Real Name: Billy Carlon
Identity/Class: Unrevealed (see Comments)
Group Membership: None
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: (Mentioned) Marvel Year-in-Review '93 (1993)
Powers/Abilities: Presumably a competent hand-to-hand fighter. May have empathic powers (see Comments)
History: (Marvel Year-in-Review '93) - Street vigilante Billy Carlon grieved for the people he beats up, because he could feel their pain. However, since he also felt he himself should be punished for beating people up, this empathy did not stop him from roaming the night streets, beating people up and thereby meting out his own bizarre brand of sadomasochistic justice.
Comments: Created by Tom Brevoort and Mike Kanterovich.
Sympatico was one of five joke characters whose origins were given in the Marvel Year-in-Review '93 for the article "I created a new character for Marvel and all I got was this lousy trading card!", which took a derisory look at the spate of new characters introduced in Marvel's 1993 annuals (Face Thief, Bantam, etc.). After ridiculing the characters who had actually appeared, the article then listed "...and the ones that got away", noting "Believe it or not, there were some characters who didn't make the cut for the Superstars of Tomorrow. That's right...they were too weak even to fit in with this bunch. Here's a peek." Only a paragraph worth of text description was given, and no images, so the details above are pretty much the entirety of the character's existence. Joke character or not, he's Appendix worthy, and presumably is owned by Marvel, should some demented writer ever decide to actually use him.
It isn't entirely clear from the wording of Sympatico's single paragraph whether the claim that he feels his victims' pain is literal or metaphorical - if the former, then he's presumably not just a regular human. Evidence for the latter comes from bullet-points listing the schticks the new characters embodied. In Sympatico's case, he's "Cursed", which suggests he isn't just abstractly empathizing with his victims. Maybe he was once the victim of a Ghost Rider's Penance Stare gone horribly wrong?
Profile by Loki.
Sympatico has no known connections to
Marvel Year-in-Review '93 (1993) - Tom Brevoort & Mike Kanterovich (writers), Evan Skolnick (editor)
Last updated: 08/19/13
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