Joe Hamill was a stereotypical construction worker in Gotham City. One day he had a job at the demolition of a burned down building, where the "supervillain" Tony Finch lived.
Joe and his best pal Mike openly ogled a beautiful redhead passing by. She cursed at them and walked away amid their cat calls.
When Joe and Mike were about to leave, Joe noticed the strange looking device on the debris. A shining gold dial with only four letters in them: H-E-R-O. Joe was fascinated by device. Not knowing what it was and what it was able to do. Without concern as to what might happen, Joe dialed in H... E... R... while sitting in the back of a moving truck passing over a bridge leaving Gotham.
The activation of the H-E-R-O device accompanied a bright flash, puff of smoke and the transformation. The transformation caused Joe to fall out of the truck he was riding in with his work crew. This resulted in Joe dropping the HERO Dial into the water below a bridge she was on.
Coming to his senses, Joe realized that he had become an electrifying, beautiful blonde female, complete with a revealing costume and the figure to fill it, and, having lost the mystical dial, she has no way to reverse the changes the device caused.
Shocking Suzi was created by writer Will Pfeifer and penciler Leonard Kirk.
Jo Hamill has one of the most interesting character evolutions because it forces her to see things from the feminine perspective. Joe goes from being a stereotypical construction worker to someone who is very extra-ordinary. This experience also allows her to become a understanding and all-around good person, as does the loss of his former identity and transformation into Jo.
Major Story Arcs
Being in shock, she lost sight of the H-Dial device and flew to her girlfriend Amy Walker's home. She crash landed through her window, but was unharmed without a scratch from the broken glass. Amy Walker was scared and confused about a buxom woman claiming to be her guy. So Amy kicked Joe out of the house. But given the revealing hero costume she was wearing. Amy did at least give her some clothes to wear.
Later Joe crash landed on the roof of an abandoned building in a bad part of Gotham. And while complaining about Amy's clothes not fitting due to being too stacked to wear anything she had given. Due to having a body like Power Girl. Joe was wondering where Power Girl got her clothes. But that thought was interrupted by two robbers with a bag of cash showing up on the roof. One of the thugs grabbed her boobs and said he knew how to handle her. He showed the thug otherwise by electrocuting him and his friend. The thugs shot at Joe, but Joe used her new found powers to repel the bullets. And left them laying for the cops to find.
Not knowing where to go, she visited her friend and fellow construction worker, Mike. She explained the situation, and he promised to help. They shared too many beers and both got drunk. She woke up after 4AM next to Mike not remembering anything that had happened. Joe freaked out and beat Mike up. Yet not wanting to accidentally fry him with her electrical powers, she left.
Shortly thereafter, she realized the H-Dial was the only thing which could return her to normal. So she tried to find it. She flew into the river by the bridge where she had lost the dial. Not being able to find the dial, she shouted "No" and electrocuted a lot of fish. Joe's hero costume got all dirty and wet. So feeling hopeless, Joe again went to her girlfriend for help. Showing up at her door all pathetic looking, with seaweed hanging from her. Amy took pity and decided to hear what she had to say. After Joe told her things only he could know. Amy believed her story. Amy helped Joe shop for civilian clothes at a specialty shop for full figured women. The shop's name was More Too Love. Despite being trapped in a beautiful woman's body. Joe was feeling closer to his girlfriend Amy than he'd felt in ages. On their way back from the More Too Love shopping spree, they were robbed. Joe used her powers to stop them, but they managed to flee with Amy’s purse. Amy was really impressed by how Joe had took on the muggers. They went back to their home and was looking forward to spending more time working on their relationship. Back home Joe's friend called and told that he had found the device, but when Joe got there, Mike confessed that he lied and that he loves her. He loved how she had the personality of a man, but the body of a woman. Joe tried to explain to Mike again that she wasn't interested in him, only wanting to be with his true love Amy. She then accidentally touched his unplugged TV, turning it on. On the TV news was a special report showing his girlfriend Amy being held hostage by the thugs who had robbed them earlier. Joe rushed there and attacked the robbers, killing them. The shock of the whole thing caused Amy to have a heart attack. Joe thought that she'd lost the love of her life. But thankfully, she was able to use her electrical powers to restart Amy's heart. Yet sadly due to everything that had happened, Amy left her. Amy said it was just too much for her to handle.
Again Joe was left alone. Joe looked high and low for the device that had caused so much trouble, but she was unable to find it. So Joe didn't have any choice but to live her life as a beautiful, buxom, blonde woman with no history, no education, no family, no friends, no connections, and no job experience. Joe tried looking for help from her former employer, but they didn't want to hire a woman. And due to the strong morals and ethics Joe had, she would not use her powers for evil. After months of not finding any help and being out of money, Joe got a job in a strip club called the Hideout in Gotham City, as an exotic dancer. Joe still had her limits, so she refused to do any lap dances. This cost her a lot of the pay she'd normally get, but she still refused to do anything more than dance. Joe adopted the identity of Jo and "Shocking Suzi" as her stage name.
Working nightly at the Hideout, Jo has pretty much lost all hope to ever find the H-Dial and has seemingly accepted her fate as a woman. Yet Jo still daydreams about getting together with her ex-girlfriend again. Mike, her former friend comes to the strip club to see her dance, but is last seen being tossed out and told never to come back again after causing a commotion.
Powers And Abilities
She has been shown crashing through glass and a wall without much damage to herself. Her outfit does not show this resilience however.
By touching unplugged and turned off machines she can activate them.
She can generate electricity, and blast it with force strong enough to destroy brick walls. She can use it with precision to restart hearts.
Her ability to repel bullets with her powers indicates ability to generate electro-magnetic fields.
She has self propelled flight, that might be linked to her electricity power. When she is flying, an aura of electricity seems to surround her.
She can survive under water and even talk there.
Jo's exceptional powers as Shocking Suzi are dampened only by her own mortality (she seemed to need to reflect bullets while not avoiding glass) and the fact that she has effectively become a ghost in society. Jo has no identity, which forces her to work as a stripper in a back-alley club.