unnamed chauffeur

Religion: indeterminate

Name: unnamed chauffeur

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Detective Comics (vol. 1) #39 (May 1940): "The Horde of the Green Dragon!"

Creators: Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson

Number of Appearances: 1

Enemy of: The Green Dragon Tong

Occupation: chauffeur

Worked for: John Cobb

Gender: male

An unnamed chauffeur worked for millionaire John Cobb. Chinese criminals working with the Green Dragon Tong attacked John Cobb late at night while he walked toward his car. The criminals wanted to kidnap the wealthy man and hold him for ransom. Cobb's chauffeur approached the scene where the criminals were grabbing his employer. The chauffeur demanded, "Hey! What's going on here?" Unfortunately, one of the Chinese criminals murdered the chauffeur by tossing a hatchet into his head. The driver died instantly. Later, the fact that the chauffeur was killed with a hatchet was the one clue that led Batman and Robin to the kidnappers. Batman knew (as he said on page 12) that "only the Chinese hatchet man would use that type of weapon!" Batman wasn't referring to a specific criminal. He meant Chinese people in general are the only ones who kill using a hatchet. Earlier (page 3)he had said something similar, telling Robin, "A hatchet! There's only one kind of people that kill with a hatchet..."

The chauffeur certainly didn't intend to do so, but he ended up dying in defense of his boss. Perhaps sadly for him, he seems to have been little remembered by the kidnapped millionaires once they were rescued by millionaire super-hero Batman.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Detective Comics (vol. 1) #39 (May 1940): "The Horde of the Green Dragon!" (4-panel cameo)

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