Crazy Quilt was a noted painter who leads a double-life as a master criminal. He gave the plans for his crimes to various henchmen through clues left in his paintings. His criminal empire crashed to a halt when one of his henchmen double-crossed him and set him up to be arrested. Blinded by a gunshot wound, he was sent to prison, where he volunteered for an experimental procedure that would restore his vision. This is achieved with a special helmet fused to his optic nerves.
The procedure worked to a point, but had a tragic side effect: he could see, but the colors were blindingly vivid and disorienting. It drove him mad, and upon his release he took on the guise of Crazy Quilt. He was stopped first by the Boy Commandos, but had encounters with Batman, Batgirl and two Robins, Dick Grayson and Jason Todd.
Crazy Quilt's sight was restored briefly for a time after he kidnapped a surgeon to assist him. For the crimes commited to achieve his goal, Quilt was stopped by Batman and the first Robin and during the confrontation Quilt was permanently blinded. Obsessing over his young adversary, he becomes one of the few bat-villains to hate Robin more than his mentor. This extends to Graysons' successors in the role. Later, thinking to enact his revenge upon Grayson, he mistakenly takes out his aggression on Jason Todd, who was new to the role at the time. Todd is nearly beaten to death. Again, it is Robin who is pivotal to stopping Crazy Quilt's plans.
Years later, Crazy Quilt reappears during a gathering of the Secret Society of Super-Villains. Dozens of villains gather in response to the JLA's new moonbase and extended team efforts. During the meeting, Quilt has his outfit insulted by the Monocle. The meeting turns out to be a JLA trap and all the villains are captured. Crazy Quilt is subsequently incarcerated in Belle Reve. During a prison riot, Crazy Quilt is seen lugging around the eviscerated body of the prison warden. The prisoners, along with much of humanity, were being affected by outside forces.
- Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One 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 should be considered apocryphal.
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