Real Name: Frederick DeLamb
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Baron Bedlam is really Baron Frederick DeLamb ("Bedlam" is an anagram of his last name). DeLamb's father was installed as a puppet ruler of Markovia by the Nazis during World War II. It was during this time that Bedlam made advances to a young woman. She became very distressed over this and smashes a bottle into his face. Bedlam gains a prominent scar and the women is executed.
American forces help the Markov family reclaim the throne. Frederick flees, but his father is hung by a mob.
Years later, Frederick DeLamb, taking the name Baron Bedlam, gains the support of the Soviet army and the mysterious poltical manipulator the Bad Samaritan. Bedlam murdersrs King Viktor, and seizes the throne. Soviet and Markovian forces battle, leading to deaths on both sides.
The crown prince, Brion Markov, with the aide of the scientist Dr. Jace, gains superpowers for the express purpose of stopping this invasion. With the aid of other superheros, a grouping that will soon call themselves the Outsiders, they gain intelligence on the invasion via the capture of a Soviet pilot.
During the incident, the Outsiders confront another aspect of Bedlam's forces, the super-powered Masters of Disaster. The Bad Samaritan also discovers Bedlam's plan to clone Adold Hitler. Bedlam is not pleased at this and attacks his ally.
Geo-Force apparently kills Bedlam by dropping him into a raging mob. Bedlam survives this and has returned many times to face the team.
The name Baron Bedlam has recently been taken by another DC supervillain, formerly known as Doctor Bedlam.
First Appearance: Batman and the Outsiders (1983) #1
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Adventures of the Outsiders (1986)
#33 Batman and the Outsiders (1983)
- 'A Tiny, Deadly War!'#34
- 'Against All Odds!'#35
- 'Sympathy For the Fuhrer!'#36
- 'Agents of Change'
#1 Batman and the Outsiders (2007)
- 'Wars Ended...Wars Begun'#2
- 'Markovia's Last Stand'#32
- 'A New War's Winning!'
Batman: The Widening Gyre (2009)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
Justice League Europe (1989)
#49 The Outsiders (1985)
- 'Red Winter, Part 5: Hard Ground'#50
- 'Red Winter, Part 6: The Ice Breaks'
#22 The Warlord (1976)
- 'Showdown With The Strike Force'
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
#2 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Automan to Blackhawk Island'
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
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