Drury Walker (Killer Moth)

killermothfilmHappy new year everybody, nice to see you back here! To start 2017 in a…well, not so grandiose way actually, let’s see the first character from Brick89‘s DC part of the list, one of the lesser known (and for a reason) villains from Batman‘s rogue gallery: Killer Moth. This winged crook appeared in the 1960s Batman tv series, portrayed by Tim Herbert…in a never aired episode that circulated in home video only. In the show, he’s the first supervillain Batgirl faces, managing to put both Batman and Robin in a situation so bad that meek Barbara Gordon is forced to intervene to save the day. A guy dressing like a moth is hard to take seriously, and over the years many authors tried to make him more menacing, with alternate results. Let’s see together.

Drury Walker was just one among many criminals in Gotham City, the one city on the planet in which there were more thieves than people to be robbed. When the superhero Batman appeared in Gotham, things became even more difficult for “honest” criminals, as law-abiding citizens had a protector whom they could call for help. Studying Batman, Walker got the idea of his life: if Batman did what cops didn’t, and honest citizens looked for his help, he would have become the anti-Batman, doing what crooks couldn’t and helping fellow criminals avoiding arrest (after being handsomely paid, of course). Walker first created the masked identity of Killer Moth (maybe if you want to face somebody dressed up as a bat, chosing bats’ food as an alias isn’t the best idea ever, but it worked), and invested all his fortune in designing and building a costume and several futuristic gadgets to match up his rival’s ones. Taking inspiration from an interview he had read, he also built a Mothcave, inspired to the Batcave, as a headquarters and secret lair: from there, he aided the city’s criminals, intervening just in time to save them from cops, and offering them distractions to lure Batman away. He even started giving his clients Moth-Signals to call for him, and after he killermothcomics1earned enough money with this activity he even built a Mothmobile. To hide in plain sight, Walker also created the fake identity of Cameron Van Cleer, millionaire philanthropist, who became one of the most renowned and popular socialites in Gotham; between dinners and parties, he even became friends with Bruce Wayne. His new activity had brought him exactly what he was looking for: an affirmed position, respect…and overall millions of dollars, making him one of the richest citizens of Gotham. Plus, Batman was completely disoriented, as he couldn’t catch him, nor understand who was hiding behind the helmet of Killer Moth. Everything was simply perfect.

All good things eventually come to an end, and for Killer Moth the end arrived when he apparently achieved his greatest victory yet: while saving some criminals from Batman and Robin, he used his Mothmobile to knock them out, and he captured them to display them as trophies in front of Gotham’s underground before disposing of them. The Dynamic Duo, however, managed to escape, and pursued the kidnapper to the Gotham Bridge, in a climactic battle that resulted in Moth’s defeat. Walker wasn’t arrested, as he escaped by swimming away, but his reputation was ruined: he couldn’t possibly protect criminals from Batman, if Batman had defeated him as well. He tried to regain it with robberies, but that wasn’t enough, he needed something bigger…so he started to investigate on Batman, trying to expose publicly his secret identity. The idea wasn’t half bad, but unfortunately it ended up with Batman telling the world that Cameron Van Cleer was Killer Moth: now, Walker had lost his fortune as well. From having everything, Walker now had nothing…and he never recovered from the blow. The only valuable thing he still had was the secret of Batman’s identity, but without any evidence left of it, and not the slightest intention of selling it to someone else, he resolved to constantly trying to kidnap Bruce Wayne; one of these times, he nearly managed to do so, but he was stopped by Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon‘s niece, who from that moment became the heroine Batgirl. Frustrated, with nobody taking him seriously anymore, Killer Moth became more and more the shadow of the man he was, and he arrived to the point of gathering other killermothcomics2disgraced supervillains (Cat-ManChancer and Calendar Man) to form the Misfits, a not-so-super team aimed to kidnap wealthy socialites…Bruce Wayne included, obviously. Killer Moth wanted to kill Wayne rather than asking for a ransome, and when the other villains found this out they betrayed him and turned on him, leaving him to the cops to be arrested: apparently, there was no way to come back to the old glory of the anti-Batman.

Drury Walker is a man with more ambition than wit: he had a single great idea in his entire life, and following that he faced defeat after defeat, unable to come back on his feet. As Killer Moth, he possesses a variety of gadgets, including a highly armed Mothmobile, grenades and various explosives, the Steel-Line, that gives the illusion of him being able to fly, and his trademark Cocoon Gun, that shoots a sticky substance able to envelope anybody in nearly indestructible threads; he’s also a proficient hand-to-hand combatant and gymnast, as well as a skilled driver and pilot. Once a real threat, now a poor parody of a villain, Killer Moth desperately struggles to be the super villain he once was…quite a hard task for a man dressed like a bug.

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