Apollo Rat


  • Real name: Tal Obrin
  • Alias: Apollo
  • Identity: Public
  • Alignment: Bad
  • Gender: Male
  • Occupation: Criminal
  • Family; None known
  • Affiliation: Devil’s Dozen
  • First appearance: Adventure Comics vol 1 #350 (Nov 1966)
  • Universe: Pre-Zero Hour
  • Alternate versions: None


Obrin hails from the planet Geequo, a world discovered and colonized by metagene positive human beings sometime between the 21st and 31st centuries. Through the means of a genetic quirk that has not yet been fully explained, all human males on Geequo have a charismatic power over women that makes the females fall in love with them, and eager to do their bidding. As a result, Geequo has a very chauvinistic, male-dominated society.

Thus far, little has been revealed concerning Obrin's childhood; presumably, it was normal by Geequoan standards, but no records exist to confirm or deny this at present. What is known is that as an adult, Obrin decided that he could profit by turning his natural abilities to criminal pursuits, and so he left Geequo to do so. His power over other human women in the United Planets soon earned him the nickname of Apollo, the classic Greek god of myth, and his growing ego found he liked it, which led to his adopting the same type of garb.

At some point, Obrin was recruited by Prince Evillo to join a group of evildoers called the Devil's Dozen on Evillo's homeworld of Tartarus. He was able to take part in one crime with the group before the Legion of Super-Heroes became involved, and in short order, Obrin and the other Devil's Dozen villains were captured. Obrin was given a stiff prison sentence on Takron-Galtos.

Classic period (Adventure Comics)