Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Vile Menagerie: THE HUMAN SQUIRREL
Alter Ego: Ben Stoves
A.K.A.: The Squirrel
Occupation: Former burglar
Group Affiliation: The Ex-Convicts Club
Base of Operations: Middletown, U.S.A.
First Appearance: Detective Comics #292 (June, 1961)
Ben Stoves was a notorious bandit who performed daring acrobatic heists in highrise buildings before being brought to justice. After being released from prison, Stoves chose to retire his Squirrel costume and turn over a new leaf. As part of a rehabilitation program founded by Middletown Police Detective John Jones, Stoves proved one of the most loyal members of "The Ex-Convicts Club." Unfortunately, gang leader Biff Benson needed the Human Squirrel for a job he was planning, and so framed Benson by having a another crime committed in the Squirrel costume. In order to clear his name, Stoves and fellow ex-convict the Trickster pretended to join Biff Benson to recover the loot from the frame-up job. With the help of the Martian Manhunter, both men were vindicated and Benson's gang took their place behind bars.
Powers & Weapons:
Aside from his acrobatic prowess, the Squirrel was not known to have any special abilities or tools.
Quote: "How will we be able to go straight without those jobs the club was getting our members?"
Created by Jack Miller & Joe Certa