Don’t let the Penguin’s often amusing appearance fool you, he is easily one of Batman’s most dangerous foes. While many might be visually disarmed by his short stature, tuxedo and umbrella motif, Oswald Cobblepot is a true bird of prey. As we prepare for Colin Farrell’s portrayal of Cobblepot in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, let’s take a look at the Penguin’s notorious rap sheet.
The Penguin first appeared in 1941’s Detective Comics #58, and his first scene wasn’t very flattering. Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson spotted him at an art exhibit, and Bruce told Dick to hurry along because it’s not polite to laugh at someone’s appearance. Ouch.
That’s pretty harsh, but Penguin soon proved that appearances can be deceiving. He robbed the art exhibit right under Bruce’s nose, and even worse, he was able to frame Batman for the robbery, convincing the police to arrest the Caped Crusader. Of course, Batman was able to clear his name and recover the Penguin’s stolen goods, but it was still an impressive first outing for the gentleman criminal.
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