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The Signalman

Real Name
Phillip Cobb
Current Alias
The Signalman








First appearance



Phillip "Phil" Cobb was a gangster with big ideas. He came to Gotham City intent on hiring a gang of his own and making it big, but was laughed at when trying to recruit thugs because he had no reputation. Steaming with anger, he vowed to prove himself to Gotham's mobsters, and when he noticed how modern society was regulated by signs, signals and symbols, he found the inspiration for his criminal career. Becoming the Signalman, he went on a spectacular crime spree using signs and symbols as his trademark.[1] He was eventually captured by Batman and Robin, although he would return for a rematch a year later.[2]

Afterwards, Cobb switched gears and adopted a new identity, "The Blue Bowman," which he would use to fight the Green Arrow.[3] He remained unseen for over 15 years until 1976 when he resumed the guise of Signalman again to fight Batman.[4] On his third attempt, he actually managed to trap Batman inside the Batsignal.

Signalman would later become a member of the Ultra-Humanite's Secret Society of Super-Villains, which was defeated by the Justice League of America. Since then, he has become sort of a joke amongst other supervillains, laughed at for his ridiculously flamboyant costume.

He was supposedly killed by Doctor Moon, tortured to death and recorded on video, but would reappear during the events of "One Year Later." He was a drug addict, and one of the many underground informants of Black Lightning for the Justice League of America.[5] It is unknown whether or not he has kicked his habits, but during the Final Crisis he reappears once again in full costume as a member of Libra's Secret Society of Super-Villains.[6]

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