Joey Monteleone's older brother, Jack, was a drug kingpin in Keystone City and tried to give Joey work in trafficking. Joey never took his job seriously and soon ended up in Iron Heights Penitentiary. When it finally occurred to him that his brother couldn't get him out of this mess Joey took to meditation to relax. He discovered he had the mutant ability to project his astral form into inanimate objects and animate them. He spent his nights animating objects outside of prison and causing havoc. One day his astral self got stuck in an animated vat of tar, but Joey didn't mind. Naming himself Tar Pit he forgot about his old body that had fallen into a coma in Iron Heights.
Now in his new form, Tar Pit first caused havok at a Keystone City ice hockey game, trying to steal the Stanley Cup for himself. He was stopped by Flash and Captain Cold, although Cold himself stole the trophy. He has appeared sporadically with the other Rogues ever since.
- Astral Projection (formerly): Tar Pit used to be able to project his consciousness into inanimate objects and animate them until he got "stuck" into a large mass of tar.
- Hot Tar Body: Tar Pit's body is made of molten asphalt and burns on touch. He is able to trap people in the substance of his body and can hurl flaming chunks of tar at his enemies.
- Superhuman Strength: Tar Pit is strong enough to hurl flaming chunks of tar at his enemies at a distance.
- Meditation: Through traditional meditation, Joey inadvertently discovered his meta-ability to astral project.
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