Penny Plunderer

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Penny Plunderer on the title page in World's Finest Comics #30 in 1947

The Penny Plunderer (Joe Coyne) is a fictional criminal in the DC Universe, and an adversary of Batman. He first appeared in World's Finest Comics #30 (Sept-Oct 1947).[1][2] The story was written by uncredited Bill Finger; the art was credited to Bob Kane.[3]

Fictional character history[edit]

Joe Coyne began his career selling newspapers, but he was soon caught stealing pennies. He now commits crimes which center around pennies.[4] In "The Penny Plunderers", he leaves Batman and Robin in a deathtrap shaped like a giant penny, with a penny each as a token of their worth - just two cents. Batman turns the tables by using the coins to make a battery and signal for help.[5] The giant penny often shown in the Batcave is a trophy of Batman's defeat of The Penny Plunderer.[6]

Though he is a classic adversary of Batman, he has recently been ret-conned out of Batman's rogue gallery. The giant penny has also been the focus of a ret-con and is now canonically known as an item that Two-Face attempted to use to crush Batman. The Penny Plunderer's last known whereabouts were at death row in Arkham Asylum. He wore a green suit and had black hair. He made only one appearance.

In Scarecrow/Two Face: Year One, Penny Plunderer makes a cameo appearance. He is robbing a bank with the underground approval of the Penguin. Again he has a green pin-striped suit. He is attacked by Two-Face, who is waging his own vigilante war. The Batman confronts them both. Two-Face destroys the supports on the classic giant penny, which is inside the bank being robbed. It crushes Penny Plunderer, killing him and almost killing Jim Gordon. The Batman stops the coin.[7]


  1. ^ Robert Greenberger, The Essential Batman Encyclopedia 
  2. ^ Michael L. Fleisher, Janet E. Lincoln, The encyclopedia of comic book heroes 1 
  3. ^ "Grand Comics Database". Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ By Keith Phipps (June 1, 2005), Rogues' Gallery Runoff 
  5. ^ Scott Beatty, Chuck Dixon, David Hahn, The Batman Handbook 
  6. ^ Douglas P. Felter (Feb 1994), "Skeleton Keys: Teaching the Fiction of Narrative Truth", The English Journal 83 (2): 43–47, JSTOR 821153 
  7. ^ "Two Face Year One" #2 (2007)