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|Full name:||Hobie Brown|
|First Appearance:||Amazing Spider-Man Vol. #78|
|Created by:|| Stan Lee|
John Romita, Jr.
|Place of Birth:||The Bronx, New York City, New York|
|Base:||Mobile; formerly New York City, New York|
|Affiliations:||None; formerly Wild Pack, Outlaws, Defenders for a Day, Parker Industries|
|Powers/Abilities:||None; Utilizes technology in his costume|
|Height:||5' 11" (1.81 m)|
|Weight:||180 lbs (82 kg)|
"You! You weren't there for me, Abe! You were supposed to protect me! Dad was gone! Mom was lost in an alcohol haze. All I had to protect me was you! And you weren't there! That's it! That's why I really want to be a hero! The Prowler gives me control over my own life-- and power. Power I can use to protect the helpless."
Hobie Brown (of Earth-616), better known as the Prowler, originally used his intellilect to commit petty crimes, but thanks to guidance from Spider-Man, now uses his skills and intellect to fight crime.
Hobie Brown was born in the Bronx, New York. He was a bright, but angry teenager who got fired from his job as a window washer. Intending to use his engineering skills for personal profit, he advised a plan to steal stuff in the disguise of a super villain persona and bring it back as Hobie Brown, thus hurting no one and still becoming a noteworthy hero.
However, when he donned his green and purple "Prowler" costume for the first time, he crossed paths with Spider-Man. Spider-Man vanquished and unmasked the Prowler, but realizing he was just a misunderstood kid (much like himself), he gave him advice to not throw his life away as a criminal and redeem himself. Hobie took this advice to heart and has since become a noble citizen. Later, Hobie impersonated Spider-Man at the hero's request to convince Peter Parker's friends that he is not Spider-Man. Hobie became convinced that Spider-Man was involved somehow in the death of police Captain George Stacy, and unsuccessfully tried to bring Spider-Man to justice. Hobie eventually married his love, Mindy S. McPherson, and settled down as a construction worker.
Prowler was recently apprehended for violating the Super Human Registration Act.
Back With Spider-Man
Dead No More
Numerous gadgets and devices as needed.
- Costume Specifications: The Prowlers Costume is a modified coverall and is armored similar to a flak suit. The costume's cape can expand with air giving it a rigid shape allowing him to glide for short distances. Spare Cartridges for gaunlets. Rubber insulated pneumatic boots. The gauntlets have steel claws that facilitate climbing, and they can also be used as affective weapons in close quarters combat.
Pneumatic glider cape. Pneumatics in the Prowler’s boots allow him to leap remarkable distances.
The Prowler uses a costume equipped with specially-designed high-tech weapons based on pneumatic technology. Gauntlets that shoot an assortment of projectiles; Sleeping gas pellets, cleaning fluid, steel darts, gas canisters capable of producing a damaging compressed air blast, and magnesium flares. The gauntlets are also tipped with steel claws.
- Hobie has had some solo appearances, starring in his own 4-issue limited series.