KANGAROO

Real Name: Brian Hibbs

Identity/Class: Human, athlete, former technology user; not Australian

Occupation: Professional criminal; former professional baseball player and interior decorator

Group Membership: Formerly the Corporation and the Spider-Man Revenge Squad (--aka the Legion of Losers)

Affiliations: Aragorn, Bushmaster (Quincy McIver), Dragon Man, Frog-Man, Gargoyle (Isaac Christians), Gibbon, Grizzly (Max Markham), Man-Bull, Mandrill, Mongoose, Punisher (Frank Castle), Rhino, Spot, Swarm, Tiger Shark, Vulture (Adrian Toomes)

Enemies: The Cruisers, "Big Ben" Donovan, Gibbon, Grizzly, Hypno-Hustler, Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff), Misty Knight, Rob Farrell (Rocket Racer), Spider-Man, Tombstone, Colleen Wing

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Frank Oliver, Billy Bob Jenks

Base of Operations: The Cage prison;

formerly an apartment in Manhattan;
formerly Corporation headquarters, Taylor, Mississippi

First Appearance:

(pictured) Cage I#13 (April, 1993);
(seen) Spectacular Spider-Man II#242 (January, 1997)

Powers/Abilities: The Kangaroo is an athlete and is very strong, though not superhumanly so. He specializes in leaping. He has achieved a reputation as a highly skilled fighter, though he did not demonstrate such skills against Spider-Man. Perhaps he was too intimidated in his first encounter with a super-hero?

It has been stated that he was a super-powered villain on one occasion, but that is not 100% certain (see comments).

He briefly wore a costume which enhanced his strength and leaping ability, had a semi-prehensile tail, and a pouch-level cannon.

    Most recently, he appears to have taken some sort of steroid, or growth hormone, as he now dwarfs Tombstone (as pictured above), who is 6'7." However, this size seems to have faded, and he has reverted back to his Oliver-like appearance.

Height: 7' 7"; (originally) 5' 11"
Weight: 377 lbs.; (originally) 205 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Blond

History:
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#244 (fb)) - Although not native to Australian, Brian Hibbs idolized the original Kangaroo, Frank Oliver. When he died, Hibbs knew it was his density--I mean, destiny--to replace him. He spent years studying his career of the Kangaroo--all two adventures of it, learning to imitate his style and speech.

(Spider-Man Encyclopedia (fb) - BTS) - Not ready to try his hand against the likes of Spider-Man, Hibbs adopted the costume and the appearance of Oliver down to the last detail, but got a job working for the Corporation, operating out of the town of Taylor, Mississippi.

(Cage I#13-BTS) - The Kangaroo is pictured as one of the active operatives of the Corporation, though he is not seen in action.

(Spider-Man Encyclopedia (fb) - BTS) - After proving successful against the non-costumed crowd, Hibbs decided he was now ready to join the big leagues.

 

 

 

 

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#242) - The Kangaroo went bounding through the streets of New York, warning everyone to get out of the way. Spider-Man swooped down and dropped him with a single punch.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#244 (fb)) - The Kangaroo was arrested by the police, but escaped on the way to his arraignment. He then spent half of his trust fund ordering a suit of Kangaroo battle-armor from the "Sharper Villain Catalogue."

 

 

 

 

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#244) - Back for more and wearing his new armor, the Kangaroo leapt down the streets, bouncing off of the tops of cars, until Spidey side-swiped him and knocked him into an alley. Protected from the impact by his armor, Hibbs got back on his feet and unveiled his deadly pouch cannon, which Spidey then webbed shut. Heedless of the potential consequences, Hibbs fired the cannon, which blew up...right in his...pouch region. Hibbs quickly passed out, and Spidey left him webbed to a lamp post. He was freed by the Grizzly.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#245) - The Kangaroo questioned the wisdom of Grizzly's proposed Spider-Man Revenge Squad.  After the Grizzly kicked him in the tucus, he headed out to get his battle armor repaired, and then go see his proctologist. The other two team-mates showed up--the Spot and the Gibbon--and the Kangaroo fainted after hearing that the Spot had spent an hour looking for a parking spot, when he could have just teleported there...

