Now, if you don’t know where that quote is from then you need to go back to high school and join your classmates in this crazy, wild thing called reading. That was a quote from Lewis Carroll’s 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. In the novel Alice finds herself in a backwards dreamscape world and reads a poem called Jabberwocky. What does any of this have to do with Batman and his known universe? Well, EVERYTHING. Everything, that is, if you’re Jervis Tetch.
Jervis Tetch is a brilliant neural scientist. In other words, he can mess with your brain in ways you aren’t even capable of imagining. Not to mention he has skills in the hypnotic sense. He can mesmerize people into doing whatever he wants. These skills of his prove to be quite advantageous at times. Sometimes they proved to be even more fearsome and omnipotent than anyone had ever realized.
Jervis Tetch grew up obsessed with… Can you guess? Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Can you, by any chance, figure out which character in the novel was his favorite? Tetch assumed the persona of his favorite character. He even assumed the moniker. Yes, you’ve guessed it! Grab yourself a nice cup a tea and enjoy the rest of this “article.”
Jervis Tetch became the Mad Hatter.
Now for some technical information. The Mad Hatter/Jervis Tetch first appeared in Batman #49. He was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, two names you should definitely recognize as Batman fans. If you don’t then you have no business reading this and should never call yourself a fan ever again. In fact, everytime you call yourself a Batman fan a ridiculously adorable kitten/puppy shoots itself in the head with a .45 calibur revolver. Are you going to clean that mess up? I didn’t think so. Now off with you!
Now for you real fans, let’s move on.
Mad Hatter was kind of a joke in the beginning. He played around with mind controlling hats and other such headgear to pull of heists and such. He even managed to kidnap Lucius Fox and hold him for ransom. In the end he was foiled by the Caped Crusader because, like I said, he was kind of a joke. He never really presented any real cause for worry. The Dark Knight would just catch him, throw him into Arkham Asylum and go about his day/night.
Mad Hatter got no respect, not from the Bat-clan and not from Gotham’s criminals. It wasn’t until he joined the Secret Six, which he was invited to by Catman, that he got his chance to shine. In a battle involving the Secret Six and the Doom Patrol, Mad Hatter used his mind controlling abilities to completely and singlehandedly take down the opposing squad. Mad Hatter was so powerful he even made Elasti-Girl eat Beast Boy, almost. He would have too if Scandal hadn’t interfered. Mad Hatter displayed frightening levels of power that no one even knew he had in him.
Of course then he was backstabbed by Ragdoll. But traumatic experiences like someone you call a friend completely betraying you is what toughens you up for this horrid world we live in. Besides, we all know (those of us who care to read) that Mad Hatter made a hat that can make him immeasurably happy. Friends? who needs them. Hats, now that’s where all the fun is.
Oh boy, I guess I should put some links here… Man, there are a lot of pics up there… right right right… LINKS!:
Enjoy this classic scene – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InSn2BLDwfQ
Enjoy a feast befitting a mad man – http://www.madhatterdc.com/
Enjoy a cup of Irish tea – http://www.madhattersaloonnyc.com/
Enjoy a laugh or two – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLJCMzBiqh0