Spinebender first showed up in Gotham City being pursued by Batgirl for stealing a cache of microchips which rival those powering the Batsuits from Q-Core. Batgirl followed Spinebender to Miami, Florida where he planned on selling them but was stopped by both Batgirl and Dick Grayson. [1]

Later, having grown a grudge against Nightwing, many months later Spinebender followed the hero to his new home Chicago and ambushed him. Spinebender, suicidal in rage, grabs a hold of Nightwing and then breaks a streetlight. The electricity offer powers him as he attempts to take the hero down with him. Nightwing, however, escapes, causing Spinebender to martyr himself uselessly. Despite this, however, he had somehow survived. [2]