Characters : Hypno-Hustler

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Attributes
Eyes

Brown

Hair

Dark Brown

Height

5' 11"

Weight

Average

Powers
Abilities

Can perform limited hypnosis with technical aid.

Equipment

Hypno-goggles, backup band "The Mercy Killers" can perform mass hypnosis.

Strength Level

Above average human

Weapons

His boots can emit knockout gas on demand, and contain retractable knives in the soles.

Summary
Citizenship

U.S.

Created By
Current Occupation

Criminal, Probably still in jail

Dual Identity

Known to Police

Education

High school (incomplete)

Former Occupation

night club performer

Known Allies

The Mercy Killers

Legal Status

Criminal Record

Major Enemies

Spider-Man

Marital Status

Unknown, presumed single

Place of Birth

Corona Park, New York

Real Name

Antoine (last name unrevealed)

Background

One night Peter, Harry Osborn, Mary Jane Watson, Sha Shan and Liz Allan went to a nightclub called the Beyond Forever. The main act was by a band called the Mercy Killers, and the leader was Antoine Desloin, the Hypno-Hustler. Desloin found that he could hypnotize people with his music, starting with the club's manager when he caught Antoine breaking into the companies safe. With the Mercy Killers playing back up, they could hypnotize the entire audience and rob them. Peter managed to resist the hypnotism long enough to get into costume and block out the sound with webbing. Spidey found out that Desloin's headphones blocked out the hypnotism and once they were removed, he fell victim to his own music. (Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #24)

Hypno-Hustler has worked as a small time thug since that time, such as acting as a bodyguard for Tombstone while he was getting a heart bypass in prison. (Spider-Man's Tangled Web #16)

After the child of Harry Osborn and Lily Hollister was kidnapped in a scheme led by Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man tore apart the criminal underground looking for the baby. He was ruthless in pursuing any costumed thug that possibly may have the child or knowledge about it. Desloin, in a panic, ran to the police station in Chelsea to get protection. As soon as Hypno-Hustler arrived, Spidey tossed a webbed up trio of the Spot, Diablo and Overdrive into the station behind him. (Amazing Spider-Man #645)

Some time later, Antoine hired the mercenary Deadpool to invade Spider-Man's mind. Hypno-Hustler was in prison at the time and gave Wilson hypnotic technology to force Spidey to fight his way through prison and set him free. (Avenging Spider-Man #12) He planned to ruin Spider-Man's reputation by using the prison cameras to record his beating up guards to set Desloin free. He was aided in this by his cell mate, Phineas Mason, the Tinkerer. Mason's improvements to the hypnotic music tech made it easier to control Spider-Man and Deadpool's minds. As Spidey tried to escape, he was attacked by freed prisoners, like Boomerang and the Painter. (To Spider-Man's influenced mind, they seemed to be Morlun, the Green Goblin, Kraven the Hunter, Vulture, Kingpin, Venom, J. J. Jameson, Sandman, the Lizard, Tombstone, Doctor Doom and Doctor Octopus.) Deadpool was released from his mind control when Spider-Man used to code word "Ryan Reynolds" and they traded costumes to fool Antoine into thinking Spider-Man was dead. After he took off his hypno glasses to see for himself, Deadpool clobbered him. (Avenging Spider-Man #13)

Appears In...

Nov 1978 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #24
Dec 2010 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #645 (Story 1)
Dec 2012 App: Avenging Spider-Man #12
Jan 2013 App: Avenging Spider-Man #13

The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.