Ludovic Valley first appeared in Batman: Sword of Azrael #1 from writer Denny O'Neil and first drawn by Joe Quesada.
Major Story Arcs
Ludovic Valley had been a member of the Order of St. Dumas where he acted as Azrael like his own farther had. He was murdered by Carleton LeHah but managed to contact his son jean-Paul Valley before his death, providing him with funds that he might escape becoming the next Azrael. Jean-Paul misunderstood his father's dying wish however, and took it upon himself to train as the next Azrael.