Wednesday, October 5, 2011
The Vile Menagerie: THE TRICKSTER
Alter Ego: Tom Trent
Occupation: Former robber
Group Affiliation: The Ex-Convicts Club
Base of Operations: Middletown, U.S.A.
First Appearance: Detective Comics #292 (June, 1961)
Tom Trent was a fantastic thief who used elaborate stunts as a distraction while he plied his trade. A typical trick might involve finely-made plastic balloon figures in the shape of lifelike armed robbers scaring customers in a jewelry store while Trent pocketed merchandise and snuck out. However, the Trickster was finally captured and sent to prison. After his release, Trent decided to go straight and join a rehabilitation program founded by Middletown Police Detective John Jones called "The Ex-Convicts Club." Unfortunately, gang leader Biff Benson needed the Trickster for a job he was planning, and so framed Benson by having a another crime committed using Trent's established method of operation. In order to clear his name, Trent and fellow ex-convict the Human Squirrel pretended to join Benson's gang in order 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 in prison.
Powers & Weapons:
The Trickster presumably had some degree of aptitude at invention in order to create his confidence devices, barring their originating from an outside party.
Quote: "I can't prove it, but I spent the whole evening here alone, watching TV!"
Created by Jack Miller & Joe Certa