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Carl Draper (New Earth)

Real Name
Current Alias
Kator, Castellan, Deathtrap
Carla Draper (daughter)

First appearance


Silver Age

Carl Draper, nicknamed 'Moosie' by his classmates, was an overweight and introverted boy who grew up in Smallville. Infatuated with Lana Lang, he resented Superboy, who Lana was obsessed with: on one occasion, when Carl and his classmates were accidentally trapped in a cave, Carl discovered the way out after courageously exploring, but was denied the credit for rescuing Lana and the others when Superboy arrived before he could get help. On another occasion, Draper coerced Superboy into creating a robot named Kator as a sparring partner, but the robot became self aware and attacked Superboy; the boy of steel destroyed the robot, but not before it had passed on its memories and powers to Draper, who became the new Kator. Jonathan Kent was able to remove Kator's powers using a cutoff device created to stop the original robot, and Superboy removed draper's memory of ever being Kator.

As an adult Draper moved to Metropolis, underwent cosmetic surgery to make himself handsome, lost weight, and became a master at creating security systems. He created a prison specifically designed to hold super villains, Draper's Island. Unfortunately, Superman, in an attempt to make the prison even more secure, relocated it to orbit, and Draper was once again denied the credit for his work as the reporters present, ignoring Draper, renamed the facility 'Superman's Island'. Enraged, Draper created the identity of the Master Jailer for himself, kidnapped Lana Lang and created a series of traps for Superman. He was defeated by Superman and incarcerated in his own prison.

This version of Carl Draper was erased from existence by the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the details of the post-Crisis Draper's life seem to be significantly different.


Post-Crisis, Carl Draper (still a security expert) was hired by S.T.A.R. Labs to create a cell capable of holding Conduit, prompting his daughter Carla to ask if he could create a cell capable of a real challenge -- holding Superman. Creating the holographic Deathtrap as a false identity to hide his true one, Draper set out to capture Superman but failed, and subsequently became obsessed with proving he could actually hold the man of steel. Carla (who had previously adopted the identity of Snare and clashed with Superboy (Conner Kent) later used the Deathtrap hologram (now calling it Locksmith) without her father's knowledge, while Draper himself apparently adopted the Master Jailer identity while working for the villainous Manchester Black (though it was never actually confirmed that Carl Draper was the one wearing the costume). Draper was later forced into becoming first a security consultant and then Head of Security for Checkmate, under the code name Castellan. He protected Checkmate from a number of attacks by an unknown party, who Draper himself privately suspected was Carla.


Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.



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