|Real name:||Edgar Heed|
|First Appearance:|| Batman (TV series)|
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #3 (August, 1992)
|Created by:|| Stanley Ralph Ross|
|Portrayed by:||Vincent Price - Batman (TV series)|
Egghead was a villain created for the 1960s Batman television series. The character was identifiable by his pale bald head and white and yellow suit. He believed himself to be "the world's smartest criminal," and his crimes would usually have an egg-motif to them as well as including egg puns in his speech where appropriate such as "egg-zactly" and "egg-cellent." Additionally, he would use a wide assortment of egg-shaped weapons, such as laughing gas eggs and tear gas eggs (laid by chickens on a diet of onions). Egghead was first referenced in Batman comic books in 1989's Secret Origins Special #1, where the Riddler mentions him as a long-forgotten villain he used to associate with. By the time of Shadow of the Bat #3 in 1992, it is clear that Egghead has been deemed insane and sentenced to Arkham Asylum. The asylum's new administrator decided to see what made Batman tick by exposing him to Egghead and a number of liberated inmates, an incident which led to question of his own sanity in the process.
After an unrecorded encounter with Batman, the villain known as Egghead seemed to have been driven insane by his failures, and was committed to Arkham Asylum. He arrived there under the supervision of the new administrator, Jeremiah Arkham, the nephew of the institution's founder, the insane Amadeus Arkham. Jeremiah administered new renovations for Arkham Asylum, ordering the workers to burn the old files and needless refuse. Jeremiah also installed stringent new security measures at Arkham Asylum. New cameras were added, security guards posted along every hallway, and a state-of-the art microwave motion detector was placed outside each cell.
Meanwhile, the police investigated several bloody murders in Gotham City. Batman recognizes the handiwork being similar to that of serial killer Victor Zsasz. Consulting with Commissioner James Gordon, they both decide to take a ride out to Arkham Asylum to verify that Zsasz is still incarcerated. After finding him still safely inside his cell, they entertain the notion that a copycat killer might be responsible for the deaths, but Batman hasn't ruled Zsasz out as a suspect. Suspecting Zsasz, Batman arranges for a reluctant Gordon to have him framed for the murder of police detective Stan Kitch to get him placed in Arkham Asylum. Delighted by the turn of events, Jeremiah Arkham becomes convinced that through his therapeutic techniques, he will convince Batman to willingly unmask his true identity and abandon his life as the Dark Knight of Gotham, trapping him inside one of the asylum's padded cells as part of an intense psychiatric study. Jeremiah also deems Batman responsible for the insanity and evil of his patients. Unknown to everybody else however, Mr. Zsasz was secretly manipulating Jeremiah, playing him as a pawn. Even though orderlies check Batman's cell every fifteen minutes, the Dark Knight uses a cleverly-concealed lockpick to get free and hack into Jeremiah's office to find any evidence incriminating him or linking him to Zsasz. After tripping an alarm and being recaptured by an army of attendants and dragged back to his cell, Batman was strung from the ceiling in his cell by his wrists to prevent further escape. Meanwhile, Zsasz tells Jeremiah that if he can break Batman psychically and mentally, then the other inmates will respect and submit to him. Jeremiah is manipulated into thinking that breaking Batman's spirit would make a difference with his patients, and under Zsasz's advice, utilizes the hulking mental patient Amygdala to try and attack Batman. Two orderlies throw Batman into a padded therapy room, where a spotlight is beamed on him, revealing Egghead and the other asylum's inmates on the other side of the room beyond a glass wall. Jeremiah had rounded up the various villains and placed them there in order to further humiliate Batman. While most of the villains appeared to have been given their regular costumes to wear during the viewing, Egghead and at least four others remained in their inmate uniforms. Jeremiah then told Batman through a loudspeaker, "You have sinned, Batman. You have broken the rules of the establishment. It is necessary that you be taught a lesson. What you are going to learn is humiliation." As the villains began to jeer Batman, Jeremiah shouted at them: "Silence! This is a scientific demonstration, not a public spectacle! Let it begin...!" With that, Jeremiah released the berserk Amygdala into the therapy room. Batman was reluctant to battle gladiator-style an opponent who was truly ill, but the raging Amygdala seized Batman and pounded his head relentlessly into the floor. Kicking the beast off him, Batman said furiously, "I told you, friend....I don't want to fight you--but that doesn't mean I stand still and take a beating!" Batman then