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Information-silkReal NameCornelius Stirk
Information-silkCurrent AliasCornelius Stirk
Information-silkBase Of OperationsGotham City
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationSerial Killer
Information-silkUnusual FeaturesDeformed Face
Information-silkUniverseNew Earth
Information-silkCreatorsAlan Grant, Norm Breyfogle
First Appearance



Stirk, like the Scarecrow, uses fear to get to his victims. Stirk has the ability to make other people see him as someone else, allowing him to get close to his victims. He operates under the delusion that he requires the nutrients and hormones from peoples' hearts in order to stay alive, and these are best prepared with norepinephrine by inducing fear in the victim prior to death.

In his first appearance Stirk is released from Arkham Asylum (where he was confined since the age of 16 for trying to kill a classmate), after being certified as sane. It is assumed he used his psychic abilities on his doctors. He then subsequently stops taking his medication and begins his escalation into a serial killer.


During the "Knightfall" storyline, Stirk works with the Joker in an attempt to kidnap Commissioner Gordon. However, Stirk tries to kill Gordon rather than kidnap him, much to Joker's dismay. Gordon hallucinates that Stirk is actually Batman as Stirk tries to kill Gordon with a knife. The real Batman stops Stirk, but Gordon is still screaming in fear, believing Batman had tried to kill him. In order to capture Stirk, Batman is forced to leave a terrified Gordon with his wife, who brings him to a hospital. Stirk is successfully returned to Arkham.

The Widening Gyre

Stirk resurfaces some time after the Infinite Crisis, back to his old tricks. When Batman comes to stop him, Stirk successfully renders him unconscious and keeps him bound inside his hideout. This time, Robin shows up and defeats him, rescuing Batman and sending Stirk back into custody.

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