Real Name: Joe Coyne
Powers / Skills: The Penny Plunderer's skills mainly consist of throwing loose pennies at people, or hitting them in the head with a roll of pennies. He also occasionally rigs up rolls of pennies or penny slot machines as smoke bombs.
Weird Obsession: The Penny Plunderer has a bizarre love/hate relationship with pennies. He blames pennies for all his problems in life, yet he is obsessed with them as well, and bases all of his crimes around pennies.
First Appearance: "The Penny Plunderers" in World's Finest #30
In "The Penny Plunderers," we are introduced to a sad-sack named Joe Coyne, and witness a quick history of his life, from childhood to adulthood. As a child, he was bitter because he only earned pennies as a newsboy. As an adult, he gets fired from his office job, when his boss catches him gambling on the job by "pitching pennies." Finally, he turns to a life of crime, but is caught during his first robbery attempt, and sent to prison. Plus, in an ironic twist, the cash register he was trying to rob only had pennies in it. While in prison, he has a mental breakdown, and blames pennies for all of his troubles in life. In his mania, he decides to rededicate himself to crime, and vows to make pennies his "crime symbol." Whatever that means.
|Can't really argue with that logic.|
|Like "Water-on-the-Knee," "Pennies-on-the-Brain" is a serious, but sadly misunderstood, medical condition.|
|Fun Fact: Rolls of pennies are not actually very heavy or hard.|
It isn't good!
Your future is very dark!
The future is always dark for
|Batman's reaction to a man being shot to death: "Tough." That dude is stone cold.|
Later, Batman and Robin awake to find themselves tied up, and with their utility belts removed, in a room that is filling up with carbon monoxide. But Batman uses his MacGyver-like skills to rig together a battery (using two pennies -- oh, the irony!) and put an S.O.S. signal over the phone wires, allowing the police to show up and rescue them.
|"Thanks for the assist boys... but now Robin and I will take over." Dude, you've already been defeated TWICE by someone throwing pennies at you. Maybe you should let the professionals handle this one.|
"I'll trick Batman into close quarters... then I'll call you! I'll stall him till you guys come and we'll have him bottled up! Get going... and remember - WAIT FOR MY CALL!"It's not a plan that really makes any sense. Then again, he's already defeated Batman and Robin twice just by throwing pennies at them, so I guess we'll give him a pass. Unfortunately, when he finally "tricks" the Caped Crusaders into the warehouse, this happens:
|Because of his irrational obsession, he both blames pennies for all his problems, and then feels "betrayed" by them when they don't come to his rescue. In other words, the perfect mentality to be a Batman villain.|
|SENTENCED TO DEATH! And since The Penny Plunderer did not return for any future appearances, I have to assume they actually carried that sentence out.|
|The original appearance of the Giant Penny.|
|The Giant Penny in the Batcave, sixty years later.|
Even though he lacks a colorful costume, and he only made one major appearance, with his insane fixation on pennies, and his classic addition to Batman's trophy collection, The Penny Plunderer easily joins the wacky ranks of "Batman's Weirdest Villains."
BONUS! MUSIC VIDEO:
Louis Prima - Pennies From Heaven