THE FABULOUS FROG-MAN

Real Name: Eugene Paul Patilio

Identity/Class: Clumsy human, technology--um--wearer (he doesn't really "use" his suit all that well)

Occupation: Would-be Super-Hero alternating with College student

Group Membership: Misfits (Spider-Kid, Toad)
    He tried to enter the Defenders, but they didn't want him. I wonder why?

Affiliations: Reluctantly: Ally of Defenders and Spider-Man.
    Fellow prisoners: Aragorn, Bushmaster, Dragon Man, Grizzly, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Man-Bull, Mandrill, Mongoose, Rhino, Swarm, Tiger Shark, Vulture (Adrian Toomes);
    Not so Reluctant: ally of Leap-Frog (Vincent Patilio), Spider-Kid and Toad.
    Friend of Jerome (high school colleague).

Enemies: Kraven (Alysoha Kravinoff), Skrulls, Tony Slimms, Speed Demon, the Walrus, White Rabbit, Yellow Claw (Impressive gallery, huh?)

Known Relatives: Vincent (father, Leap-Frog), Rose (mother, deceased), Rosemary "Marie" Patilio Colorito (aunt), Gus Colorito (uncle, deceased)

Aliases: Eugene Colorito, Fabulous Frog-Man
formerly: "Frogicus Megafoolicus", "Frog-Man Junior", "Kermit", "Frogboy" (nickname)

Place of Birth: New York City, New York

Base of Operations: Brooklyn, especially near Kwikkee Burger

Education: College student

First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up#121 (September 1982)

 

 

Powers: No super-powers known, but he probably has some unknown, unrevealed mutant "luck" power that kept him alive and unharmed, gaining him his victories. He features a complete inability to pilot his fully automated Frog-Man suit. He’s very lucky - if he wasn't, he'd be dead. His equipment is a frog suit equipped with electric leaping coils, as well as an internal computer to pilot the suit. His weapon is his body. Not that he's a good fighter, just that he jumps so clumsily that he usually rams his opponents inadvertently.

Height: 5' 9"
Weight
: 185 lbs. (the OHotMU said 158, but he's a pretty chubby kid)
Hair: Red
Eyes: Brown

History: Vincent Patilio was a failed scientist, whose first breakthrough were the leaping coils he would wear in his Leap-Frog suit. He became a super-villain, but after a number of failures, he decided to retire as a villain. Enter Eugene: his son.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#185 (fb)/OHotMU 2006#4 - BTS) - Eugene was fairly young when his mother died of breast cancer.

(OHotMU 2006#4 - BTS) - Eugene was placed in the custody of his father's sister Rosemary. Eugene adopted his uncle's name in hope he wouldn't be recognized as the son of Leap-Frog. His uncle Gus passed away soon afterwards.

 

 

(Tangled Web of Spider-Man#12/OHotMU 2006#4 - BTS) - When Eugene was in high school, his dad was released from prison and moved into Marie's house, and planned to go straight, though both he and Eugene were haunted by mocking from his previous Leap-Frog career after his father's identity was revealed on TV (they incorrectly used Eugene's false name and made everything worse for Eugene). Vincent got a job selling cars, in costume, as "Frog-Face," who was clocked in the back of the head by a baseball bat for comic relief. Eugene was teased and even beaten up at school.  Spider-Man paid Vincent a visit, warning him to go straight.  Desperate to get some respect for his father's name, Eugene put on his second costume, and tried to bust up some loiterers, who easily beat him up. Vincent drove up and scared off the nefarious loiterers.

 

 

(OHotMU 2006#4 - BTS) - Vincent moved with Eugene out of his sister's house into an apartment uptown.

 

 

 

(Marvel Team-Up I#121) - A few months later, fifteen year old Eugene--having apparently gotten over his previous beating--decided to again try to gain respect for his father's name. He put on one of his father's original-style costumes and went out to find some crime to fight. He saw Spider-Man and the Human Torch having minor trouble dealing with Speed Demon. He attacked and defeated Speed Demon in a clumsy move. Call it delusions of grandeur, but Eugene actually saw some merit in his victory, so the Fabulous Frog-Man had come to stay! Vincent didn't like the idea of his son getting in danger, though.

(Marvel Team-Up I#131) - A few months later, he heard that the White Rabbit was busting fast-food chains, so he waited for her in Kwikkee Burger.  He clumsily attacked her gang when they came in, and Spidey saved his sorry--hide. The Rabbit fled, but eventually events turned into a three-way fight between Spidey, the Rabbit, and the Frog, ending with the Rabbit crashing down.

