When Tommy was five years old, his parents were arrested by the L.A.P.D. for operating a distillery during the Prohibition period on the location where his theater was located. Tommy was raised by a man named Hodges and scraped out a living as an extra in stage performances. Later he got a job in musicals but they soon went broke as well.
Finally, when his film studio was bought out and shut down by Richmond Industries and was slated to become a housing project, Tommy swore revenge on Kyle Richmond. He and Hodges contacted the Maggia, built or acquired a large number of humanoid robots, and used gas grenades to capture the Defenders. Binding them to a large set piece from one of his studio's failed musicals, he had the robots surround them and begin dancing while beating the Defenders with steel cane-bludgeons. The Defenders escaped, and fought the robots until Valkyrie knocked the robots' control device from Hodges' hands. Doctor Strange and the Hulk then defeated Tommy.
Powers and Abilities
Expert tap dancer with superb agility skilled swordsman
Normal human with intensive exercise
A legion of tap-dancing robots as well as a larger robot used to attack the Hulk.
Steel cane with a retractable bladed tip sleeping gas grenades hidden in his top hat.