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Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (Buchinsky)
Batman #331 (January 1981)
Detective Comics #626 (February 1991)
Detective Comics #644, (May 1992)
Created by (Buchinsky)
Marv Wolfman
Michael Fleisher
Irv Novick
Marv Wolfman
Jim Aparo
Chuck Dixon (writer)
Tom Lyle (artist)
Scott Hanna (artist)
In-story information
Alter ego - Buchinsky
- Unrevealed
- Lester Buchinsky
Team affiliations (Lester)
Suicide Squad
Secret Society of Super Villains
Abilities (All)
Costume can generate electric shocks

Electrocutioner is a fictional character in the DC Comics Universe. The current version first appeared in Detective Comics #644, (May 1992), and was created by Chuck Dixon, Tom Lyle and Scott Hanna.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Unnamed Buchinsky[edit]

Lester Buchinsky's unnamed brother was the first Electrocutioner. Lester would take over the identity later. He was later killed by Vigilante (Adrian Chase). An undead version of him was called forth by Circe during a battle between her and Earth's heroes.[1]


The second Electrocutioner used a costume rigged to generate a lethal electrical shock against criminals (including Cannon and Saber), and ran afoul of Batman, who disapproved of his extreme justice.

Lester Buchinsky[edit]

Initially working in the cause of justice just like the first Electrocutioner, Lester Buchinsky became a criminal and mercenary. Overly reliant on his ability to generate electricity, the Electrocutioner has faced (and been defeated by) Batman, Robin, and Nightwing. In at least one scheme, working with the Cluemaster to steal an armored car full of money, Spoiler works to oppose him. Ironically, Spoiler would prove to be Cluemaster's daughter. The stupidity of Lester's second partner, a hulking brute with delusions of intelligence, would also hamper their plans. For a time, Lester was frequently seen in the employ of Blüdhaven crime boss Blockbuster.

In Infinite Crisis, Lester became a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains.

During the 34th week of the series 52, Electrocutioner appear as part of a Suicide Squad operation against Black Adam.

In Rise and Fall storyline, Green Arrow is still hunting Electrocutioner those who worked with Prometheus, keeping secret his murder of the man as the rest of the JLA tries to track him down. Green Arrow confronts the Electrocutioner, who set off the device that devastated Star City in Justice League: Cry for Justice. He has close to killing the man when Black Canary stops him and in their argument, Black Canary realizes what Green Arrow did. Electrocutioner escaped from Green Arrow's rage to bring Electrocutioner down.[2] Although Electrocutioner was defeated and horrifically injured by Speedy.[3] Green Arrow's arrival convinces Speedy that killing is not the answer and the two archers took him into custody.[4] Once Electrocutioner awoke from his coma, Roy Harper vowed revenge. He broke into the jail and killed Electrocutioner, despite all of Green Arrow's protests.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The Electrocutioner’s costume possesses circuitry that allows him to either stun or kill his victims at will with a bolt of electricity.

In other media[edit]


Video games[edit]

  • In Batman for the Nintendo, Electrocutioner was the boss of stage 3. He had an electric sword-arm that was used to fling arcing high-voltage projectiles. Along with Killer Moth and Firebug, he was a supervillain working for Joker.
  • The Lester Buchinsky version of Electrocutioner appears in Batman: Arkham Origins as one of the assassins hired by Black Mask to kill Batman, where he is voiced by Steven Blum.[6] He is the second assassin to face Batman, first appearing as a pit fighter on Penguin's ship. He starts boasting before fighting Batman, which allows him to knock out Electrocutioner with one kick to the face. However, he is able to escape after Batman leaves the pit, promising Batman he'll fight him again. Batman later tracks the electromagnetic pulse given off by his gloves to the meeting at the Royal Hotel with the remaining assassins. The Joker sheds his Black Mask disguise when he disrupts Electrocutioner's game on his phone during the meeting. Electrocutioner demands to know who the Joker is, and the clown fires his gun near him as a warning. Electrocutioner is pushed out a window by Joker, (who claimed that Electrocutioner has nothing else to contribute), and crashes onto a chandelier in the lobby of the hotel, killing him. Batman takes Electrocutioner's gloves for himself as a gadget which become a key tool for the remainder of the game. Batman uses them to revive Alfred as a defibrillator, then does the same to Bane after remembering the Electrocutioner's threat to "jump-start him heart, and then kill him again". A strange fact after the game is completed is that Buchinsky's corpse is still on the chandelier in the Royal Hotel's lobby.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ War of the Gods #4 (December 1991)
  2. ^ Justice League: The Rise and Fall Special (March 2010)
  3. ^ Green Arrow and Black Canary #31 (May 2010)
  4. ^ Green Arrow and Black Canary #32 (Jun 2010)
  5. ^ Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal #4 (April 2010)
  6. ^ Perry, Spencer (October 12, 2013). "NYCC: Another Assassin Revealed for Batman: Arkham Origins". SuperHeroHype. Retrieved October 12, 2013. 

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