published by DC Comics
. Killer Moth
in Batman #63
While serving time in prison, the man who would become the Killer Moth
came up with the idea to emulate Batman, but rather than fighting
for justice, he would support the criminal element. When prisoner
234026 finally left the penal system, he had his plan ready and put
it into action.
Taking the money that he had hidden from his criminal past, the prisoner
established an identity as Cameron Van Cleer, a millionaire playboy.
Beneath his lavish estate, he created a base of operation, including
an arsenal of high-tech gadgets and a costume to hide his identity.
Calling himself the Killer Moth, Van Cleer called all of the heads
of the criminal element together and offered to aid them for a percentage
of the take. He gave them a moth signal, that could only be seen
through specially designed lenses.
Cameron Van Cleer didn't realized how close to Batman's lifestyle he
actually had come. Through his society contacts, he became acquaintances
with Bruce Wayne. In his costumed identity, the Killer Moth clashed
with Batman, trying to match the Dark Knight's intelligence and
often times failing and ending up in jail, with his secret identity
as Van Cleer discovered.
When the Killer Moth next escaped, he decided to kidnap his old friend
Bruce Wayne and hold him for ransom. In the process of the kidnapping,
the Killer Moth discovered Wayne's alternate identity as Batman. He
was preparing to reveal Batman's identity to the world when he was
shot by police. The bullet lodged in his skull and had to be removed,
but at the cost of some of his memory. Conveniently, he no longer
remembered Batman's identity.
Later during another attack on Bruce Wayne at a social function,
the Killer Moth was attacked by a young woman dressed in a Batman
inspired costume. The young woman was Barbara Gordon, the niece of Gotham's police
commissioner, James Gordon. Barbara was on her way to a costume party
when she saw the Killer Moth attempting to kidnap Wayne a second time.
Her intervention allowed Wayne enough time to slip away and return
as Batman to help defeat the villain. Due to this battle, Barbara subsequently adopted the identity of Batgirl.
The Killer Moth employs a number of high tech devices similar to the
ones used by Batman. He has a car and plane that transport him as well
as a rope and grappling hook type apparatus for swinging between buildings.
Although not as good a combatant as Batman, the Killer Moth is a formidable
Recently, it was revealed that the Killer Moth's real name is Drury Walker. The demon Neron offered to give Killer Moth and a number of other villains power in exchange for their souls. Killer Moth, who felt he had become something of
a joke amongst the other villains, accepted and was transformed into Charaxes, an inhuman insect beast with sharp claws and the ability to spit corrosive liquid.
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