Black Mask

Black Mask

(pop culture)
“Crazier than the Joker! Deadlier than Ra's al Ghul!”—or so read the cover of Batman #386 (1985), introducing Black Mask. Janus Cosmetics falls into the hands of Roman Sionis, heir to the firm worth millions, once his parents die in a suspicious fire. After he bankrupts the company it is acquired by Bruce (Batman) Wayne, against whom Sionis swears reprisal. Sionis etches an ebon mask from his father's casket lid and, in a pinstripe suit and fedora, becomes Gotham City's newest crime boss, Black Mask, ordering hits on several of Wayne's employees and consequently attracting an investigation by Batman. In a climactic clash, Sionis is critically burned, his mask permanently bonding to his disfigured flesh. (This story unfolded in three chapters, each written by Doug Moench, continuing in Detective Comics #553 and Batman #387, both 1985; Tom Mandrake drew the Batman chapters, and Klaus Janson, the Detective installment). Longtime Batman scribe Moench used Black Mask sporadically over the next ten years, in one case pairing him with fellow felon Black Spider. After Gotham City was partially destroyed by an earthquake in the “No Man's Land” storyline (1999), Black Mask emerged as a major adversary in the Batman family of titles, tangling with (in addition to the Dark Knight) Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Catwoman. Black Mask no longer wears his facial covering, exposing his grotesque, charcoallike features, which were carved into plastic in a 2005 DC Direct action figure. A master torturer, Black Mask takes psychotic glee in mutilating his foes' faces. He has been presumed dead in the past but has returned to plague Gotham with his sadistically brutal crimes.
References in classic literature ?
Yonder he comes, arrayed like a bridegroom, except the black mask.
A woman with light hair, in a low dress by no means so fresh as it had been, and with a black mask on, through the eyelets of which her eyes twinkled strangely, was seated at one of the roulette-tables with a card and a pin and a couple of florins before her.
Muscari had an eagle nose like Dante; his hair and neckerchief were dark and flowing; he carried a black cloak, and might almost have carried a black mask, so much did he bear with him a sort of Venetian melodrama.
At this stage, the suspect is believed to be a white male, 5ft 8ins tall, slim build wearing a black mask and darkcoloured coat and jeans.
Hammett wrote The Continental Op stories in the earliest years of his career, and to read them in sequence is to witness how Hammett slowly transformed the formulaic 'gals, guts and guns' action tales, the staple of pulp magazines such as the Black Mask, into the stuff of literature.
But Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips suggested his "tantrums" might be a result of autism - and the sinister black mask he wears might be because he did not like eye contact.
On Saturday, after eleven at night he broke covered in a black mask, brandishing a pistol.
The suspect wearing a black mask tried to flee after armed robbery in Al Quoz office, attacking office secretary.
While trying to escape from the police he dropped a bag containing a black mask, mobile phones, 15 bullets wrapped inside a nylon bag, keys, 1,000 Saudi riyals, BD950, six envelopes and a pair of shoes, according to court documents.
by was inaccessible on April 9 after it carried a black-and-white photograph of an unknown man wearing a black mask and holding an AK-47.
The video shows a man wearing a black mask and speaking English with a British accent standing over two kneeling hostages wearing orange jumpsuits.