Monday, October 19, 2009

Villain of the Month: Scarecrow

Another little segment that I would like to introduce here is "Villain of the Month", and October's villain is none other than Scarecrow!

One of my personal favorite villains, Scarecrow fits perfectly with October, the month of Halloween, and the weather of autumn, a perfect time for the Scarecrow to arise. Dr. Jonathan Crane, a former psychiatrist for Arkham Asylum uses mind controlling hallucinogens to distort the minds of all of the Gothamites. There was even a terrifying portrayal of The Scarecrow in this month's Batgirl #3, where he played some mind games with young Stephanie Brown, forcing her to face her fears of herself, a signature move of Scarecrow.

One of the most surprisingly accurate, non-comic book portrayals of Scarecrow was in 2009's Arkham Asylum in which Scarecrow played on Batman's fears about himself and his parent's death. These scenes of the game came off as completely horrifying and stunningly accurate.

Here is the Wikipedia entry for The Scarecrow:

"The Scarecrow is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in World's Finest Comics #3 (Fall 1941) and was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane.

A former psychiatrist who uses a variety of drugs and psychological tactics to exploit the fears and phobias of his adversaries, the Scarecrow is a member of Batman's rogues gallery; although he made only two appearances in the Golden Age of Comic Books, [1] the character was eventually revived during the Silver Age of Comic Books by writer Gardner Fox and artist Sheldon Moldoff in the pages of Batman #189 (Feb 1967) and has since become a staple Batman villain.[2]

The character of Scarecrow has featured in other DC Comics-endorsed products such as feature films; video games; animated television series and merchandise such as action figures."

Source: Wikipedia

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