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Mirror Master
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Mirror Master (Scudder) in his first appearance.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance (Scudder)
Flash #105 (March 1959)
(McCulloch)
Animal Man #8
(February 1989)
Created by (Scudder)
John Broome
Carmine Infantino
(McCulloch)
Grant Morrison
Chas Truog
In-story information
Alter ego - Samuel Joseph Scudder
- Digger Harkness
- Evan McCulloch
Team affiliations Rogues
Secret Society of Super Villains
Injustice Gang
Abilities Various powers over mirrors, including the ability to travel through them and trap others within them.

Mirror Master is a fictional character and a supervillain in the DC Universe. He is a recurring foe of the Flash with considerable technical expertise and skills involving the use of mirrors. Four individuals have donned the guise of Mirror Master. In 2009, Mirror Master was ranked as IGN's 79th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time. [1]

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Sam Scudder

Sam Scudder was a simple convict, but had the goal to learn how to get inside the reflection of a mirror. Stumbling into a hall of mirrors, he experimented and discovered a way to get in his own reflection. He used this power to become the criminal Mirror Master. He battled the Flash several times. Scudder died around the same time as Barry Allen, alongside the Icicle during the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Later, Captain Boomerang briefly assumed Scudder's identity, becoming the second Mirror Master. He used this as an alternate identity with which to commit crimes, thus not alerting his teammates in Suicide Squad to his extracurricular activities.

Sam Scudder has returned as an undead Black Lantern in a Blackest Night tie-in Blackest Night: Flash, who is preparing an attack on The Rogues with the deceased members who are also reanimated.[2]

Evan McCulloch

As a baby, Scottish mercenary Evan McCulloch was left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by a Mrs. McCulloch, with nothing but his first name and a photograph of his parents. He grew up as a fairly normal child, until one night he got in a fight with a rapist bully and killed him. He was never caught, and, at age 16, Evan left the orphanage, again with nothing but his parents' photograph.

He settled in Glasgow, where he took up a life of drinking and partying that eventually led to crime. Robbery and extortion eventually led to murder, and Evan began to hire himself out as an assassin. He was an excellent killer, and quickly became one of the most renowned mercenaries in the United Kingdom.

One day, he had two hits scheduled. His eye was injured in the course of the first, leaving him with impaired vision. Evan couldn't shake the feeling that the second target seemed familiar, but only after he pulled the trigger did he recognize the man as his father from the photograph. At the funeral, Evan saw his mother.

Over the next few days, he tried to work up the courage to see her, but by the time he had, she had committed suicide, unable to live without his father. Stricken with grief, Evan was about to turn himself over to the authorities when a shady consortium of U.S. government and big business interests offered him the costume and weapons of the original Mirror Master in exchange for his services.

His first assignment was to scare Animal Man into abandoning his animal-rights stance, a mission he failed thanks to the furious kickings of the hero's wife. After he was fired and replaced by another assassin for refusing to actually kill Animal Man's wife and children (and for his pay being withheld), McCulloch helped Animal Man to track and fight the same men who gave McCulloch his weapons, but his heroism was short lived. He continued to work as a criminal and a supervillain-for-hire. On occasion, he has also worked out of costume as a mercenary in Britain (as seen in the Vertigo series Mobfire).

He later moved to Keystone City, and came into conflict with the third Flash. He discovered a "Mirror Dimension" which enabled him to travel through any reflective surface. During the events of Underworld Unleashed, the Rogues had accepted him as Scudder's successor. After being betrayed by the devil Neron, McCulloch and four of the other Rogues died and went to Hell, but returned later due to a confrontation between Neron and the Flash. For a brief time, McCulloch then joined Lex Luthor's Injustice Gang and fought the Justice League of America, but abandoned the team when Batman offered to pay him twice what Luthor was offering him.

He worked with Blacksmith in her takeover of Keystone and Central City. When her plan failed, he became a member of Captain Cold's gang. He also battled an addiction to cocaine, which has gotten him a beating from Cold. He seemed to have sobered up since the death of Captain Boomerang.

McCulloch subsequently joined Alexander Luthor's Secret Society after the Rogue War. He, Captain Boomerang and Captain Cold battled the Outsiders before Infinite Crisis. In Infinite Crisis #7, they fought in the final battle being defeated by Martian Manhunter.

