Top 20 villians in Batman's rogues gallery: #20-11
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13. Hugo Strange
First appearance "Detective Comics" #36 (1940)
Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane
The antagonist in Batman's ninth appearance, Hugo Strange is the first recurring Bat foe and still remains Batman's most cerebral adversary. In his first appearance, Strange experimented on four escaped mental patients, transforming them into hulking, lobotomized zombies and tasked them with capturing Batman. In the dawning days of superhero comics, most villains robbed banks or sabotaged military bases, but Strange spent his evil days creating insane zombie ogres, upping the ante for the other Bat villains who followed. Not many villains have survived from the Batman's earliest days, but Strange is still with us, in cartoons, comics and video games as a featured and cognitively formidable villain that mentally challenges Batman wherever and whenever the not so good Doctor shows up.