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Bookworm sketch card by PaulHanley Bookworm sketch card by PaulHanley
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.
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ionsphere97 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Student Artist
One of my absolute favorites
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I loved this villain! Roddy McDowell always delivers!
JoeEngland Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
For some reason, I always remembered Bookworm as an uncommonly sinister villain by that show's standards.  I don't know why, he just unnerved me a little.  Personal taste, I guess.
SpindleWinter Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how he's taking himself so seriously, yet... He looks like a numpty.

Lovely art, as always.
geekspace Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
OK, I needed this guy's hat years ago. Furthermore, he was played by Mr. Planet of the Apes, Fright Night, etc.? Youtube, don't fail me now.
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional
Last time I checked, Bookworm's one apperance on the 60s BATMAN sho was up on YouTube in its entirety. I actually had to go there to do the ref for the pic, since stupid contentions over rights have kept that show off of DVD (where it would make a ton of money, I'm sure).
geekspace Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
So DC's avarice continues to deny the public its high-def fix of Adam West, Cesar Romero, et al. Wish I could say this surprised me.
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional
Actually, from what I've read, DC is the least of the problems. A big part is that Warner Bros (which bought them after the show ended), would be at odds with 20th Century Fox (which owns the show). Fox is an infamously lunkheaded studio that's tied up other properties before (their stake in the 90s Doctor Who TV movie left that unreleased for years). Plus there were two other production companies involved in developing the show, and a huge number of clearances needed for many of the cameos the show had, which were usually thrown-together without contracts (just imagine clearing the bit where Col. Klink from HOGAN'S HEROES showed up). It's a mess. Guess we'll all just have to torrent it and watch it on YouTube for free, eh? ;)
geekspace Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
Pardon my flying leap to a shaky conclusion, then. Having just taken in one of the episodes in question...gotta say, that Easton leather actually doesn't look half-bad in suit form. I'm further impressed that this guy rated his own hench-crew, catsuited Gal Friday(C) and all...not to mention a multi-parter episode arc.
Draconicat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Bookworm was a delightful villain, and you've done a good job with him here.
tera9 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
it's pretty cool that McDowall also provided the voice for the mad hatter in the animated series
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010  Professional
Whoa- didn't know that! That is pretty cool. :)
wonderlandmanga Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay love Bookworm! Definitely my favourite 1960s only villain :D If I ever get a chance to write for DC I'll have to work him in somewhere!
CrackpotComics Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Professional Artist
Love his expression. :XD: The clean linework is really nice too.
Draculasaurus Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
good one!
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