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Batman Villains List: Origin and
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Values of 1st Appearances Batman Villains List
Last updated October 10, 2016

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We've also collated a list of WEIRD AND OBSCURE Batman VILLAINS here.


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Weird and Obscure Batman Villains

You may never have heard of most of these... We wanted our Batman villains list to be as complete as possible. Enjoy!

  • Abattoir
  • Able Crown
  • Kyle Abbot
  • Airwave
  • Amygdala
  • Batzarro
  • Blockbuster
  • Calendar Man
  • Cavalier
  • Cluemaster
  • Copperhead
  • Crime Doctor
  • Crimesmith
  • Deacon Blackfire
  • Dr. Double X
  • Dr. Moon
  • Dr. Phosphorus
  • Dr. Polaris
  • Electrocutioner
  • Fadeaway Man
  • Alberto Falcone
  • Carmine Falcone
  • Film Freak
  • Firebug
  • Firefly
  • General
  • Great White
  • Hellgrammite
  • Holiday
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • KGBeast
  • Killer Moth
  • King of Cats
  • Lady Spellbinder
  • Antony Lupus
  • Lynx
  • Mad Hatter
  • Dr. Achilles Milo
  • Mortician
  • Mud Pack
  • NKVDemon
  • Nocturna
  • Orca
  • Orpheus
  • Penny Plunderer
  • Ratcatcher
  • Red Hood (Joker)
  • Roxy Rocket
  • Shark
  • Signalman
  • Spellbinder
  • Cornelius Stark
  • Dr. Hugo Strange
  • Tally Man
  • Ten-Eyed Man
  • Terrible Trio
  • Tweedledum and Tweedledee
  • Ventriloquist
  • Zeiss
  • Maxine Zeus
  • Zsasz
  • Tony Zucco

Batman Villains List: Batman: Harley Quinn #1 (October 1999): Origin and First Canonical Appearance, Harley Quinn
Actual First Appearance, The Batman Adventures #12

The Batman Adventures #12: Origin and First Appearance, Harley Quinn. Click for value
Batman: Harley Quinn #1 (October 1999): Origin and First Canonical Appearance, Harley Quinn. Click for value

The Batman Adventures #12

Record sale: $2,000
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Batman: Harley Quinn #1

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Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D., first appeared as Harley Quinn, the Joker's sometime-girlfriend and accomplice, in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series.

Her first comic book appearance, although not considered canonical, was in The Batman Adventures #12, a comic spin-off of the world of the animated series.

Her name (a pun on "harlequin") led to her costume. She was a psychiatrist who'd been assigned to the Joker in Arkham Asylum, and had an affair with him. The affair was discovered, and she was stripped of her credentials and committed to Arkham herself.

See our Harley Quinn comics guide for more details.

Batman Villains List: Batman #1 (Spring 1940):
First Appearances of The Joker and Catwoman

Batman #1 (Spring 1940): First Appearances of The Joker and Catwoman. A huge key issue in comic publishing history! Click for value

Record sale: $567,000
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With five stories written by Bill Finger and penciled by creator Bob Kane, Batman #1 is a Bat-Bonanza, beginning with the first of many retellings of the character's origin.

The Joker features in two stories in this issue, though neither reveals anything about his origins. That would have to wait until Detective #168.

Either way, the Joker is revealed as a homicidal menace, willing to kill without hesitation if need be, or to stab himself without a care.

As for Selina Kyle, in her appearance here, she is known only as "The Cat," and does not appear in costume. Rather, she is a cat burglar and ingenue, the first femme fatale of Batman's superhero career.

Batman Villains List: Detective Comics #40:
First Appearance of  Clayface

Detective Comics #40: First Appearance of  Clayface. Click for value

Record sale: $32,000
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Detective Comics #40, from June, 1940, introduces to our Batman villains list one of the most often-recurring Batman villains, Clayface.

In the story The Murders of Clayface, the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder combat former actor and Hollywood make-up man Basil Karlo, capable of disguising himself in all manner of ingenious and undetectable ways.

Batman Villains List: World's Finest Comics #3:
Origin and First Appearance, Scarecrow

Detective Comics #73: First Scarecrow Cover Appearance

World's Finest Comics #3: Origin and First Appearance, Scarecrow. Click for values
Detective Comics #73: First Scarecrow Cover Appearance. Click for value

World's Finest Comics #3

Record sale: $4,400
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Detective Comics #73

Record sale: $6,300
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Scarecrow first made his appearance in World's Finest Comics #3, but would not appear on a cover until Detective Comics #73.

The Scarecrow was set up to be the kind of villain that bad dreams are made of. He was scary, he seemed to have no conscience, and his entire persona was built around fear.

