Batman's Rogues' Gallery sketch card #04
2.5" x 3.5" ink on Bristol.
One of my favorite Batman TV villains, The Bookworm (Roddy McDowall). Ya gotta love a guy who wears a suit cut from Easton Press-style brown leather and a hat with a reading lamp attached to it.
Like all the good Bat-villains, the Bookworm was a bit nuts. Almost superhumanly intelligent, and able to speed-read massive tomes in seconds, the Bookworm's fatal flaw was a lack of originality. Frustrated by his inability to succeed as an author, he turned to a series of literary-themed crimes to avenge himself on Gotham City.
Like the Penguin's umbrellas, Bookworm used weapons disguised as books. The best had to be his arsenal of boring, oversized volumes that fired sleeping gas.