- "My mother was a scientist at S.T.A.R. Labs, and she was obsessed with turning me and my brothers into superheroes. She infected me. Now, if I don't, you know, expel the dots twice a day..."
- ―Polka-Dot Man[src]
Working for S.T.A.R. Labs
Abner Krill's mother was a scientist who was obsessed on turning her sons and daughters into superheroes. Working for S.T.A.R. Labs, she infected Abner with an inter-dimensional virus that causes glowing polka dots and lumps to form on and under his skin, being the only survivor to the experiments. The mother was eventually killed by her son.
After her death, Abner Krill hated his mother for what she did, having hallucinations seeing his mother in every face, this was used by Polka-Dot Man to imagine the targets are his mother. When Polka-Dot Man was incarcerated in Belle Reve and joined Task Force X during the Corto Maltese mission, he imagined Starro as his mother but was killed instantly.