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Joe Chill in Batman: The Dark Knight vol. 2, #0 (November 2012).
Art by Mico Suayan and Juan Jose Ryp.
|First appearance||Detective Comics #33 (November 1939)
Named: Batman #47 (June–July 1948)
|Created by||Bill Finger
|Full name||Joseph Chilton|
Joe Chill is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the character first appeared in Detective Comics #33 (November 1939).
In Batman's origin story, Joe Chill is the Gotham City mugger who murders young Bruce Wayne's parents, Dr. Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne. The murder traumatizes Bruce, and he swears to avenge their deaths by fighting crime as the vigilante Batman.
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When he demands Martha's necklace, Thomas moves to protect his wife and Chill kills him; he then kills Martha when she screams for help (in later versions up to the 1970s, Martha dies from a heart attack brought on from the shock of seeing her husband murdered). Chill panics and runs away when Bruce begins crying and calling for help, but not before the boy memorizes his features.
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Joe Chill holding the Wayne family at gunpoint. Detective Comics #33 (November 1939) Art by Bob Kane
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