In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.
Today, as requested by reader Eric H., we look at a Batman villain created by superstar comic book writer Brian K. Vaughan!
in 2000's Batman: Gotham City Secret Files and Origins #1, Vaughan and artist Marcos Martin introduced a character called the Skeleton who was using the files on the Joker, Mr. Freeze and the Riddler (plus equipment based on theirs) to essentially BECOME each of the villains..
all as part of a mysterious vendetta against Bruce Wayne.
Vaughan created the character with the intent that it would go over really well and that he would then be hired to write an ongoing Batman title. Obviously, that plan didn't work out, but instead Vaughan become a star writer on OTHER projects, like Y the Last Man and Runaways and now his current hit series, Saga.
A year ago, Vaughan was asked about the character during a Reddit AMA he did with his Private Eye co-creator Marcos Martin:
The Skeleton! Yeah, he was a new Batman character Marcos and I created, a mysterious villain who impersonated other villains to cover his tracks in his weirdly personal campaign against Bruce Wayne.
We had plans for a year-long story, and I still remember who we were going to ultimately reveal the Skeleton to be, but that mystery is probably more interesting remaining one.
I love the Big Two, but I got to write just about every character I ever wanted to for each, so I'm very happy just creating new stuff for the rest of my career.
So it doesn't look like we'll ever learn the identity of The Skeleton.
Interestingly enough, though, back in 2013 I did a Comic Book Legends Revealed about how Vaughan promised to reveal the identity of the Skeleton to the first person to pick up on the juvenile joke hidden in the story (check out the Comic Book Legends Revealed to see the joke in question). I don't know if he ever made good on that promise. If you happen to read this, any help, Brian?
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