapper, Firefly

1953:

Gorilla Boss, Stranger

1954: 

Mr. Camera, Mirror Man

1956:

Mole, Hatman, Lew Moxon

1957:

Brainy Walker, Professor Milo, Signalman

1958:

False-Face, Terrible Trio, Calendar Man, Dr. Double X

1959:

Mr. Freeze, Crimson Knight, Blue Bat, Thor, Bruno Groft and Lekkey

1960:

Zebra-Man, Spinner, Graham, Atomic-Man, Kite Man, Catfoot Regan and Beetles Branagan, Dummy, Gentleman Jim Jansen, Rainbow Beast

1961:

Raven, Wasp, Brand, King Cobra, Elemental Man, Planet Master

1962:

Mr. Polka-Dot, "Brains" Beldon, False Face Society

1963:

Catman, Dr. Hurt, Gorilla Gang, Dr. No-Face

1964:

Zodiac Master, Composite, Superman, Owlman*, Outsider

Owlman

  • Justice League of America Issue #29 (August 1964)

Owlman is the reverse-Batman of Earth-Three, a member of the Crime Syndicate of America—the opposite of the Justice League of America—with mind control powers and night vision. In later issues, Owlman is actually Thomas Wayne, Jr., the older brother of Bruce Wayne.

1965:

Getaway Genius, Johnny Witts, Blockbuster, Eivol Ekdal

1966:

Bouncer, Bizarro-Batman, Royal Flush Gang, Monarch of Menace, Cluemaster, Lord Death Man, Captain Calamity, Poison Ivy, Silken Spider, Dr. Tzin-Tzin, Dr. Zodiac, Eraser, Spellbinder

1967:

Bag O'Bones

1968:

Fearsome Foot-Fighters, Batman Revenge Squad, Copperhead, Proteus, Sensei

1970:

Man-Bat, Dr. Ebeneezer/Ebenezer Darrk, Ten-Eyed Man

1971:

Ruby Ryder, Ra's al Ghul*, Ubu, Dark Archer, Reaper

Ra's al Ghul

  • Batman #232 (June 1971)

Ra's al Ghul and his League of Assassins seek to bring about world peace by purging the human race. Batman and Ra's al Ghul respect each other as formidable opponents, and their adversarial relationship is complicated by the fact that Ra's al Ghul knows Batman's true identity, and Batman has been tied romantically to Ra's al Ghul's daughter.

1972:

Dr. Moon, Lump, Colonel Sulphur

1973:

Spook

1974:

Werewolf, Harvey Bullock

1975:

Bronze Tiger, Sterling Silversmith, Lady Shiva

1976:

Gustav DeCobra, Kobra, Underworld Olympics, Amba Kadiri, Captain Stingaree, Duela Dent, Black Spider, Calculator

1977:

Tobias Whale, Dr. Phosphorus, Rupert Thorne, Professor Ojo

1978:

Madame Zodiac, Count Vertigo, Thanatos

1979:

Maxie Zeus, Gregorian Falstaff, Firebug

1980:

Deathstroke, Squid

1981:

Electrocutioner, Snowman, Commissioner Peter Pauling, Wa'arzen

1982:

Dagger, Mayor Hamilton Hill, Mirage, Mr. Cipher

1983:

Killer Croc, Savage Skull, Cheshire, Nocturna, Agent Orange

1984:

Cryonic Man, Dr. Fang, Masters of Disaster, Anti-Batman, New Olympians

1985:

Onyx, Black Mask

1986:

Bad Samaritan, Bruno, Mutant Leader, Mutants, Film Freak, Amanda Waller, Magpie

1987:

Arnold John Flass, Carmine "The Roman" Falcone and the Falcone Crime Family, Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb, Branden, James Gordon, Jr., Strike Force Kobra, Mime

1988:

Ventriloquist, KGBeast, Ratcatcher, Corrosive Man, Red Hood Gang, Deacon Blackfire, Cornelius Stirk

1989:

Kirigi, Henri Ducard, Mud Pack, Anarky

1990:

Crimesmith, NKVDemon, Lark

1991:

Abattoir, Lynx, King Snake, Synaptic Kid

1992:

Victor Zsasz, Harpy, Amygdala, Egghead, Mayor Armand Krol, Benedict Asp, Metalhead, Ugly American, Chancer, Headhunter, Misfits

1993:

Bane*, Cypher, Harley Quinn, Tally Man, Baffler, Mekros, Trigger Twins

Bane

  • Batman: Vengeance of Bane Issue #1 (January 1993)

Bane was Raised in a prison, where he heard tales about Gotham and became convinced Batman was the monstrous bat haunting his dreams. Unlike any other nemesis, Bane uncovers Batman's true identity and nearly kills him. Azrael must then temporarily replace Batman while Bruce Wayne recovers from the broken back suffered at the hands of Bane.

