The Fiddler

The Fiddler

(pop culture)
While Rome burnt, Emperor Nero fiddled. When the Fiddler fiddles, crime burns the innocent. When petty thief Isaac Bowin is imprisoned in India, his cellmate, a Hindu fakir, teaches him the secrets of Hindu vibrational mysticism. Bowin learns to hypnotize by utilizing vibrations made by a crude violin, as well as to destroy with sound and to create impassable barriers of noise. He uses his new abilities to escape jail and betray his mentor, then, calling himself the Fiddler, returns to America to attempt to frame his twin brother, the famed violinist the Maestro Bowin, Although Bowin's scheme was foiled by the Flash in All-Flash Comics #32 (1947–1948), in a tale written by Robert Kanigher and illustrated by Lee Elias, it became the first of many encounters between the Fastest Man Alive and his arch-foe. Bowin's reasons for hating his brother are not known. After several clashes with the Flash, the Fiddler ran afoul of the Justice Society of America when he joined the new Injustice Society. Years later the Fiddler joined forces with the Thinker and the Shade to plunder Keystone City. Their plan was thwarted by the teamwork of two Flashes, Jay Garrick and Barry Allen, the Flash of the other-dimensional planet that was, in the days before the Crisis on Infinite Earths, called Earth-One (Flash #123, 1961). Later, the Fiddler, the Wizard, and the Icicle traveled to Earth-One to join Chronos, Dr. Alchemy, and Felix Faust, calling themselves the Crime Champions. After an alliance with a criminal group titled Injustice Unlimited, the Fiddler seemed to have involuntarily retired, advanced arthritis having rendered him unable to play the violin. However, Bowin (here referred to as “Bowen”) was recruited by a mysterious person called “Mockingbird” for the new Secret Six in Villains United #1 (2005), in which his seeming incompetence led to Deadshot killing him at Mockingbird's orders. While the malicious melodies of one of the oldest villains in the DC Universe have been silenced, the Fiddler has another string in his bow: his successor, a female violinist named Virtuoso, introduced in Villains United #6.
References in classic literature ?
So words and tears were of no avail; the parson was sent for, and she was married to the fiddler.
Then the fiddler went his way, and took her with him, and they soon came to a great wood.
And when the fiddler, peering into the front room, remarked to the pianist, "It's Burning Daylight," the waltz-time perceptibly quickened, and the dancers, catching the contagion, began to whirl about as if they really enjoyed it.
The waltz in the back room being finished, the three couples, followed by the fiddler and the pianist and heading for the bar, caught Daylight's eye.
and the fiddler plunged his hot face into a pot of porter, especially provided for that purpose.
But the great effect of the evening came after the Roast and Boiled, when the fiddler (an artful dog, mind.
Instantly the fiddler grins, and goes at it tooth and nail; there is new energy in the tambourine; new laughter in the dancers; new smiles in the landlady; new confidence in the landlord; new brightness in the very candles.
In a room above one of the stores, where a dance was to be held, the fiddlers tuned their instruments.
In the Opera House a crowd had gathered to see a show and further down Main Street the fiddlers, their instruments tuned, sweated and worked to keep the feet of youth flying over a dance floor.
The mimic royalty on the stage, with their soaked satins clinging to their bodies, slopped about ankle-deep in water, warbling their sweetest and best, the fiddlers under the eaves of the state sawed away for dear life, with the cold overflow spouting down the backs of their necks, and the dry and happy King sat in his lofty box and wore his gloves to ribbons applauding.
Dear, dear, what a place it looked, that Astley's; with all the paint, gilding, and looking-glass; the vague smell of horses suggestive of coming wonders; the curtain that hid such gorgeous mysteries; the clean white sawdust down in the circus; the company coming in and taking their places; the fiddlers looking carelessly up at them while they tuned their instruments, as if they didn't want the play to begin, and knew it all beforehand
The movement grew more passionate: the fiddlers behind the luminous pillar of cloud now and then varied the air by playing on the wrong side of the bridge or with the back of the bow.