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Bat Boy
Bat Boy

Real Name

Bat Boy

First Appearance

June 23, 1992

Original Publisher

Weekly World News

Created by

Dick Kulpa

Origin

Bat Boy is a fictional creature who made several appearances in the defunct American supermarket tabloid Weekly World News. The Weekly World News published (fabricated) stories which were purported to be factual. Within the pages of the paper, Bat Boy is described as a creature who is 'half human and half bat.' His pursuers, according to Weekly World News, are scientists and United States government officials; he is frequently captured, then later makes a daring escape. The original scientist who found him was named Dr. Bob Dillon. Matthew Daemon, S.O.S. (Seeker of Obscure Supernaturals) crossed paths with him on several occasions.

Bat Boy was created by former Weekly World News Editor Dick Kulpa. He debuted as a cover story on June 23, 1992. The original front-page photo of Bat Boy, showing his grotesque screaming face, was the second-best selling issue in the tabloid's history, and he has since evolved into a pop-culture icon. He became the tabloid's de facto mascot of sorts. The story of Bat Boy was turned into an Off-Broadway musical, Bat Boy: The Musical.

Character Bio

According to Weekly World News, Bat Boy has a chaotic sense of morality. He has been said to steal cars and not to come to the aid of the needy. According to the mythos, the only person who cares about the chiropteran child is Dr. Bob Dillon, who discovered him in a West Virginia cave (Hellhole Cave in Pendleton County, WV). Origins of Bat Boy are sometimes credited to being in Endless Caverns in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The original Weekly World News article lists "Hellhole Cave in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia". At the time of capture, he was two feet tall and weighed nineteen pounds. By February 2001, he was 2' 6". In 2004, he was five feet tall and his weight was unknown. He sheds his wings every three years, and regenerates a new pair.

On February 27, 2001, the Weekly World News published a story that he attacked a fifth-grader at a park in Orlando, Florida. According to the article, the girl was nearly ripped to shreds. The next day, he endorsed presidential candidate Al Gore.

On August 14, 2003, he announced he was running in the California gubernatorial election.

In October 2006, Bat Boy was captured on film riding on top of a New York City subway car. Bat Boy was said to be living in the subway system's tunnels during this time. This story was converted into a "documentary" video on the Weekly World News web site.

In October 2008, Bat Boy endorsed John McCain but switched to Barack Obama soon after.

In November 2008, Bat Boy was seen protesting the passing of Proposition 8.

Notes

  • The Weekly World News newspaper claimed no copyright on the character as they (somewhat mockingly) claim him to be real (and indeed he could be). However, only the general "myth" of the character as outlined by Weekly World News newspaper can be considered public domain, any appearances of him elsewhere are NOT (including, of course, the musical and anything on the Weekly World News website, which is treated as more of a webcomic).
  • His genealogy can be seen here.

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