Real Name: Edward Eddie Brock
Occupation: Former journalist for the Daily Globe
Identity: Known to legal authorities
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a
Other Aliases: None
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Base Operation: New York
First Appearance: (as alien costume) SECRET WARS
#8, (behind the scenes) WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #18, (actual
appearance) AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300
History: On Battleworld, a planet created by a
being calling himself the Beyonder, the crime fighter
known as Spider-Man obtained a sleek, black costume when
his familiar red-and-blue one was ripped into tatters.
After the Asgardian thunder god, Thor had acquired a new
cape and helmet from a bizarre machine that replicated
fabric, Spider-Man attempted the same feat, but mistakenly
reached into a machine that housed a strange symbiote,
one of the many odd life forms encountered on Battleworld.
When Spider-Man grabbed the little black ball, it instantly
slithered over his body, covering him from head to toe.
But it did not pattern itself after his red-and-blue costume.
Rather, it took on the appearance of the garment worn
by the new superhuman adventurer on Battleworld and Spider-Woman,
whom Spider-Man had been admiring.
The web spinner was amazed at the properties of his new
suit, but never question the mechanism behind them. For
instance, it could mimic any type of clothing whatsoever,
making Spider-Mans need for spare clothing obsolete.
It also contained a dimensional aperture where
he could place his camera, spare change, and other items
without adding to the bulk of the costume. The costume
was also equipped with its own web-shooter and seemingly
contained an unlimited supply of webbing.
Once Spider-Man returned to Earth, the alien costume
could not tolerate being separated from its host for long
periods of time. At night, when Spider-Mans alter
ego, Peter Parker, slept, the symbiote would engulf him
and send the somnambulator to battle evil.
Late, Spider-Man battled the Puma, who perceived that
the wall-crawlers webs were organic. Startled by
this revelation, Spider-Man accepted Reed Richards
offer to study the costume. Richards learned that the
costume was actually a living alien symbiote, a parasite
trying to graft itself permanently to Spider-Man both
mentally and physically. Richards succeeded in separating
the alien costume from its host by shooting it with a
sonic blaster. He then contained the being
in a special environmental cell.
But the alien was much more intelligent than anyone perceived.
It escaped from its cell and made its way to Peter Parkers
closet where it waited, disguised as a spare red-and-blue
costume. Spider Man unwittingly donned the costume, which
immediately made itself apparent. He brought it to the
tower at Our Lady of Saints Church gambling the intense
sound of its bells would destroy it.
Spider-Man lost the gamble, and he succumbed to the bells
before the costume did. However, the empathic parasite
had preyed upon the emotions of Spider-Man long enough
to learn how to feel, and in feeling, to act. Sacrificing
itself, the alien costume save Spider-Man, who assumed
it then, crawled away to die.
Actually, the symbiote, weak and dying, slithered down
into the church where Eddie Brock kneeled in prayer at
the altar. Raised a Catholic, he was begging forgiveness
for the suicide he was contemplating. Brock had been a
successful columnist for the newly revived Daily Globe
until he began writing a series of articles about the
Sin-Eater murders. A bogus offender had confessed
to Brock about committing the murders. Protecting the
murderers identity under the First Amendment,
Brock related his story everyday in the Globe until mounting
pressure from the authorities forced him to write an exclusive
revealing the murderer.
Although that edition of the paper sold out immediately,
Spider-Man soon revealed the true identity of the Sin-Eater
to be Detective Stan Carter, making Brock a laughingstock
among his fellow journalists. Fired from the Daily Globe,
he was forced to write venomous drivel for scandal newspapers.
Brock blamed his predicament on Spider-Man.
Brock began an intense physical workout program hoping
to reduce the stress his life had become. However, such
physical exertions only increased his violent obsession
with Spider-Man. Although his body had been honed to near-perfection,
Brocks mind was reduced to an all-consuming vessel
It was this statement of fierce emotion that attracted
the empathic parasite. In order to survive, the alien
costume had to feed off the nearest and greatest source
of emotion. The symbiote joined mentally and physically
with Brock, whose emotions overwhelmed the already confused
alien. The dominant thought on both their minds was that
of Spider-Man. But Brocks sheer hatred for the crime
fighter twisted the costumes feelings to a similar
extent. In effect, Brocks emotions drove the symbiote
insane, just as their bonding may have driven Brock over
Brock soon discovered that the costume gave him all the powers
of Spider-Man, and more besides. It also added bulk to
his already large frame and increased his strength to
superhuman levels. Calling himself Venom,
Brock directed the costume to sprout a hideous grin and
plotted his revenge.
