The Parasite first made his debut in Action Comics #340.
There have been many different characters that used the moniker Parasite. The most well known of these is Rudy Jones. Rudy’s origin is much like that of beloved TROMA character Toxic Avenger. Rudy was working at S.T.A.R Labs when he was exposed to a highly toxic chemical. Rudy then developed the power to absorb the energy from others.
He was originally green skinned before developing the purple hue he is known for today.
He has been a thorn in Superman’s side since his transformation and made the leap from screen to page. He has been featured on the TV series Smallville and the CW’s Supergirl.