Real Name: Waylon Jones
First Appearance: Detective Comics 523 (February, 1983)
Powers: Regenerative Healing Factor, Superhuman Strength, Enhanced Senses
Affiliation: Suicide Squad
Enemies: Batman, Robin, Clothing made from Reptile Skin
Did You Know: Killer Croc is the original Crocodile Dundee. At one time, he wrestled Alligators with his bare hands.
A Little History
Waylon Jones would’ve made Steve Irwin proud. If you think that you had problems as a teenager, you have nothing on young Waylon. Waylon was born with a form of Atavism, which gifted him reptilian traits and characteristics.
If you think that you had problems as a teenager, you have nothing on young Waylon. Waylon was born with a form of Atavism, which gifted him reptilian traits and characteristics.
If you don’t know, Atavism is a regression of evolution. In terms of Waylon, characteristics that had disappeared in previous generations (reptilian characteristics), began to reappear.
Aside from that, he lived a normal comic book life. His mother, like so many others, passed away at birth and his father left him.
Without parents, Waylon was sent to live with his Aunt, who as a comic book cliche aunt, was an abusive alcoholic. Not only did Waylon receive poor treatment at home, while at school, he was at the mercy of the bullies.
Unable to take the punishment anymore, Waylon acted out and attempted to kill one of the bullies. Caught in his actions, Waylon was sent to reform school, where he would spend most of his childhood.
At 16, he was arrested for attempted murder and while in jail, he developed many connections. During his time in jail, he wound up snapping and killing a new inmate who made the intelligent decision to make fun of his appearance.
Spared the death penalty, he would spend an extremely long jail term (18 years). During this time, he became more animalistic, developing teeth, reptilian skin, super strength, speed, agility and regenerative powers.
Can you imagine if O.J. was convicted and went to jail? Would he come out the same as Waylon?
Once free, Waylon turned his sights to Gotham. Originally a common thug for the underworld of Gotham, Waylon would leave his bosses to follow his heart and become the ruler of their underworld. As he laid waste to various criminals, Batman became increasingly interested in learning who the man responsible for cleaning up Gotham was.
Much like a Christmas gift you don’t want, he would learn that it was Waylon.
Overtime, Waylon and Batman would battle, but no battle left as much damage to Waylon as the battle with Bane. Much like what he did to Batman, Bane broke both the arms of Waylon (not his back), resulting in his regenerative powers going into overdrive to fix them. As a side effect of the regeneration, Waylon became more animalistic and became a mindless idiot, who patrolled the sewers looking for food. Lucky for him, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles don’t belong to DC.
- Mother died
- Father wasn’t present
- Bullied by Aunt and School Bullies
- Attempted to kill one
- Sent to reform school
- Sent to jail
- Killed an inmate
- Became a variation of Steve Irwin
- Attempted to take the Gotham Underworld
- Had both arms broken by Bane