Hellgrammite as seen in the cover of Action Comics #673 (January 1992)
|First appearance||The Brave and the Bold vol. 1 #80 (November 1968)|
|Created by||Bob Haney, Neal Adams|
|Alter ego||Roderick Rose|
|Notable aliases||Robert Dobson|
Ability to leap long distances
Secretion of adhesives
Can turn others into "larvae" of himself
Fictional character biography
An entomologist named Roderick Rose, the Hellgrammite subjects himself to a mutagenic process that transforms him into a grasshopper-like humanoid insect. He possesses superhuman strength and leaping abilities, the power to secrete adhesives and weave transformative or imprisoning cocoons, and a durable exoskeleton (Curiously, he does not resemble an actual hellgrammite, the larval form of the dobsonfly). A number of his schemes revolve around transforming others into weaker, subordinate versions of himself, leading to clashes with Batman and the Creeper in Brave and the Bold #80, and with Green Arrow and the Black Canary in World's Finest Comics #248-249.
In the Post-Crisis DC Universe, the Hellgrammite returns as a recurring foe for Superman, first encountering the Man of Steel after being hired (by then LexCorp board member George Markham) to kill Lex Luthor. During the Underworld Unleashed crossover, he makes a deal with Neron, trading his soul in return for increased physical powers and an improved ability to transform others into his larvae. In a crossover special, Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear, it was stated that he had once used the alias Robert Dobson. The special also confirms that his Pre-Crisis history is largely intact.
Although there were rumors of Hellgrammite's death as a member of the Suicide Squad during the Imperiex crisis, it was instead a similar villain named Larvanaut who died. He has been seen alive One Year Later, still a member of Superman's rogues' gallery, acting as an assassin for Intergang.
Following the destruction of Star City at the hands of Prometheus, the new Batman leads a newly formed Justice League in a hunt to track down the various villains who helped Prometheus in his plot. The team finds Hellgrammite and several other villains attempting to flee the country, and a battle ensues. Hellgrammite is ultimately defeated after Donna Troy ties up a villainess named Harpi with her lasso, and then swings her into the villain, knocking both of them out.
In other media
- In Justice League Unlimited, Hellgrammite was a member of Roulette's Meta-Brawl, and later appeared as a member of the Secret Society and participated in the ensuing mutiny siding with Grodd and defeating Cheetah. He and several other villains were later frozen by Killer Frost in the series finale.
- Hellgrammite appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Time Out for Vengeance" voiced by John DiMaggio. He fights Batman until Creeper arrives to help him.
- The animated Hellgrammite was also featured in an issue of Adventures in the DC Universe, which loosely adapted Brave and the Bold #80.
- Newstime: 10 (May, 1993), DC Comics
- Justice League of America vol. 2 #43 (May 2010)
- Adventures in the DC Universe #17 (August 1998)