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It was always an asylum for the criminally insane[edit]

Currently the article says:

Arkham Asylum first appeared in 1974, in Batman #258 by Dennis O'neil. In this story, it is named as "Arkham Hospital", although it is not clear what kind of hospital it is.

To quote from page 7 of Batman #258:

Four hours later, at a New England institution called a hospital--a polite name for an asylum which houses the criminally insane...

Then in its second appearance, Batman #260 (also by O'neil), page 5 it is once again called Arkham Hospital and described:

The asylum for the criminally insane

Scarecrow as staff[edit]

At times Scarecrow has worked at Arkham in the comics. However, there is some debate as to whether he should be added as staff. Thoughts? Komodo ninja (talk) 05:33, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The information in this article pertains to the primary depictions of the Asylum (otherwise we're synthesizing our own interpretation). Which comics were those? If it was in the main DCU then there's no reason it shouldn't be added, with a reference. ArtistScientist (talk) 08:45, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'll have to check to make sure, but I'm pretty sure it was in continuity. I will post my findings here when I have them. Komodo ninja (talk) 02:51, 16 January 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The only times I can think of when Scarecrow worked at Arkham in the comics in an Elseword's tale. I am not aware of any other time hew was an actual employee, but I could be wrong. Urlugal (talk) 13:24, 24 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I found a reference to this in the Lover's and Madmen #7-12 story arc of Batman Confidential. I don't have those issues so I can't confirm it at this time.Urlugal (talk) 13:38, 24 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply] Scarecrow as an Arkham staff member. The book is also noteable for Arkham being destroyed by fire in the first few chapters. Lots42 (talk) 09:26, 2 December 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, the same book mentions a military base functioning as a de-facto Arkham for some time. Lots42 (talk) 08:49, 1 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The article says that Zatanna was locked up in Arkham Asylum. That sounds unbelievable. Joe Chill (talk) 16:05, 1 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I seem to remember a storyline where demons made Zatanna temporarily mad. She had to be restrained somehow because her voice could cause destruction. I'm pretty sure they locked her up in Arkham. I know Blue Devil was involved in this storyline somehow. There were a ton of demons that acted like Hollywood mafia dons. It's on the tip of my tongue... Lots42 (talk) 01:34, 2 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Should be added in[edit]

Arkham Asylum: Madness Published 29 June 2010. ISBN 1401223370 24 hours inside Arkham, focusing on the staff dealing with many problems, from the mundane to the blood-splattered. No Batman or other heroes but plenty of nasty villains. Lots42 (talk) 21:13, 28 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I recommend an expert rewrite the entire article. Lots42 (talk) 02:46, 7 February 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This article is still a chaotic mess. It needs a full delete and a fresh start. Lots42 (talk) 03:20, 26 May 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Not an expert by any means, only a student mental health nurse, but I changed 'inmates' to 'patients', 'insane' to 'mentally ill/unwell' and 'released' to 'discharged', basically made the whole article less insulting to people suffering from mental health problems. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:19, 20 December 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Wasn't Eobard Thawne a patient in Arkham as well for a while. I seem to remember reading an issue in the comics where he ends up getting arrested in Metropolis and was quietly transferred to Arkham Asylum. Granted this was a couple of years back so I might be misremembering it a bit, but I could've sworn that he ended up there at some point.

( (talk) 08:03, 16 September 2020 (UTC))Reply[reply]

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