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Clement Carp, a.k.a the Squid, was a crimeboss in Gotham City. His alias was given to him for the ability of his criminal organization to reach multiple parts of the city, all of them controlled by him, the criminal mastermind.

The Squid stole confidential documents while in Gotham, which in turn drew the attention of the local vigilante, Batman. For this reason, Squid and his gang escaped from the city and went to Baja California, where they settle until they could make it to the Mexican frontier. When Batman was contacted by the FBI to capture Squid, he travelled to California and although Squid shot Batman, the vigilante managed to capture the crooks and turned them to the authorities.[1]

After the downfall of Rupert Thorne and Tony Falco, the Squid was poised to fill the power vacuum in Gotham's underworld left by the fall of Thorne and Falco, setting up a hideout in an old warehouse near the piers, where he and his gang had prepared to make their comeback to Gotham City. Soon, the Squid gained an unlikely allegiance from the villain Killer Croc. Initially, Croc was content to work a protection racket for the Squid at the visiting Sloan Circus but he soon wanted more. The Squid, meanwhile, was able to capture a giant squid which he named "Gertrude", which he kept in a huge aquarium in his hideout, usually feeding his rivals to it. In an attempt to gain control of the Gotham underworld, he and his crew succeeded in capturing Batman and nearly feeding him to Gertude. Batman was able to barely escape from the tank with his life. After witnessing Batman's escape from Getrude, Killer Croc sauntered away, informing the Squid that "this outfit smells of loser." After a brutal struggle against Killer Croc, Lawrence disappeared from public life and secretly ran the Gotham underworld.

Squid was later one of the organized crime figures recruited by Intergang boss Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim during Intergang's rise to power in Gotham City.[2]

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.



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