John Sholes

John Sholes

Religion: indeterminate

Name: John Sholes

Classification: supporting character supporting character  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Batman (vol. 1) #292 (Oct. 1977): "The Testimony of the Riddler!"

Creators: David Vern (as David V. Reed), John Calnan, Tex Blaisdell

Number of Appearances: 1

Enemy of: The Riddler

Gender: male

Note: murdered by Riddler as part of clue to Batman

Batman's recurring foe the Riddler has a compulsion to send Batman clues before committing crimes. In Batman #292 (Oct. 1977) the Riddler delivered a clue to Batman in the form of this riddle:

Shall we play the Riddler's game--
With meaning changed, but word the same?
Then find the founder who found fame,
Before he founders in his name!

A man named John Sholes had recently been found murdered on a boat at the docks. Batman realized that this man's name tied into the Riddler's clue. The Batman explained to Commissioner Gordon: "A man named John Sholes . . . shot to death on a boat that foundered in the shoals! The same word, but the meaning changed! A wanton killing-- as a clue!"

The murder victim's name, however, was only part of the riddle. Commissioner Gordon asked Batman, "What about the rest of the riddle -- 'The founder who found fame'?

Batman replied, "Still workin' on it, Commissioner!"

John Sholes was only seen as a corpse in this story, and nothing further was revealed about this unfortunate Gothamite.

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This character is in the following story which has been indexed by this website:
Batman (vol. 1) #292 (Oct. 1977): "The Testimony of the Riddler!" (3-panel cameo)

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