Joseph "Joe" Smith
Guy named Joe, Crimson Bat
Place of Birth
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #38 (1966)
Joe and Betsy had a brief romance, after which he starred as The Crimson Bat, meeting and marrying studio script girl Liz. The Crimson Bat was cancelled after three years, and the typecast Joe was unemployed. Their son, Joe Jr., had severe birth defects, leaving him mentally handicapped and fragile. Devastated, Liz left Joe, but Joe never gave up, taking his son for special care despite being in financial straits. Joey eventually died, triggering in Joe a post-traumatic stress flashback. His powers re-emerged, again affecting his mind, driving him to seek vengeance on benefit-cutting bureaucrats. These assaults led Captain America to learn Joe's history, and he managed to subdue and reach Joe, convincing him his son's death was not his fault. Regaining his mind, Joe surrendered and was given medical care. Medications restored Joe's sanity, and he was released on time served plus community service. Working at a children's center, Joe found his true calling. When the center was vandalized, the powerless Joe donned his costume in a failed attempt to intimidate the culprits. However, his actions inspired the neighborhood to drive off the gang. Joe later decked small-time criminal Red Bear, who stole from an art gallery and knocked over an old woman.
Reunited with and married to Betsy Schneider, they were abducted by Mysterio (Daniel Berkhart) and Mad Jack (Maguire Beck) who targeted all who had crossed the various incarnations of Mysterio, including Daredevil, Spider-Man, and J. Jonah Jameson. Broken out of stasis by the heroes, Joe helped capture Mad Jack, possibly regaining his power in the process. Betsy decided to write stories about her new hero: A Guy named Joe.