Some time prior to encountering Batman, Chandell was a renowned pianist. During a performance at the White House, he used a player piano to cover that he had sustained an injury to his hands beforehand. His twin brother Harry used this to blackmail Chandell into a life of crime, using the alias Fingers.

Harry used Chandell in a plot to murder Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson so that he could marry Aunt Harriet, who would be the sole heir to the Wayne fortune. When Chandell plans to go straight upon planning to use the fortune to pay Harry back, Doe, Rae, and Mimi end up using knock-out gas on him. When Harry's lawyer wanted his payment for getting Harry out of Gotham City Police Station, Harry also had him exposed to the knock-out gas. Batman and Robin managed to defeat Harry and free Chandell and his lawyer from a deathtrap.

Chandell was last seen playing his music for the guards while Harry was making plans to escape from prison.

  • Much of the character is based on the life of Liberace, for whom the character was created and who played the role. Even the villain's name came from Liberace's habit of playing piano under chandeliers.[1]
  • Liberace brought his own costumes for the part of Chandell, as well as using his own piano. This was apparently because he "wouldn't trust anyone else's piano."[2]
  • The "Special Guest Villain" credit for The Devil's Fingers/The Dead Ringers read "Liberace as Chandell (likewise as Harry)".



  1. The Official Batman Batbook by Joel Eisner (page 195).
  2. According to executive producer William Dozier in The Official Batman Batbook (page 194).

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