- Debut: Detective Comics #58 (December 1941)
- Created By: Bob Kane & Bill Finger
The Penguin is one of the most notable villains in the world of comics, and that is certainly due to his run-ins with the caped crusader. What makes him one of the best Batman rogues gallery villains? The “Gentleman of Crime” might seem like a short, overweight blub of a human being. Yet he uses some impressive technology to get his way. In particular, he is known for his umbrella. It tends to have numerous gadgets equal to what Batman might have in his toolbelt. Pretty much anything that could help him at the time will be present. Whether on the old animated series or in the comics, it was always cool to see what that umbrella provided.
The umbrella is bulletproof, yet can shoot bullets itself. It has become a sword, mini-helicopter, shot gas, and countless other things. Penguin has also shown to be relatively skilled at unarmed combat too. He owns and operates the “Iceberg Lounge,” a major nightclub for the criminal underworld. Batman often uses it to gain information. However, Penguin often utilizes this himself… which is probably the very reason he has the club. One important note is that, unlike most other rogues villains, Penguin is completely sane. He knows what he’s doing and has no problem with it. Making him a bit more difficult for Batman to handle sometimes.