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The Hybrid

Teen Titans Adversaries

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Steve Dayton gathers his demented Hybrid in TEEN TITANS (second series) #24-25 [1987].

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Team History


Created by the deranged Steve “Mento” Dayton, the Hybrid was meant to be his version of the Doom Patrol. But, whereas the Doom Patrol was made up of people who received their “conditions” accidentally, the Hybrid members got their powers from Dayton’s experiments with Promethium, a substance which Dayton Industries perfected during the time that Mento was searching for Madame Rouge and General Zahl. Most members of the Hybrid were also involved in accidents, but it is speculated that Mento mentally engineered these accidents with his helmet.

The Hybrid never wanted to fight the New Teen Titans, only doing so while under Mento’s influence. A final conflict with the Titans showed the Hybrid the error of their ways. With no support, Mento tried a singular assault, only to be stopped by the Titan, Raven. She cleansed his mind and soul and the Hybrid took Steve Dayton with them as they began a search for their place in the world. While Dayton recovered, the Hybrid were granted living conditions at Steve Dayton’s vast Long Island Estate. But the Hybrid members grew restless – unsure of what to do with their lives.

The Hybrid change for the better in TEEN TITANS (second series) #34 [1987].

Some of the Hybrid members participated in an underground super-hero fight club known as “The House” – which was run by a mysterious woman named Roulette. Most of them were seemingly slain, as they appeared on the “Fallen Players of the House” remembrance wall. Gorgon, Harpi, Prometheus, Touch ‘n Go, Behemoth and Scirroco are listed as ‘fallen’; only Pteradon is not accounted for.

Roll Call


Gorgon: While on a Dayton Industries-sponsored archaeological dig at Mount Olympus, archaeologists Andonis and Angelika Bal found the Temple of Medusa. When Andonis Bal removed a massive ruby from the forehead of a Medusa statue, the snake heads fired beams that petrified a nearby worker and gravely wounded the Bals.

The couple was rushed to Dayton laboratories, infused with Promethium by Mento, and soon became the horrors known as Gorgon and Harpi. Angelika did not respond well to the Promethium treatment, and her body was constantly wracked with pain. Neither wished to fight the Titans, but Angelika and Andonis realized that if they did not follow Mento’s orders, they would be destroyed. After Mento was cured, Raven absorbed Harpi’s pain by using her empathic powers.Gorgon (Andonis Bal): While on a Dayton Industries-sponsored archaeological dig at Mount Olympus, archaeologists Andonis and Angelika Bal found the Temple of Medusa. When Andonis Bal removed a massive ruby from the forehead of a Medusa statue, the snake heads fired beams that petrified a nearby worker and gravely wounded the Bals.

Gorgon seemingly perished while participating in an underground super-hero fight club known as “The House.”

Powers: Though technically blind, Gorgon was able to see in all directions through the eyes of the living snakes that form his tresses. These snakes were also capable of firing beams which temporarily turned anyone caught in their path into stone. These victims were later automatically returned to normal, unharmed.

The Horrible Harpi: While on a Dayton Industries-sponsored archaeological dig at Mount Olympus, archaeologists Andonis and Angelika Bal found the Temple of Medusa. When Andonis Bal removed a massive ruby from the forehead of a Medusa statue, the snake heads fired beams that petrified a nearby worker and gravely wounded the Bals.

The couple was rushed to Dayton laboratories, infused with Promethium by Mento, and soon became the horrors known as Gorgon and Harpi. Angelika did not respond well to the Promethium treatment, and her body was constantly wracked with pain. Neither wished to fight the Titans, but Angelika and Andonis realized that if they did not follow Mento’s orders, they would be destroyed. After Mento was cured, Raven absorbed Harpi’s pain by using her empathic powers.

Harpi seemingly perished while participating in an underground super-hero fight club known as “The House.”

Powers: Slowly growing mad as a result of the constant pain she is forced to endure, Harpi was able to fly, fire powerful force-bolts from her hands, and possessed razor-sharp talons on her fingertips, capable of slashing through brick or steel.

Behemoth: Taro Raiden was a Sumo wrestler who was born a mutant; he was always bigger and taller than his peers. The 9-foot tall villain served Steve “Mento” Dayton and voluntarily underwent the Promethium conversion. Behemoth seemingly perished while participating in an underground super-hero fight club known as “The House.”

