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Black Mask


Cover to Batman #636 (January 2005).
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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Batman #386 (August 1985)
Created by Doug Moench
Tom Mandrake
Characteristics
Alter ego Roman Sionis
Previous affiliations False Face Society, Mister Freeze, Gotham mafia, The Society
Notable powers None, but he is a brilliant criminal mastermind, highly skilled in the ways of physical and psychological torture and a capable fighter.

Black Mask is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. A foe of Batman, he first appeared in Batman #386 (August 1985). Black Mask was created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... Doug Moench, born February 23, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, is a comic book writer. ... Alter Ego has multiple meanings: Alter Ego is a game for the Commodore 64 computer. ... Mister Freeze(Victor Fries) is of the Batman arch nemesis. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Doug Moench, born February 23, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois, is a comic book writer. ...

Contents


Character history

Cover to Batman #386 (August 1985). Pencils by Tom Mandrake.

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Dark beginning

Roman Sionis was born into one of Gotham City’s elite families, to parents who were wealthy and utterly self-absorbed, caring more about their social status than their son. This was made most notable moments after Roman's birth, when he was accidentally dropped on his head. Roman's parents were less concerned about their son's well-being and more concerned about covering up the entire incident out of fear of how their wealthy friends would react to the news that their son had been dropped on his head. Gotham Citys skyline, as it appears in the 1989 Batman movie. ...


A similar incident would occur as a child, when Roman was bitten by a rabid raccoon while at his family's country estate. The incident was covered up and Roman was forbidden from mentioning the incident to anyone, out of fear that it would make his parents look irresponsible.


Further adding to the cauldron was his father's "friendship" with Thomas Wayne; both of Roman's parents disliked the Waynes and were quite vocal about it in private with their son. However, to their son's dismay, they continued to associate with Thomas and Martha Wayne and pretended to be friends with the couple, to the extent of literally forcing Roman to become friends with their son, Bruce.


The hypocrisy of his parents had a deep impact on Roman, who hated and resented his parents and the "masks" they wore in public. And despite being a prototypical spoiled rich kid, Roman also began hating his peers too in regard to the hypocrisy he saw his fellow peers engage in.


When he graduated from high school, Roman was given a high ranking position inside Janus Cosmetics, the cosmetic company his father ran. It was here that Roman met Circe, a young working class secretary that he fell in love with. His parents, self-absorbed and class-obsessed, disliked Circe and made it clear to their son that his relationship with her was causing his parents to look like fools in the eyes of their friends. So Roman took matters into his own hands and burned down his family's mansion, killing both of his parents. Mansion near Almelo, The Netherlands A mansion is a large and stately dwelling house for the wealthy. ...


Roman inherited the family fortune, as well as the family's business. But Sionis wasn't good with business and he began squandering his money, running the firm into the ground with a line of face-paint make-up. Desperate, he offered a large sum of money to the chemists on-staff to create a revolutionary product to save the company. One chemist came up with a water-proof make-up product, but needed desperately to test the product before he could authorize its use. When Roman learned of it, he rushed the product out to market without any sort of testing for possible harmful side-effects. This would cost Roman dearly.


The water-proof make-up Janus Cosmetics released to the market quickly was exposed as a deadly product, disfiguring several hundred women who applied the make-up to their faces. Being sued left and right by victims, Janus Cosmetics was ruined and to add insult to injury, his fiancé (and now successful model) Circe dumped Roman in front of his entire staff of employees.


However, there was a brief light at the end of the tunnel, as childhood acquaintance Bruce Wayne offered to financially bail out Roman's company. But Bruce's help came with a price, as Bruce demanded that Roman must give up control over the company and allow Wayne to install a new board of directors to run Roman's company who were loyal to Bruce. Roman agreed but was furious at the humiliation and dramatic loss of face he had suffered.


Enraged, he went to the family mausoleum and broke his father's ebony coffin lid. Sionis had always been obsessed with masks, and the old idea that when a person dons a mask, they become someone else. He took a large piece of the coffin and carved a mask from it, becoming Black Mask. St. ... Binomial name Diospyros ebenum Koenig ex Retz. ...


