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SECRET ORIGINS
The Eraser

With the country in the grip of "Bat-Mania," and Penguin and Joker becoming household names, DC was under pressure to create NEW supervillains for Batman and Robin to battle. At first it seems extra-ridiculous, but Penguin was based on a bird, and Joker was based on a playing card. So why NOT create a villain out of a pencil?

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Naturally, The Eraser's main goal was to "rub out" the dynamic duo...
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But his day job consisted of renting himself out as a clue-destroyer. He took out classified ads that were truly weird. The type of thing you don't often see, even on Craig's List. And his fee was outrageous -- 20 percent, before taxes! I was not aware criminals paid taxes on their loot. As Robin admits below, "Boy, if that isn't CAMP, I don't know what IS!"
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In terms of POWERS, well...
the Eraser had knock-out gas in his shoes, which were extremely pointy...
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Also, his mask wasn't just impossibly cimbersome decoration, it had a purpose! The giant eraser part of the mask could remove "everything -- even the almost invisible impressions made by your soles!" Remove EVERYTHING? Lord only knows HOW that litttle trick was accomplished.
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Did you catch that NAME? The Eraser is really LENNY FIASCO! Does it GET more perfect than that? Does any Batman villain have a better real name? I say no! With the possible exception of The Riddler, aka E. Nigma.

Naturally Baman and Robin defeat The Eraser easily, putting him in jail. Then Batman does something uncharacteristically cruel, and actually a bit depraved. He goes to the trouble of buying a giant eraser to help Mr. Fiasco "erase all the wrong he's done."
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But the message didn't stick, and Lenny Fiasco turned up AGAIN, in an episode of "Batman Brave and Bold," accompanied by a veritable legion of B- and C-List Batman villains.

TheEraser charges at Baman, but Bats dodges him easily, and...
But nothing an erase the Eraser!He turned up again, courtesy of Grant Morrison, Lee Garbett, and Trevor Scott in Batman #682, January 2009.
Mr. Fiasco is ready for his close-up!
The original art for the page featuring the Eraser drawing seen above...
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