1994: 

Gunhawk, Pistolera, Jackie Glee

1995:

Bonaventure Strake, Commissioner Grogan, Steeljacket, Actuary, Sleeper Killer, Silver Monkey

1996:

Lock-Up, Marcosis, Panara, Ogre and Ape, Torque

1997:

Lady Vic, Cyber Cat, Ernie Chubb, Faceless Killer, Lazara, Gearhead

1998:

Prometheus, Weasand, Brutale, Answer

1999:

David Cain, Boone

2000:

Able Crown, Kyle Abbot, Mayor Daniel Danforth Dickerson III, Whisper A'Daire, Mabuse, Orca, Sylph, Zeiss

2001:

Black and White Thief, Matatoa

2002:

Onomatopoeia, Nicodemus, Mortician, Hush*, Athena, Network, Pix

Hush

  • Batman #609 (January 2003)

Coming from similar backgrounds, Tommy Elliot and Bruce Wayne were childhood friends. When Bruce Wayne's parents were tragically killed, Bruce inherited their fortune and became Batman. Tommy Elliot, on the other hand, killed his own parents and became Hush. Driven by anger and jealousy, Hush stalks Batman, attempting to destroy everything that he represents.

2003:

Charlatan, Doodlebug, Great White Shark, Jane Doe, Junkyard Dog, Lunkhead, Humpty Dumpty, Nyssa Raatko, Condiment King, Alpha

2004:

Mayor David Hull, Johnny Warlock, Fright, Billy Numerous

2005:

Tigris

2006:

Facade, Enigma, Jezebel Jet, Sewer King, Famine

2007:

Dodge, Flamingo, Jackanapes, Max Roboto, Professor Pyg, Weasel, Doctor Hurt and Black Glove

2008:

Id, Johnny Stitches, Globe, March hare, Clock King II, Club of Villains, King Kraken, Mr. ZZZ, Swagman, Bad Cop

2009:

King Tut, Circus of Strange, Mr. Toad, Phosphorus Rex, Big Top

2010:

Mayor Sebastian Hady, Heretic, Mirror House Cult, Leviathan

2011:

Absence, Dealer, Dr. Dedalus, Peter Pan Killer, Son of Pyg, Roadrunner, White Knight, Spiral, Architect, Ray Man, Siam, Sister Crystal, Skin Talker, Son of Man, Dollmaker, Dollmaker Family, Jack Forbes, Nobody, White Rabbit, Bentley, Dollhouse, Jack-in-the-Box, Mr. Toxic, Olivia Carr, Orifice, Sampson, Wesley, Mathis, Court of Owls, Talon

2012:

Eli Strange, Mr. Mosaic, Hypnotic, Imperceptible Man, Jill Hampton, Mr. Combustible, Snakeskin, Birthday Boy, Knightfall, Terminus and Villains, Emperor Blackgate

2013:

Merrymaker, League of Smiles, Fishnet, Volt, Brute, Malicia, Professor, Wolf-Spider, Erin McKillen

2014:

Kings of the Sun, Rex Calabrese, Mr. Bygone, Dr. Falsario

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Wikia

Images: Batman #1 (April 1940), Detective Comics #66 (August 1942), Justin League of America #29 (August 1964), Batman #232 (June 1971), Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993), Batman #618 (October 2003)

 

What did you think? Did we highlight your favorite villain or was there someone else we should have picked instead? Feel free to yell at us in the comments below. And remember that our selection of Batman costumes includes characters from both the Batman Family and Rogues Gallery!

Infographic Design Credit: Travis Green

Wyatt Edwards
Wyatt Edwards

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