Becoming Black Mask

Cover to Batman #518 (May 1995). Pencils by Kelley Jones.
Cover to Batman #518 (May 1995). Pencils by Kelley Jones.

Sionis found he had an amazing aptitude for crime, and he soon had a large gang working for him. Calling them the False Face Society, the one requirement was that all members must select a mask from his collection and wear it at all times when on the job and in his presence. They were successfully gaining power in the Gotham underworld, until Black Mask decided it was time to take his revenge on Bruce Wayne. He began kidnapping Wayne Enterprise executives, putting masks on their faces that were coated in the deadly make-up once made by Janus Cosmetics. He also targeted Circe and forcibly disfigured her with the chemicals in order to force her to reunite with him. Circe would ultimately kill herself, leading Black Mask to replace her with a mannequin, to whom he would talk as if it was a real person. Cover to Batman #518. ... Cover to Batman #518. ... Kelley Jones (born July 23, 1962 in Sacramento, CA) is a comic book artist best known for his runs on Batman with writer Doug Moench and on Sandman (DC Comics/Vertigo) with writer Neil Gaiman. ... Revenge or vengeance consists primarily of retaliation against a person or group in response to perceived wrongdoing. ...


These kidnappings drew Batman's attention, and he began hunting down the False Facers. He slowly began to dismantle the organization until he finally found Black Mask in the ruins of the Sionis Family home. Black Mask lit the wreckage on fire trying to escape, but was caught in the burning house. Batman was able to save him, but the mask had been burned onto his face and left him disfigured.


Black Mask spent some time in Arkham Asylum, but escaped when Bane assaulted the facility in Knightfall and subsequently restarted the False Facers. He took on a new second-in-command, called Tattoo (whose face was covered in a tattoo mask pattern), and he began burning down Wayne properties. This time he also kidnapped Lucius Fox, CEO of Waynetech and friend of Bruce Wayne. Batman infiltrated the gang and was able to save Fox from Black Mask's torture, and even brought in Tattoo, but Black Mask escaped. Arkham Asylum as it appeared on Batman: The Animated Series. ... Bane is the DC Comics supervillain best known for breaking Batmans back. ... Cover to Batman #497: The breaking of the Bat. ... Leopard on bicep A tattoo is a mark made by inserting pigment into the skin: in technical terms, tattooing is micro-pigment implantation. ... Lucius Fox is a fictional character appearing in Batman comic books by DC Comics. ... Torture is any act by which severe pain, whether physical or psychological, is intentionally inflicted on a person as a means of intimidation, deterrence, revenge, punishment, or information gathering. ...


Cult leader

Some time later, Black Mask reappeared as a mob-boss/cult figure who had given up his vendetta against Bruce Wayne. Furthermore, his facial disfigurement was changed completely from his previous appearances; his head was now a black skull, ala the Marvel Comics villain the Red Skull. Making allegiance with the Penguin at some times, working alone at others, he controlled much of Gotham's underworld until the city was destroyed by an earthquake and declared by the government to be a 'No Man's Land." Sionis discarded the ebony mask, believing his scars to be a sign of his strength and determination to survive. By now completely insane, he led a cult whose trademark was ritual scarring, killing anyone who refused to join. He led a powerful group until Batman and Huntress broke it up. He was imprisoned in Blackgate Penitentiary, but managed to escape before the city was made a part of the country again. Red Skull is a Marvel Comics supervillain who is the principal enemy of Captain America. ... The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... An earthquake is a phenomenon that results from and is powered by the sudden release of stored energy that radiates seismic waves. ... A hypertrophic scar on the ilium of the pelvis Both hypertrophic and keloid scars are more common on younger and darker skinned people. ... Inmates at Bedlam Asylum, as portrayed by William Hogarth Insanity, or madness, is a semi-permanent, severe mental disorder typically stemming from a form of mental illness. ... It has been suggested that cult debate be merged into this article or section. ... A trademark or trade mark[1] is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by a business to uniquely identify itself and its products and services to consumers, and to distinguish the business and its products or services from those of other businesses. ... The Huntress is a superheroine from DC Comics. ...

Cover to Catwoman vol. 3 #16 (February 2003). Pencils by J.G. Jones.
Cover to Catwoman vol. 3 #16 (February 2003). Pencils by J.G. Jones.

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Relentless

Black Mask had lost much of his power base, and it took him some time to rebuild his empire. He began a drug trafficking ring and decided to move his organization into Gotham's East End, drawing the attention of Catwoman, who had sworn to protect that area of the city. Retail selling Street selling is the bottom of the chain and can be accomplished through purchasing from prostitutes, through cloaked retail stores or refuse houses for users in the act located in red-light districts which often also deal in paraphernalia, dealers marketing merriment at night clubs and other events... Catwoman is a DC Comics character, associated with the Batman franchise and created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. ...


Catwoman interfered in Black Mask's plans, stealing money from him and giving it to the poor, and injuring many of his men. Black Mask decided he wanted to remove the problem, and so found an old friend of Selina Kyle's, Sylvia Sinclair, who was working in the Gotham mobs. She revealed Catwoman's secret identity to him, and he began a campaign of terror against her. He blew up the new youth center she had endowed with the stolen money, hounded her, and kidnapped her sister and brother-in-law. Black Mask tortured Catwoman's brother-in-law brutally in front of her sister, and then made the woman eat pieces of her husband's corpse. For other uses of this term, please see Secret identity (disambiguation). ... With regard to living things, a body is the integral physical material of an individual, and contrasts with soul, personality and behavior. ...


Catwoman arrived to find her brother-in-law dead, her sister insane, and her friend Holly on the verge of being tortured. She attacked Black Mask, and the two of them fought across his penthouse. At the end of the battle, Black Mask fell from the top of the building, leaving everyone to assume he was dead. They were wrong. Holly Robinson is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


War Games

When Tim Drake quit his role as Robin in order to honor a promise to his father, Batman chose Stephanie Brown, aka Spoiler, to replace him. Batman quickly discovered that her lack of focus and self-absorption made her a danger to herself and others, and fired her. Desperate to prove herself, she took one of Batman's contingency plans and set it into action with the intent of shepherding it to a successful conclusion. The plan was to get all of Gotham's crime lords under the control of Orpheus, an agent of Batman, and therefore under the control of Batman himself. The plan failed because Spoiler was unaware that a key contact with the crime lords, Matches Malone, was actually another alter ego of Bruce Wayne. When "Matches Malone" did not appear as expected, the tension at the meeting accidentally degenerated into a firefight, leaving many dead and wounded. This created a power vacuum that quickly erupted into a brutal gang war on the streets of Gotham. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... A classic image of Batman and Robin reinterpreted by painter Alex Ross. ... Stephanie Brown, a. ... Orpheus is a character created by Alex Simmons, from the universe of DC comics, who first appeared in Batman: Orpheus Rising (October, 2001). ... The comic book character Batman, originally and still sometimes referred to as The Batman, is a fictional character who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... A power vacuum is an expression for a political situation that can occur when a government has no identifiable central authority. ... Gang warfare is the conflict between differing groups of people identifying themselves as gangs. ...

Cover to Batman: War Games Act Three (October 2005). Pencils by James Jean.
Cover to Batman: War Games Act Three (October 2005). Pencils by James Jean.

Desperate to rectify the situation, Spoiler sought Orpheus, believing that if she could enlist his help there might still be a chance to bring the plan to some sort of successful conclusion. As she finished telling Orpheus his role in the plan, Black Mask murdered him by slitting his throat in front of Spoiler. He then tortured Spoiler for the rest of information on the plan. Cover to Batman: War Games volume 3 TPB. Art by James Jean. ... Cover to Batman: War Games volume 3 TPB. Art by James Jean. ... James Jean is an award winning illustrator living in Los Angeles. ...


