Villain Bio: The Terrible Tinkerer The Terrible Tinkerer, art by Ditko. Pre-Retconned version. The Tinkerer is a perfect example of how a villain (or any other character) can be retconned into something very different from the original intent of the writer who created him. In this case, Stan Lee, the Tinkerer’s creator, used a common trope (aliens hidden among us), to introduce Spider-Man’s first (and, at the time, only) alien foe. As first presented, the Tinkerer was an alien disguised as a human repairman who was spearheading an alien invasion. He only had one Silver Age appearance, in Spidey #2. However, he was later retconned to be, in fact, a real human who had tricked Spider-Man and others into believing he was an alien in order to stay hidden and unknown. As the retcon goes, the Tinkerer is actually the tech guy/armorer for many supervillains. As retcons go, this one was actually worthwhile, and helps explain how so many bad guys have their hands on such good technology. Silver Age Appearance(s) of the Terrible Tinkerer (plus his first post-Silver Age Appearance) 1. Amazing Spider-Man #2 -vs. Spider-Man (Note: 1st Appearance is in first of two stories in this issue) 2. Amazing Spider-Man #160-(1976-After Silver Age) While Tinkerer only had one appearance in the Silver Age, he was retconned later to have been human (in ASM #2, he was portrayed by Lee and Ditko as an alien disguised as a human), who had disguised himself as an alien to escape detection. The retcon, however, also turned him into a significant part of the underground supervillain society in the Marvel Universe. As it turned out, Tinkerer was the “tech guy" for many supervillains, including Mysterio (he made Mysterio’s suit), Scorpion (made Scorp’s tail), among many others. Other villains the retconned Tinkerer has worked with/for include Hammerhead, Jack O’Lantern, Black Cat, the Beetle, the Owl, the Jester, Diamondback, Whirlwind, Grizzly, and the Latverian government of Countess Luciana Von Bardas, among many others. Sources on the Tinkerer: http://www.spiderfan.org/characters/tinkerer.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerer
Spider-Man and the X-Men: Villains, Enemies, Rogues, and Antagonists Spider-Man X-Men #1-Meet Mr. Spider-Man With the recent death of Wolverine, Marvel had a self-imposed hole to fill in their monthly slew of Wolverine titles. One of the more interesting (though different), Wolvie-related comics was the Wolverine and the X-Men title. In this series, Professor Wolverine led a group of young mutants on various adventures and school field trips to teach them the ropes of how to be X-Men. Now that Professor Logan is gone, Marvel had to find a substitute teacher, as it were. Along comes Spider-Man, who is (or has been, depending on your continuity), an actual high school science teacher in his real identity as Peter Parker. Logan had left a message for Spidey, asking him to take his place at the Jean Grey School and try to find a student who Logan suspected of being a mole for the bad guys. Spider-Man and the X-Men in Class Spider-Man shows up in issue #1 of Spider-Man and the X-Men, and is assigned by Storm to teach a class in ethics. Hoo-boy. This series is rather light-hearted and is a fun read. But, what is a superhero comic book without some bad guys to liven things up? As we read in the first few issues, it seems that the formula for the villains in Spider-Man and the X-Men takes the form of one Spidey villain teamed up with one X-Men villain. Makes sense, if a bit contrived and formulaic. This page is devoted to the goal of keeping track of all of the antagonists (to use a literary term) that our new team of Mr. Spider-Man and his X-Men protégés encounter. That means that if they fight someone, or someone’s henchmen, lackeys, monsters, or other proxy, that antagonistic character will also be listed. On occasion, heroes fight each other, either out of stupidity, being possessed, being tricked, and so on. In those cases, the good guy or gal will also be listed as an antagonist. Stegron Attacks Spider-Man and the X-Men The system we use to keep track of Spider-Man and the X-Men villains and antagonists will be fairly simple. The character’s name, the comic book issues in which the conflict occurred, and any notes needed for clarification. Next to the bad guys name will be a designator as to whether they are a Spider-Man villain, or an X-Men Villain. Chameleon (Spidey Villain)- Spider-Man and the X-Men #2, #3 (teamed up with Mojo) Mojo (X-Villain)- Spider-Man and the X-Men #2, #3 (teamed up with Chameleon) Sauron (X-Villain)- Spider-Man and the X-Men#1, #2 (teamed up with Stegron) Stegron (Spidey Villain)- Spider-Man and the X-Men#1, #2 (teamed up with Sauron) Notes Related to Spider-Man and the X-Men Villains: At the end of Spider-Man and the X-Men #2, as our heroes leave Staten Island after turning over the defeated Stegron and Sauron to the Avengers, they are kidnapped by Chameleon, who is working for Mojo. Chameleon and Mojo only appear at the very end of issue #2.
The Vulture (Adrian Toomes) –The Vulture is a significant supervillain foe of the Amazing Spider-Man in the Marvel Comics Universe. The Vulture, whose real name is Adrian Toomes, is able to fly through the use of his winged Vulture costume. The Vulture Codename: The Vulture Real Name: Adrian Toomes 1st Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #2 Origin Story: Amazing Spider-Man #2 Creators: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Status: Supervillian Powers/Abilities: Flight (through use of a special winged costume/flying harness); knowledge of electical engineering and biochemistry. While wearing his flying harness, Vulture can attain flight speeds of up to 95 mph, and can lift up to 700 lbs. of weight. Enemies: Spider-Man Allies/Partners: Dr. Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Sandman, Mysterio, Electro Group Affiliations: Sinister Six Amazing Spider-Man #2 Cover with the Vulture Sources and Links on The Vulture: Vulture (Adrian Toomes)–Marvel Wiki