Through the costume, Venom learned a great deal about Spider-Man,
including his secret identity. Brock taunted Peter Parker
with minor assaults, such as pushing him in front of a
moving subway train. The alien costume could cancel out
the wall-crawlers spider-sense presumably by projecting
conflicting frequencies upon the brain waves, which act
as its mechanism.
Venom finally made a bold move when he confronted Parkers
wife, Mary Jane Watson-Parker, at their old Chelsea apartment.
Although Venoms twisted sense of morality did not
allow him to physically harm Mary Jane, Spider-Man immediately
realized the nature of this threat.
Taking the time to retrieve the sonic blaster from the Fantastic
Four, Spider-Man challenged Venom at Our Lady of Saints
Church. Although he fired the blaster at Venom, Spider-Man
soon discovered that the symbiote could not be separated
from Brock because it had completely bonded with him.
Trying to escape and rethink his options, Spider-Man was
caught unawares by Venom. He captured Spider-Man and secured
him to the inside of the church bell with a considerable
amount of webbing.
Spider-Man narrowly escaped the bells crushing clapper
before defeating Venom by forcing him to deplete his webbing
supply, of which the alien symbiote was actually comprised.
Before the alien could regenerate enough of its mass to
become a renewed threat, Spider-Man brought Venom to the
Fantastic Four who imprisoned him in a sonic containment
cell. The Fantastic Four then shipped Venom to the government
super-prison in the Colorado Rockies called the Vault.
Venom later escaped the Vault by directing the alien costume
to disguise itself as a guards uniform. A young
guard who had just been assigned to the Vault was fooled
into thinking that Venom was a fallen colleague and released
the gate mechanism, which imprisoned the criminal. Venom
killed the naïve guard and escaped to New York City,
where he once again confronted Spider-Man.
This time Spider-Man used psychological warfare upon Venom,
by taunting the alien symbiote to return to him. The alien,
torn by its love-hate relationship for Spider-Man, tried
to leave Brock and to re-establish its link with its original
owner. But the trauma of trying to detach itself from
Brocks nervous system was too much to bear. The
alien costume and Eddie Brock were both knocked unconscious
and were subsequently returned to the Vault, where they
are now incarcerated.
Height: 6 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 260 lbs.
Hair: Redish Blond
Strength Level: Venom possesses superhuman strength
enabling him to lift (press) almost 11 tons.
Known Superhuman Powers: The alien costume, which has
grafted itself to the nervous system of Eddie Brock, somehow
absorbed the powers of Spider-Man during its brief symbiotic
relationship with him. These powers have now been transferred
to Brock, so long as he wears the costume. Brock had conditioned
himself to lift (press) almost 700 lbs. Before he came
into contact with the costume. Once they merged, the costume
added Spider-Mans superhuman strength to Brocks
vast human strength, making him more powerful than Spider-Man.
The alien costume also replicates Spider-Mans ability
to cling to walls by controlling the flux of inter-atomic
attraction between molecular boundary layers.
Venom can also shoot strands of the aliens substance
in the form of webbing at high pressure up
to a distance of 70 feet. The aliens substance seems
to be composed of tough, flexible fibers of organic polymers,
which regenerate swiftly after shedding. The
strands have extraordinary adhesive properties, which
diminish rapidly once they abandon their living source.
After about three hours, with no source to nourish them,
the strands dry up like dead skin and dissolve into a
powder. The strands possess a tensile strength of 125
pounds per square millimeter of cross section.
Venom also possesses an extrasensory ability similar to Spider-Mans
spider-sense. This response is not as complicated as Spider-Mans
inherent sense since the alien costume can detect danger
from every direction and conduct Brock in plenty of time.
It is not as efficient as Spider-Mans spider-sense
because it takes longer to communicate the danger, and
Brocks reflexes are not as fast as Spider-Mans,
even though they are enhanced by the alien costume. It
is unknown whether Venom could dodge a gunshot or a barrage