Legs, as portrayed in The Batman Chronicles #1 (Summer 1995), art by Staz Johnson.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #587 (June 1988)
Created byJohn Wagner (writer)
Alan Grant (writer)
Norm Breyfogle (artist)
In-story information
Supporting character ofBatman

Legs is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe who appeared as a supporting character in various Batman-related comics during the 80s and 90s. Co-created by writers John Wagner and Alan Grant, and artist Norm Breyfogle, he first appeared in Detective Comics #587 (June 1988).[1]

Publication history

Legs was created during Detective Comics debut of Wagner and Grant, co-writers established for their work on Judge Dredd comics for 2000 AD. However, due to poor sales of their comics within months of their debut, which left both men questioning the viability of their new jobs, Wagner soon left the project alone to Grant. Concerned that he would be fired if his editors learned the writing team had split, Grant alerted no one to the change, and decided to continue writing stories in the pattern of the first for the duration of his original contract.[2] Now a regular writer for Detective Comics and other Batman-related titles during this time period, Grant made frequent use of Legs as an ally for the anarchist themed character, Anarky. Legs is shown to be loyal to Anarky as a vigilante, who in turn employs Legs and other homeless men to act as diversions or spies against Batman.[3][4] As such, the two characters appear together prominently in Batman: Anarky, a trade paperback collection of comics written by Grant.[5]

Legs is characterized as a homeless Vietnam veteran and resident of the streets of Gotham City. Holding strong views, the character is described as being prone to frustration, anger, and alcoholism, and frequently argues with other homeless men. Legs is ironically named for his missing limbs, which he is described as having lost due to an anti-personnel mine explosion in the Vietnam War in Detective Comics #608 (November 1989).[6] Crippled and unable to afford a wheelchair, he is shown to move about in a wheeled tray.

The character has not appeared in published material since the departure of Alan Grant from DC Comics in 2000, and has fallen into obscurity.

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  1. ^ Wagner, John, Grant, Alan (w), Breyfogle, Norm (a), Roy, Adrienne (col), Klein, Todd (let), O'Neil, Dennis (ed). "Night People" Detective Comics, no. 587 (1988). DC Comics.
  2. ^ Best, Daniel (2007-01-06). "Alan Grant & Norm Breyfogle". Adelaide Comics and Books. ACAB Publishing. Archived from the original on 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2007-05-18.
  3. ^ Grant, Alan (w), Johnson, Staz (p), Smith, Cam (i). "Anarky: Tomorrow Belongs to Us" The Batman Chronicles, no. 1 (Summer 1995). New York City, NY: DC Comics.
  4. ^ Alan Grant (w), Norm Breyfogle (p), Josef Rubinstein (i). "Metamorphosis Part 1: Does a Dog Have a Buddha Nature?" Anarky, no. 1 (May 1, 1997). DC Comics.;
    Alan Grant (w), Norm Breyfogle (p), Josef Rubinstein (i). "Metamorphosis, Part 2: Revolution Number 9" Anarky, no. 2 (June 1, 1997). DC Comics.;
    Alan Grant (w), Norm Breyfogle (p), Josef Rubinstein (i). "Metamorphosis Part 3: The Economics of The Madhouse" Anarky, no. 3 (July 1, 1997). DC Comics.;
    Alan Grant (w), Norm Breyfogle (p), Josef Rubinstein (i). "Metamorphosis Part 4: Fanfare for the Common Man" Anarky, no. 4 (August 1, 1997). DC Comics.
  5. ^ Grant, Alan (1999). Batman: Anarky. New York: DC Comics. ISBN 1-56389-437-8.
  6. ^ Alan Grant (w), Norm Breyfogle (p), Steve Mitchell (i). "Anarky in Gotham City, Part 1: Letters to the Editor" Detective Comics, no. 608 (November 1, 1989). DC Comics.