- Debut: Detective Comics #36 (February 1940)
- Created By: Bob Kane & Bill Finger
Professor Hugo Strange has been altered several times over the years. In DC Comics, there is something known as the “Pre-Crisis” and “Post-Crisis” continuity. This is due to a major crisis event that reshaped the entire DC Universe. Thus, several characters were changed or altered from their previous versions. A similar situation happened with the New 52 and the recent Rebirth movements. Usually, Strange is depicted as a man of genius-level intellect. He uses his knowledge of biology, chemistry, and even psychiatry to help him commit criminal acts. Some of his inventions or uses of biological beings can be horrific! Let’s just say “#Zombies.”
At one point, he was put in place as the head of Arkham and used the villains to do his bidding. On top of this, Strange is among the first of the Batman Rogues Gallery villains to find out Bruce Wayne is Batman. This was a shocking thing, as only those such as Catwoman really could say they knew. Batman usually avoided letting anyone find out his secret identity. However, Strange is a genius who became obsessed with learning the true identity. Not only did he learn it, but he made sure Batman knew he found out. Yet in spite of this, depending on the universe, Strange usually kept that identity a secret.