Baron Bedlam and the Bad Samaritan
Batman and the Outsiders
|First appearance||Batman and the Outsiders #1 (August 1983)|
|Created by||Mike W. Barr (writer)|
Jim Aparo (artist)
|Alter ego||Baron Frederick DeLamb|
|Abilities||Superior fighter and tactician|
Superhuman strength, endurance, and durability
Fictional character biography
Baron Bedlam is really Baron Frederick DeLamb ("Bedlam" is an anagram of his last name). DeLamb's father, formerly a minor government official in the kingdom of Markovia, was installed as a puppet ruler by the Nazis during World War II. It was during this time that Bedlam made advances to a young woman. She became very distressed over this and smashed a bottle into his face. Bedlam gained a prominent scar from that incident, and the woman was executed. At the end of the war, American forces helped the Markov family reclaim the throne. Even though Frederick managed to flee the country, his father was hanged by the mob.
Years later, Frederick DeLamb, taking the name Baron Bedlam, gains the support of the Soviet army and the mysterious political manipulator Bad Samaritan. Bedlam murders King Viktor and seizes the throne. Soviet and Markovian forces battle, leading to deaths on both sides.
The crown prince, Brion Markov, with the aid of the scientist Dr. Jace, gains superpowers for the express purpose of stopping this invasion. With the aid of other superheroes, a grouping under Batman's leadership that would soon call themselves the Outsiders, they infiltrate the country. But having heard of Dr. Jace's work in metahuman research, Bedlam underwent a similar process Prince Markov did and gained similar Earth Shattering abilities. In order to aid in the invasion of Markovia and depose King Gregor to take back the country. In the final confrontation between Bedlam's forces and Markovia's outmatched army, the Outsiders intervene, turning the tide of the battle. Geo-Force apparently kills Bedlam by dropping him into a raging mob. Bedlam survives this, however, and has returned many times to face the team.
Soon after, the Outsiders confront another aspect of Bedlam's forces, the super-powered Masters of Disaster. The two groups engage in a prolonged battle. In the meantime, the Bad Samaritan also discovers Bedlam's plan to clone Adolf Hitler, when it's revealed that he was indeed killed but cloned back to life in a similar process. Bedlam was not pleased at this and attacks his ally. The clone project ultimately ends in failure. The new Hitler ends up being greatly distressed at what his 'father' has done and has no wish to continue the madness. The Hitler clone later commits suicide, his body being found by the outsiders.
Powers and abilities
Baron Bedlam is a superior fighter, a ruthless tactician and he possesses unlimited financial resources. He once underwent the same Geo-Force enhancement process which bestowed Brion Markov his unique metahuman abilities. Though Beldam's were further along than the Prince's, given his ability to manipulate the earth long before Brion could. But because Fredrick was not of the royal line in Markovian principality, Bedlam's faulty powers shorted out in heated battle with the revived hero, leaving him powerless once more.
The name Baron Bedlam has recently been taken by another DC supervillain, formerly known as Doctor Bedlam.
In other media
- Baron Frederick DeLamb/Baron Bedlam appears in the third season of Young Justice, voiced by Nolan North. This version is the brother of Markovia's queen and biological uncle of Prince Gregor and Brion. He runs a secret meta-human trafficking syndicate in Markovia; aptly called Bedlam, and has also undergone meta-human experimentation, which gave him a stone-like body capable of withstanding lava and Superboy's punches with no visible damage. He orchestrates a coup by hiring a Quraci speedster meta-human to murder the king and queen, and then attempts to frame Brion for his crimes, but Gregor easily sees through his uncle's lies and has him arrested after Superboy defeats him with ease. He later escapes captivity and attempts to regain the throne but is executed by Brion.