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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Character Template Character Template
Current Alias

Aliases

Identity

Alignment

Relatives
Ezekiel Lemuel Lash (father, deceased)

Martha Lash (mother, deceased)
William Lash (brother)
Thomas Lash (brother)

Melissa Lash (sister)

Universe

Base Of Operations
Various territories within the American Southwest of the 19th century

Legal Status
Bat Lash is a citizen of the United States wanted by state and federal authorities.

Characteristics
Gender

Height
5' 11"

Weight
167 lbs (76 kg)

Eyes

Hair

Status
Citizenship

Marital Status

Occupation
Professional gambler

Origin
Origin

Place of Birth

Place of Death
Unknown; the ultimate fate of Bat Lash has yet to be chronicled.


First appearance

Image:Quote1.png I'm a gentle, peaceable sort of man. Image:Quote2.png
-- Bat Lash

Contents

History

At some point in the early 19th century, Lemuel and Martha Lash gave birth to their son, Bartholomew, at their farmhouse in the state of Texas. Martha raised Bart to be a well-spoken and intelligent individual, but his hard-working father preferred to see his son grow up to appreciate the solid efforts of a good day's labor. Taking cues from both of them, Bart grew into the sort of unconventional individual neither parent could have predicted.

As Bart grew older, he demonstrated an apathetic attitude towards violence, preferring instead a life of pure self-indulgence. He was always well mannered and well groomed, and even took to fastening a flower inside of the band of his hat.

Soon after however, Bart's life took a darker turn. Corrupt county officials had swindled the Lashes out of their farmland forcing them to vacate. While Lemuel, Martha and Bart’s siblings sought shelter elsewhere, Bart went to the authorities. His efforts to seek justice failed however, and he earned himself the enmity of a corrupt Sheriff's office. An argument ensued – one, which led to a duel between Bart and a local deputy. Unable to talk himself out of the affair, Bart was forced to gun the officer down.

Lash soon found himself a fugitive from justice. Wanted by the authorities, he sought refuge in a small cabin that his family had taken as shelter. However when he arrived, he found that the building had been put to the torch. Both Lemuel and Martha Lash died in the blaze. He gathered his surviving friends and family and brought them to the sanctuary of a convent. From that moment onward, Bart (now calling himself Bat) sought to avenge the deaths of his parents.

Powers and Abilities

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Powers

Bat Lash was by all accounts human, and did not possess any superhuman powers.

Abilities

  • Gambling: Bat Lash was extremely proficient when it came to games of chance. However, as he often had to rely on cheating and subterfuge to make ends meet, this trade had required him to become a skilled hand-to-hand combatant as well. As such, Bat Lash could hold his own in a barroom brawl and was skilled with firing a six-shooter.
  • Charisma: Bat Lash was known for his charm and ever-present smile. While he often relied upon this to get out of trouble, he was also known to use his affable personality to charm the ladies.
  • Firearms: Bat Lash always referred to himself as a "peaceable man", but this did not detract from his skills with a pistol. Bat was extremely fast on the draw, and could oftentimes outdraw multiple opponents.
  • Fisticuffs: Bat Lash was more than capable of holding his own in a fight - a skill that often came to use whenever he found himself at a Faro table or a saloon.

    Strength level

Average: In his prime, Bat Lash possessesed the strength level of a man his age, size and weight who engaged in minimal regular exercise.

Weaknesses

Bat Lash was a veritable magnet for trouble, and often found himself involved in dangerous situations despite his best efforts.

Paraphernalia

Transportation

Bat Lash often rode a horse owned by his family named Amarillo.

Weapons

Bat Lash carried a Colt .44 six-shooter though he was reluctant to use it, preferring instead to charm his way out of sticky situations. He also carried a small, single-shot .25 caliber Derringer, which he kept hidden inside of his pocket watch case.

Notes

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • Infinite Crisis #6 revealed that many of the DC Universe's western adventurers were indigenous to an interregnum reality known as Earth-898.
  • In Earth-One continuity, Bat Lash's father was named Lemuel. In New Earth continuity, his father's name is Zeke.

Trivia

  • An advertising slogan used to promote Bat Lash's first appearance in Showcase read, "Will he save the West or ruin it?"

Recommended Reading

Related Articles

See Also

Links and References

  • Bat Lash article at Wikipedia
  • Bat Lash biography page at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
  • Bat Lash entry at Toonpedia
  • Bat Lash chronology index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
  • Bat Lash series index at the Grand Comics Database
  • Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe II (Bat Lash biography page)

Footnotes


This article uses material from the "Bartholomew Lash (New Earth)" article on the DC Comics wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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