We have a full article on the value of Scarecrow Batman comics here.

Batman Villains List: Detective Comics #58 (December 1941):
First Appearance of The Penguin

Detective Comics #58 (December 1941): First Appearance of The Penguin. Click for value

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Love him or hate him, The Penguin is a key Batman villain, and his first appearance, in the pages of Detective #58 makes it a key issue in our Batman villains list.

As famous as he may be, The Penguin (real name Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot) is, for some reason, often regarded as silly by the legions of fans who prefer the darker Batman villians (The Joker, Ra's al Ghul, etc.).

Either way, The Penguin's first appearance makes Detecive #58 valuable, and the story in which he debuts, One of the Most-Perfect Frame-Ups, by Finger and Kane, is classic Golden Age Batman.

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Batman Villains List: Detective Comics #66 (August 1942):
First Appearance of Harvey Dent/Two Face

Detective Comics #66 (August 1942): First Appearance of Harvey Dent/Two Face. Click for value

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In this August, 1942 issue's lead story, The Crimes of Two-Face, Finger and Kane introduced Two-Face, aka Harvey Dent, although in Detective #66, he is named, notably, Harvey Kent, which was later changed to avoid confusion with a certain Man of Steel's alter ego.

Two-Face would only appear a few times during the Golden Age, being deemed too dark by the DC powers that be.

After the publication of Seduction of the Innocent in 1951, he was elbowed in favor of the more kid-friendly villains that the more kid-friendly Batman of that era was generally pitted against.

Batman Villains List: Detective Comics #140 (October 1948):
First Appearance of the Riddler

Record sale: $35,000
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Edward Nigma (Get it? E. Nigma? Enigma? Gosh, Bruce, that Bill Finger sure is clever!), better known as The Riddler, makes his debut appearance in this issue on our Batman villains list.

Complete with skintight green outfit covered in question marks, the Riddler is a unique alternative to the Joker or the Penguin.

Edward Nigma was obsessed with puzzles and riddles, but often lacked the skill to complete them, instead finding a way to cheat to get the answer.

Once he began committing crimes (with riddle themes, naturally), he could not help but leave behind riddle clues, which always led to his downfall.

Batman #49: 1st Appearance of Mad Hatter

Batman #49: 1st Mad Hatter. Click for value

Record sale: $4,500
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Batman Villains List: Detective Comics #168 (February 1951): Origin of the Joker

Detective Comics #168 (February 1951): Origin of the Joker. Click for value

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Detective #168's title story, The Man Behind the Red Hood, sees Batman speaking to a college class on crime-fighting.

He tells them about an old case that he never solved, involving a criminal known as "The Red Hood," who, oddly enough, wore a red hood. Go figure.

The Red Hood had escaped Batman by swimming through a pool of waste chemicals and braving a room full of toxic gas at a playing card factory.

When the crime class gets a write-up in the daily paper for working with Batman, the Red Hood comes out of retirement and starts committing crimes again.

Record sale: $250
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Alan Moore drew heavily from Detective #168 when he wrote the Batman: The Killing Joke graphic novel in the 1980s.

The popularity of the Joker makes this issue of Detective extremely desirable to collectors, even in poor condition.

Batman Villains List: Batman #121 (February 1959):
First Appearance of Mr. Freeze

Record sale: $17,000
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Mr. Freeze was originally known as Mr. Zero, and was created by Bob Kane, Dave Wood, and Sheldon Moldoff. He would not be known as Mr. Freeze in the comics until after the late-1960s Batman TV series had renamed him that.

In fact, the character would probably never have been brought back in comics if not for his popularity on the campy TV show. He wouldn't appear again after Batman #121 until 1969. 

Anyway, Mr. Zero starts rather inauspiciously here, with a series of robberies of ice, aka diamonds, using his ice gun. Along the way, we find out that Mr. Zero must remain in a cold environment or wear a special cold suit in order to survive.

Detective #311: Origin and First Appearance, Catman

Detective Comics #311: 1st Catman. Click for values

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Thomas Blake aka Catman begins his life of crime by stealing cat-related valuables.

Blake once saved Catwoman's life, and the two have a temporary partnership.

He's pretty hard to take seriously as a Batman villain, coming as he did in the period where the series was particularly campy.

Batman Villains List: Batman #181 (June 1966):
First Appearance of Poison Ivy

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Although Batman #181 features the debut of an evergreen Batman villain, Poison Ivy.

With Poison Ivy, we have another in the long line of female Batman villains upon whom Bruce Wayne becomes somewhat smitten.

Strange that it should happen so often, and that Bruce is always the last to know. Robin always picks up on it first.

