The Leper is the leader of D.O.P.E. Defenders of Planet Earth.

Personal InformationEdit

Real Name: Vincent Mariano

Location: Quadropolis

Age: 24

Group Affiliations: D.O.P.E.

Created: in May 1992 by Michael J. Longo

First Appearance: D.O.P.E. Volume 1, #1 (1992)

Powers, Abilities and WeaknessesEdit

  • Can detach body parts and control their movement remotely
  • Flight, or at least floating to some distance above the ground, the extent of which has not yet been tested

Current Era AppearancesEdit

The Leper first appeared (in the Current Era) in D.O.P.E. Volume 2, Number 1.

Character BiographyEdit

Having been afflicted with leprosy as a youth, when Vincent Mariano entered the nuclear radiation cloud in the NEC top secret testing site in the desert, he was given superpowers and became the Leper. (D.O.P.E. Volume 2, Number 1).

Initial EraEdit


Leper head

The Leper first appears in the Initial Era in D.O.P.E. Volume 1, Number 1 (May 1992). In the Initial Era, his real name is Dan Franklin. The story of his origin is essentially unchanged. He's in a van with the three others and they unknowingly travel into a nuclear testing zone, where the radiation changes them and gives them powers.

He and the other three friends form D.O.P.E. and become superheroes. They recruit many other members, and build a skyscraper headquarters building in Quadropolis. They then battle many a super villain, saving individuals, the city or just themselves.

Leper is injured severely when he and the other four main members of D.O.P.E. battle Sprinkles and Jack in "Sprinkles the Psychotic Moose" Volume 1, Numbers 12-14. He's shot in the head and through the chest with a shotgun by Jack. As reported in Issue 15, he was admitted to Quadropolis General Hospital. This showdown with Sprinkles illustrates that Leper has additional superpowers, including some intense healing powers.

He soon recovers, and triumphantly returns along with the rest of the main four members of D.O.P.E., in D.O.P.E. Volume 1, Number 11, to defeat the giant toxic sewage monster, Sludge.

Leper also appears, with Flaming Idiot, in "The Adventures of Sprinkles the Psychotic Moose" Number 8 in a giant battle at Sprinkles and Jack's cabin. They fight against Sprinkles, Jack, Mr. Fabulous, Burrito Man and Kenpo, along with McSpidey, That Bike Dude and Wolverspleen. Leper, along with everyone else, escapes the cabin before it explodes from a bomb planted by McSpidey.