Big Sir (comics)

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Big Sir
BigSir.jpg
Big Sir as seen in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe Vol 1 #2 (April 1985)
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance The Flash #338 (October 1984)
Created by Cary Bates, Carmine Infantino
In-story information
Full name Dufus P. Ratchett
Team affiliations Injustice League
Justice League
Suicide Squad
Abilities Super strength, powered armor, card-counting

Big Sir is a fictional DC Comics character. He first appeared in The Flash #338 (October 1984).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Born Dufus P. Ratchett, he had a malformed brain gland that caused him to grow to incredible proportions but left him mentally handicapped. He was later abducted from his Central City Breedmore Mental Hospital home by a group of supervillains, the Rogue's Gallery, who equipped him with a high-tech suit of armor created by the Monitor. This suit was heavily armored, could fly, and included a powerful energy mace. However, it also made him susceptible to telepathic suggestion. Big Sir was told that the Flash had just beaten upon the Rogue's Gallery and to make matters worse, he had hurt a mouse. Enraged, Big Sir ambushed the Flash who was at the time on trial in Central City for the murder of Professor Zoom. The dim-witted Sir managed to strike the Flash in the head with his energy mace causing the hero horrific facial injuries. With the last of his strength, Flash managed to run to Gorilla City, where his injuries were healed by Solovar and a simian medical team. Returning to Central City, the Flash managed to subdue Big Sir and took him back to Gorilla City where their super-science corrected his mental deficiencies. After his treatment, Ratchet's IQ was near genius level and he became a respected member of society.

Injustice League[edit]

When he returned as a part of the Injustice League, however, his intelligence had returned to its prior low levels. The team, led by Major Disaster, survived largely due to bizarre luck that often saved their lives and their freedom, but rarely their dignity.

Big Sir and his friends attempt to learn the French language but this ends badly because the Justice League Europe ended up being in the same class. A fight inevitably broke out. This involves Big Sir meeting his enemy's successor, Wally West.[1]

Big Sir and Major Disaster by themselves broke the bank at the unofficial Club Justice League, leading, quite naturally, to much chaos and confusion. This confusion was further enhanced by the Club having been built on a sentient island, Kooey Kooey Kooey, who chose the time of the incident to go traveling.[2][3]

The Injustice League even once became Justice League Antarctica. There, Big Sir encountered flesh-eating penguins and had his life saved by the canine Green Lantern, G'nort. The entire Antarctica base was destroyed in a battle with flesh-eating penguins. Though Justice League America had to intervene, G'nort did save the lives of his teammates.[4]

Around this time, Big Sir and the Injustice League participates in an attempt to con a cult leader out of his fortune.[5]

After the fiasco with the JLA, he was fired by Maxwell Lord with full benefits and a month's pay, along with all his friends. This measure of respect prompted a visit to Max in Justice League Of America #53, the first part of the Breakdowns crossover. Max was in the hospital after a brutal assassination attempt. There, Big Sir accidentally injured four police officers when he simply wanted to remove their guns. This, combined with a panicking nurse, caused the room to be surrounded by police, who believe Max to be in danger.

The Martian Manhunter uses his invisibility to spy on the group. He decided to leave them there, as he believed they would make perfect bodyguards.

Death[edit]

Big Sir later joined the Suicide Squad in return for a pardon, along with most of his Injustice League friends. They are sent in to deal with a terroristic/hostage situation on a small island owned by the country of Iceland. The problems stemmed from a mad scientist becoming personally obsessed with an evolutionary advanced life form. Big Sir encounters a genetically engineered biological form in shape of a small child. When he picks it up, thinking it is a real child, it explodes in his arms. He is killed instantly.[6]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Although Big Sir's strength levels would not be considered superhuman, he did possess raw physical power significantly greater than that of a normal human being. He has an electronic mace that emits spikes of pure energy or a steady stream of energy able to propel Ratchet through the air. Ratchet's helmet emits "telepathic noise" that makes Big Sir susceptible to suggestion.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Flash Vol. 1 #338 (October 1984): "The Revenge of the Rogues"
  • Flash Vol. 1 #339 (November 1984): "Warday"
  • Flash Vol. 1 #340 (December 1984): "Reach Out and Waste Somebody"
  • Flash Vol. 1 #341 (January 1985): "Trial and Tribulation"
  • Flash Vol. 1 #342 (February 1985): "Smash-Up"
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 (August 1985): "Worlds in Limbo"
  • Justice League International Vol. 1 #23 (January 1989): "Gross Injustice"
  • Justice League Europe #6 (September 1989): "No More Teachers' Dirty Looks...?!"
  • Justice League America #34 (January 1990): "Club JLI"
  • Justice League America #35 (February 1990): "Lifeboat"
  • Justice League Of America #53 (August 1991): "Breakdowns Part 1"
  • Justice League America Annual #4 (1990): "What's Black and White and Black and White and Bl"
  • Justice League Quarterly #4 (fall 1991): "The Sunnie Caper"
  • Justice League Europe #49(April 1993): "Red Winter 5: Hard Ground"
  • Justice League Europe #50 (May 1993): "Red Winter 6: The Ice Breaks"
  • Outsiders Vol. 2 #9 (July 1994): "Breakout"
  • Suicide Squad Vol. 2 #1 (November 2001): "Almost a Good Idea" [Dies]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Justice League Europe #6 (September 1989): "No More Teachers' Dirty Looks...?!"
  2. ^ Justice League America #34 (January 1990): "Club JLI"
  3. ^ Justice League America #35 (February 1990): "Lifeboat"
  4. ^ Justice League America Annual #4 (1990): "What's Black and White and Black and White and Bl"
  5. ^ Justice League Quarterly #4 (fall 1991): "The Sunnie Caper"
  6. ^ Suicide Squad (vol. 2) #1