Created by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle

The Original Universe


Real Name: Arnold Wesker
Aliases: Quakesmaster II
Status: Deceased
Base of Operation: Gotham City
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 142 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Gray
First Appearance: Detective Comics #583 (February 1988): "Fever Part One"
Creators: John Wagner, Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle


Incarcerated, Arnold Wesker found that a ventriloquist's dummy began to talk to him, teaching the art of ventriloquism and ultimately helping him to escape. This dummy, calling himself Scarface then became a major force in the Gotham City crime scene, particularly in drug-dealing. Wesker became the mild-mannered Ventriloquist, who seems to act at all times under Scarface's influence; it is unclear whether Wesker is evil, insane or genuinely driven by the dummy; similarly it is unclear whether Scarface is in fact, a 'real' entity. The two have encountered Batman many times, though of course, Scarface refers to him as 'Gatman' as ventriloquists can rarely pronounce the letter 'B'. Perhaps his most diabolical scheme was when Wesker disguised himself as 'the Quakemaster', claiming to have caused an earthquake which devastated Gotham and demanding millions in cash to prevent aftershocks. As ever, he was apprehended by Batman.


For a definitive list of appearances of Ventriloquist in chronological order click here (1988-2011) and here (2011-present)


Who's Who Update '88 #4 (November 1988)

Who's Who in the DC Universe #8 (April 1991)