Powers: Possessed of awesome super-strength and denser-than-human skin, Behemoth was a nine-foot-tall giant, and one of the two members of the Hybrid actually loyal to Mento’s schemes.

Pteradon: Israeli commando Captain Israel Harel led a commando rescue raid against Arab extremists who had hijacked a jumbo jet and forced it to land at Qurac Airport. Captain Harel, brave to a fault, was shot in the back by a supposedly dead terrorist. Captain Harel fell into the sea and was fished out by Dayton’s people. One Promethium infusion later, the Pteradon was born. He later joined the Hybrid.

Pteradon did not want to work for Mento, who kept him in line by using his helmet’s powers. He had no quarrel with the Titans. In combat, Pteradon is quiet, and uses his tactical knowledge to his advantage.

Powers: The reptilian Pteradon also possesses clawed fingers and is able to fly at almost supersonic speeds.

Scirocco: While in the heart of Death Valley, amateur geologist Cassandra Sharp was smothered in the heart of a sandstorm. She was recovered by Dayton Industries, infused with Promethium, and changed into Scirocco, Mistress of the Desert Winds, Scirocco does not wish to fight the Titans. Like her teammates, she was under the deranged Mento’s control. Scirocco seemingly perished while participating in an underground super-hero fight club known as “The House.”

Powers: The pale-skinned Scirocco is able to generate hurricane-fast winds that enable her to fly. She can also generate near-hurricane-force winds. Scirocco can also generate sand blasts, which, when combined with her winds, cause enormous damage.

Prometheus: Texan Curt Calhoun was working as the foreman of the metallurgy lab at Kord Omniversal Research and Development, Inc., when he was covered in a molten titanium/vanadium alloy laced with Promethium. This occurred when he pushed his employer, Ted “Blue Beetle” Kord out of the path of the spilling metal.

En route to the hospital, Curt’s ambulance was intercepted by Dayton’s agents. Dayton used his Mento helmet to transform the molten metal into a permanent shell around Curt. Curt was an easygoing sort who did not want to fight the Titans.

Prometheus seemingly perished while participating in an underground super-hero fight club known as “The House.”

Powers: The gleaming Prometheus was virtually invulnerable, possessed great super-strength, and was capable of raising the temperature of his armored form to several hundred degrees centigrade, easily capable of melting most other metals.

Touch-N-Go: Amelinda Lopez was a young thief in Chicago when she was hit by a truck while committing a robbery. Amelinda was infused with Promethium after Dayton Industries kidnapped her from the hospital. Touch-N-Go was born. Amelinda was one of the few Hybrids who serves Dayton willingly. She was lightning quick, street-smart, and engaged in snappy talk during battle. Touch-N-Go seemingly perished while participating in an underground super-hero fight club known as “The House.”

Powers: Amelinda was able to temporarily steal the kinetic energy of anyone she touched, thus adding their strength, speed and skill to her own.

 

 Essential Reading


New Teen Titans (second series) #24-25 [1986]: The deranged Mento blames Changeling for the death of the original Doom Patrol and wants him dead; Mento gathers recently deceased people to become his version of the Doom Patrol, called the Hybrid. The Titans are attacked by but capture the Hybrid member known as Pteradon; Mento sends two of his other creations, Gorgon the Terrible and the Horrible Harpi, to retrieve Pteradon: they succeed and capture Aqualad, but fail to defeat the Titans, who ask Adeline Wilson and Searchers, Inc. to help them find Mento. First appearance of the Hybrid.
Blue Beetle #11-12 [1987]: Mento is recruiting his Hybrid team and finds Curt Calhoun, an employee of Ted Kord’s company. As the Titans face off against Mento’s Hybrid team, Blue Beetle joins the fray. Curt Calhoun is revealed as Prometheus, the newest Hybrid recruit. Ties into New Teen Titans (second series) #24-25.
New Teen Titans (second series) #32-33 [1987]: Changeling goes after Mento by himself; Not long after Starfire moves into her own apartment, the Titans go on vacation and then stop Zandian terrorists from blowing up New York.
New Teen Titans (second series) #34 [1987]: When Nightwing stops a gun-toting husband from shooting his wife, he realizes how much he loves Starfire; The Titans battle the Hybrid, and, when it looks as if the Titans have been defeated, Mento arrives to gloat, but Raven breaks Mento’s control over the Hybrid; Raven, with the Titans and the Hybrid behind her, cleanses Steve Dayton’s mind of its helmet-induced insanity.
New Titans #87 & Their Own Series? [1992]: Mento’s super-team of misfits, the Hybrid, were slated to get their own ongoing series with Art Nichols on art chores. Harpi of the Hybrid abruptly appeared in New Titans #87 longing for freedom from Dayton Estates. This ‘plotline’ was never followed up and the Hybrid did not appear for the remainder of the New Titans series, which was cancelled with issue #130.
JSA #28 [2001]: The JSA meets its newest foe: Roulette (introduced in JSA Secret Files #2)!. The villainess runs “The House,” a fight club for the super-powered where the JSA is being forced to battle each other – or die! First on the fight card: Black Adam vs. Atom Smasher! At some point, Hybrid members were abducted and forced to battle. Most of them were seemingly slain, as they appear on the “Fallen Players of the House” remembrance wall. Gorgon, Harpi, Prometheus, Touch ‘n Go, Behemoth and Scirroco are listed as ‘fallen’; only Pteradon is not accounted for.

