In a state of rage, Jason struck blow after blow on the reptile man before Batgirl and Robin pulled him away.
The tragic deaths of his parents would inspire Jason Todd to take up the costumed role of the second Robin. There, he suffered from intense electroshock therapy, which resulted in intense recurring nightmares.
He'd discreetly established a foothold in Gotham and assembled a gang before returning to Florida to take care of "some personal loose ends." After snapping the neck of the deputy who had brutally beat him when he was ten, he returned to discover that his followers had affiliated themselves with the simple-minded Solomon Grundy.
Croc kept his temper in check but left the gang to its fate.
His mother died in childbirth, and his father abandoned him.
Waylon was raised by his abusive aunt; her persistent alcoholism prevented him from growing up in a suitable environment.
As a teenager, Waylon had no friends, and was the object of ridicule of those who knew him.
Out of prison, he found a job in a carnival sideshow ... "I broke their backs with my bare hands," Jones later recalled. I had the strength, I had the hate -- why shouldn't I USE it to get what I wanted? But some day, SOME DAY, I knew they'd call me KING!Directing him to their corpses, lying amongst the crocodiles, Gordon said, "We can only hope they were already dead when he threw them to his friends below. It's on YOUR HEAD." In a state of hysteria, Robin plunged into the pit, beating the reptiles aside with the handle of a policeman's gun, cradling Trina Todd's corpse in his arms and unleashing an agonized, grief-stricken scream.Meanwhile, the Joker was attempting to cement his status in the Gotham mob's new hierarchy.Initially, Croc was content to work a protection racket at the visiting Sloan Circus but he soon wanted more. "Mister, I was born a freak -- I've had to prove myself to creeps like you all my life. A natural swimmer, Jones easily began to escape, only to find himself pursued by Batman. But you're nothing but a loser, like all the rest." Croc issued a summons to the chiefs of Gotham's mobs for a meeting at the Gotham Zoo's reptile house two nights later. Jones walked amongst the alligators and addressed the crowd as King Croc.After he witnessed Batman's escape from a deathtrap, Croc sauntered away, informing the Squid that "this outfit smells of loser." Croc later shot his former boss from a rooftop and left him for dead. The killer toyed with Batman in the water, striking and choking him and leaving only when he thought the Dark Knight had drowned. His claims to have killed The Batman were ridiculed, however, and the mobsters continued to pledge allegiance to the jailed Tony Falco.
They ended up being captured anyway, all three chained to a faulty brewing vat that was likely to erupt when it got hot enough. '" Forgotten in all this was Joe and Trina Todd's acrobatic young son, Jason, who'd stumbled onto the Batcave after Dick Grayson left him at Wayne Manor.