Mister Twister (comics)

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Mister Twister is the name of two villains in DC Comics.

History[edit]

Dan Judd[edit]

Dan Judd is a writer who decides to research his latest crime novel by becoming a criminal. Becoming Mister Twister, he forms a gang. When Superman stumbles upon his crime sprees, Mister Twister gets away by having Superman rescue some bystanders from danger. When Dan's gang discover that they are being used for his own novel, they double-cross him and rob him. Upon deducing Mister Twister's identity, Superman rescues Dan and rounds up his gang. Dan ends up in prison where he decides to write a novel on prison life.[1] This is the character's only appearance.

Bromwell Stikk[edit]

Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Brave and the Bold #54 (June-July 1964)
Created by Bob Haney
In-story information
Alter ego Bromwell Stikk
Notable aliases Gargoyle
Abilities Mister Twister: Wields a weather-controlling stick.
Gargoyle: Super-strength, durability, and stamina

The second Mister Twister is Bromwell Stikk. He was born in the small town of Hatton Corners. His ancestry can be traced back to Colonial times where his ancestor Jacob Stikk leased the town to the Colonists for the price of a feather from a passenger pigeon. Each year, the town elders gave the pigeon feather to the Stikk family as payment. Now in present day, Bromwell Stikk leaves the town to live in exile on Goat Island. While there, he discovers a Native American cave and an old Shaman's medicine staff. When Bromwell dips the staff in a special brew, he discovers that he can control the forces of nature. With his new powers, Bromwell becomes Mister Twister and returns to Hatton Corners to take revenge on the people that spurned him. He demands payment of the feather of a Passenger Pigeon that was never given to his later ancestors. Due to the Passenger Pigeon going extinct in 1913, the mayor is unable to pay. Mister Twister punishes the town by summoning a tornado that whisks away the town's teenage populace. Upon enslaving the teenagers, Mister Twister brings them to Goat Island where he has them erect a twister-shaped stone tower in his honor. Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad arrive in Hatton Corners and learn of the incident, and head off to Goat Island. Kid Flash manages to erect the tower for the children, as Aqualad summons a large whale to move the island. When Mister Twister discovers the island is not in its usual location, he causes havoc in Hatton Corners. He manages to subdue Aqualad and Kid Flash before Robin uses his Batrope to disarm Mister Twister of his staff. Mister Twister is taken into custody and the children are reunited with their parents. Afterwards, Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash form the Teen Titans.[2]

It is later revealed that the Teen Titans' battle with Mister Twister had caught the attention of the malevolent entity known as the Antithesis, who uses Mister Twister as an instrument of revenge. He summons Mister Twister and transforms him into Gargoyle. In this new form, Gargoyle fights the Teen Titans. As the Gargoyle, Bromwell manages to sow the seeds of doubt in all of the Teen Titans except for Robin. Robin surrenders, allowing him to be transported to Limbo so that he can fight Gargoyle. Upon smashing Gargoyle's ring, Robin manages to trap Gargoyle in Limbo.[3]

While the Teen Titans are on a mission overseas, Mal Duncan accidentally releases Gargoyle from Limbo. Mal proves himself a hero by sending Gargoyle back to Limbo.[4]

Gargoyle later hypnotizes the Titans to make them enjoy life as if they were never Teen Titans.[5]

Many years later during the Infinite Crisis, Mister Twister - who has apparently returned to human form - is among the mystics in Stonehenge using magic to bind the Spectre to Crispus Allen.[6]

One Year Later, Bromwell Stikk is shown amongst the homeless living in the soup kitchen during Christmas. He encounters Roy Harper, who has volunteered at the soup kitchen. Though Bromwell was bitter at first, he makes peace with Roy, grateful that someone remembered who he was.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

The first Mister Twister has no powers.

The second Mister Twister used a stick that enabled him to control the weather (mostly tornadoes) and can ride on the crown of the tornado. He can summon fire that rains down from the sky and fire blasts of lightning from his staff. The staff can also generate an invisible force field that protects Mister Twister from physical harm. The power of the staff eventually depletes itself unless Mister Twister bathes in a hot potion inside the medicine cave. As the Gargoyle, he has super-strength, endurance, and stamina as well as negativity and hypnotic powers.

Other versions[edit]

'Mirror World'[edit]

In an alternate universe encountered by the Flash and Captain Cold, the lack of any speedsters has changed Mister Twister's first encounter with the Titans. He kills Speedy and Aqualad and puts Wonder Girl in a coma. For that, the Amazons decapitate Mister Twister whose head is left on a spike outside of the Justice League's headquarters.[8]

Titans Tomorrow[edit]

In the Titans Tomorrow storyline, it was mentioned that the Titans East halted a hurricane that Mister Twister created. [9]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Mister Twister appears in the Young Justice episode "Welcome to Happy Harbor" voiced by John de Lancie. This version is a full-armored supervillain with weather-controlling abilities. The team mistakenly believes him to be Red Tornado in disguise when he attacks the Happy Harbor Power Plant in order to draw out a superhero opponent. They find out that they are wrong when Mister Twister demonstrates other weather-based abilities. Miss Martian managed to put her bioship between the team and Mister Twister causing him to leave. Mister Twister then unleashes a bunch of twisters on Happy Harbor causing Young Justice to fight him again. Red Tornado arrives and ends up fighting Mister Twister. When Mister Twister takes down Red Tornado, it is revealed that Red Tornado is actually Miss Martian in disguise as the team takes down the villain. Miss Martian revealed that the person in the exo-suit is a robot, which is why she couldn't read Mister Twister's mind. It turns out that the real Bromwell Stikk controlled the robot in the armor from an undisclosed location to test it out for T.O. Morrow who commented to Bromwell that he was lucky it wasn't him testing the armor.[10] In "Drop Zone," it was mentioned that Mister Twister and T.O. Morrow were in cahoots with "The Light" (Project Cadmus' Board of Directors). In "Humanity," it was revealed that Mister Twister and T.O. Morrow were behind the remote reprogramming of Red Tornado. When Red Volcano was created and went rogue, Mister Twister fled even when the T.O. Morrow that Red Volcano destroyed was an android. Mister Twister was later seen at the bedside of the real T.O. Morrow when Red Tornado arrived.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Action Comics #96 (May 1946)
  2. ^ Brave and the Bold #54
  3. ^ Teen Titans #14 (March-April 1968)
  4. ^ Teen Titans #35 (September-October 1971)
  5. ^ Titans #15 (May 2000) and 16< (June 2000)
  6. ^ Infinite Crisis #6 (May 2006)
  7. ^ Justice League of America Vol. 2 #16
  8. ^ "Flash" Vol 2. #165 (October 2000)
  9. ^ Teen Titans #17-19
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1802127/

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