Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Scarecrow Is a Super Creeper Villain

I remember the Superfriends versus the Legion of Doom. "Banded together from the cosmic reaches of the Universe..." Really, they weren't. I mean Martian Manhunter was as close to a non-Earthling as it got, but he wasn't on the show. I was still in single digits when the show aired, and obviously hadn't read the comic books, so what I saw on Saturday morning formed my impression of who the heroes and villains were and where they fit in the DC Universe. Batman and Superman were the shiznit, and everyone else was basically there in a supporting role or waiting to get their arses kicked. Only later in life did I learn there was a whole lot of badass sitting at both those tables. For instance: The Scarecrow.

Umm, that's not the trap door button, Jonathan
Scarecrow is a brilliant psychologist turned super-villain who fights Batman in Gotham City, specializing in techniques and chemicals that manipulate fear. Jonathan Crane was originally a well-respected professor, although he lost credibility when he obsessively took his experiments too far and descended into madness. He spends most of his time in Arkham Asylum and has been a member of the Injustice League, Injustice Gang, Secret Society of Super-Villains, Sinestro Corps. Scarecrow was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, first appearing in World's Finest #3 in 1941. Here he is ringing Giganta's joy buzzer.  Pin It
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