One day Uma Thurman brought her je ne sais quoi to the character, but Poison Ivy would remain a thorn in Batman's side for many years to come.


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Batman Comic #59: Origin and First Deadshot
Detective Comics #474: First Modern Appearance

Batman Comics #59: 1st appearance of Deadshot. Click for values

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Detective Comics #474: First Modern Appearance of Deadshot. More affordable than the 1950s appearance. Click for values

Record sale: $785
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Aka Floyd Lawton, the character is among the deadliest assassins in the DC Universe. His accuracy with a gun is second to none.

Under-valued for years, this book caught fire in the past 12 months because Deadshot is part of the Suicide Squad. It's pretty rare and expensive.

We've included the first modern appearance (1970s) because more people will be able to acquire this version of the Deadshot character.

Batman Villains List: Detective Comics #400 (June 1970):
First Appearance of The Man-Bat

Detective Comics #400 (June 1970): First Appearance of The Man-Bat. Click for value

Record sale: $2,400
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And the Silver Age starts to evolve into the Bronze Age a bit early here, as Neal Adams and Frank Robbins introduce the world to the Man-Bat with Detective #400.

Featuring an astounding and iconic Neal Adams cover, this issue straddles the old and new.

Copies of Detective #400 sell fast, owing to the Neal Adams art and the first appearance of Man-Bat.

If you haven't seen any Neal Adams Batman or Detective, you need to do so. They are truly a thing of beauty. Seek them out, if you can afford them.

Batman Villains List: Batman #232 (June 1971):
1st Appearance of Ra's al Ghul

Detective Comics #411: 1st Appearance of Talia al Ghul

Batman #232 (June 1971): 1st Appearance of Ra's Al Ghul and Talia. Click for value

Record sale: $1,600
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Detective Comics #411: 1st Appearance of Talia al Ghul. Click for values

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Denny O'Neil's mission to make Batman vital again, meaningful again, and perhaps most importantly, dark again was in full swing by mid-'71.

Batman #232, with O'Neil script and mind-bogglingly good Neal Adams art making this issue a pure pleasure to read, and a virtual Batman villains list on its own, regardless of the fact that it features the first appearance of Ra's Al Ghul.

Talia's first appearance was in Detective Comics #411. She would later attempt to seduce and kill Batman in the last of the Dark Knight movies.

Detective #463: Origin and 1st Appearance, Black Spider

Detective Comics #463: 1st Black Spider. Click to see values

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I guess if Marvel can tryout a character called Wonder Man (Avengers #9), it's only fair that DC can bring in a Spider-Man style character in Black Spider.

Eric Needham is the alter-ego of this deadly foe.

While he also is a vigilante crime-fighter, he and Batman cross paths many times, and as this first appearance shows, usually end up head-to-head.

Batman Family #6: 1st Appearance of Joker's Daughter

Batman Family #6: 1st Appearance of Joker's Daughter. Click for values

Record sale: $480
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Batman Villains List: New Teen Titans #2 (December 1980):
First Appearance, Deathstroke

New Teen Titans #2 (December 1980): First Appearance, Deathstroke. Click for value

Record sale: $770
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Originally known as Deathstroke the Terminator, the character known today simply as Deathstroke first appeared in 1980 in The New Teen Titans #2.

He was largely their nemesis until he got his own series later, and then spread out to become one of the most important villains in the DC universe.

His connection to Batman comes through Dick Grayson of course, who as Robin and then Nightwing battled against, and oddly enough, sometimes with Deathstroke, on numerous occasions.

Batman #357: 1st Appearance of Killer Croc

Batman #357: 1st Appearance of Killer Croc. Click for values

Record sale: $650
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Also a red-hot issue because it's the first appearance of Jason Todd.

Batman #386: 1st Appearance of Black Mask

Batman #386: 1st Appearance of Black Mask. Click to see values

Record sale: $300
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Batman Villains List: Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993): Origin and First Appearance of Bane

Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993): Origin and First Appearance of Bane. Click for value

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Bane was psychologically damaged by growing up in a violent prison in the Caribbean.

He was haunted by visions and dreams of a frightening bat, and built up his intellect, his muscles, and his fighting skills while he was there.

He later memorably breaks Batman's back, and proved ultimately to be a very enduring and popular villain presence, so much so that he earned a spot in The Dark Knight Rises.

Detective Comics #608: 1st Appearance of Anarky

Detective Comics #608: 1st Appearance of Anarky. Click for values

Record sale: $120
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Batman Villains List #619: 1st Appearance of Hush

Batman Comic #619: Origin and First Appearance of Hush. Click for values

Batman Comic #619

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