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First appearance "Detective Comics" #40 (1940)
Created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff
There have been eight(!) different villains that have served the Clayface legacy since Basil Karlo first appeared in 1940. Karlo was a Lon Chaney-like figure driven insane when he learned one of his classic films would be remade without him. A master of disguise, Karlo attempted to sabotage the film until he was defeated by Batman. The next version of Clayface was a much more literal interpretation. Criminal Matt Hagan used a radioactive mud pool to turn his body into a mud-like mass that could change shape and form. The many villains that followed were a derivative of Hagan, except for Clayface III who looked like his face had melted and was in love with a wax mannequin (seriously). The current Clayface is a mash-up of Karlo with Hagan's powers and follows the visual established by "Batman: The Animated Series." Clayface is another monstrous rogue who tests both the wit and strength of Batman. When battling Clayface, Batman must use every ounce of his physical ability to stop the mountain of insane goo but the hero must also use his smarts to find and defeat a villain that can literally be anything.