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Encyclopedia > Gray Ghost (fictional character)
The Gray Ghost


The Gray Ghost
From the Batman: The Animated Series Image File history File links Grey_ghost. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Batman: The Animated Series Episode #18
Created by Tom Ruegger
Characteristics
Alter ego Simon Trent
Notable powers None


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Character History

Within the series, the Gray Ghost is a fictional hero who appears in a television show and in movies. The Gray Ghost is played by actor Simon Trent. When Bruce Wayne was younger, he would often watch The Gray Ghost on television, and the dynamic costumed vigilante would be part of the inspiration for Bruce to become one himself later in life, donning the cape and cowl of Batman. For other uses, see Batman (disambiguation). ... 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. ...


At the time that Simon Trent made his appearance, he was a washed up and typecast actor who was unable to pay his rent and so sells his memorabilia to cover the bills. He later meets Batman and finds out that all of Batman's belongings and the Batcave have been inspired by the Gray Ghost. Trent redeems his fame by helping Batman solve a case that is identical to an episode of his show. The villain turned out to be the Gray Ghost's most passionate fan and collector who used Trent's memorabilia. The story ends with a major home video release of the long lost TV series using Trent's personal film collection which likely has made him a wealthy man. During a public appearance in costume, Bruce Wayne comes for his autograph and subtly reveals to his hero that he is Batman. Typecasting is the process by which an actor is strongly identified with a role or genre. ... The Batcave is the secret headquarters of fictional DC Comics superhero Batman, (the dual identity of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne), consisting of a series of subterranean caves beneath his residence, Wayne Manor. ... The home video business rents and sells videocassettes and DVDs to the public. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ...


The Gray Ghost made a return appearance in an early issue of Batman: The Gotham Adventures in the late 1990s, and turned up again years later in the most recent Batman Adventures series in 2004, in a story about the making of a Gray Ghost film. This crept into in an episode of Justice League Unlimited, entitled "Epilogue", where a Gray Ghost film was the intended setting of Terry McGuiness's parent's murder at the hands of the Phantasm from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. (This is likely a thematic reference to the comic book concept that the film the Waynes were leaving when they were murdered was The Mark of Zorro, another caped crimefighter who influenced Bruce.) Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Batman Adventures is a DC comic book series featuring Batman. ... Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was an American animated television series produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Epilogue (July 23, 2005) is the second season finale episode of Justice League Unlimited. ... Andrea Beaumont, a. ... Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is an animated film first released in 1993. ... The Mark of Zorro is the title of three films based on the novel The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley, which introduced the character of Zorro: The Mark of Zorro, a silent film starring Douglas Fairbanks released in 1920 The Mark of Zorro, a film starring Tyrone Power released...


The Gray Ghost bears a striking resemblance to the classic Will Eisner character, The Spirit, and to The Shadow, in pulps by the infamous Walter B. Gibson. In fact, it was The Shadow who Batman represents as his "biggest inspiration" in the comic book Batman #263. This, plus the striking similarities in their costumes, and a Shadow pulp issue entitled "The Gray Ghost", published in April 1936, all add to the foundation of this opinion. William Erwin Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer, artist and entrepreneur. ... The Spirit (real name Denny Colt) is a fictional masked crime-fighter, created by Will Eisner in 1940, who starred in a Sunday-newspaper comic-book insert. ... Who knows what evil lurks?—The Shadow, as seen on the cover of the July 15, 1939 issue of The Shadow Magazine. ... Walter Brown Gibson (September 12, 1897-December 6, 1985) was an American author and a professional magician best known for his work on The Shadow. ...


The character may also have been inspired by a character in The Flash TV show, Nightshade, played by the late Jason Bernard. The character's name might have come from the classic comic strip hero the Phantom, who was originally planned to be named the Gray Ghost. In addition, the casting of West is clearly a nod to his starring role in 1960s Batman TV series. Spoiler warning: The dvd box set of the television series, The Flash. ... Jason Bernard (b. ... The Phantom is a comic strip created by Lee Falk (also creator of Mandrake the Magician), recounting the adventures of a costumed crime-fighter called the Phantom. ... Batman was the title of an exceptionally popular 1960s TV series based on the comic-book character Batman that aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) for 2 1/2 seasons from 12 January, 1966 to 14 March, 1968. ...


However, the plight of the character Simon Trent in the episode of Batman: The Animated Series bears a striking similarity to the plight of actor Al Hodge, who played the title character of the DuMont TV show Captain Video and His Video Rangers. Like Trent, Hodge was much admired and venerated in his prime, and years later would live in obscurity, residing in a small apartment that was crammed with memorabilia from his once-famous TV show. Unlike the fictional character, sadly, Hodge lived most of his later years in poverty and died a forgotten man. Albert Hodge (April 18, 1912 to March 19, 1979) was an American actor best known for playing the DuMont Networks famous space adventurer Captain Video from December 15, 1950 to April 1, 1955. ... DuMont Televisions Logo The DuMont Television Network was an American television network, beginning operation in 1946. ... Captain Video and His Video Rangers was the first of the American outer space television shows, beginning on the DuMont network on June 27, 1949. ...


The character received a nod in the Batman Beyond episode 'Black Out'. During the episode's climax, the shapeshifting Inque battles both Batman (Terry McGinnis) and the aged Bruce Wayne, in the batcave. To conceal his identity, Bruce, ever the quick thinker, dons the hat and goggles of his old hero the Grey Ghost, which was on display amidst other costumes and paraphernalia from Batman: The Animated Series. Batman Beyond (Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America and Australia/New Zealand) was an American animated television series created by WB Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Shapeshifting, transformation , transmogrification or morphing is a change in the form or shape of a person, especially: a change from human form to animal form and vice versa a change in appearance from one person to another Shapeshifting is not considered scientifically or medically possible for humans (and animal shapeshifting... Inque is a fictional character from the animated television series Batman Beyond. ... The Batcave is the secret headquarters of fictional DC Comics superhero Batman, (the dual identity of millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne), consisting of a series of subterranean caves beneath his residence, Wayne Manor. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ...


It should also be noted that the voice actor who portrayed The Grey Ghost in Batman TAS is the film/voice actor Adam West who played Batman in the 60's live action TV series. Adam West Adam West (born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, USA) is best known as the actor who played the role of Batman on the original television program that ran from 1966 to 1968. ...


 
 

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