Real Name: Desmond Devance, 20th Earl of Batsowl
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Aristocrat, vigilante
Affiliations: Alec Allison
Known Relatives: Earl Alwyn Devance (ancestor), Lady Rosalie Devance (daughter)
Aliases: Master of Batsowl
Base of Operations: Batsowl Abbey
First Appearance: Illustrated Chips (Amalgamated Press, 1918)
Powers/Abilities: Batsowl possesses a suit with large, bat-like wings that allow him to fly. In the centre of his close fitting cap is a huge diamond, behind which is an electric light.
History: Since the time of the evil Earl Alwyn Devance, the Devance family has known the secret of flying using specially designed winged cloaks. Sadly, the family has also carried a curse since that time too, inflicted on them by Abbot Anselm after Alwyn murdered a girl at the foot of Batsowl Abbey's altar. In 1910s, the 20th Earl, Desmond Devance, sought to right the wrongs his ancestors committed. By day he pretends to be a meek aristocrat, but at night he operates from a subterranean base beneath the Abbey, emerging wearing a costume with batlike wings to become the crimefighter Batsowl.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Human Bat, a Victorian winged crimefighter
Captain Q, 1930s winged crook turned crimefighter
The Night Hawk, 1930s winged crimefighter
Sparrowhawk, 1930s winged crimefighter
Shade the Shadower, 1930s winged criminal
Human Bat, 1930s winged crimefighter
Black Wing, 1930s winged crimefighter
Scarlet Bat, 1940s winged crimefighter
The Bat, British character, very clearly a rip off of Batman, who appeared in the 40s
The Bat, British character, a hero who has come back from Hell
The Bat, superburglar who battled the Phantom in Pow Annual 1971
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