name: Maxwell Dillon
Occupation: Professional criminal
Group affiliation: Sinister Six
Base of operations: Mobile
First appearance: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #8
History: High-wire lineman Maxwell Dillon
was struck by lightning while in contact with power lines still
connected to their spool. The unusually configured magnetic
field generated by the wound spool of cable and live, high-tension
wires induced a body-wide mutagenic change to his nervous system.
Dillon found himself transformed into a living electrical capacitor,
powered by the micro-fine rhythmic muscle contractions that
normally regulate body temperature.
Adopting the gaudy garb of a so-called super-villain,
the deranged Dillon sought to use his newfound power for personal
gain. Electro's first and most frequent nemesis has been the
wisecracking, web-slinging super hero known as Spider-Man. He
also has battled the blind adventurer Daredevil, the star-spangled
Super-Soldier Captain America and the fabled Fantastic Four.
Generally, Dillon's criminal actions are governed by a desire
for money or revenge.
Hoping to energize his campaign to smear Spider-Man's
reputation, Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson surreptitiously
secured Electro's supercharged services to battle the web-slinger
on national television. Before an audience of millions, Spider-Man
stood triumphant once more. Electro's extended string of ignominious
defeats nearly came to an end when the world-weary villain,
hungry for respect, attempted to deprive the entire city of
power by drawing it into his body. Dillon almost killing himself
as a result, again meeting defeat at the hands of Spider-Man.
Unable to best the wall-crawler on his own, Electro
often has sought strength in numbers. Early in his career, he
and five other members of Spider-Man's rogues gallery united
under the leadership of Dr. Octopus -- brilliant, respected
scientist turned tentacled terror. The inaugural incarnation
of the Sinister Six also included the shifty Sandman; the illusion-casting
Mysterio; the high-flying, lowdown Vulture; and Kraven the Hunter.
The villains' master plan: Pummel the wall-crawler relentlessly
until one of them managed to defeat him. The outcome: Spidey
6, bad guys 0.
Stinging from their initial failure, the Six stepped
up their efforts. With the half-demon Hobgoblin standing
in for Kraven, they planned to hold the world for ransom
under a cloud of poison gas. Spider-Man was no match for
the villains' collective might, but Dr. Octopus deserted
Electro and the rest of team when he discovered he could
sell the gas as a cure for cocaine addiction. Without
Doc Ock's guidance, the Six easily were dispatched by
Spider-Man. A subsequent scheme to destroy their treacherous
leader ended when the rudderless rogues went their separate
ways after failing to achieve their objective.
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 165 lbs.
Powers: Maxwell Dillon possesses the ability
to generate electrostatic energy at a rate of about 1,000 volts
per minute and store up to 1,000,000 volts. At 10 feet, his
maximum charge is more than enough to kill a normal man. Electro
is able to emit lightning arcs from his fingertips at speeds
of up to 1,100 feet per second, achieving a maximum distance
of about 100 feet. In addition, he can override electrically
powered devices and manipulate them mentally. Apparently, Electro's
powers also can disrupt Spider-Man's ability to cling to walls.