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Gotham City's corrupt CEOs and drug peddlers may look over their shoulders for the winged shadow of the Batman, but it is Anarky they truly fear. An extreme activist consumed by leftist political convictions, Anarky first strikes against social injustices in Detective Comics #608–#609 (1989) by writer Alan Grant and artist Norm Breyfogle. A tall, gangly figure cloaked in crimson and hiding his face behind a golden mask, Anarky wields intimidation, property destruction, and murder in a campaign against amoral land developers and corporate polluters, leaving behind spray-painted “A” warnings in the wake of his actions. He makes headlines after electrocuting the dope-dealing rock star Johnny Vomit, attracting Batman's cowled eye. Warding off Anarky's walking-staff taser, gas bombs, and martial artistry, Batman is startled once he uncovers the terrorist's secret: beneath the red garb is 13-year-old Lonnie Machin. After a brief stint in a juvenile jail, Machin—who once bankrupted dishonest businessmen as the computer hacker Moneyspider—amplified his intellect after commandeering a Green Lantern power ring. Upon discovering that he was adopted, Machin was traumatized when he learned the apparent identity of his father: the Joker. Anarky's ethical motivations and his youth have made Batman and his ally Robin sympathetic toward him, and despite his violent propensities Anarky has on several occasions aided numerous superheroes. Still, Anarky remains dedicated to initiating a global revolution in the hopes of making the world a better place.
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