Kangaroo (Marvel)(02 - Brian Hibbs)
Real Name: Brian Hibbs
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Peak physical strength, skilled fighter.
Armored suit grants: Semi-prehensile tail, pouch-level cannon, superhuman strength and leaping ability.
Brian Hibbs is the second person to take on the identity of the Kangaroo. He was first mentioned as an active operative of the Corporation, a crime-organization opposed by a variety of superheroes including Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Captain America, Hulk, and others. Hibbs, although not from Australia, idolized the original Kangaroo, going so far as to spend years studying the exploits of Frank Oliver and begin imitating his speech and style. Hibbs adopted Oliver's costume and appearance, but decided against confronting Spider-Man. To better prepare himself to avenge his idol, Hibbs secured a job working for the Corporation as one of their agents, based out of Taylor, Mississippi. Hibbs success against non-costumed adversaries led to his break from the Corporation and his genesis as a menace to costumed enemies. While bounding through New York City and shouting for people to get out of his way, Hibbs was knocked out by a single punch from a webswinging Spider-Man.
After escaping from custody, Hibbs then spent a sizable amount of his trust fund to purchase a suit of armor from the "Sharper Villain Catalogue." The kangaroo-themed armor enhanced his strength and leaping ability, as well as provided him with a semi-prehensile tail and a pouch-level cannon. Once again bounding through the streets of New York, Hibbs was again confronted by Spider-Man. After recovering from a blow by the superhero, the Kangaroo then unveiled his pouch cannon; Spider-Man hastily webbed the cannon shut, preventing it from firing. Hibbs nonetheless fired his pouch cannon, without first considering the consequences of his action. The pouch cannon exploded in his crotch region, rendering him unconscious, while Spider-Man webbed him upside-down from a streetlamp.
Hibbs was freed shortly thereafter by another foe of Spider-Man, the Grizzly. The Grizzly proposed an alliance between the Kangaroo, the Spot, Gibbon, and himself, as a Spider-Man Revenge Squad (a riff on the Superman Revenge Squad). Kangaroo questioned the proposal, which resulted in him receiving a swift kick to the rear. Of his three teammates, the Kangaroo found himself most in-line with the Spot, as both wanted to pursue wealth from robberies rather than attack Spider-Man, as Gibbon and Grizzly both wanted. After resolving their internal strife, the Spider-Man Revenge Squad then sallied forth, with Kangaroo wearing polka dotted boxer shorts instead of his armor's destroyed bottom half. Upon encountering Spider-Man again, the team received the moniker Legion of Losers, and were almost defeated by Spider-Man. However, Gibbon managed to cold-cock Spider-Man, with the Kangaroo landed a stomp to the hero's stomach which put him out of commission. Upon returning to their secret lair, located at the Grizzly's apartment, the team was once again at strife. Grizzly and Gibbon had a change in heart, and wished to return their stolen goods and go straight. Spot and Kangaroo, however, disagreed with their teammates. A battle then erupted, with the Kangaroo launching himself at Grizzly, flying through one of the Spot's spots, and smashing into a wall, knocking him out. Afterwards, Spider-Man took the Kangaroo to prison.
Once in prison, the Kangaroo tried to further emulate his idol, by gaining superhuman powers. As a result, his stature increased, with a corresponding decrease in his mental faculties. As a result, he attempted to make a name for himself by playing baseball and shunning the supervillain lifestyle. Taking the name Billy Bob Jenks, the Kangaroo found fame as a professional ball player, until his identity was revealed, resulting in his expulsion from the major leagues. Turning back to the supervillain path, the Kangaroo then found himself incarcerated in the Cage, a prison where superhuman powers are dampened. Once again following his idol's path, Hibbs trained to become a master combatant. While in the Cage, he made a name for himself as a fighter, alongside Batroc the Leaper, another supervillain gifted with powerful legs.
During all of this activity, Hibbs's mutation was rapidly advancing, as he gained bulk and decreased in intelligence. After a short time period, Hibbs actually believed he was Frank Oliver, the original Kangaroo. As a result, he took on a very thick, almost unintelligible Australian accent.
Still in the Cage, the Kangaroo then encountered Tombstone, who was suffering from heart aliments at the time. When the Kangaroo attempted to exert his influence upon Tombstone, the two ended up brawling; the fight was cut short by Tombstone suffering a heart attack. Later, Tombstone allied himself with several minor villains and attacked Kangaroo, nearly injuring him with a pair of scissors, until guards broke up the altercation and sent Tombstone to solitary confinement. Kangaroo then attacked Tombstone's friends, before hearing about a way he could revenge himself upon Tombstone proper. While Tombstone was under anesthesia, Kangaroo could attack him by crawling through the ductwork. However, this turned out to be a trap set by Tombstone: the ductwork was too narrow for the Kangaroo to squeeze into, resulting in Hibbs being stuck halfway out of the ducts. A group of inmates known as the Cruisers then found the Kangaroo in a compromising situation, which resulted in implied sodomy.
First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #242
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Amazing Spider-Man: Ends of the Earth (2012)
Civil War: Casualties of War (2007)
Civil War: War Crimes (2007)
#1 Daughters of the Dragon (2006)
- 'Civil War: War Crimes'
#3 Marvel Deluxe - Civil War (2010)
- 'Capes, Lies & Microchips'
#5 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
- 'Civil War: Iron Man'
Punisher War Journal (2007)
#14 Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
- 'Hunter/Hunted, Part 2'
#5 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Flowers for Rhino Part 1: Rhinoplasty'#6
- 'Flowers for Rhino Part 2: Cornucopia'#16
- 'Heartbreaker, Part 1'#17
- 'Heartbreaker, Part 2'
#685 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Ends of the Earth Part Four: Global Menace!'
#242 The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
- 'Face Dancing'#244
- 'Kravinov's Revenge!'#246
- 'The Legion of Losers!'
#12 Underworld (2006)
- 'Hammerhead of the Family'#15
- 'Down Time'
Web of Spider-Man (2009)
- 'The Hunted, Part Three'
Spider-Man Revenge Squad (Marvel)
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