The Ventriloquist

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Detective Comics #808 © 2005 DC Comics. COVER ART BY DAVID LAPHAM.

The Ventriloquist

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Who's in charge here? With Batman's odd foe the Ventriloquist, it's never easy to tell. Created by co-writers Alan Grant and John Wagner and artist Norm Breyfogle and first seen in Detective Comics #583 (1988), Arnold Wesker is a nebbish crime-family heir who manifests his repressed anger—seething since he witnessed his mother's gangland execution years earlier— through his ventriloquist's dummy, Scarface. A puppet version of an Edward G. Robinson–like Prohibition- era mobster in a pinstriped suit and fedora, Scarface remorselessly butchers rival racketeers with a working miniature Tommy gun. Drawing inspiration from a long history of fictional deadly dummies, including the movies The Great Gabbo (1929) and Magic (1978), Grant and Wagner (and later scribes) adroitly keep readers guessing as to whether the schizophrenic Wesker is actually puppeting Scarface, or if the dummy supernaturally has a life of its own. Real-life ventriloquists have difficulty pronouncing the letter “B,” a fact played for laughs in Ventriloquist tales, in which Scarface calls the Dark Knight “Gatman.” A regular inmate of Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane, Wesker becomes psychotic when separated from Scarface. The Ventriloquist's stature in the Dark Knight's mythos was cemented when the villain and his dummy were featured in three episodes of television's Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995), beginning with 1993's “Read My Lips”; George Dzundra played both roles, and Kenner released a tie-in Ventriloquist/Scarface action figure. “The Big Dummy” brought Scarface and the Ventriloquist (voiced by Dan Castellaneta) back to animation in 2004 on the WB's animated The Batman (2004–present).
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Meantime, the other had already begun to play the ventriloquist.
At the most, I regard thee as the ventriloquist of the earth: and ever, when I have heard subversive and spouting devils speak, I have found them like thee: embittered, mendacious, and shallow.
But the ventriloquist, who says he is the second cousin of famous Coventry ventriloquist Dennis Spicer, fears his good work has been undone by the allegations against him.
The ventriloquist, a regular on our screens in the 90s, said he was "totally speechless" and "bowled over" to beat nine acts in the final of Simon Cowell's show.
Comedian Conrad Koch, who is the ventriloquist for Missing, says that he will fight the gag order against his puppet in court.
Besides the ventriloquist and his smart-alecky co-star, the list of personalities appearing regularly on the broadcast included W.
The official added that with the ventriloquist was another entertainer who showed the children and staff games and tricks.
The company's new show, The Ventriloquist, takes the audience on a whirlwind journey though 1921 Berlin, to witness the birth of the Cabaret.
Archie was a big star in the Fifties thanks to the ventriloquist Peter Brough.
The art of the ventriloquist is to make his little wooden mate talk without the audience seeing his (the vent's) lips move.
When the judges had to put one act through, Piers voted for the ventriloquist, leaving Amanda Holden with the casting vote and it was obvious who she would put through.