|First appearance||Flash Comics # 64
|Created by||Gardner Fox
|Alter ego||Jonathan Cheval|
|Team affiliations||Secret Society of Super Villains|
|Abilities||Mystical powers from an eye piece.|
Fictional character biography
Jonathan Cheval is an honest businessman in the field of optics; however due to the scheming of a criminal he loses his business. Determined to get revenge on the people that cheated him, Cheval invents a number of monocles that can emit beams of energy. He is eventually captured by the Golden Age Hawkman after killing two of the criminals, although the remaining one is jailed with him.
Decades later, after being released from prison, he is invited by the Ultra-Humanite to join his Secret Society of Super Villains which battles Hawkman along with the rest of the Justice Society of America and the Justice League of America. He along with his colleagues are defeated and banished into an interdimensional limbo until the Ultra from 1942 contacts his future counterpart, enlisting the aid of all criminals then present in limbo. Monocle briefly resides once more in 1942 until he and his allies are defeated once again, this time at the hands of the All-Star Squadron.
Monocle joins up with a new version of the Secret society in JLA-80 Page Giant #1 (1998), but judging from the story's end, this entire adventure is a tall tale told between two other supervillains; Sonar II and the Rainbow Raider.
Monocle appears with Merlyn and other various villains and ex-Suicide Squad members in the mini-series Identity Crisis (2004). Though his appearance in Identity Crisis sets him up for the big time, he is killed by the most recent Manhunter (Kate Spencer) in Manhunter # 9 (June 2005).
In Blackest Night #1, it is revealed that Monocle's remains were gathered by the Justice League along with the remains of several other deceased super-villains after Nightwing found out about a rash of graverobbings.
In The New 52 (a reboot of the DC Comics universe), Monocle was seen in the Forever Evil storyline where he thinks that the Crime Syndicate of America is actually the Justice League in disguise where they are tricking the villains. Monocle ends up killed by Ultraman's heat vision.
Powers and abilities
The Monocle created a number of special monocles that emit different types of rays or beams. For example, one fires a destructive ray, another emits a laser like beam capable of cutting through most materials, and yet another emits an intense beam of white light capable of blinding an opponent. The monocles can be operated either when being held by Monocle or remotely, though Monocle tends to use them most often while holding them over his eye.
In other media
- In Justice League Unlimited, Monocle is seen as one of the latest recruits to the Secret Society. He appears in the episodes "Alive!" and "Dead Reckoning", but has no lines. He sided with Grodd against Luthor during the fight between the Society's members and is killed in the mutiny.
- Monocle has a cameo appearance in the animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. He is seen during the famous speech by John F. Kennedy.
- The Monocle is mentioned in Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame by Hawkman when he is talking about how Gentleman Ghost reminds him of the Monocle.
- In Batman: Arkham Knight a store named Cheval's can be seen, alluding to the Monocle.