• Knight Models Staff

LET’S TALK ABOUT CLAYFACE

Clayface is one of Gotham City's most dangerous inhabitants, and although this name has been used by several different characters, today we will talk about Basil Karlo, the original Clayface.


Our Clayface from Batman Miniature Game (the Basil Karlo version) will get new rules. The most notable difference is that now the Clayface miniature will get custom markers that will be very useful when performing actions on him. He will also possess incredible new traits related to the versatility that his body gives him.


Remember that Clayface has a clay body and the ability to change shape, so playing with him will be very fun and dynamic!


CLAYFACE'S BACKGROUND


Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, he made his first appearance in Detective Comics #40 (June 1940) as Basil Karlo, a second-rate actor who began a life of crime using the identity of a villain he had played in a horror movie.


Basil Karlo was an actor who went crazy when he found out that a new version of a horror movie in which he had acted, Dread Castle, was going to be filmed.


For this reason he decided to adopt the identity of Clayface, the villain of that film, and began to kill the actors of the new version in the order and manner in which they die in the film. His last victim would be the actor who plays Clayface's killer, but Batman and Robin arrive in time to stop his plans and Basil Karlo is arrested.



Against all odds he escapes imprisonment, because the prison ambulance that was transporting him falls off a cliff. He once again dons the Clayface mask and takes aim at Bruce Wayne's fiancée, Julie Madison, but the Dynamic Duo once again puts a stop to his plans.


This would not be Basil Karlo's last appearance in the Batman comics. The next thing we know about Karlo is when he is in the hospital and he proposes an alliance between all the Clayfaces to defeat Batman. He obviously ends up being defeated but thanks to this he gets the skills of Preston Payne and Sondra Fuller.


He later captures Poison Ivy but she manages to defeat him by knocking him to the ground. This seemed the end of Clayface but he manages to survive and ends up joining the Injustice League to increase his powers and continue doing evil.



INTERESTING FACTS

  • The name, Basil Karlo, is inspired by the name of actor Boris Karloff, known for playing Frankenstein's monster and the Mummy in Universal films. Both Basil Karlo and Boris Karloff have starred in a film called The Terror.

  • Clayface has been married to Poison Ivy.

  • He has been part of a team of superheroes alongside Orphan, Robin (Tim Drake) and Spoiler, led by Batman and Batwoman.

 

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