Characters : Venom

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Attributes
Eyes

Blue

Features

As Venom, Brock has an elongated jaw, teeth, and tongue which are really part of the alien costume

Hair

Reddish Blond

Height

6' 3"

Weight

260 lbs

Powers
Abilities

Venom also possesses the ability to adhere to most surfaces. Venom can animate any part of his costume and can fire a web-like substance from his hands. Because the symbiote was previously attached to Peter, it knows how to shield itself from Spider-Man's spider- sense.

Limitations

The symbiote is extremely sensitive to sonic and thermal attacks.

Powers

Brock's powers stem from his symbiotic relationship with the alien that serves as his costume. The symbiote can mimic any type of clothing whatsoever, as well as blending Venom in his surroundings, rendering him invisible. The symbiote has augmented all of Brock's physical abilities to superhuman levels equal to, and in some cases greater than, Spider-Man's.

Strength Level

11 tons under optimal conditions

Summary
Citizenship

United States of America

Created By
Current Occupation

Mad killer bent on revenge

Dual Identity

Known to local authorites

Education

BA in Journalism

Former Bases

New York City, San-Francisco, California

Former Occupation

Journalist for the Daily Globe, short stint as a Vigilante between murdering sprees

Known Allies

Spider-Man, Morbius, Vengeance

Known Confidants

"Beck"

Known Relatives

Carol Brock (father), Anne Weying (ex-wife, deceased in Amazing v.2 #19), Mary Brock (younger sister, mentioned in Nova v.3 #6-7)

Legal Status

Criminal record in U.S.

Major Enemies

Spider-Man, Carnage, Life Foundation, Juggernaut, Scarlet-Spider, Jury

Marital Status

Divorced

Place of Birth

San-Francisco, California

Real Name

Edward "Eddie" Brock

Usual Bases

New York City (again)

Background

It all started with a simple mistake. While participating in the first Secret Wars, Spider-Man really trashed his costume. He came across two other heroes who earlier had similar problems and told him there was a wondrous machine capable of making any article of clothing you can think of. Unfortunately for poor Spidey, they neglected to tell him where to find it. Spider-Man did find a device that he thought looked like "it wants to make a costume". It produced a small, black ball that initially set off his spider-sense as he picked it up. The ball oozed over the confused hero and became a black costume. Spider-Man wore the costume for a few months, enjoying the fact that it produced its own webbing and could change to mimic his civilian clothes.

This all came to an end when Spider-Man discovered his nifty new threads were actually an alien symbiote trying to bond to him permanently. Mr. Fantastic separated the two with his "sonic blaster" and captured the symbiote for study. It should be noted that during the period that Spider-Man wore the alien costume, there was evidence that the symbiote somehow fed on his adrenaline. The costume escaped and rejoined Spider-Man briefly, but the hero tried to kill the symbiote using the noise from a church's bell tower. The plan worked too well, and the symbiote saved Spidey's life before hiding itself in the church.

The other half of this future combo, Eddie Brock, was the star investigative reporter for the Daily Globe. Eddie was a particularly driven man driven to seek the approval of his stone-hearted father. It stands to reason that when his biggest score--a man confessing to be the then-active Sin-Eater--was exposed as a fraud when the real Sin-Eater was captured by Spider-Man, Brock went a little over the edge. The paper fired him, his father disowned him, and his marriage ended. Brock's mind locked onto Spider-Man as the source of all his woes and thus began Brock's burning hatred of the Wall-Crawler. But life continued to deal harshly with Brock, and soon he decided to commit suicide. Stopping by a church to pray before he did the fateful deed, Brock's intense hatred of Spider-Man was noticed by the symbiote who had been hidden there since its last confrontation with Spider-Man. The two bonded and became Venom.

Venom has battled Spider-Man, and anyone else who gets in his way, numerous times since then. Eddie nearly lost his symbiote that way, after fighting the mercenaries, Styx and Stone, who were on contract to kill Spider-Man. They had been hired by an obsessed fan of Mary Jane's, Jonathan Caesar. Brock sees himself as a hero, protecting innocents from the "evil" Spider-Man. Venom desperately hates his "son", Carnage, who he sees as a perversion of all that he is. They have clashed repeatedly, their rivalry almost as intense as the hatred Brock feels for Spider-Man. Their most famous battle took place during the Maximum Carnage event, where Carnage, Shriek, Demogoblin, Carrion (Malcolm McBride) and Doppelganger tore apart Manhattan in a riot to prove that chaos was the true nature of being. Venom teamed with Spider-Man Cloak and Dagger, Morbius, the Black Cat, Dethlok, Captain America and Nightwatch to stop the mass slaughter.