One Year Later, Evan is a member of the new Suicide Squad in Checkmate #6. He is again using cocaine. He was last seen with a tracking device on his neck, taking incriminating photos of Sasha Bordeaux and Michael Holt together.

He was seen as the member of Rogues who joined the Libra's Secret Society of Super Villains.

In Final Crisis #1, he is seen teamed with Doctor Light. They are sent by Libra to recover Metron's chair. They are briefly challenged by the League of Titans, a Teen Titans spin-off team consisting of Empress, Sparx, and Mas Y Menos, but defeat them easily by combining Light's beams with Mirror Master's Mirrors. In a brief moment of heroism, Evan persuades the known rapist Dr. Light not to sexually assault the unconscious heroes.

However in "Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge" #1, Evan and the rest of the Rogues reject Libra's offer, wanting to stay out of the game.

Powers and abilities

Mirror Master uses mirrors that produce fantastic effects such as hypnotism, invisibility, holograms, physical transformations, communications and travel into other dimensions (other parallel universes or planes of existence).

Evan McCulloch uses a laser pistol.

Other versions

Mirror Master appeared in issue #12 Justice League Unlimited spin-off comic book.

Tangent Mirror Master

A Mirror Master featured in Tangent: Superman's Reign #1, had a body made of a glass-like substance, and was able to create portals to other worlds in the Multiverse.

League Busters Mirror Master

A fourth Mirror Master who wore a purple outfit briefly appeared as a member of the "League-Busters" in Justice League International v2, #65 (Jun 1994).

In other media

Television

Mirror Master appeared in an episode of Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show entitled "Reflections in Crime" voiced by Casey Kasem. Interestingly enough the Flash doesn't appear in this episode. In the episode, Mirror Master sets about trapping the Superfriends in this particular episode inside mirrors called the sixth dimension. The Superfriends managed to escape and trap Mirror Master in a House of Mirrors.

Mirror Master as seen in The Flash.
  • An episode of the live action The Flash TV series featured Samuel "Sam" Scudder, a criminal nicknamed the Mirror Master, who used holograms projected by small mirrored disks to commit his heists. He was played by David Cassidy.
  • Mirror Master cameos in the Justice League episode, "Eclipsed". An actor is hired to play Mirror Master as a part of Flash's Lightspeed energy bar commercial. The actor has a slight Scottish accent, similar to McCulloch.
Mirror Master in Justice League Unlimited
  • Mirror Master next appears in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Flash and Substance" voiced by Alexis Denisof. He joins forces with Captain Boomerang, Captain Cold, and Trickster to attack Flash and later demolish the newly opened Flash Museum upon entering through Linda Park's compact mirror. The character seems to be a mix of Scudder and McColloch. He is clearly American and thus not the Scottish follow-up Mirror Master, as well as being a simple criminal and not a hitman; however, his mirror powers are tilted more towards the enhanced, almost supernatural McCulloch skills, including a Mirror Dimension. In his battle with Flash, Batman, and Orion, Mirror Master ended up trapped in the broken shards of the mirror after Batman threw his Batarang at Linda Park's mirror. Forensics were shown collecting the pieces of the mirror. He also had a cameo as a member of the Secret Society in JLU final season. In the episode "Flash and Substance" it was mentioned by Captain Boomerang that the Flash made Mirror Master eat his own "Laser-Caleidoscope", though Mirror Master dismissed this as being false saying "Thats a rumor! A complete exaggeration. Besides it was a laser pistol".
Mirror Master with his assistant Smoke on The Batman.
  • Mirror Master appeared in the fifth season of The Batman voiced by and modeled after John Larroquette. This Mirror Master is referred to as Dr. Sam Scudder, a brilliant but mad optical physicist. In "A Mirror Darkly," he employed mirror versions of Batman, Flash, and Robin to steal components for his Mirror Portal Ray. He used it to trap Gotham's citizens in any reflective surface--mirrors, windows, even a silver serving tray. On a side note, he has a female assistant named Smoke. In "Lost Heroes," he fights Flash and Green Arrow in a circus fun house only for Green Arrow to cut off his reflection by a slime-emitting arrow.
  • Mirror Master and Captain Cold are mentioned in "The Golden Age Of Justice" episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

References

  1. ^ Mirror Master is number 79 IGN. Retrieved 10-05-09.
  2. ^ Blackest Night: The Flash #1 (February 2010)

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