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Alternate Takes 10.02.10 - Greatest Spider-Man Adversaries, Part 1
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 10.02.2010

Welcome to Week 123 of Alternate Takes, my name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.

I want to take a few sentences to answer a couple of comments from the past few columns.

I will get to animated movies in the future, but I want to wait until I have a chance to watch a few more of them before I comment on any of them. Batman: TAS is coming down the line.

To the person who said they liked the column better when it was about comic books, you have to remember this is a movie column. I figure you might like this specific article better than the last few, but at the end of the day I have to talk about movies too.

Finally, to the person who keeps saying the columns aren't "alternate takes to anything," what is your point? The column used to be alternate options to upcoming movies but, after it hit 100-issues, I wanted to change the focus to comic books. This new focus gets more views than the old column's format ever did. You are right, this is no longer a column discussing alternate takes to movies. It is a comic book/movie column. It's title is Alternate Takes. It's that easy.

It is time to turn the page. We have finished our look at the Batman movie series and the next superhero in line is everyone's favorite Wall Crawler, The Amazing Spider-Man. We are going to jump back into the world of comic books for the first few weeks of our look at Spider-Man. We'll get to the three movies later down the road but first, let's start a new countdown.


20. Shocker

Real Name: Herman Schultz
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #46

Herman Schultz was just a petty criminal in the beginning. When Spider-Man first faced him, it was by accident. A building Spider-Man was sitting on shook and knocked him off. When he went to find out the reason, he came face-to-face with the Shocker. Like most early Spider-Man villains, the thief was defeated in the end providing little to no reason for the villain's actions. However, the basis for the Shocker's powers - a battle suit that includes vibro-shock units - made him an interesting proposition.

Over time, his origin and personality began flesh out. He became a hired gun for major villains like Kingpin and Norman Osborn and his record against Spider-Man is pretty good. Shocker has defeated Spider-Man on at least five separate occasions including once in the Deadly Foes of Spider-Man series (1991).

19. Jackal

Real Name: Miles Warren
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #129
Final Appearance: Spider-Man: Maximum Clonage #Omega

The Jackal is responsible for two things, one great and the other abhorred. First, he introduced the world to the vigilante known as The Punisher. Second, he introduced the Marvel Universe to the Clones. The Jackal was once a professor who fell in love with one of his students, Gwen Stacy. When Gwen died during a fight between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, Professor Miles Warren went insane. He decided to create clones of people so death no longer would end any relationship.

The first time we see the Jackal as a villain, he tricks The Punisher into trying to kill Spider-Man. His plan fails when The Punisher realizes The Jackal is manipulating him. The Jackal next returns with clones of Gwen Stacy and Spider-Man. Thus, the Clone Saga began. The Jackal died (or was it just another Clone?) during the Clone Saga wars. It was revealed that Norman Osborn used The Jackal in his plan to create the massive amounts of clones (including Ben Reilly and Kaine) but his part secured The Jackal's spot in this countdown.

18. Carnage

Real Name: Cletus Kasady
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #360
Final Appearance: New Avengers #2

When Venom was at the height of his popularity, Marvel decided to increase the danger of the symbiote in Spider-Man's world. Cletus Kasady was a sociopath, a maniac who killed his grandmother as a small child. While in a center for troubled boys, he murdered again and again. He was serving eleven consecutive life sentences when he met Eddie Brock. When the symbiote arrived to help free Brock, it birthed a child that attached itself to Kasady and Spider-Man's newest villain was born.

While Venom hated Spider-Man and wanted to do whatever it took to beat him, Carnage was a different beast. Carnage was a sociopathic serial killer, a villain with no conscious. He was also stronger than Venom. It took Spider-Man, Venom and the Fantastic Four's combined efforts to defeat Carnage. Kasady finally met his match when The Sentry flew into outer space with him and ripped the villain in half.

17. The Burglar

Real Name: Dennis Carradine
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy #15
Final Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #200

The Burglar was never a huge villain in the Spider-Man world but might be the most important. Before the Burglar first appeared, Peter Parker was a kid with powers who only cared about making money and getting back at the kids who pushed him around as a nerdy teenager. This was the first bad guy that ever appeared in a Spider-Man comic book, Amazing Fantasy #15. Spider-Man was walking out of a television appearance when a man ran by with a police officer close on his tail. Peter refused to help stop the burglar and informed the officer it wasn't his job. It all came back to bite him when he returned home and found his Uncle Ben had been murdered by a burglar. When Spider-Man set out to catch the man who shot his beloved uncle, he found the same man he let escape earlier. This one instance caused Spider-Man to become a superhero and fight crime.

The Burglar later appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #200 when he returned to the scene of his earlier crime. He was searching for a treasure buried inside the walls of Aunt May's house, the reason he went there to begin with the night he killed Uncle Ben. Spider-Man arrived to fight him one more time, causing a heart attack that killed the burglar.

16. Scorpion

Real Name: Mac Gargan
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man #20

J. Jonah Jameson hired Mac Gargan, a private investigator, to follow Peter Parker around to find out how he captured all the photos he did of Spider-Man. Peter realized Gargan was following him and always ditched the investigator. When Jameson learned of a scientist researching animal mutation, he paid Gargan to undergo a treatment that gave him superhuman powers and strength. The scientist provided Gargan with a costume and powerful tail that he could manipulate with his mind and The Scorpion was born.

While Spider-Man ended up beating Scorpion on that occasion, the villain returned time and time again, usually in an attempt on Jameson's life, a man Gargan hated even more than Spider-Man. Recently, Gargan gave up the role of The Scorpion to combine with the symbiote and become the new Venom.

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