Doctor Double X
Doctor Double X and Batman in Detective Comics #316.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #261 (November 1958)
Created byDave Wood (writer)
Sheldon Moldoff (artist)
Bob Kane (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoDr. Simon Ecks
Notable aliasesDoctor X
Double X
AbilitiesAbility to create a symbiotic energy-made duplicate that can fly, generate energy blasts, and has superhuman strength.

Doctor Double X (originally called Doctor X and Double X) is a supervillain appearing in comics published by DC Comics. He has fought Batman several times in Gotham City.[1]

Publication history

Doctor Double X first appeared in Detective Comics #261 (November 1958), in a story titled "The Amazing Dr. Double X" by Bob Kane, writer Dave Wood and artist Sheldon Moldoff.[2]

Fictional character biography

Dr. Simon Ecks is a scientist who discovered that human auras could be enhanced to function outside of the body. When Ecks created an energy-duplicate of himself, the introverted scientist's unstable mind became dominated by the doppelgänger he named Double X. He fought with Batman and Robin. The resulting battle causes Ecks to lose his memory of the experience. He is remanded to Arkham Asylum.[3][4]

Some years later, Ecks regained his memory and developed another duplicator device that enabled him to escape from Arkham Asylum. Doctor Double X matched wits once again with Batman. This time, Batman was able to defeat him by building his own machine that generated an energy duplicate of himself.[5][6]

Doctor Double X later escaped from Arkham Asylum and faced off against Batman and Superman. This time, it took both Batman and Superman to overcome him.[7]

Doctor Double X once traded opponents with Rainbow Raider after meeting the motivational therapist Professor Andrea Wye. Both of them are defeated by Batman and Flash.[8]

Doctor Double X was later seen as a guest at the San Francisco sci-fi convention. He was sitting next to Beast Boy who learned that Doctor Double X was washed up and forgotten.[9]

In "The New 52", a reboot of the DC Comics universe, Batwing encounters Dr. Simon Ecks in the tunnels beneath Arkham Asylum. While he informs that most of the Arkham Asylum staff was either taken or killed, he warns Batwing to stay back as there is something inside that wants to kill. As a spirit rises from his body and starts to reach towards Batwing, Jim Corrigan shows up and knocks out Ecks as he states that the spirit is a Tulpa.[10] When Batman dispels a ghost in a cemetery, it causes the supposed death of a man wearing an ID badge that has his name on it. Batman then has Julia Pennyworth contact Batwing to look up any info on Ecks.[11]

Powers and abilities

Doctor Double X's energy-duplicate shares his consciousness, but can also act alone. It also has the powers of flight, super strength, and creating energy blasts, but requires regular infusions of electrical energy to sustain itself or else it will become dormant.

In other media




Doctor Double X appears in Justice League Adventures #29.

See also


  1. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 91. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  2. ^ Greenberger, Robert (2008). The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. Del Rey. pp. 113–114. ISBN 9780345501066.
  3. ^ Detective Comics #261
  4. ^ Fleisher, Michael L. (1976). The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes, Volume 1: Batman. Macmillan Publishing Co. pp. 193–194. ISBN 0-02-538700-6. Retrieved 13 April 2020.
  5. ^ Detective Comics #316
  6. ^ Wells, John (2015). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 123. ISBN 978-1605490458.
  7. ^ World's Finest #276
  8. ^ Brave and the Bold #194
  9. ^ Titans #17
  10. ^ Batman: Eternal #16. DC Comics.
  11. ^ Batman: Eternal #24. DC Comics.
  12. ^ "The LEGO Batman Movie Set/CMF Rumors & Discussion".