Hotshot was one of Leader's gamma radiated servants. Before his transformation his name was Louis and he lived in Middletown, Arizona. He was planning to run away from home with his girlfriend, Jessie, because her parents didn't want them seeing each other. But that night that Leader blew up the town.
In an attempt to gain more test subjects for his experiments, Leader detonated a controlled gamma bomb in a Middletown which killed over 5000 people. The blast created five new superhuman enforcers whom Leader used to build the hidden society called Freehold in the Arctic. Hotshot has fought the Hulk on a few occasions with the other survivors of Middletown. He later left the Leader to piece his life back together with Jessie.
Later, in a motel in South Dakota, Hotshot claimed the devil had gotten into Jessie. He had tied her to a chair and claimed to be alive when he left her seeking help. Seeking a priest for an exorcism, Hotshot was beaten by the Hulk and taken into custody. The police went to the motel and found Jessie dead. Later, Hotshot hung himself in his holding cell.
Hotshot was created by Peter David and Todd McFarlane in 1988 and first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #345.