Black Mask assumed Orpheus' identity, using face putty and padding, (as seen in 'Batman: War Games, Act 2') managing to fool even Batman and Onyx. As Orpheus he fanned the flames of the crisis, driving Gotham's criminal element into a bloodthirsty, destructive mob seeking to kill any member or associate of the Batman Family. He then returned to torture Spoiler for his own enjoyment only to find that she had escaped. Black Mask soon tracked her down again and they fought. Spoiler managed to overcome Black Mask and get away, but was left with severe internal injuries. Onyx is a DC Comics fictional character. ... Cover to Batman Allies: Secret Files & Origins 2005. ...


Black Mask then infiltrated Oracle's Clocktower in an attempt to expose her to the criminal mob. Batman attacked him in a blind rage and Oracle, fearful for Batman's life, was forced to activate a self-destruct device in the tower to get Batman to save her. Oracle is a fictional character, the nom de guerre of a superhero appearing in the publications of DC Comics. ...


In the end, the Spoiler died due to the injuries inflicted on her and the willful negligence of Leslie Thompkins. (Although a recent retcon states that Black Mask "tortured and killed" Stephanie Brown in current continuity.) A fictional character from the Batman comic books, Leslie Thompkins is a doctor who has worked in a clinic for several years. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with List of retcons. ...


Black Mask then rose to become the overlord of the Gotham underworld.


War Crimes

Allied with reporter Arturo Rodriguez, Black Mask began a campaign to discredit Batman. While Rodriguez slammed Batman in the press, Black Mask committed a series of murders disguised as Batman. This plan was complicated by the arrival of the Joker. Black Mask was intent on killing the Clown Prince of Crime and framing Batman for it, but the Joker wanted to kill Black Mask, because he robbed him of the opportunity to kill another Robin. The two nearly killed each other before Batman intervened. Batman eventually exposed Rodriguez and finally managed to capture Black Mask. However, while being taken to jail, he managed to kill the escorting officer and escape again. The Joker is a fictional character, a DC Comics supervillain widely considered to be Batmans archenemy. ...

Cover to Catwoman vol. 3 #52 (February 2006). Pencils by Adam Hughes.
Cover to Catwoman vol. 3 #52 (February 2006). Pencils by Adam Hughes.

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Death

Slade Wilson, also known as Deathstroke, approached Black Mask offering him a place within The Society. Eager to strengthen his increasingly tenuous grip on the underworld (Batman and the new Red Hood had both been targeting his operations), he accepted, and Captain Nazi, one of the Hyenas, and Count Vertigo were sent after Batman and Red Hood. However, these villains were defeated, and Batman ultimately prevented the Society from securing a foothold in Gotham. In an attempt to "improve himself" after this debacle, Black Mask threatened the most important people in Catwoman's life, from Slam Bradley to Holly. Still thinking that she adhered to a strict no-kill rule, Black Mask was caught by surprise when Catwoman retaliated by shooting him in the head and blowing off his jaw. Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke, is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Captain Nazi is a Fawcett Comics and DC Comics supervillain, a rival of Captain Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr. ... DC Comics had at least two villains called Hyena, one male and one female. ... Count Werner Vertigo is a DC Comics supervillain. ... Holly Robinson is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


There was mild confusion when Black Mask turned up later in another series, until it was established that said series took place before Catwoman shot Sionis.

Future solictations reveal that Holly Robinson, the new Catwoman (with Selina retired due to having a child), will be arrested for the death of Black Mask. Holly Robinson is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ...


In other media

Black Mask never made an appearance in Batman: The Animated Series. He is, however, spotlighted in Batman Adventures #5-8. Criminals in his employ are: Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ...

Black Mask will make his debut in an animated series when he appears in The Batman this fall. He will be played by James Remar.[1] Deadshot (real name Floyd Lawton), is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... Firefly is a fictional character in DC comics. ... Andrea Beaumont, a. ... Plastic Man (Patrick OBrian) is a comic book superhero. ... Black Spider is the name of several DC Comics villains; the first two were both primarily the enemies of Batman. ... Bronze Tiger (Ben Turner) is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The comic book character Batman, originally and still sometimes referred to as The Batman, is a fictional character who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... The Batman is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... James Remar (b. ...


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