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Isaac Bowin was the Flash villain the Fiddler, who uses his fiddle to hypnotize people.

In his early years, Isaac Bowin was a petty thief working the streets of India. While Bowin was attempting to rob a local merchant, local authorities found and apprehended him, whereupon he was taken to prison. During his incarceration, Bowin met an old Hindu fakir who used the power of music to hypnotize and control the actions of a deadly cobra. Bowin pressured the fakir into teaching him the mystical powers of the East, and the Hindu finally relented. Bowin proved an apt student, and before long, his knowledge surpassed that of his teacher. Using random materials found in his cell, Isaac fashioned a crude fiddle and used his new knowledge to escape from prison. He no longer required the services of the old fakir, so he used the power of his fiddle to murder him. Afterwards, he tracked down the merchant he attempted to rob earlier and executed him as well. Calling himself the Fiddler, Bowin returned to the United States to begin a new life of crime.[2]

In 1947, Bowin relocated to Keystone City, Kansas where he constructed a new fiddle for himself, one even more powerful than the simple instrument he used to escape from India. This destructive instrument possessed the power to hypnotize others, generate sonic waves of force and erect force field bubbles. He also designed a custom-made automobile molded to the shape of a violin. Using his stylized repertoire to commit elaborate crimes, the Fiddler soon found himself in conflict with Keystone's resident super-hero the Flash. The Flash attempted to stop the Fiddler, but quickly found himself the victim of the Fiddler's hypnotic powers. The Flash eventually defeated the Fiddler and sent him to prison. The Fiddler soon escaped and fought the Flash several more times throughout the 1940s. In 1948, the Fiddler teamed up with other like-minded villains to form the second incarnation of the Injustice Society of the World. In a scheme which involved stealing known symbols of American patriotism, the Fiddler attempted to steal the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Justice Society of America fought the Injustice Society and the Fiddler was defeated.[3]

Several years later, the Fiddler embarked upon one of his most ambitious schemes to date. Working alongside the Shade and the Thinker, the three villains combined their powers to place Keystone City into a suspended null-field. All knowledge and memory of Keystone City was erased from the public consciousness. The city was eventually returned to normal, and the Fiddler, Shade and the Thinker found themselves in conflict with Jay Garrick – the original Flash, as well as Barry Allen, Jay's successor to the role. The Fiddler hypnotized the heroes into robbing the Keystone City museum, but the heroes eventually regained control of their bodies and defeated their adversaries.[4]

As time passed, the Fiddler escaped from prison again and rejoined the Injustice Society (now calling themselves the Injustice Gang of the World). Working alongside the Icicle and Solomon Grundy, the Injustice Gang fought against the Justice Society of America, who had only recently come out of retirement. The Fiddler used his hypnotic powers to force Wildcat to fight Hawkman – a battle that nearly ended Hawkman's life.[5]

The Fiddler and the Icicle later met back up with the Shade where they became the willing agents of Darkseid. Working from a secret base on Apokolips, the Fiddler designed a giant gun, which was used to enslave the populace of nearby New Genesis. This plan also met with failure as the Injustice Gang met the combined might of the Justice Society of America, the Justice League of America, and the New Gods.[6]

The Fiddler later joined his old comrade the Wizard in his new Injustice Society – now called Injustice Unlimited. They overcame the security at the International Trade Conference in Calgary, Canada... namely Infinity, Inc. and a contingent of the Global Guardians and forced the heroes to help in some mayhem. The Fiddler took Obsidian and the Green Flame to London and, with their help, stole a very valuable Stradivarius violin. They then returned to Calgary to share in the stolen wealth being gathered by the Wizard, but the plan went haywire when Hourman revived and freed himself, as well as when Solomon Grundy was brought in from the Arctic Circle. It was Hourman who incapacitated the Fiddler by destroying the Stradivarius, and as the battle concluded, Canadian law enforcement officers took the Fiddler into custody.[7]

Eventually, the Fiddler found himself dying slowly in prison when the spirit of the fakir, apparently a demon all along, came to claim his soul but offered him one final chance to get revenge on the original Flash first. The Fiddler traveled back through time to attack the Flash (who was missing, presumed dead in his time) taking the Flash's wife with him, but he was defeated by the time traveling Hawkman and Hawkwoman with the aid of the Flash and his successor Wally West. The defeated Fiddler apparently died, consumed by Hellfire, but years later returned without explanation and was one of dozens of villains present when the arch-demon Neron first arrived on Earth (possibly, he was resurrected by Neron). He was the first in the assemblage to recognize Neron's true name, and understood the symbolism between the name and the number 666.[8]

Years later, the Fiddler, once again free from prison, joined a new super-villain team – the Secret Six. Disappointed by the Fiddler's performance against H.I.V.E. agents during their first mission, Mockingbird deemed him "incompetent" and ordered him killed. Deadshot carried out the execution and he was replaced by Catman. The Fiddler's violin was later found to be in the possession of a woman who allied herself with the Secret Society, and went by the name of Virtuoso.[9]

During the Blackest Night, the Fiddler was resurrected as a Black Lantern alongside several other deceased members of the Suicide Squad.[10] He and the Black Lanterns attacked the current incarnation of the Suicide Squad and Secret Six at Belle Reve until they are eradicated by an explosion of Green Lantern energy unleashed by a reprogrammed Manhunter android.[11][12]


  • Occultism: Fiddler has received some training in magic. He channels his powers through his violins.


  • Hypnosis: The Fiddler is a master hypnotist who can focus his abilities through his violin.
  • Music
  • Thievery

Other Characteristics

  • Obsession: Bowin is obsessed with commiting music-themed crimes and musical motifs. He is unwilling or incapable of using his powers when deprived of his violins. Despite the number of times this dependence has been used against him, he has never studied alternate ways to utilize his magic.


  • Violin Bow String: Like his fiddle, the Fiddler's bow string was capable of producing destructive waves of force when used in conjunction with the special strings of his violin.
  • Portable Vibrator: The Fiddler created a portable vibrator, which could bridge the gap between parallel worlds. He used this to transport himself, the Wizard and the Icicle to Earth-One, and also used it to bring Doctor Alchemy, Chronos and Felix Faust from Earth-One to Earth-Two. He also used this device to trap Barry Allen and Jay Garrick in the space between dimensions. It is unknown whether the Fiddler still possessed such a device following the Crisis on Infinite Earths.



  • Fiddler's Fiddle: The Fiddler has used a variety of violins throughout the course of his career. However, he invariably refers to them as fiddles.
  • Black Lantern Ring (Formerly)

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.
  • No definitive explanation has ever been given for Bowin's resurrection following the events of Hawkworld Annual #1.



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