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#246) - Internal strife developed amongst the Revenge Squad, as the Kangaroo and the Spot were more interested in robberies and wealth, than going after the web-slinger. The Kangaroo--having sewn most of his costume together, except the pants (damaged beyond repair), and so he was wearing polka dot boxers--wanted to use the money they made to order an atomic cannon from the Sharper Villains Catalog...or maybe that gizmo that would shrink people..."Cops couldn't hurt us if they were only two inches tall!"

At any rate, the Revenge Squad soon ran into Spidey, who was on the verge of defeating them, before getting cold-cocked by the Gibbon and gut-stomped by the Kangaroo. They brought Spidey back to their secret headquarters--err, make that the Grizzly 's apartment, but they were soon at each other's throats. Grizzly and the Gibbon wanted to return the money they had stolen and go straight, and the other two...didn't want to do that. The Kangaroo knocked himself out by jumping at the Grizzly, who ducked, and flying through the Spot and into a wall. Spidey carted the Kangaroo and Spot off to prison, but gave the other two a chance to prove themselves as non-criminals.

(Spider-Man Encyclopedia (fb) - BTS) - The series of humiliations pushed Hibbs to try to further emulate his idol, by gaining actual super-powers, under unknown circumstances.

(Nova III#7 (fb) - BTS) - Perhaps because his mutations were affecting his mind, Hibbs decided to abandon the super-villain game and try a new path altogether. Taking the name Billy Bob Jenks, he became a professional baseball player, achieving super-star status as part of the major league in the process. However, when it was learned that he was actually the Kangaroo, he was expelled from the league.

BTS - Under unknown circumstances, the Kangaroo was imprisoned in the Cage, where superhuman powers are dampened. He took this time to re-dedicate himself to his original goal of emulating Oliver, training himself to be a master combatant.

(Tangled Web of Spider-Man#5, 6) - The Kangaroo was in the Cage (or another maximum security prison) when the Rhino passed through a couple of time.

(Wolverine II#164, [165]) - Wolverine was briefly imprisoned in the Cage, where the Kangaroo made a name for himself due to his fighting prowess, alongside the likes of Batroc.

(Spider-Man Encyclopedia (fb) - BTS) - The combination of the stress of imprisonment and his string of failures (or perhaps the increased physical exertion required to improve his fighting skills) catalyzed the progression of his mutation, causing Hibbs' body to grow in size, all the while his mind continued to deteriorate. In a short time period, he came to believe that he actually was Oliver. No longer able to even read, he began speaking in a thick, thick, thick, virtually unintelligible Australian accent.

(Tangled Web of Spider-Man#16) - Still in the Cage, the Kangaroo confronted the recently imprisoned Tombstone, who had recently suffered a heart attack. The Kangaroo told him that he was now small potatoes, and made some nasty physical assault reference. Both powerless due to the energy field at the Cage, Tombstone kicked the Kangaroo in the...pouch region and the two fought savagely, until Tombstone had another heart attack, at which point the Kangaroo smashed him to the ground.

Tombstone made a few allies--Ben Donovan, Rob Farrell, and the Hypno-Hustler--who ambushed and held the Kangaroo so that Tombstone could attack him with a pair of scissors, but the guards broke it up and threw Tombstone into solitary confinement.

(Tangled Web of Spider-Man#17) - While Tombstone was locked up, the Kangaroo laid a heavy beat down on his new friends. However, as Tombstone was prepared for surgery, he set a trap for the Kangaroo: He had one of the guards tell Kangaroo he could catch Tombstone under anesthesia if he squeezed through a heating vent. Kangaroo's huge shoulders got stuck in the vent, leaving the other half of him hanging out, for the second part of the trap: the Cruisers. As this is a mostly PG site, I won't get into what the Cruisers did to the Kangaroo, but suffice it to say that it was a real pain in the butt.

(Underworld#3) - Looking just like Oliver again, Hibbs was playing poker at the Satan's Circus bar when a badly beaten Jackie Dio entered.

