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toxin through out Gotham, but his scheme was thwarted by the JSA. Doctor Death was revived once again in Batgirl #42-44 and #50. Updated for terrorism awareness, the modern Doctor Death produces biological weapons, selling them on the black market to terrorists and other criminals. He is now a bald, gnome-like man wearing a lab coat and an oxygen mask.

    toxin through

also attempted to spread a deadly

further underground from then on. Dr. Death

also attempted

further underground from then on. Dr. Death also attempted to spread a deadly toxin through out Gotham, but his scheme was thwarted by the JSA. Doctor Death was revived once again in Batgirl #42-44 and #50. Updated for terrorism awareness, the modern Doctor Death produces biological weapons, selling them on the black market to terrorists and other criminals. He is now a bald, gnome-like man wearing a lab coat and an oxygen mask.

further underground

legitmate holdings were over with and he took his activities

Fortunately, the plan was not successful and Dr. Death's

legitmate holdings

Fortunately, the plan was not successful and Dr. Death's legitmate holdings were over with and he took his activities further underground from then on. Dr. Death also attempted to spread a deadly toxin through out Gotham, but his scheme was thwarted by the JSA. Doctor Death was revived once again in Batgirl #42-44 and #50. Updated for terrorism awareness, the modern Doctor Death produces biological weapons, selling them on the black market to terrorists and other criminals. He is now a bald, gnome-like man wearing a lab coat and an oxygen mask.

 Fortunately

in the hospital that Leslie Thompkins and the Waynes had founded.

services so that his poisons would kill everyone

in the

services so that his poisons would kill everyone in the hospital that Leslie Thompkins and the Waynes had founded. Fortunately, the plan was not successful and Dr. Death's legitmate holdings were over with and he took his activities further underground from then on. Dr. Death also attempted to spread a deadly toxin through out Gotham, but his scheme was thwarted by the JSA. Doctor Death was revived once again in Batgirl #42-44 and #50. Updated for terrorism awareness, the modern Doctor Death produces biological weapons, selling them on the black market to terrorists and other criminals. He is now a bald, gnome-like man wearing a lab coat and an oxygen mask.

services so

Pierce acquired Dr. Death's

family by cutting heroin. Judson

Pierce acquired

family by cutting heroin. Judson Pierce acquired Dr. Death's services so that his poisons would kill everyone in the hospital that Leslie Thompkins and the Waynes had founded. Fortunately, the plan was not successful and Dr. Death's legitmate holdings were over with and he took his activities further underground from then on. Dr. Death also attempted to spread a deadly toxin through out Gotham, but his scheme was thwarted by the JSA. Doctor Death was revived once again in Batgirl #42-44 and #50. Updated for terrorism awareness, the modern Doctor Death produces biological weapons, selling them on the black market to terrorists and other criminals. He is now a bald, gnome-like man wearing a lab coat and an oxygen mask.

family by cutting

family business called Elliot Pharmaceuticals while moonlighting as a drug chemist for the Guzzo mob

Origin

Little is known about the origin of Doctor Death, except that his real name is Karl Hellfern, and at some point he decided to put his genius to evil purposes. Doctor Death appeared in the third ever Batman story, written by

Gardner Fox

, and illustrated by

Bob Kane

.

Character Evolution Evolution

Golden Age

In Doctor Death's first appearance in Detective Comics #29, he develops a lethal pollen extract and plans to use the poison to extort money from the wealthy with the help of his large East Indian manservant, Jabah. After a confrontation with Batman, Doctor Death seemingly dies in a chemical fire in his lab.

 However

However, Doctor Death reappears in Detective Comics #30. Along with a Cossack named Mikhail, Doctor Death is successful in claiming a victim in his extortion plot, but discovers the man lost his fortune in the Great Depression. He attempts to take a set of diamonds the man had from his wife, but Batman kills Mikhail, foils the plot, and upon catching the doctor, discovers that Doctor Death's face disfigured from the explosion, resulting in a greenish skeletal look. Doctor Death admits he's motivated as much by revenge against Batman as he is by greed.

 

Bronze Age revival

After decades' of absence, Doctor Death was reintroduced in Batman #345 and Detective Comics #512 . In this updated version, Doctor Death is a paraplegic, but his deadly gas gimmick remains. His assistant is a manservant named Togo.  

Modern Age reinventions

Dr. Death had a history with Hush's

family business called Elliot

Dr. Death had a history with Hush's family business called Elliot Pharmaceuticals while moonlighting as a drug chemist for the Guzzo mob family by cutting heroin. Judson Pierce acquired Dr. Death's services so that his poisons would kill everyone in the hospital that Leslie Thompkins and the Waynes had founded. Fortunately, the plan was not successful and Dr. Death's legitmate holdings were over with and he took his activities further underground from then on. Dr. Death also attempted to spread a deadly toxin through out Gotham, but his scheme was thwarted by the JSA. Doctor Death was revived once again in Batgirl #42-44 and #50. Updated for terrorism awareness, the modern Doctor Death produces biological weapons, selling them on the black market to terrorists and other criminals. He is now a bald, gnome-like man wearing a lab coat and an oxygen mask.

Major Story Arcs

The Batman Meets Doctor Death & The Return of Doctor Death

In his first two appearances (Detective Comics 29 & 30), Doctor Death operates a high-value extortion racket. He threatens wealthy individuals with death if they do not turn over huge sums of money. To that end, he has developed a pollen or pollen extract that is deadly if inhaled. He has also developed an immunity serum which he administers to his henchman. Other revelations in this story arc include the fact that Batman caused a fire that disfigured Doctor Death, that he was financially ruined by the fire, and that he is able to disguise himself convincingly - most notably as pawn broker Ivan Herd.

Batman: War Games

Doctor Death plays a minor role in

Batman: War Games

, where he is seen working with the

Black Mask

, releasing a gas into a crowd of panicking gangsters and villains, attempting to wipe out their competition. He is mentioned as one of many mad scientists who have gone missing and is depicted later among other captured scientists and mad geniuses on

Oolong Island

.   

Ministry of Science/ House Science/ House of Hush Hush

He is later seen working for the New Black Mask , along with the

Fright

, and

Hugo Strange

in brainwashing people and raising a new

Reaper

. After Black Mask's unveiling as Jeremiah Arkham, Dr. Death went back to his old ways of concocting deadly chemicals and diseases.  Hush Hush later enlists Dr. Death's help against Batman but soon after Dr, Death is shot by Hush when he proved useless. Dr. Death survived his gunshot wound gunshot wound and released a deadly toxin on Judson Pierce as a form of revenge,  before before he escaped.  The The toxin however,  destroyed Piercedestroyed Pierce's cancer, gave him superhuman abilities but it caused abilities but it caused his body to become malformed as if he were nothing but skin and bones.             .

Justice League Beyond

Hellfern retired his persona as Dr. Death and went into hiding. Unfortunately, the alias that Hellfern went under didn't stay a secret for long. Someone who knew about Hellfern's newfound existence gave it up to Ronald Tagg, a former curator at the Gotham Museum now turned paparazzo. The meeting between Tagg and Hellfern must have not gone well because Hellfern's condo exploded. Hellfern was killed in the explosion and it was believed that Tagg had been killed as well. However, it turns out Tagg had survived because he exposed himself to a chemical that Hellfern was experimenting on. The chemical shared similar properties that transformed Rudy Jones into the Parasite. Tagg must have absorbed the kinetic force of the explosion thanks to the Parasite chemical.