Dan Riley was a happily married father. He worked as a steam fitter at the Gotham Navy Yard, and two nights a week he worked as a volunteer at the Dock Street Rescue Mission. One night on his way home he was attacked by three men and woke up in Boss Biggis mining camp. While there he became good friends with Salvo Smith and Bruce Wayne who at this time had lost his memory and didn't remember who he was. After Batman shut down biggis operation Dan returned to his family and Bruce Wayne offered him a job.