The Fabulous Frog-Man

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Attributes
Eyes:

Sometimes green, others blue, and others still light brown. Surprised? Common trait in Marvel characters.

Features:

Fat young boy

Hair:

Red, curly

Height:

Unknown out of costume, 6" with costume

Weight:

Unknown

Powers
Abilities:

Complete inability to pilot his fully automated Frog-Man suit. Very lucky - if he wasn't, he'd be dead.

Equipment:

A frog suit equipped with electric leaping coils, as well as an internal computer to pilot the suit.

Limitations:

His random bouncing is often useless (unless he crashes against the villain, which scores him a sure win)

Powers:

None, but he probably has some unknown, unrevealed mutant 'luck' power that kept him alive and unharmed, gaining him his victories.

Strength Level:

Normal human level for his age and size

Weapons:

His body. Not that he's a good fighter, just that he jumps so clumsily that he usually rams his opponents inadvertedly.

Summary
Citizenship:

U.S.A. citizen

Created By:

Unknown

Current Occupation:

Would-be Super-Hero alternating with College student

Dual Identity:

Not known to general public

Education:

Currently a College Student

Former Groups:

Misfits. He tried to enter the Defenders, but they didn't want him. I wonder why?

Known Allies:

Reluctantly: Defenders and Spider-Man. Not so Reluctant: Leapfrog I, Spider-Kid and Toad

Known Confidants:

Vincent and Marie Patilio, Jerome (friend)

Known Relatives:

Vincent, father (Leapfrog I); Rose, mother (deceased); Marie, aunt

Legal Status:

No Criminal Record

Major Enemies:

The White Rabbit, Speed Demon, Yellow Claw and the Walrus. (Impressive gallery, huh?)

Marital Status:

Single

Place of Birth:

Unknown

Real Name:

Eugene Paul Colorito Patilio

Usual Bases:

Brooklyn, especially near Kwikkee Burger

Background

Vincent Patilio was a failed scientist, whose first breakthrough were the leaping coils he'd wear in his Leapfrog suit. He became a Super-Villain, but Daredevil foiled his plans several times, and he decides to retire as a villain. Enter Eugene, his son.

Eugene Patilio, a young boy with a ridiculous name, decides to use an even more ridiculous name, The Fabulous Frog-Man, to fight crime. He uses one of his father's costumes and goes out to find some crime to fight. He sees Spider-Man and the Human Torch having minor trouble dealing with Speed Demon. He attacks and defeats Speed Demon in a clumsy move. Call it illusions of grandeur, but Eugene actually sees some merit in his victory, so, the Fabulous Frog-Man has come to stay. Vincent doesn't like the idea of his son getting in danger, though.

A few months later, he hears that the the White Rabbit is busting fast- food chains, so he waits for her in Kwikkee Burger. He clumsily attacks her gang when they come in, and Spidey saves his sorry... hide. The Rabbit flees, but eventually it all winds up in a 3-way fight between Spidey, the Rabbit and the Frog, ending with the Rabbit crashing down.

His future spotlights feature being denied membership in Defenders right before they're attacked by the Walrus. He watches the Walrus collapse by indegestion (too many Kwikkee Burgers...) and gets the credit for the win. He also drops in when Spidey was fighting Thunderball and 4 thugs, allowing them to escape. Later, Spidey joins him with Spider-Kid and Toad, and the three form the Misfits. But the Misfits didn't last long, and Frog-Man was solo again, this time "helping" Captain America against Yellow Claw and his mutations (some of them were giant frogs...).

During the Acts of Vengeance, Frog-Man received repairs on his left boot from Gene Strausser at Damage Control. It is not known who if anyone he was battling when he sustained the damage. Knowing him, he might have just damaged his own suit by accident.

During a dinner at his house, with his father, his aunt and Spider-Man (Spectacular Spider-Man #185), they see on the News Bulletin that the White Rabbit and the Walrus are on a rampage, trying to attract Frog-Man to get even with him (Speed Demon and Yellow Claw felt that a team-up with the White Rabbit was disprestigious, but at least they got a good laugh before refusing). Spidey leaves, Vince prohibits Eugene from leaving, and leaves as Leap-Frog, but Eugene follows him as soon as his father's back is turned.

The Walrus knocks down Peter with his laugh attack (he says dumb things, others laugh, and he strikes while they're distracted), Vince arrives and announces himself as Frog-Man, the Walrus attacks, Vince knocks him down, the White Rabbit moves in to kill Vince, and the real Frog-Man arrives, at his own image, bouncing clumsily and falling on the Rabbit's back. Spidey takes care of an enraged Walrus, and Vince finally approves his son's crime fighting activity.

Well, okay, he isnt that lucky. He was captured by Alyosha Kravinoff and used like an ordinary animal, for Kraven's hunting pleasure. He was held on a boat with other animal-themed super criminals, such as Rhino, Vulture, Kangaroo (Hibbs), Swarm and others. Kraven would drug them and fight them to prove his superiority. He was stopped by the Punisher, but Kraven got away. At another time, Eugene again tried to become Spider-Man's crime fighting partner, and "helped" him against the Kangaroo, whom Spidey had already defeated. Eugene again tried to make his case as to why he would make a great partner, when a new vigilante showed up....The Tenacious Tadpole! Frog Man was the Tadpole's idol, and he wanted to become his side kick. He demonstrated his tadpole tail attack, his "hellacious head-butt" (because, as a tadpole, he didn't have arms) and his slippery surface with his "gill goo." While Eugene tried to think of a way to get away from the Tadpole, Spidey took Kangaroo to the police.

Image Gallery

Appearances

Cover Date Appearance Information
Sep 1982 App: Marvel Team-Up #121
  Origin. "Aids" Spidey and Torch against Speed Demon.
Jul 1983 App: Marvel Team-Up #131
Dec 1983 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #247
  Allows Thunderball to escape from Spidey.
May 1984 App: Defenders #131
Jul 1985 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #266
  The Misfits are born!
Mar 1987 App: Marvel Fanfare #31 (Story 1)
May 1987 App: Marvel Fanfare #32
Dec 1989 App: Damage Control (Vol. 2) #2
Jan 1992 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #184
Feb 1992 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #185

Thanks To

 This profile was completed with information used with permission from the Appendix of Marvel Universe website, mantained by Jeff Christiansen (Snood). If you want to find out about that odd-ball character you've only seen once, or even about that character you haven't ever seen, that's the site you're looking for. An impressive amount of obscure characters await you there!

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.