Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth MC-2) human technology user, possible mutant
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Miller Hallendale, J2, Talia Zamora
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, USA (MC-2)
First Appearance: J2#7/3 (April, 1999)
Powers/Abilities: Parody was a normal (probably teenaged) human who had the power to fire beams from his eyes that absorbed his victim's powers, effectively interchanging powers and leaving the victim with the gangling body of Parody. In the case of J2, he was able to steal the junior hero's strength and bulk, incorporating them into his own body; however, this effect would only last an hour before the victim was restored to normal. The origin of this power was not defined, so he could well have been a mutant. His face was painted like a strange mime artist, and he spoke at times in rhyming lines and tried too hard to be funny. His outfit seemed to be made of stretch black fabric.
He also utilized of gimmicks that worked as mostly non-lethal weapons. These included a super-soaker style of gun that shot out green laughing gas, party poppers that temporarily blinded people in the near vicinity, red bouncing balls that bounced wildly with continuous momentum, as well as a sparkler that fired energy blasts powerful enough to destroy a concrete pillar.
(J2#7/3) - Parody began a rash of robberies on banks and jewelry stores, which had been reported in the Daily Bugle newspaper and which occurred in a pattern that was that not too difficult to work out, although it obviously had the local police flummoxed. As Talia Zamora told Zane Yama (J2) about the new villain and that she was going to capture the would-be supervillain with Miller Hallendale, Parody attacked a bank, using a party popper that blinded the occupants so that he could steal cash.
After school, Talia and Miller waited in a jewelry store that Talia had tagged as Parody's next hit. The quirky villain used his bouncing balls to fire in all directions, bouncing off the floor, walls and ceiling, causing people to dive for cover. Parody then made his entrance wielding a super-soaker type of gun. Meantime, Zane had transformed into J2 and then smashed through a nearby wall and challenged the thief, who smugly fired laughing gas at J2, but this had no effect as the junior hero held his breath. Parody then fired his eyebeams at J2, whose strength and mass dissipated being absorbed by Parody and leaving J2's muscle mass severely reduced and covered in the J2 armor. The interchange of powers allowed Parody to use his newfound strength and bulk to smash his way through another wall before rampaging through the streets wreaking havoc.
Talia waited with her school friend Montana at a bank she anticipated to be Parody's next target (although she had guessed wrong on three attacks prior to that), but this time she was correct and Parody attacked with his sparkler-blaster. Meanwhile, J2 had concocted a plan that required cooperation with Miller Hallendale to use a basic form of J2's armor to imitate the hero. Zapping Miller with his eyebeams, a confused Parody found that he hadn't absorbed any new powers. The real J2 then appeared and knocked out Parody with a flick of his finger. The bizarre villain was presumably taken off into police custody. However, the incident also fueled Miller's stories of how close he allegedly was to J2.
Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (pencils) & Al Milgrom (inks).
Strangely enough, Parody's effort to absorb his opponent's powers when Hallendale mimicked J2 did not result in the villain acquiring the athletic build of the jock, so perhaps his interchange powers only worked on superpowered individuals.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Parody has no known connections to:
J2#7, p16, page 1 (main image)
J2#7/3 (April, 1999) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Last updated: 01/29/06
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