Created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino

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Oracle (Barbara Gordon)
The Original Universe


Real Name: Barbara Gordon
Aliases: Batgirl
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Former Library Administrator, former US Representative
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: James Gordon (adopted father), Roger C. Gordon (father, deceased), Thelma A. Gordon (mother, deceased), Barbara (adoptive mother, deceased), James W. Gordon, Jr. (adoptive brother/cousin)
Group Affiliation(s): Birds of Prey
Gender: Female
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 126 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red
First Appearance: (as Batgirl I): Detective Comics #359 (January 1967)
(as Oracle): Suicide Squad Vol. 1 #23 (January 1989)
Creators: Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino


The niece and adoptive daughter of James Gordon, Gotham's police commissioner, Barbara grew to admire Batman, and attended a fancy dress party in a costume modeled on his. On her way there, she saved millionaire Bruce Wayne from a criminal called Killer Moth, and decided as a result to become Batgirl on a regular basis, grudgingly supported by Batman, whom she later learned was Bruce Wayne's 'real' self. She also developed a close friendship with the original Robin, who would later become Nightwing. Shortly after the second Robin was killed, her heroic career was brought to a permanent end when she was shot by the Joker, thereafter being confined to a wheelchair. However, she would not let this daunt her, and, using her information and computing skills, she set about becoming Oracle, an on-line help and information source for various heroes, working initially alongside the Suicide Squad, later working more as she wanted to, recruiting various heroes, most notably the Black Canary, to combat problems as they arose. She has also worked as a coordinator for the JLA on many recent occasions.


For a definitive list of appearances of Oracle in chronological order click here


Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #2 (April 1985)

Who's Who: Update '87 #1 (August 1987)
Batman Annual #13 (1989)
Who's Who in the DC Universe #7 (February 1991)
Batgirl Secret Files #1 (August 2002)