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Pied Piper

Cover to The Flash #190.
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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Flash (Vol. 1) #106
(May 1959)
Created by John Broome
Carmine Infantino
Real name Hartley Rathaway
Status Reformed
Previous affiliations Rogues
Notable aliases
Notable relatives Osgood and Rachel Rathaway (father and mother, deceased)
Notable powers Expert in sonic technology, wields a flute with hypnotic powers.

Pied Piper (real name: Hartley Rathaway) is a fictional former supervillain in the DC Comics universe. He was first featured in the pages of The Flash in 1959. The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Broome (1738 - 1810) was a New York political figure. ... Carmine Infantino (born May 24, 1925, Brooklyn, New York City) is an American comic book artist and editor who was a major force in the Silver Age of Comic Books. ... The Flashs Rogues Gallery. ... The Three Graces, here in a painting by Sandro Botticelli, were the goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility in Greek mythology. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypical supervillains. ... The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ... The Flash is a DC Comics superhero possessing super-speed, nicknamed Created by Gardner Fox and Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (1940). ...

Character history

Hartley Rathaway was born deaf, but was eventually cured thanks to research funded by his wealthy father. He became obsessed with sound, and pursued little else in life; experimenting with sonic technology, Rathaway eventually invented a technique of hypnotism through music. Growing bored of his lifestyle, he turned to crime as the Pied Piper and frequently clashed with Barry Allen, the second Flash. The word deaf, can have very different meanings based on the background of the person speaking or the context in which the word is used. ... A schematic representation of hearing. ... This page is about high speed motion of bodies such as airplanes through air or other fluids. ... Hypnosis, as defined by the American Psychological Association Division of Psychological Hypnosis, is a procedure during which a health professional or researcher suggests that a client, patient, or experimental participant experience changes in sensations, perceptions, thoughts, or behavior. ... Barry Allen was a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe and the second Flash. ... The Flash is a DC Comics superhero possessing super-speed, nicknamed the Scarlet Speedster. ...

After Allen's death during Crisis on Infinite Earths, the Piper retired from crime to become a socialist champion of the poor and underprivledged. He also came out as one of DC’s first openly gay characters, and joked that this was ironic, as he was one of the few villains to have ever "gone straight". Rathaway remained a good friend of current Flash, Wally West, and his wife Linda, who he helps with scientific problems. Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. ... The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ... Castro Street in San Francisco Look up gay in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wally West is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe, and the current (third) Flash. ...

Some time later Piper was arrested for the murder of his parents. Wally was sure Piper couldn't have commited such an act, but Piper himself seemed to believe himself guilty. Wally eventually discovered that the true murderer was Mirror Master. Unaware of Wally's discovery Piper broke out of Iron Heights and struck a deal of some sort with former rogue and FBI agent, the Trickster. During this time, Flash asked the Spectre to erase everyone's memories of his secret identity, due to his wife suffering a miscarriage from an attack by Zoom. Mirror Master is a fictional character, a recurring foe of the Flash with large technical knowledge and skills involving the use of mirrors. ... Iron Heights is a fictional maximum-security prison which houses the many Flash rogues and metahuman criminals of Keystone City and Central City when they end up captured. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... The Trickster is the name of two DC Comics supervillains and a rogue to The Flash. ... Cover to The Spectre #31, November 1989. ... Miscarriage is the common term for the natural or accidental termination of a pregnancy at a stage where the embryo or the fetus is incapable of surviving. ... Zoom is a comic book super-villain in the DC Universe. ...

It was later revealed that Barry Allen had had Zatanna tamper with the supervillain Top's mind, turning him into a hero (the Top had gone on a murderous rampage and Allen believed that this was the only way to stop him from causing more harm). As a hero, the Top went insane over the guilt of his earlier deeds. After Allen had died, Wally recieved a letter from him asking to restore Top's mind if he ever returned. After Wally had Zatanna restore the Top's mind, the Top revealed that when he had been a hero he had attempted to reprogram many of the other Rogues into heroes as well, including the Pied Piper. Zatanna is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Comics universe. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

When the 'good' Rogues went after the remaining 'bad', Top returned to undo his brainwashing on the redeemed Rogues. When the Piper battled the Flash, West unmasked himself, triggering a flood of memories of their friendship and causing the Piper to pass out as his mind repaired itself. When he awoke Piper appeared to be his old self again, coming to Linda’s aid. Piper remains the only Rogue to no longer be a villain save for Magenta. He later had all his charges for murder cleared. Categories: Flash villains | Fictional elementals | DC Comics stubs ...


A genius of sound-based sonic technology, Rathaway has crafted his own sophisticated flute capable of hypnotizing anyone within range of its sound. Initially this technique only worked on humans, but during his incarceration in Iron Heights, he has perfected it to work on rats as well, making him that much more like his legendary namesake. This article is about the musical instrument. ...

External Links

  • Alan Kistler's Profile On: THE FLASH - A detailed analysis of the history of the Flash by comic book historian Alan Kistler. Covers infromation all the way from Jay Garrick to Barry Allen to today, as well as discussions on the various villains and Rogues who fought the Flash. Various art scans.

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