(Daughters of the Dragon#3) - Back in his old mechanical suit, the Kangaroo was present at the Rascal Tavern when Colleen Wing and Misty Knight came seeking information on Celia Ricadonna. Kangaroo accused them of stupidity for having shown up at a super-villain bar, and Misty dropped him with a forearm to the face.

(Civil War: War Crimes) - Still in his Oliver form, but without the suit, Kangaroo joined Hammerhead's "villain army" in order to take advantage of the raging superhero Civil War. Before they could begin doing so, however, their headquarters was raided by Iron Man and a small army of SHIELD agents. Kangaroo's fate in the ensuing melee is unknown.

(Punisher War Journal II#13 (fb) - BTS) - Back in his robo-Kangaroo suit, Hibbs 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#14 (fb) - BTS) - Kangaroo was kept with Rhino, Bushmaster, Mandrill, Tiger Shark, 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#13) - Kangaroo was kept in a cage with a shock collar loaded with explosives.

(Punisher War Journal II#14) - 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).

(Punisher War Journal II#15 - BTS) - The Kangaroo was not seen during the subsequent battle.

Comments: Mentioned/pictured by Marc McLaurin and Scott Benefiel

Created by J. M. DeMatteis and Luke Ross.

A year or so ago I wrote this profile. I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to write the definitive profile for the Spider-Man Encyclopedia, and so I pieced together this continuity mess, hopefully once and for all...
In case you care, this was the situation BEFORE I CLARIFIED IT.

Another continuity mess. Sometimes I wonder if anyone edits these stories for continuity gaffs...
OK, here we go:

  • The only confirmed appearances of Hibbs are Spectacular Spider-Man II#242, 244-246, and Nova III#7.
  • The Kangaroo is pictured as a member of the Corporation in Cage#13, WAY after Frank Oliver died, and WAY before Hibbs hit the scene. Hibbs even mentioned on a few occasions that it was his FIRST day on the job when he was smacked by Spidey.
    So, either:
    • Oliver is NOT dead, and was last "seen" active in the mid-west. I don't like bringing back dead characters, esp. for no good reason...
    • Hibbs was active before Spectacular Spider-Man II#242, but as this was what he was building to (encountering Spidey), he referred to that as his first day on the job. That's what I went with for the purpose of this profile.
    • There is a 3rd, unidentified Kangaroo...could be, I guess...but why?
  • Nova III#7:  The Kangaroo is referred to as a super-powered villain, and Hibbs is thrown out because super-powered people aren't allowed to play.
    • The media could be mis-speaking, and referring to his as super-powered because he is a costumed super-villain. Now, he clearly would not have been wearing his costume while posing as a ball player, so it seems odd to throw him out because he USED TO wear a costume...
    • Given the fact that we're trying to make sense of his apparent physical transformation, this would best fit into continuity if he started his mutation before then.
       
