Tar Pit is a fictional supervillain in the DC Comics universe and one of the new rogues of the current Flash (Wally West).

Tar Pit
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceThe Flash vol. 2 #174 (July 2001)
Created byGeoff Johns
Scott Kolins
In-story information
Alter egoJoseph "Joey" V. Monteleone
Team affiliationsInjustice League
Secret Society of Super Villains
Abilitiescould "project" his consciousness to inanimate objects
his mind now dwells in a body of malleable asphalt
can throw pieces of the asphalt at others trap people in his body and is also invulnerable

Tar Pit made his live appearance on the second season of The Flash played by Marco Grazzini.

Fictional character biographyEdit

The younger brother of a local drug lord Jack Monteleone, Joey Monteleone was arrested for armed robbery. While serving time, he discovered he had the metahuman ability to inhabit inanimate objects. With this ability, he got his kicks by transferring his mind from object (for example, a fire hydrant which he used to spray the Flash in vol. 73) to object until he couldn't move his mind from, of course, a vat of asphalt. Now he remains in that hot tar pit while his real body remains unconscious and is being abused by his padded-cellmate 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.

In Infinite Crisis, "Joey" became a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains.

Most recently, he has been seen among the new Injustice League and is one of the villains featured in Salvation Run.

In the Blackest Night crossover, Tar Pit is shown with Owen Mercer, visiting his father's grave, accompanying Owen in his search for the Black Lantern version of his father on the grounds that he will be of no interest to the Black Lantern Corps as his tar-based form has no heart for them to take.[1]

On September 2011, "The New 52" rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, Tar Pit is shown about to attack Iris West following her defeating Folded Man when Flash appears. He thaws out the guards and sends the melted ice towards the villains.[2]

During the "Forever Evil" storyline, Tar Pit is among the villains driven out of Central City by Gorilla Grodd at the time when the Crime Syndicate of America supposedly killed the Justice League.[3] This led to Tar Pit joining up with the Secret Society of Super Villains as he is sent with Gorilla Grodd, Amazo, Archer, Black Bison, the Fearsome Five (Gizmo, Jinx, Mammoth, Psimon, Shimmer), Hyena, Multiplex, Parasite, Plastique, and Typhoon to deal with the rebellion of the Rogues. They were sucked into the Mirror World by Mirror Master.[4]

When Girder initiated a prison break, Tar Pit temporarily breaks out to save Flash before he can be falsely imprisoned by Riddler.[5]

When a Speed Force storm struck Central City and turned it's citizens into speedsters, Tar Pit is one of a few villains to not leave Central City.[6]

On the night before Christmas, Tar Pit's nephew and niece were kidnapped by criminals. Tar Pit had to rob a toy store in order to pay their ransom only to be defeated by Kid Flash. As Tar Pit is taken to Iron Heights, Kid Flash rescued the children and defeated the criminals.[7]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

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. Due to his body being made of tar, Tar Pit is practically invulnerable.

Before becoming Tar Pit, Joey was able to project his consciousness into inanimate objects and animate them.

Other versionsEdit


In the alternate timeline of the Flashpoint event, Tar Pit was imprisoned in Iron Heights. Tar Pit is confronted by Mirror Master, who assembles the Rogues.[8] Tar Pit then escaped from Iron Heights and pursued revenge against Citizen Cold for stealing his family's money.[9] Citizen Cold killed Tar Pit revealing that his brother Jack Monteleone was dealing drugs of their family fortune.[10]

In other mediaEdit

Tar Pit appears in The Flash episode "Fast Lane", portrayed by Marco Grazzini.[11] This version gained his powers after being pushed into the tar pit by Daniel Burge on Clay Stanley's orders at the time when the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator went off. 2 years later, Joseph is freed from the tar pit by some workers as he plans revenge on Daniel Burge and Clay Stanley. Becoming Tar Pit, he killed Daniel Burge by burying him in tar. When Joseph assumed a monstrous tar-covered form when going after Clay Stanley where he fought the Flash. Using some nitrogen grenades, Flash broke Tar Pit's monstrous form as Joseph is then knocked out by Joe West.


  1. ^ Blackest Night: The Flash #1 (December 2009). DC Comics.
  2. ^ Flash Vol. 4 #5. DC Comics.
  3. ^ Flash Vol 4 #23.1 Grodd. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #5-6. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Flash Vol. 4 #50. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Flash Vol. 5 #2. DC Comics.
  7. ^ Flash Vol. 5 #13. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #1 (June 2011). DC Comics.
  9. ^ Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #2 (July 2011). DC Comics.
  10. ^ Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #3 (August 2011). DC Comics.
  11. ^ "THE FLASH Review: "Fast Lane"". Nerdist. February 3, 2016. Retrieved June 5, 2018.

External linksEdit