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Comic History

Bookworm was first seen in the Batman television series from the 1960's. Later he appeared in comics but, nothing like the original character. His looks and origin were very different.

Character Origin

Alexander Wyvern never had a easy life. As a child his mother would lock him in closets so she could work on her puzzles.  Once he even lit a match hoping his mother would open the door but it only worked after he was severely burned, she beat him after this for being stupid. Having a mother like that it is no wonder why he turned out like he did

Character History

 Trying to kill the Huntress.
As an adult Alexander was describe by others as looking like a ferret. He ended up being much worse as a mass murdering, serial killing. He killed 106 people in a successful attempt to fool the police with his clues. He would leave a clue at each crime. Later he turned himself in when he was done to prove his crime and that he was smarter the the NYPD.
While in prison he killed two more men on the cells opposite of him and admitted to the murders but demanded that the police figure out how he did it because when they found him he was still locked in his own cell. After that he went to solitary confinement and stayed there until the NYPD asked him to solve a book written in code by the deceased Franco Bertinelli.  Bookworm solved the book but fooled the detective into thinking it was something else. He then used the information from the book to escape prison.
The Bookworm then takes the book and uses it to track down anyone who could be a threat to him putting a strangle hold on New York City. After he kills three people he sets his sights to kill the Huntress. He develops a hallway rigged with guns and camera made to take photo's and shoot victims as they trigger tripwires walking down it. He even has another woman walk down it just to test it out on a live victim.  
With the trap set he lies and waits for the Huntress but she comes prepared, she is able to avoid the trip wire and then she dresses like Bookworm's mother in order to scare him. The plan works so well that he actually runs from her back down his rigged hall way and is killed. 

Deathstroke the Terminator 

A character called Bookworm appears in Deathstroke the Terminator. He is a man who sets up jobs for hired gun. He loves his book and his house is filled with books.

Other Media

Roddy McDowell


In the Batman series Bookworm was played by Roddy McDowell. The man who would become the Bookworm was well educated. He knew plot crimes, many words and quotes.  Most of his crimes were based upon the usage of poems. He tried to kill Batman and Robin with a gigantic book. Bookworm only appeared as a villain in two episodes of the series 120 episode run.  

Batman: Bave and the bold

He along with other villains tried to escape in a massive prison break but are captured by the Batman and Green Arrow.

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