ODDBALL

Real Name: Elton Healey

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Juggler, criminal

Group Membership: Masters of Evil (Absorbing Man, Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius), Gargantua, Jackhammer, Powderkeg, Puff Adder, Shocker (Herman Schultz), Titania (Mary MacPherran), Yellowjacket (Rita DeMara));
formerly Doom's Brigade (Batroc, Boomerang, Electro, Grey Gargoyle, Hobgoblin, Eduardo Lobo, Machete (Ferdinand Lopez), Rattan, Rhino); Death-Throws (Bombshell, Crossfire, Knickknack, Ringleader, Tenpin)

Affiliations: AIM, Albino, Batroc the Leaper, Bobcat, Bombshell, Brothers Grimm, Bullet Biker, Crossfire, Fasaud, Mad Dog, Ramrod, Razor-Fist (Douglas Scott), Steinmetz, Sumo

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Falcon (Sam Wilson), Guardians of the Galaxy (Charlie-27,  Major Victory (Vance Astro), Nikki, Starkhawk, Talon), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Headhunter, Mockingbird, Shang-Chi, Trick Shot

Known Relatives: Alvin Healey (Tenpin, brother)

Aliases: Detective McBain

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Hawkeye I#3 (November, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: An expert juggler who specializes in handling balls filled with deadly substances (including acids, explosives, and fire), Oddball is accustomed to juggling objects of various sizes and hurling them with expert precision.

Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Hair: Black
Eyes: Green

History:

(Hawkeye I#3 (fb) - BTS) - A famous juggler, Oddball decided to begin a life of crime as a costumed juggler with a deadly arsenal of weaponized balls.

(Hawkeye I#3) - Oddball and Bombshell waited for Hawkeye and Mockingbird to enter the apartment and watched it explode. They soon learned that the heroes somehow survived. They later lured the duo into a trap by tossing a ball at Hawkeye in the subway tunnel. Mockingbird batted aside most of Oddball's thrown balls, but one hurt Hawkeye's wrist. Bombshell, dressed as a nun, hit Mockingbird with her wrist-bomb launcher. She changed into her costume just before Mockingbird attacked, kicking Bombshell in the face before Bombshell took her down with another blast. Oddball threw fire balls and bomb-balls before rushing onto the subway to avoid Hawkeye's arrows. He took a hostage on the subway, then hit the man in the head when he got obstinate before running again. Hawkeye's arrow managed to dislodge half of Oddball's ammunition as Oddball ran into the subway heights. Hawkeye briefly restrained Oddball's arm with a bola arrow, and caught up to Oddball as he was freeing himself with an acid-filled ball. Just as Hawkeye nearly defeated Oddball, Bombshell hit the hero with a small explosive. They took Hawkeye and Mockingbird back to Crossfire.

(Hawkeye I#4) - Mockingbird and Hawkeye were held in restraints in a specialized room while Crossfire explained his plan to use sonics to drive them into fighting each other. They watched the two heroes savagely battle until they were both unconscious. Wearing ear plugs, Oddball and Bombshell retrieved the bodies, but Hawkeye was still awake. He grabbed two of Oddball's balls and knocked both villains out. They were soon arrested along with Crossfire.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3) - Tenpin bailed Oddball and Bombshell out of prison. Oddball, presumably to win Bombshell's affections, taught her how to juggle and she soon became accomplished at it.

(Captain America I#317 (fb) - BTS) - Oddball and Bombshell decided to join a team of evil jugglers, each specializing in a particular weapon. Oddball continued wielding his arsenal of deadly balls; Bombshell focused on juggling lit bombs and explosive devices; Knickknack took to juggling blades, chainsaws, and bricks; Tenpin, Oddball's brother, juggled burning bowling pins; and Ringleader, who called himself the leader of the group, juggled razor sharp rings. Calling themselves the Death-Throws, the deadly jugglers started taking contracts out for various kills and assignments. Oddball heard from Crossfire that he would pay the team handsomely if they rescued him from the police before the trial.

(Captain America I#317) - The Death-Throws waited for Crossfire, who was being escorted into the courthouse by the police. They threw gas bombs at the crowd and hit the cops with tossed weapons. As the crowd choked, the jugglers donned gas masks and gave one to Crossfire, easily escaping with him and blowing up a cop car on their way out. When they arrived back at their warehouse headquarters, the Death-Throws realized that Crossfire couldn't pay them Furious, they made Crossfire stand in the middle of them as they juggled and tossed deadly devices at each other, which would have killed him if he moved. They decided to use him as bait for Hawkeye, who they figured they could auction off to the Avengers. The Death-Throws set traps at an abandoned railroad station and sent a message to Hawkeye through Captain America's hotline. Hawkeye soon entered with Captain America's shield and they nearly trapped him under a steel mesh net, but Captain America entered and fired flare arrows, lighting the room up and giving Hawkeye time to escape. The Death-Throws attacked, throwing their various weapons, but were swiftly defeated. Oddball, who'd been trapped under adhesives, confessed their crimes to Hawkeye.

