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Otto Fisher (New Earth)

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For all intents and purposes, Fisher was a relatively normal person for most of his life. As an adult, he pursued a career as a circus clown, and while he was thus employed, he fell hopelessly in love with a female trapeze artist working for the circus. Sensing that she did not feel the same way about him...and thinking that the reason for this was that he was merely a clown while she was a mistress of the airways…Fisher trained himself in athletics and acrobatics, and then, displaying a hitherto-unseen inventive genius, developed a costume for himself that was equipped with a series of small but powerful magnetic motors. Through the use of these motors, Fisher could create small, semi-solid fields of magnetic force that he could hold onto long enough to perform spectacular aerial stunts without the benefit of any trapeze or other equipment.

Fisher planned to demonstrate his skills to his intended love, following a performance of the circus at the Ferris Aircraft Company in Coast City, CA. But tragedy struck when a storm hit as the circus was putting on their show; a stray bolt of lightning struck the trapeze where Fisher's intended girlfriend was performing, and she was killed instantly.

Fisher felt that Ferris Aircraft was to blame for his heartbreak, and vowed that he would get revenge. He refined his magnetic motor equipment and, as the Aerialist, put his plans into motion, intending to force Green Lantern Hal Jordan into doing his bidding and thus allowing the hero to be blamed for the destruction.

In the end, Jordan was able to defeat Fisher by using static electricity to offset the magnetic charges Fisher's devices used. Fisher was taken into custody and held over for psychiatric evaluation, followed by a trial. Fisher is currently incarcerated and has made no effort to escape in the time since then.



Costume equipped with electromagnets that let him perform acrobatics on waves of magnetic force


Gun that fires magnetically-charged objects at people

  • 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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