When the crime lord Iceberg finds out that one of his gang members, Hobie, doesn’t feel that he is getting a fair cut, he has his boys attempt to kill him. After narrowly escaping that fate, Hobie steals a passer-by’s purse in order to fund his new trip. It turns out to be Mary Jane’s purse when she and Peter are in the process of apartment hunting, but Hobie is stopped by Spider-Man and sent to jail for violating his parole. While in jail, he saves Richard Fisk from an attempt on his life. As payment, Richard’s father arranges for a hot shot lawyer to enable Hobie’s release, and gives him a special suit as the Prowler. He uses the costume to get back at Iceberg.