North Star Heroes
Dirk Garthwaite was the son of Burt Garthwaite, a loutish construction worker and abusive father. Dirk grew up to become a burglar, wielding a crowbar as his chief weapon to remind himself of the crowbar his father used. Dirk once broke into a warehouse in Mexico and was caught in the crossfire of a magical battle between Tezcatlipoca, the Aztec god, and Takofanes, the Undying Lord. During the battle Dirk and his wrecking bar were hit by magical blasts from both Tezcatlipoca and Takofanes which should have killed him and destroyed his wrecking bar. But instead he absorbed the massive magical energies and became Wrecker.
The Wrecker told his friends of the power he while in Mexico. They orchestrated an escape. With fellow convicts Dr. Eliot Franklin and Henry Camp, the four managed to retrieve the crowbar that housed the powers that had been drained from the Wrecker. Grasping the bar in an electrical storm, the Wreaker was restored, Franklin became Thunderball, Camp became Bulldozer, and Calusky became Piledriver. Together, they became known as the Wrecking Crew.