At least Summer has released us from it’s sweaty grip and we are free to sit by evening fires and wear hoodies like real Americans. And to celebrate the arrival of October, we here at evilgeeks.com are throwing a Doctober shindig! A month loaded with spotlights on some of the finest fictional doctors ever to be created. So let’s get this ball rolling, huh?
I love Grant Morrison’s run on Batman. He pulls so much from the history of Batman and adds his fair share as well. And while villains like Professor Pyg, The Flamingo, and the Black Glove are all fascinating additions to the myth, they all pale in comparison to the primary antagonist of Morrison’s first four or so years on the book(s), Doctor Simon Hurt.
First appearing in Batman #156 way back in June 1963, the then-unnamed Doctor performed a sleep deprivation experiment on Batman. While at the time this character was meant to have been a benevolent throwaway medical professional, Morrison drew very heavily from the hallucinatory nature of that original appearance and threw the twist that this unnamed scientist was actually planting seeds for the greatest trials in all of Batman’s career. Going Bat-Shit Crazy.