The Fiddler's weapon of choice is a Stradavarius violin which has been enhanced by a combination of his and the Wizard's mystical skill. Although he can achieve some of these effects using any violin, the mystical enhancements add to the power and/or duration of the effects. Among the FEATS the Fiddler can perform are:
Music * Picking Pockets * Driving
The Injustice Society of the World * The Crime Champions
A common thief living in India, Isaac Bowin was captured while attempting to steal from a local merchant. Thrown into prison, Bowin discovered that his cell-mate was a Hindu fakir who used the music of a wooden pipe to control a deadly cobra. After much urging, the fakir agreed to teach Bowin the ancient mystic lore of the East, and for the next five years Bowin learned all the fakir had to teach him, ultimately growing far more proficient than his teacher. Finally, using a special fiddle he had fashioned from materials in his cell, Bowin and the fakir made good their escape.
Having no more need of the fakir, Bowin used his fiddle to slay him. Then, after also killing the merchant responsible for his imprisonment, Bowin made his way back to America, determined to become the country's greatest crime boss.
Now calling himself the Fiddler, Bowin first appeared on the streets of Keystone City, driving a bizarre vehicle shaped like a giant fiddle. This attracted the attention of the comet-quick crimebuster called the Flash, who attempted to arrest the Fiddler, only to be thwarted by the mystic vibrations of the mad musician's violin.
After several frustrating attempts to defeat the Fiddler, Flash finally confronted the vile violinist on a city pier and watched helplessly as the violin's vibrations crumbled the pier beneath the Fiddler's feet, and the villainous violinist apparently plunged to his doom.
Unfortunately, the Fiddler survived, returning several times to confront the Flash, alone and as a member of, first, the Injustice Society of the World and, later, the Crime Champions of two different decades.
Although he had temporarily gained a bit of weight, at this writing the Fiddler is safely back behind prison bars, where he has lost that excess poundage and is once more his slender self.