Andrew Wallis

Religion: indeterminate

Name: Andrew Wallis

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Detective Comics (vol. 1) #327 (May 1964): "The Mystery of the Menacing Mask!"

Creators: John Broome, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella

Number of Appearances: 1

Enemy of: Smiler

Occupation: politician

Gender: male

Note: head of Gotham's Anti-Crime Commission

Andrew Wallis was once the head of Gotham's Anti-Crime Commission. Wallis strongly advocated razing "Gotham Village" (a Bohemian historic section) due to the amount of crime there.

Actually seen only once (panel 2 on page 2), Andrew Wallis said, "Gotham Village must be demolished to the ground! As it stands, it is a refuge for criminals who use its twisted streets and narrow alleys to elude police pursuit!"

Wallis may have seemed quite strident and even unlikeable. After all, he was on the opposite side of the issue from story protagonist Bruce Wayne (Batman). But he was proven correct. Gotham City criminals really were hiding out in Gotham Village, and they were doing so in a very deliberate, organized way. Wallis didn't know it at the time, but there was a secret underground hideout that was set up so Gotham criminals could lay low and escape police detection when the "heat" was on. Batman and Robin investigated Gotham Village and were eventually able to root out the problem and shut down the criminal hideout. So Gotham Village was never actually razed to the ground, but the problem that Wallis had complained about was fixed and the village became a much more liveable and benign place.

This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Detective Comics (vol. 1) #327 (May 1964): "The Mystery of the Menacing Mask!" (1-panel cameo)

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