Hobie Brown was a young inventor who worked as a window cleaner to pay the bills. While he was a window washer he was caught in a battle between the Stilt-Man and Spider-Man and was rescued by the latter. He was inspired by the Stilt-Man's armour enough to make his own secret identity. In order to make his job easier, he invented special equipment such as wrist and ankle bracelets to hold cartridges of cleaning fluid, steel claws and special boots for climbing. When he lost his cleaning job, he decided to give crime a go.
He didn't want to hurt people, but he felt trapped by life. He modified the bracelets to shoot pellets filled with sleeping gas, made a hood, cape, and costume, and set out on his short-lived career of crime.
The Prowler was discouraged from a life of crime, and reformed. His credits include impersonating Spider-Man to save Peter's secret ID, attacking Spidey because he was appointed as responsible for the death of Captain George Stacy and having his costume stolen by two different guys, who were stopped by Spidey.
He worked for Silver Sable, and he also teamed up with several other rehabilitated villains (Rocket Racer, Will O' The Wisp and Sandman) and with a not so rehabilitated Puma, to form the Outlaws. They, among other things, helped Spidey clear his name once, and helped Spidey (without Will) against the Avengers.
He created the jetpack which Spider-Man used when he became the Hornet.
The Prowler attended to Wilbur Day, the Stilt-Man's funeral.
Prowler was recently apprehended for violating the Superhuman Registration Act.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
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Numerous gadgets and devices as needed.
TransportationPneumatic glider cape. Pneumatics in the Prowler’s boots allow him to leap remarkable distances.
WeaponsThe Prowler uses a costume equipped with specially-designed high-tech weapons based on pneumatic technology. Gauntlets that shoot an assortment of projectiles; Sleeping gas pellets, cleaning fluid, steel darts, gas canisters capable of producing a damaging compressed air blast, and magnesium flares. The gauntlets are also tipped with steel claws.
Design and manufacture of Paraphernalia: All equipment designed and manufactured by Hobie Brown.
Hobie has had some solo appearances, starring in his own 4-issue limited series, Prowler Vol 1.
The Prowler was created due to a suggestion by then 13 year old John Romita Jr.
- 60 Appearances of Hobie Brown (Earth-616)
- 8 Images featuring Hobie Brown (Earth-616)
- 1 Quotations by or about Hobie Brown (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Hobie Brown (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Hobie Brown (Earth-616)
- Characters killed by Prowler
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