 

 

(Amazing Spider-Man I#247) - He also dropped in when Spidey was fighting Thunderball and four thugs, inadvertently allowing the bad guys to escape.

(Defenders I#131) - Next, the Frogman was denied membership into a group that didn't even have members--the Defenders. The Walrus appeared and attacked the non-team, and the Frogman watched as the Walrus collapsed from indigestion (too many Kwikkee Burgers) and got the credit for the win in turn.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#266) - Later, Spidey joined him alongside Spider-Kid and Toad. Froggy joined the latter two, forming a "super-team" the Misfits.

(OHotMU 2006#4 - BTS) - The Misfits disbanded almost immediately when the Toad returned to his criminal ways. Vincent and Eugene moved back into Marie's house.

(Marvel Fanfare I#31-32) - 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). 

(OHotMU 2006#4 - BTS) - After graduating from high school Eugene worked briefly for Damage Control.

(Damage Control II#2) - During the Acts of Vengeance, Frog-Man received repairs on his left boot from Gene Strausser at Damage Control. 

(OHotMU 2006#4 - BTS) - Strausser further improved Frog-Man's suit. Eugene himself became skilled with computer technologies, designed an exo-skeleton for the Frog-Man suit as well as a computer guidance system. Eugene returned to his father on a week vacation from school and went on patrol in his old Frog-Man suit.

(Marvel Illustrated: The Swimsuit Issue) - Frog-Man participated in the 800 meter hurdles and high jumps in the Maria Stark Foundation's Super Olympics. He ended up winning the the bronze medal.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#185) - Now in college, Frog-Man invited Spider-Man to dinner. During a dinner at his house, they watched a news bulletin that said that the White Rabbit and the Walrus were on a rampage. (They were trying to draw-out Frog-Man in order to get even with him. Speed Demon and Yellow Claw felt that a team-up with the White Rabbit was insignificant, but at least they got a good laugh before refusing.) Spidey left. Vince prohibited Eugene from leaving and exited as the Leap-Frog, but Eugene followed him as soon as his father's back was turned.

The Walrus knocked down Spider-Man with his laugh attack (he says dumb things, others laugh, and he strikes while they're distracted). Vince arrived and announced himself as Frog-Man, the Walrus attacked, Vince knocked him down, the White Rabbit moved in to kill Vince, and then the real Frog-Man arrived, bouncing clumsily and falling on the Rabbit's back, taking her out of the fight in the process. Spidey took care of an enraged Walrus, and Vince finally approved his son's crime fighting activity. (He should--Eugene is luckier than Longshot [lucky mutant from the x-titles]. Well, he's even luckier than that pesky Donald's cousin, Gladstone Gander [lucky duck from the Disney titles]).

 

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Eugene as a potential Initiative recruit.

(Punisher War Journal II#13 (fb) - BTS) - Frog-Man was captured by Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff), who sought to build a zoo full of super-powered animal-themed villains.

(Punisher War Journal II#13) - Frog-Man was kept in a cage.

(Punisher War Journal II#14 (fb) - BTS) - Frog-Man was kept with Rhino, Bushmaster, Mandrill, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Aragorn, Vulture (Adrian Toomes), Mongoose, Man-Bull, Dragon Man, Frog-Man, Swarm, and Grizzly. The animal-themed villains were kept in cages aboard a ship with bombs around their necks to keep them from escaping. Kraven was a cruel keeper, feeding them only occasionally.

(Punisher War Journal II#14 - BTS) - Kraven killed Aragorn and fed the horse to the prisoners, who refused to eat. Later, Kraven used his skills and potions to drive all the captives into bestial rages. He set them loose on his sinking ship to attack the Punisher (Frank Castle). Tiger Shark approached Punisher first.

(Punisher War Journal II#15) - Frog-Man was hunted down by Kraven on the ship and desperately tried to explain that he wasn't a frog. He was seemingly slain by Kraven with a harpoon.

(Avengers: The Initiative#19 (fb) - BTS) - Eugene was abducted and replaced by Skrulls.

(Avengers: The Initiative#7 (fb) - BTS) - The Frog-Man imposter became a member of the Initiative's Action Pack.

(Secret Invasion#8 - BTS) - Eugene returned to Earth with all the other abductees.