battered Amygdala to his knees and managed to subdue him. As Egghead and the other patients began to jeer Batman again, he turned and shouted into a nearby security camera, "Satisfied now, Arkham? Or do you want to see more blood?!" Jeremiah was slightly taken aback by Batman's defeat of Amygdala, but then replied, "I told you....this is strictly scientific! You have learned nothing, Batman! And I'm afraid that just won't do--It just won't do at all!" With that, Jeremiah pressed a button on his desk, which raised the glass wall dividing Batman from the villains, releasing them as he added, "It's time I let your enemies settle a few of their old scores!" The Joker, Mad Hatter, Scarecrow, and Two-Face were among the first out of the room, but Egghead was on their heels, unable to stop a light grin from spreading out from under his moustache. On Scarecrow's heels, Egghead advanced toward Batman with Crazy Quilt at his side. Then, Jeremiah Arkham shouted, "Subdue him! Humiliate him! Teach him a lesson he will never forget!" The Joker, Scarecrow, Maxie Zeus, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, the Riddler, and Cornelius Stirk lunged for Batman, while Egghead and many of the other inmates took pleasure in standing back and watching as the violence began. Battered on the head by the Scarecrow, Batman hurled the lanky villain over his head and into Crazy Quilt, the Riddler, and Black Mask. Egghead presumptuously went out early in the fight and remained down for the rest of the battle. After kicking Tweedledee into Poison Ivy and punching Two-Face, Batman broke free from the villains and knocked them all unconscious. The Joker remained, and asked if they could discuss this. Instead, Batman retaliated and punched the Clown Prince of Crime in the face. Jeremiah later went to Zsasz and told him that his plan had failed, since Batman was a trained fighter, and all Egghead and the others had was psychosis. He also noted that Batman wasn't humiliated, but mentally stronger than ever and it had Jeremiah who had been humiliated. Zsasz then mysteriously thanked Jeremiah after being told he had had Batman moved to a special punishment cell. Jeremiah went to talk to Batman, enraged that Batman had called him a 'maniac' in front of his patients. Batman demanded what kind of therapy was brute violence, and Jeremiah admitted that it was Zsasz's idea. After he had left, Batman pondered why Zsasz had wanted Egghead and the inmates to attack him. He contemplated why Zsasz would want him beaten up, but came to the realization that Zsasz knew that Egghead and "the rest of those losers" were not up to the task, and wanted Batman to beat them up instead so he could be moved to a special punishment cell. As it turns out, Zsasz was escaping the asylum through a tunnel daily to commit murders, and the tunnel ran by the wall to the special punishment cells. He couldn't resist gloating to Batman by tapping out a gleeful message in morse code on the wall of Batman's cell.
As for Egghead, he remained among the other villains beaten senseless on the floor of the therapy room, and he was presumptuously taken back to his cell by the Arkham staff. He has not been seen since and his status remained unknown.
Comic Book StatusEdit
Egghead has only once or twice appeared in any other Batman media outside of the 1960s series. After the events of Batman: Shadow of the Bat in the Post-Crisis DC Universe, he remains in obscurity. Along with fellow villain King Tut, Egghead is considered a goofier element of Batman's past that would not fit well with the darker portrayal of the character that has been in effect since the 1970s.
Outside the mainstream Batman continuity, Egghead has made appearances in a few other comics. He was the main villain faced by Batman and Wonder Woman in Batman: The Brave and The Bold #16 (based on the animated series of the same title). He also appeared as the main villain in Batman '66 #9 (a digital-first comic based on the 60s television series).
In Other MediaEdit
Batman (1960s series)Edit
Batman: The Brave and the BoldEdit
- Egghead appears in the animated Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Day of the Dark Knight!" trying to escape Iron Heights along with fellow inmates King Tut, Imposter Mad Hatter, Archer, The Bookworm, False Face, Black Widow, Siren, Marsha the Queen of Diamonds, Louie the Lilac, Ma Parker, and Shame.Egghead and the other villains were stopped by Batman and Green Arrow. He later appears in "Mayhem of the Music Meister"! as one of the many villains imprisoned at the local penitentiary. Egghead fell under the Music Meister's hypnotic spell and he and the other inmates joined the musical villain in song. Egghead was among the many villains escaping the prison when the Music Meister fried the prison door locks and blasted them open with his energy cane.
- In issue 16 of the comic book spinoff, titled Egg Hunt or: The Evil of Egghead, Batman and Wonder Woman team up to foil Egghead's plans to summon Egg-Fu to Earth.