The true story of Marvel Comics' Electro

Written by Gee Pee

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Electro (not to be confused with Electra, which ends in "a") is a Marvel Comics character with multiple personalities, sometimes making appearances in Timely Comics and Atlas Comics as well as Marvel Comics. In one of his identities, Matt Dillon, the son of a bean counter and and an over-protective mother who thought her son rather stupid, advising him to seek work as a lineman for an electrical company rather than pursuing his dream of becoming a human dynamo sufficiently powerful enough to supply electricity to Coney Island on alternate weekends, he became a mommy's boy, developed an inferiority complex, and became a chronic bed wetter and all-around loser.


While repairing an electrical line, which is what linemen do, which is why they are called "linemen," God rewarded Matt's humility (the would-be dynamo's inferiority complex kept him humble) by presenting him with a lightning bolt that fried his nervous system, transforming him not into a transformer, as one might suspect, but into a capacitor.

Alter Ego

As Matt Dillon, Electro's physical appearance differs drastically from that of Electro's look, enabling him to hide inside the circuits of any electrical device, and he has used everything from flashlights and CD players to calculators and computers to lurk in commercial, military, and even residential complexes.

However, if he can be persuaded to sign something while he is operating as Dillon, Electro's distinctive signature gives him away easily, especially to someone with Spider-man's (i. e., Peter Parker's) knowledge of science fiction and technology.

Electro is also bisexual, "operating on AC/DC," as he explains to his male and female lovers.


As Electro, Matt feels powerful and dynamic, although he is still unable to land a job as a dynamo, and he designed a snot-green-and-yellow costume, which incorporates stylized lightning bolts. In their first encounter, Electro nearly killed Spider-man when the webhead made contact with him, but Spider-man short-circuited Electro by peeing on him. Electro persists in trying to vanquish Spider-man, and he also sometimes fights Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, and the Boy Scouts of America. His enemies usually defeat him by slobbering or peeing on him, although Spider-man also sometimes uses a squirt gun filled with water.

Pathos (and Persistence)

To gain more power so he could defeat his foes and shed his image as a perennial loser, Electro tried to take control of New York's power plant. Of course, he failed, and Spider-man talked him into retirement. Electro returned to the streets in his familiar yellow-and green Electro costume, joining the Sinister Six.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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