171 – The Scarecrow

A panel from World's Finest Comics #3, August 1941
A panel from World’s Finest Comics #3, August 1941

Batman’s villain gallery continues (by far!) to be the most interesting one of the Golden Age of Comics. In World’s Finest Comics #3 (August 1941), The Scarecrow is introduced. Jonathan Crane, obsessed with fear since childhood, becomes a professor of psychology and an object of ridicule by other professors. His mind twisted, he decides to don a scarecrow costume and commit crimes. Other than genuine creepiness, he has no special abilities and he apparently hasn’t met up with Hugo Strange yet, who is already using a fear-inducing gas.