The Sewer King was a villain originally created by Tom Ruegger as a minor foe for Batman. He is a staff-carrying, sewer-dwelling villain with an army of runaway children he uses as pick-pockets.


A man shunned by society and stricken with poverty, the crazed Sewer King decided to live in the sewer. His real name unknown, he was quickly able to adapt to sewer life and actually train alligators as his pets. He also kidnapped orphans, and made them work for him in the cold dark sewer, and struck them with silence and abuse, marking his territory in the sewers with spray-painted signs warning: Beware The Sewer King. Batman soon encountered some of Sewer King's orphans, who had been committing petty crimes. He saved one and soon learned that the boy belonged to a gang of forgotten runaways who live deep within the Gotham sewer system. He also learned that the Sewer King forces the children to steal food and supplies for him. Batman marched upon his underground society and was able to free the orphans, destroy his evil society, and help the orphans find good homes. The Sewer King was taken to jail, and his pets were taken off to the zoo. The Sewer King waited patiently for his pets to free him from prison. Sewer King later escaped in the 52 storyline, and continued his activities, but was beaten to death by Intergang boss Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim along with Kite Man, Lamelle, Mirage, Rawson, and The Squid when Sewer King hesitated to submit to Intergang. This is during Intergang's continuing rise to power in Gotham City outlined in that series.

In Other Media

  • The Sewer King first appeared in Batman: The Animated Series as a minor foe of Batman. The episode The Underdwellers tells the story of his first encounter with Batman.
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