 

 The Hybrid: The Series?


Mento’s super-team of misfits, the Hybrid, were slated to get their own ongoing series with Art Nichols on art chores. Harpi of the Hybrid abruptly appeared in New Titans #87 [1992] longing for freedom from Dayton Estates. This ‘plotline’ was never followed up and the Hybrid did not appear for the remainder of the New Titans series, which was cancelled with issue #130. But there was a listing and description for a Hybrid ongoing series in DC Comics’ Publishing Plans for 1993.

Mento’s super-team of misfits, the Hybrid, were slated to get their own ongoing series with Art Nichols on art chores. Harpi of the Hybrid abruptly appeared in New Titans #87 [1992] longing for freedom from Dayton Estates. This ‘plotline’ was never followed up and the Hybrid did not appear for the remainder of the New Titans series, which was cancelled with issue #130. But there was a listing and description for a Hybrid ongoing series in DC Comics’ Publishing Plans for 1993.

Jonathan Peterson on The Hybrid [from The Titans Companion, 2005]

JP: [Getting] back to the actual “Titans Summit,” we spent two or three days of doing stuff like that, then I laid out my grand plan. We’ll revamp New Titans as the core group. We’ll spin off Deathstroke and he’ll be DC’s Punisher, or Wolverine. Then I thought, if Marvel has X-Men and New Mutants, we should do the same, so Marv said, “Okay, so we’ll have a new Teen Titans,” and then Kevin Maguire suggested we alter it, and call it Team Titans. Then my idea with Len was to use the Hybrid. DC hadn’t done anything with them, so they were perfectly ripe to do something with them.

TTC: And Len had already written them when the Titans had a crossover with Blue Beetle featuring the Hybrid [Blue Beetle #’s 11-13 - Ed.].

JP: Yep, and Len loved the idea. So then I turned to Art as the lynchpin. I wanted to do something severe. I wanted someone to die, and Marv, to his credit, was really pumped up at this point. I think Marv had written two or three years of Titans stories that were what everyone anticipated the Titans to be. [It was] kind of like a TV commercial, or, “A very special [episode of ] Webster.” It would be a soft, character-focused episode, and the problem had become [that] every month the Titans became, “A very special issue.” Y’know, “This issue, Terry Long will cry.”

[...] So we left the “Titans Summit” with our battle plans. I wanted New Titans to be it’s own thing where the characters would be grown-ups and do their own thing – shake that up a bit and add new characters. Deathstroke would be the hard-edged book. Then I wanted Len Wein to write Hybrid as the dark side of the Titans universe. I always felt that people gravitated to those darker books. I wanted to bring back some of that pain and angst. The original Titans was about that stuff they went through, and then it became the Titans having meatloaf with Donna and Terry. It turned too suburban.

Then you have Team Titans. My plan there was to have those members slowly grow in those twelve issues. They would grow or move on or be phased out. That would lead into the first Annual. That Annual would introduce our alternate [universe], younger Teen Titans. The book would change it’s title to Teen Titans and feature the alternate, younger versions of those core-seven Titans. That was the plan.

[...]

TTC: How far did Hybrid get along as a series?

JP: Not very far. I remember there were some questions with royalties with that, as well. I remember there were some royalty things we were trying to figure out and it was confusing, but I had left around that time. That was my last memory of the Hybrid series.


Sources for this entry: DC Who’s Who, supplemented by titanstower.com


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