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"Joe Public" was a Gotham City gym teacher inspired to fight organized crime after one of his students was killed by bad Ecstasy at a party.

While attempting to raid the offices of local drug kingpin "Happy Jack", he inadvertently distracted Batman from the same case and allowed the criminal to escape. Later that night, Joe was attacked by the alien parasite "Gemir", who activated his metagene while feeding on his spinal fluids (an act that killed many others). Joe found himself able to absorb the strength and energy of those around him into himself, and teamed up with Batman and Pagan to fight the monster off.[1]

Briefly after this, Joe started his career as a hero and during his first caper he helped the new Batman defeat the Corrosive Man.[2] Then he assisted the Martian Manhunter, and joined the Justice League Task Force in a fight against the Wildman.[3]


  • Energy Absorption and Power Absorption: Joe Public has the ability to absorb the strength and energy of others around him. This grants him considerable strength and durability but it unfortunately causes great fatigue to the people he gathered the strength from.


  • Joe's powers are also proximity based, which causes him to lose his additional strength the farther he gets from the people he gained it from.



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This character was one of the many superpowered individuals introduced during the "Bloodlines" crossover event, where a number of Alien Parasites invaded the Earth and inadvertently activated the Metagene in a number of people. While not necessarily all members of the "Blood Pack", this group of people has come to be known as the "New Bloods". This template will automatically categorize articles that include it into the "New Bloods" category.

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This character has been a member of the Justice League of America, or the Justice League in any of its various incarnations, sworn by a duty to act as guardians of America and the world by using their skills and/or superpowers to protect Earth from the clutches of both interstellar and domestic threats.
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