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Black Mask is Roman Sionis, a crimelord in Gotham City and one of Batman's enemies. The mask that he wears is ebony carved from his mother's coffin, and was at one point burned into his skin so severely that it has become indistinguishable from his actual face. Sionis eventually died when Catwoman shot him in the face. His memberships have included the False Face Society, the Secret Society of Super-Villains, and the Black Lantern Corps. Black Mask was created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake, first appearing in Batman #386. (1985)

His successor is Jeremiah Arkham, formerly the doctor in charge of Arkham Asylum, who has himself gone insane. He attempts to take over the Gotham criminal underworld using an army of former asylum inmates to do his bidding through a combination of drugs and deadly obedience collars. His first appearances as Black Mask is in Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1. (2009)


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