|Raymond Maxwell "Rudy" Jensen|
Handyman & Janitor
|Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Base of Operations|
|Brown - Now Bald|
Exposure to extraterrestrial radiation resulting in the ability to absorb the memories, abilities and powers of anyone he comes into close physical contact.
Note: Genius level intelligence acquired from the absorption of the memories of others.
Parasite is limited by the amount of power he can absorb at one time and will disintegrate if overloaded.
Adventures of Superman
Superman Vol. 1 & 2
Superman: The Man of Steel
|Action Comics #340 (Aug. 1966)|
|Jim Shooter & Al Plastino|
Having been fired from three jobs in the span of a year, Rudy Jensen got a job at a government lab as a handyman and janitor. His true intent was to use the job as an opportunity to steal valuable items.
Conducting experiments at the lab with radioactive elements from another galaxy, Superman decontaminated himself and sealed the waste in a radiation-proof container for disposal.
Ordered to take the waste container to the disposal center, Jensen's larcenous curiosity got the best of him and he pried the lid open for a peek. The radiation caused him to immediately mutate physically, granting him the ability to absorb the minds and abilities of others, becoming a human Parasite.