Sometimes, you start out with an idea and it just kind of gets away from you. Such is the case with The Maestro from Batman #149. You see, The Maestro was a pianist (which sounds like something dirty if you say it just right) and decided to resort to super-villainy after his concert got scathing reviews. Because in comic books, the notion of dedicating yourself to honing your craft is always less appealing than super-villainy.
Well.... history will tell us we pretty much did forget his "masterpieces of musical crime." It appears there was once a possibility that he (or a similar character) would appear in Batman: The Animated Series but that never happened.
So, why did he fail, while we put up with the arguably-much-less-versatile character The Fiddler for about 70 years now?
I think I have the answer. Walk with me, talk with me, and see if you can guess:
Yes. To fight this man, Batman is going to do a team up with.... Professor of Musicology Ambrose Weems!
It gets better:
Oh, man. They couldn't just put a mask on the guy?
Hmmmmm... I don't know that musical clues work so well in a visual format like comics.
Man.... I'm tired of Ambrose Weems already, and he's just getting started.
See? When you have a villain like this, everyone starts making puns. Batman, the henchmen. I don't think Robin cracked wise once.
Hmmmmm... I'm not sure all that was necessary. I like to think Batman and Robin could have handled a few goons packing French horns without all the bother.
Oh, seriously... shut up, Ambrose Weems! GAH!
See you Monday!