(Avengers Spotlight#25 (fb) - BTS) - Crossfire hired several villains, including Bobcat, the Brothers Grimm, the Bullet Biker, Mad Dog, Razor-Fist, and the Death-Throws, offering a bounty if they brought him the severed arm of Hawkeye.

(Avengers Spotlight#23) - Hawkeye, wounded and running from other opponents, was attacked by the Death-Throws, who surrounded him, each juggling their deadly arsenal. Oddball hit Hawkeye in the ribs with a ball just before the hero climbed quickly up a telephone pole to escape. He shot an arrow at one of Bombshell's bombs and escaped in the subsequent explosion.

(Avengers Spotlight#24) - The Death-Throws soon joined Crossfire and the others in surrounding Hawkeye in the sewer.

(Avengers Spotlight#25) - Crossfire ordered Hawkeye's arm severed. As the villains moved in, Mockingbird and Trickshot joined Hawkeye, and they fought the villains off, disarming the Death-Throws with their arrows and staves while Hawkeye kept dodging their tossed weapons. In minutes, all the villains were defeated.

(Dr. Doom's Revenge (comic) (fb) - BTS) - Oddball was recruited by Dr. Doom as part of his Doom's Brigade, a group of super-villains who would oppose any superheroes who tried to prevent his plot to threaten New York with a stolen Thermo C4VG missile.

(Dr. Doom's Revenge (comic)) - While Doom's Brigade waited to be given someone to fight, they began brawling amongst themselves. Oddball faced off against Boomerang, but Doom broke up the melee, informing them that they were there to serve him and would do only as he commanded.

(Dr. Doom's Revenge (game)) - When Captain America and Spider-Man infiltrated Doom's castle, Oddball opposed and was defeated by Captain America.

(Captain America I#395) - At the Bar With No Name in Manhattan, Oddball played a game of pool against 8-Ball.

(Guardians of the Galaxy I#28) - Doctor Octopus recruited a new Masters of Evil team to break into Avengers headquarters. Though the Avengers were gone, the Guardians of the Galaxy were present. Oddball threw his special balls at Talon, who easily evaded them and knocked Oddball out by kicking him and tossing him into Powderkeg.

(Captain America I#411) - Oddball traveled to the AIM Weapons Expo on Boca Caliente. He and the Trump were checking into the hotel when Crossbones (secretly Captain America). Later, he watched, alongside dozens of other criminals, a bout between "Crossbones" and Mad Dog, Ramrod and Sumo.

(Captain America I#412-414) - The fight continued against Razor-Fist (Douglas Scott) and Batroc the Leaper before Captain America was exposed. The villains rushed to attack, but were fought off by Captain America and his allies, Falcon, Shang-Chi, and Diamondback (Rachel Leighton).

(Hawkeye: Earth's Mightiest Marksman#1) - Hired by Albino to kill Hawkeye, Oddball posed as Detective McBain at a local jail. Hawkeye arrived with Justice and Firestar to see the prisoner Batroc, who had already been freed. As they walked in, Oddball set free al the prisoners and revealed his true identity as he changed into costume. Juggling gas bombs, stun grenades, electro-zappers, and more, Oddball managed to catch all of Hawkeye's fired arrows and tossed them back at Hawkeye. Justice then telekinetically lifted Oddball into the ceiling, knocking him out.

(Wolverine II#167) - Oddball participated in Madripoor's Bloodsport competition. He fought against Headhunter, who seemingly killed Oddball with one blow.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald and Danny Bulanadi.

Oddball received an entry with the Death-Throws in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3. Thanks to Markus Raymond for adding Oddball's appearance in Captain America I#395.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Another costumed Oddball (Orville Bock) has joined the Death-Throws @ Union Jack II#2.

Oddball has no known connections to


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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#3, p45, pan1
Hawkeye I#3, p3, pan1 (head shot)


Appearances:
Hawkeye I#3-4 (November-December, 1983) - Mark Gruenwald (writer/penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Dennis O'Neil (editor)
Captain America I#317 (May, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#23-24 (October-November, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Don Heck (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#25 (December, 1989) - Howard Mackie (writer), Allen Milgrom (penciler), Tom Morgan (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America in Dr. Doom's Revenge (1989)
Captain America I#395 (December, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Guardians of the Galaxy I#28 (September, 1992) - Jim Valentino (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), Steve Montano (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)
Captain America I#411-413 (January-March, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Captain America I#414 (April, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins, MC Wyman (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Hawkeye: Earth's Mightiest Marksman#1 (October, 1998) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Jeff Johnson (penciler), Scott Kolins (inker), Glenn Greenberg (editor)
Wolverine II#167 (October, 2001) - Frank Tieri (writer), Dan Fraga (penciler), Norm Rapmund (inker), Mike Marts (editor)


Last updated: 10/14/13

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