(Avengers: The Initiative#20) - At Camp Hammond Eugene participated in a Post-Abduction Readjustment meeting overseen by Doc Samson and Alicia Masters.

Comments: Created by J.M. DeMatteis, Kerry Gammill, and Mike Esposito.

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

Spider-Man's Tangled Web#12 features a story called, "I was a Teenage Frog-Man." This is what happens when people write a story without knowing any of the back history on a character. Tangled Web is a major culprit of this. The histories of the characters are markedly different from established continuity, but we were told to patch it up:

  • Colorito/Patilio: His last name is Patilio, but more than once, it's been identified as Colorito. That's either an error, or perhaps he has more than one last name. That's the least of the problems.  Potato/potAHto
        He first referred to himself as Eugene Colorito in Amazing Spider-Man#266 (I knew I remembered that name from somewhere! --Snood)
  • Leap-Frog/Dad had never met, let alone fought, Spider-Man before Marvel Team-Up#121. However, this story establishes them as old sparring partners. Leap-Frog fought Daredevil twice, the Defenders once, and Iron Man once. The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#4 even makes reference to the fact that he only had three fights before going to prison (they left out the Defenders story, though that wasn't really a super-villain confrontation).  So, you have to ret-con in a bunch, or at least a couple, of old Spidey-Leap-Frog fights. They show a picture of them, so I guess that's one, anyway. Not that big a deal.
  • Different costume. Leap-Frog only ever wore one costume, which is the one Eugene used to become Frogman in MTU#121--artistic license?
  • Typeface is referenced in this story, making it seem to take place in the modern era...which makes it all a load of shite. This story features a much younger Eugene, trying on the costume for the first time.--chalk it up to an error (or more likely, not giving a rat's @$$), if you want

The above and other things were explained in Eugene's entry in OHotMU 2006#4. Eugene was revealed as the Frog-Man in Punisher War Journal and Action Pack in his OHOTMU Hardcover#4 entry. The Action Pack Frog-Man eventually turned out to be a Skrull imposter!

Profile by Henrique Ferreira, courtesy of Spider-Fan, update by Snood.

Profile updated/edited by Kyle Sims

Clarifications:
Frog-Man shouldn’t be confused with:

  • Frog-Man, Francois LeBlanc, from the original Ani-Men; @ Daredevil I#10
  • Leap-Frog, his father, Vincent Patilio, @ Daredevil I#25;
  • Leap-Frog (Buford Lange), who stole his father's suit, @ Daredevil II#16, 19
  • Toad, member of the Brotherhood of Mutants and former ally of Eugene in the misfits, @ X-Men I#4.

images: (without ads)
Marvel Team-Up I#121, p10, pan2 (main image)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#185, p3, pan5 (Eugene head shot)
Marvel Team-Up I#121, p10, pan3 (Frog-Man head shot)
Tangled Web of Spider-Man#12, p19, pan1 (takes a beating)
Marvel Team-Up I#131, p4, pan1-2 (jumps around)
Amazing Spider-Man I#266, p22, pan5 (joins Misfits)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#185, p3, pan3-4 (saved by Spidey)


Appearances:
Marvel Team-Up I#121 (September 1982) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Kerry Gammill (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#247 (December, 1983) - Roger Stern (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), John Romita (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Defenders I#131 (May, 1984) - Peter Gillis & J.M. DeMatteis (writers), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Carl Potts (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#266 (July, 1985) - Peter David (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Joe Rubinstein & Co. (inks), Jim Owsley (editor)
Marvel Fanfare I#31-32 (March-May, 1987) - Kerry Gammill & J.M. DeMatteis (writers), Kerry Gammill (pencils), Dennis Janke (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Damage Control II#2 (mid-December, 1989) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Ernie Colon (artist), Sid Jacobson (editor)
Marvel Illustrated: The Swimsuit Issue (1991)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#185 (February, 1992) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Tangled Web of Spider-Man#12 (May, 2002) - Zeb Wells (writer), Duncan Fegredo (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Punisher War Journal II#13-15 (January-March, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Cory Walker (#13) & Scott Wegener (#14-15) (artists), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#7 (December, 2007) - Dan Slott (writer), Stefano Caselli (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#19 (January, 2009) - Dan Slott & Christos N. Gage (writers), Harvey Tolibao and Bong Dazo (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Invasion#8 (January, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: The Initiative#20 (February, 2009) - Dan Slott & Christos N. Gage (writers), Steve Kurth (pencils), Drew Hennessy (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


Last updated: 06/15/12

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