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Venom
Nick Name
Sinister Spider-Man
Civilian ID

Venom I

Edward Charles "Eddie" Brock


Venom II

Angelo Fortunato


Venom III

MacDonald "Mac" Gargan


Alias

Scorpion I


Occupation

Venom I

Criminal

Journalist

Vigilante


Venom II

Criminal


Venom III

Criminal

Former Private Detective


Legal Status

Venom I

Deceased citizen of the United States with a criminal record.


Venom II

Deceased citizen of the United States with a criminal record.


Venom III

Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.


Nation or Planet of Origin
New York, New York
Group Affiliation

Venom I

Sinister Six


Venom II

None


Venom III

Sinister Twelve

Thunderbolts


Base of Operations
New York, New York
Height

Venom I: 6' 3"


Venom II: 5' 9"


Venom III: 6' 2"


Weight

Venom I: 260 lbs.


Venom II: 110 lbs.


Venom III: 245 lbs.


Eye Color

Venom I: Blue


Venom II: Brown


Venom III: Brown


Hair Color

Venom I: Reddish Blonde


Venom II: Black


Venom III: Brown


Known Powers

Alien symbiote enhanced human with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability.


The symbiote grants the ability to scale walls, mimic any type of clothing, create snares, swing lines and bladed weapons which can be used as an appendage or thrown from any point of the body. The symbiote also has the ability to create camouflage rendering itself visually invisible, dampen Spider-Man's sixth sense and track its offspring.


The symbiote is extremely vulnerable to both sonic and heat attacks.


Brock is a trained journalist with skills of deductive reasoning.


Note: The Symbiote may not be inherently evil, but instead mimics the emotions of its host.


Accessories

Symbiote: Alien being from another dimension capable of granting a variety of superhuman abilities.


Common Enemies

Venom I

Carnage

Shriek

Silver Sable

Spider-Man I

Spider-Man II

Wolverine


Venom II

Spider-Man I


Venom III

Spider-Man I


Regularly Appearing

Venom I

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 & 2

Peter Parker Spider-Man

Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1

Spider-Man Vol. 2

Venom

Web of Spider-Man


Venom II

Spider-Man Vol. 2


Venom III

Spider-Man Vol. 2

Thunderbolts


First Appearance

Alien Symbiote

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8 (Dec. 1984)


Eddie Brock

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #300 (May, 1988)


Venom Testing Powers on Peter Parker's Spider-Sense

Web of Spider-Man #18 (Sept. 1986)


Cameo Venom I

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #298 (March, 1988)


Full Venom I

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #300 (May, 1988)


Note: Contrary to his origin, Eddie Brock did not appear during the Sin-Eater Saga presented in Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 1 107-110 (Oct. 1985 - Jan. 1986). His story occurred "between the lines" of those issues.


Venom II

Spider-Man Vol. 2 #7 (Dec. 2004)


Venom III

Spider-Man Vol. 2 #10 (March, 2005)


Creator

Alien Symbiote

Jim Shooter & Mike Zeck


Eddie Brock

David Michelline & Todd McFarlane


Venom I

David Michelline & Todd McFarlane


Venom II

Mark Millar & Terry Dodson


Venom III

Mark Millar & Terry Dodson


Origin

Spider-Man came in contact with the alien symbiote on the Beyonder's Battle World during the Secret Wars. When his familiar red and blue costume had became torn and tattered from battle he sought to replicate a new costume. He heard from other heroes of a machine that could replicate clothing. Not knowing exactly where the clothing replicator was Spider-Man mistakenly activated a machine that produced a little black ball which slithered over his body when he touched it covering him from head to toe in a black costume.


Returning to Earth, Spider-Man did not give much thought to the properties of his new costume, which could imitate any clothing, dimensionally store small items and had seemingly an inexhaustible supply of webbing. He became suspicious of its properties upon learning it was organic in nature. Taking an earlier offer from Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) to study the costume, he discovered that it is a symbiotic organism that was attempting to fuse itself to him both physically and mentally. Richards was able to use sonics to sever the bond and trap the symbiote within an environmental containment cell.


The symbiote would escape Richard's prison and reclaim its host. Disguising itself as the red and blue Spider-Man costume, Peter Parker would not discover it was actually the symbiote until it was too late. He was forced to battle the symbiote while fighting off the Vulturians, a group of convicts that had assumed the technology of the Vulture, wanting to prove their mettle by defeating Spider-Man. After defeating the Vulturians, Spider-Man resolved himself to be free of the symbiote by gambling the ringing bell of a local church tower would drive the symbiote away before he would succumb to the ear shattering noise. The symbiote was driven away, but Parker became unconscious and lay dying. The symbiote, which had been bound to Parker long enough to presumably assume his sense of duty and responsibility, would seemingly sacrifice itself to save its host by dragging him down the bell tower's stairs.


Weak and dying, the symbiote would tune into the emotions of Eddie Brock, a reporter who blamed Spider-Man for his failed marriage and career as a journalist. Brock's series of articles written on the confessions of the murdering vigilante known as the Sin-Eater were exposed to be the ramblings of a compulsive confessor, after Spider-Man captured the actual killer, police officer Stan Carter. Adding further misery to his personal and professional failures Brock was dying of cancer and had gone to the church to beg forgiveness from God for contemplating suicide. The symbiote detecting Brock's strong emotions about Spider-Man bound itself to the new host becoming Venom.


Dying of cancer Eddie Brock decides to auction for charity to the highest bidder the alien symbiote from which he derives his powers as Venom.


In a last ditch effort to regain turf and criminal credibility New York mobster Don Fortunato purchases the symbiote to be used by his son Angelo - who never lived up to his father's expectations. Consumed by his anger Angelo became even more powerful than Brock, but ultimately his doubts drove the alien symbiote to abandon its new host leaving him to fall to his death after a short and murderous career as Venom. Seeking a new host that shared both its hatred of Spider-Man as well as the will and experience of a seasoned criminal the symbiote offered itself to Mac Gargan, then known as the Scorpion, transforming him for a time into Venom.