The Spook is Val Kaliban, a costumed villain and enemy to Batman in Gotham City. He is an expert hypnotist and escapologist, who uses theatrical effects to simulate supernatural events. These are used to enthrall his victims while he commits crimes. Kaliban was beheaded by Damian Wayne during the events of Batman and Son. The Spook was created by Frank Robbins and Irv Novick, first appearing in Detective Comics #434. (1973)

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