Speed didn't start out as a city dweller. He was born into a tribe of similar creatures, which lived far away, in the frozen North. When he was very young, an earthquake wiped out all the others. He was found wandering alone through a snowstorm, by trapper Maurice Norton, who raised him, teaching him English and French. Later, he took up with a reporter named Jerry "Reel" McCoy, who hailed from civilized climes. It was Jerry who brought Speed to New York, where, with Jerry as assistant, he took up the avocation of superheroing.