  • Wolverine II#164 - The Kangaroo is described as having exceptional fighting skills, along the likes of Batroc. Perhaps he was too flustered by Spider-Man to ever show these skills before...
  • Then we go to Tangled Web#16+17.
    • My first impression is to just write it out of continuity. There are so many errors, or things that don't fit.
      According to Axel Alonso, it IS in-continuity, although some of the stuff that seems out of line may just be artistic license. That still leaves the issues of how to resolve the crazy stuff.
    • The Kangaroo and the Spot act as if they've never met, despite having been former teammates. Perhaps the Kangaroo's personality and intellectual changes scared the bejeezus bells out of the Spot, and since the Kangaroo didn't remember him, he thought it best to leave it that way.
    • What the heck is Robbie Farrell doing in prison (where he was also seen in Tangled Web#5)? He retired as the Rocket Racer, and he never was a criminal anyway. Long ago he was trying to make money to support his parents. I guess he could have committed a crime--either as Farrell or the Racer--because he needed the money for his family or something, and gotten caught. Why then would he have thrown in with Tombstone, a hardened criminal. It's just out of character...There's no explanation I can think of, except that the Kangaroo did something nasty to him, and he wanted revenge.
      However, since then (Peter Parker: Spider-Man#53) Farrell has been seen to be out, working for anybody willing to pay him to earn a few bucks...so I guess he slipped back into the habit.
    • Big Ben Donovan never wore a costume or had any powers. Why the heck is he in the Cage? He's a former lawyer, prone to violence. No explanation I can think of.
    • The Hypno-Hustler doesn't belong in the Cage either. He doesn't have powers, but just used a costume...and that was a long, long time ago. But, you could rationalize him in a few ways, if you wanted to.
    • The Spot is pictured as wearing a mask, rather than transforming himself to look that way, but that's not too big a deal. Could have just had a shift in his powers.
  • Then you go to Kangaroo in the Tangled Web story. That guy is so different than Hibbs, that some explanation is necessary.
    • Despite dressing like the Kangaroo, Hibbs never had an accent of any sort, and certainly not one like the guy in Tangled Web.
    • The guy in Tangled Web is gigantic. Tombstone is 6'7", and the Kangaroo was like a foot taller than him.
    • The guy in Tangled Web couldn't even read, while in Spectacular Spider-Man, Hibbs was interested in atomic cannons and so forth.
    • You could right it off as artistic license I guess. You could write it all off, as well.
      From Axel Alonso himself:
      In response to the question:
      -----In Daniel Way's Tombstone story, if that's the second Kangaroo (Hibbs), he's gained about two feet of height and a fair amount of bulk.  Should we just write it off as some sort of off-panel mutation/super-power upgrade? (The first Kangaroo is dead.)
      -----Sure. What the hell. Or maybe he just grew. Again, we take some latitude to reinterpret characters in TANGLED WEB.
  • So are two sets of choices:
    • Tangled Web#16+17 are non-continuity OR just figure that everything that seems wrong is just artistic license.
    • It's continuity, just in need of a few spackles.
      AND
    • This Kangaroo is Hibbs. There should be some sort of explanation as to why he's so different. I have explained in a reasonable fashion a way to link all of the appearances into Hibbs, so that he has progressed appropriately from appearance to appearance.
      • As far as who could have mutated Hibbs: It could have been Malus, whom he worked with in the Corporation, or Jonas Harrow, who mutated Oliver, or just some unprofessional that really screwed him up big time.
    • This Kangaroo is Oliver, back to life...either non-continuity or pointless resurrection.
    • This represents a 3rd, unidentified, Kangaroo, which would then most likely be the same guy from the Corporation from Cage#13.
  • And while this profile makes a rational explanation, I bet the next story involving Hibbs has him just like he was in Spectacular Spider-Man and Nova.

CLARIFICATIONS:
He should be distinguished from


images: (without ads)
(Kangaroo body shot)
(Kangaroo Corporation image)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#242, p1, pan6 (Kangaroo: Frank Oliver Memoriam costume)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#245, p1, pan5 (Kangaroo armored)
(Kangaroo grinning)


Other appearances:
Spectacular Spider-Man II#244-245 (March-April, 1997) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Luke Ross (pencils), John Stanisci (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#246 (May, 1997) - Glenn Greenberg & J.M. DeMatteis (writers), Luke Ross (pencils), Dan Green & Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Nova III#7 (November, 1999) - Erik Larsen (writer), Joe Bennett (pencils), Eduardo Alpuente & Al Milgrom (inks), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Tangled Web#5-6 (October-November, 2001) - Peter Milligan (writer), Duncan Fegredo (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Wolverine II#164 (July, 2001) - Frank Tieri (writer), Sean Chen (pencils), Norm Rapmund (inks), Mike Marts (editor)
Tangled Web#16-17 (September-October, 2002) - Daniel Way (writer), Leandro Fernandez (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Daughters of the Dragon#3 (May, 2006) - Justin Gray (writer), Khari Evans (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (writer/inker), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Underworld#3 (June, 2006) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Civil War: War Crimes (February, 2007) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (penciller), Tom Palmer & Robin Riggs (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#13 (January, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Cory Walker (penciler/inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#14-15 (February-March, 2008) - Matt Fraction (writer), Scott Wegener (penciler/inker), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)


Last updated: 01/19/08

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