Characters : Leap-Frog

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Attributes
Eyes

Blue

Features

Middle-aged man

Hair

Grey

Height

Unknown out of costume, 6" with costume

Weight

Unknown

Powers
Abilities

He's a very smart man.

Equipment

A frog suit equipped with electric leaping coils, an internal computer to pilot it and a physical-enhancer exo-skeleton.

Limitations

His advanced age. Also diabetic.

Strength Level

Normal for age and size with minimal exercise.

Summary
Citizenship

U.S.A. citizen

Created By

Unknown

Current Aliases

Vinnie

Current Occupation

Retired scientist

Dual Identity

Known to the Authorities

Education

Unknown, Presumed High (since he's a scientist and all...)

Former Aliases

Leapfrog, mistakenly known by common people as Frog-Man.

Former Bases

New York

Former Occupation

Failed scientist; Failed super-villain; Reasonable hero

Known Allies

Frog-Man, Spider-Man

Known Confidants

Marie, Eugene

Known Relatives

Eugene, son (Frog-Man); Rose, wife (deceased); Marie, sister

Legal Status

Clear of Charges

Major Enemies

The White Rabbit and the Walrus. Former DareDevil and Iron Man Villain.

Marital Status

Widower

Place of Birth

Unknown

Real Name

Vincent Colorito Patilio

Usual Bases

New York

Background

Vinnie was an inventor whose inventions were useless. When he devised some electrically powered leaping coils, which could make him leap as high as 6 stories, he saw it as a chance to make some money with his inventions, which he never could otherwise. He created the Leapfog costume, and embarked on a criminal career.

His plans were foiled by DareDevil twice, Spidey and Iron Man, who sent him to jail. In the meantime, as always, it was his wife's paycheck that supported the house. After serving his time, he returned to his family and gave up on his evil ways. However when Rose, his wife, died of cancer everything changed. Eugene, his son, decided to clear his father's name by wearing one of his suits and calling himself Frog-Man. He found Spider-Man and the Human Torch having minor trouble with Speed Demon and intervened, defeating him. Vinnie was proud, but didn't want his son risking his life out there.

Feeling guilty that Eugene was risking his life to try and get some money, Vinnie devised a plan. After Frog-Man dismantled the new villain White Rabbit's gang (don't think it was that cool, he didn't do it on purpose), Vinnie went to her and offered his work. She agreed, not knowing that he was with the cops, and recorded everything she said (the gal' robs lots of stores, and the cops wanted a recorded confession...). When she was down during a fight with Spidey and Frog-Man, he was eligible for a reward, which has been supporting him and his family ever since...

Think about it for a minute: Spider-Man is facing real menaces from day one, and he's always broke. Vinnie records a confession from a ridiculous woman dressed as a bunny, and gets his financial problems solved for the rest of his life. Life is tough for Spider-Man...

His final appearance was in Spectacular Spider-Man #185, where the White Rabbit returned to get even with Frog-Man, and teamed-up with the Walrus, another loser who was "defeated" by Eugene. In a hillar... epic, I meant epic, struggle (see the other profiles and the review for more details, or better yet, read the book), the Walrus is beaten by Leap-Frog (Vinnie), who's saved from the White Rabbit by Frog-Man (Eugene), and then they're both saved from the Walrus (again) by Spidey. In the end, it seems that finally Vinnie gives his blessing to Eugene about being Frog-Man.

That last story was the first (and until now, the last) where Vinnie used an exo-skeleton in his suit, to increase physical parameters.

Note, Vincent should be differentiated from Leapfrog (Lange) - father of Timmy, abusive, electrocuted by Timmy to stop him from killing daredevil, in Daredevil (Vol. 2) #16 and following.

Appears In...

Feb 1967 App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #25
Mar 1967 App: Daredevil (Vol.1) #26
Year 1967 App: Daredevil (Vol.1) Annual #1
Oct 1978 App: Defenders #64
Jul 1979 App: Iron Man #126
Aug 1979 App: Iron Man #127
Sep 1982 App: Marvel Team-Up #121
Jul 1983 App: Marvel Team-Up #131
May 1984 App: Defenders #131
Jul 1985 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #266
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Mar 1987 App: Marvel Fanfare #31 (Story 1)
May 1987 App: Marvel Fanfare #32
Feb 1992 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #185

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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.