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Vincentennial: Egghead (Batman)

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May 24, 2011

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Among Vincent Price’s lesser known roles Egghead is perhaps the most popular thanks to his inclusion in the 1960′s Batman television show starring Adam West, Burt Ward (Robin) and Yvonne Craig (Batgirl). A villain created specifically for the tv show, Egghead is definitely one of Batman’s more gimmick-oriented foes but thanks to the superb skills of Price you really get that his personality is multi-dimensional.

Unmistakable in his enormous bald cap noggin and bright yellow/white suit Egghead claimed to be THE smartest criminal in the world– a big claim to be sure, but proven when he’s able to deduce Batman’s secret identity using nothing more than deductive reasoning. According to Wikipedia he is the only villain (at least in the series) able to come to this conclusion. This intelligence, however, is often countered by his outlandish schemes such as in the episode featured above, How to Hatch a Dinosaur, wherein the villain and his luscious love interest Olga steal and hatch a Neosaurus egg. Things only get weirder from there.

For whatever reason however (perhaps because he’s such a silly character), Egghead has never received the notoriety in Batman’s rogues gallery he deserves for such a feat– though he has appeared as a background character every now and again within the walls of Arkham Asylum. Luckily for fans, Egghead hasn’t been entirely left behind. His recent appearance in both the Batman: The Brave & the Bold cartoon and comic would insinuate that he’s once again found his niche. In fact, ole Eggy received top billing in issue #16 of the comic series, going up against both Batman and Wonder Woman with the equally odd (and much more bizarre) villain Egg-Fu.

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  • LaDracul

    I know there’s also a Marvel villain by that name…and in the recent “Super Hero Squad Show”, he was played by Wayne “Newman” Knight…

    • Strange Kid

      Really?! Man, apparently there are more egg-themed villains out there than I realized. :D