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Continuity-Related Comic Book Character
Captain Calamity
Mister Epsers (TeenTitans, 52)
Information
Real name: Mister Esper
AKA: Mr. ESPer
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-One
Earth-1A
Base: Gotham City
Long Island, New York
Abilities: Psychic Ability
Mister Esper 3 (Detective Comics 352)

Mister Eppers
Detective Comics, #352 (June 1966)

Mr Esper (TeenTitans, 51) 3

Mister Eppers
Teen Titans, #52 (December 1977)

Mister Esper (Detective Comics 352)

From Detective Comics, #352 (June 1966)

Esper (TeenTitans, 51)

From Teen Titans, #51 (November 1977)

Calamity and Crew (TeenTitans, 50)

From Teen Titans, #50 (October 1977)

Captain Calamity (TeenTitans, 50)

From Teen Titans, #50 (October 1977)

Also known as Mr. ESPer, this villain first gained notoriety as one of the Batman's early foes, and then of the Teen Titans. His helmet allowed him to gain access to Lilith Clay's mental powers, allowing him to create realistic illusions, which he used to terrorize the Titans and Batman.


Background Information

In the parallel universe of Earth-One, Mr. Esper was a former con-artist who worked at the Black Cat nightclub as a magician. Esper tried to start a criminal career in Gotham City and for this purpose, he created a device that could induce people to act strangely by following his commands. He used it to throw off Batman and Robin from the trail of his crimes, but he left evidence behind that helped the crime fighters capture him and his accomplices.[1]

Esper was later contacted by the West Coast Crime Syndicate, who asked him to mentally lure Batman into deadly traps, created by the Syndicate in order to take over Gotham. Esper accepted the Syndicate's task, but he couldn't allow them to kill Batman. For this reason, he forced Penguin to organize and gather various criminals from Gotham and create the Gangland Guardians. Esper used his mental abilities to give Penguin the information needed without revealing his identity and once the threat of the Crime Syndicate was removed, Esper used his ability again, to dissolve the Gangland Guardians.[2]

Esper then became part of a criminal group that planned to steal the Gotham's National Bank. Using special machines, Esper managed to induce subliminal messages into the minds of Batman, Robin and Commissioner Gordon, allowing the crooks to perform their activities without the risk of being captured. However, Batman deduced Esper's scheme and used earplugs to avoid being affected by the subliminal messages and the Dynamic Duo managed to capture Esper once again.[3]

Esper's shows up again about years later, using a modified helmet to tap into mentalist Lilith Clay's telepathy. This was done to cause disasters in California and in Long Island. It was the Teen Titans who stepped up to thwart this plan of destruction.[4]


Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Telepathy: Esper's telepathic powers are limited to create urgent needs and provide information on others' minds.

Abilities


Equipment

  • Super-Sonic Amplifier which projects his telepathy or 'thought whispers'.


Appearances

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Notes

  • Mister Esper first appears in Detective Comics, #352 (June, 1966).
  • He was created by John Broome and Sheldon Moldoff.


External Links


References

  1. As revealed in Detective Comics, #352 (June 1966).
  2. As revealed in Batman, #201 (May 1968).
  3. As revealed in Batman, #209 (February 1969).
  4. As revealed in Teen Titans, #50 - #52 (October - December, 1977).
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