In truth Venom has acted as a hero on several occasions, but he believes anyone he sees as "evil" should die, and this puts him in the same dubious category as the Punisher. In one instance, he helped Silver Sable, the Wild Pack and Sandman from demons in San Francisco despite the fact that the mercenaries had come to capture him. He still hates Spider- Man, but for a while regarded him as a necessary evil since the Wall-Crawler also protects the "innocent". He came to this conclusion after "saving" Peter's robotic "parents" (a scheme put together by Harry Osborn) from Peter's supposed corrupting influence. Spider-Man consulted Brock's ex-wife, Anne Weying, on how to approach him during his "parents" kidnapping and she helped Eddie realize that Spider-Man should be left alone.

Venom served a homeless community of people living in the buried ruins of old in San Francisco. He acted as their protector for a while but make no mistake: that Venom was insane. Brock was soon captured by the Jury, a high tech band of mercenaries hired by the father of a guard that Brock had killed while escaping from prison. He was also targeted by the Life Foundation, who wanted to harvest his remaining symbiotic offspring. This resulted in the creation of five new symbiotes: Scream, Lasher, Agony, Phage and Riot. (Four of these symbiotes later bonded to Scott Washington, who became Hybrid.) Shortly after that, Venom had an epic struggle with the returned Ben Reilly, who managed to separate Brock and the symbiote.

After being rejoined, Venom's killer instincts surfaced once again, and little by little he became a threat to innocent people as well. He acquired selective amnesia (Brock no longer remembers Peter is Spider-Man, and the symbiote doesn't seem to make any effort to remind him of that). Brock absorbed Cletus Kassady's symbiote (who then found another one) and joined the Sinister Six shortly after the reboot. But he soon regretted it and then tried to kill his former teammates. He left Sandman near death, after biting a great chunk out of him, and attacked Electro, leaving him also for dead. He made some sort of peace with Spidey (again), only to foolishly blame him for something as far fetched as his wife's suicide. When the powerful human/alien hybrid known as Senator Ward, Venom lost his chance for revenge, since Ward split Brock and the symbiote apart (again).

A secret agency created their own symbiote using a piece of Venom's tongue that bonded with a woman named Robertson in an Alaskan lab. Eventually, Venom would absorb this symbiote into himself. Unfortunately, he wasn't unable to remove that entire 18 issues run from existence, since it was a story that never quite found its way.

Venom returned later on to reveal that Eddie Brock had cancer, and he could not survive without a permanent merge with the symbiote. In the end, Spider-Man forces the symbiote to go through with this "permanent merge." (Spectacular Spider-Man vol. 2 #3) Eddie and the symbiote have one last row with Carnage, when they find out the red maniac is about to spawn. Kassady wants to kill the young symbiote, while Venom wants to protect it. The new creature bonded to Pat Mulligan and became Toxin. He quickly beat "dad" and "grandpa." (Venom/Carnage #5)

Meanwhile, Eddie's cancer has continued to spread and in one last attempt at redemption he sold the symbiote at auction. Eddie had seen a movie that gave him a spiritual awakening and he was inspired to use the money from the auction to donate to charity. Many super criminals were hoping to buy the alien, including

The creature was eventually sold to Don Fortunato, whom bonded it to Angelo to become Venom II. (Marvel Knights Spider-Man #6)

The last we see of Brock, he had slit his wrists in an alleyway. Brock did indeed survive his latest suicide attempt, but was waiting for the end in the terminal ward of a hospital. He stayed there for months, quietly waiting for death, going about his daily exercises without much enthusiasm. He was a broken man without much reason to live, until he realized that Peter's comatose Aunt May was in the same hospital after being shot by the Kingpin's sniper. Eddie was unsure what to do, but his psychosis, taking the form of a mocking symbiote, goaded him into a murder attempt on the catatonic old woman. He wore a black Spider-Man costume that he had bought online and murdered his nurse, to see if he still had it in him to be a killer. The nurse was no problem (she kept missing his veins when she took blood samples, so he rationalized that she deserved to die) so he made his way to May Parker's room. (Sensational Spider-Man #38)

Peter, Mary Jane, Madame Web, Felicia Hardy and Anna Watson were busy taking part in a seance to contact Aunt May psychically, so May was alone and helpless. Alone with Peter's aunt, Eddie couldn't bring himself to kill. He still saw May as an innocent, no matter what his hallucination told him. Sensing that May was in danger, Peter rushed to her room, just in time to see a deranged Eddie Brock standing in the hospital window, his wrists bleeding from multiple cuts. Telling Pete that he finally managed to cut the symbiote out of himself, Eddie jumped. Naturally, Peter saved him. (Sensational Spider-Man #39)

Eddie healed in the months after he attacked May. Ironically, he became her co-worker at the F.E.A.S.T. Foundation, a charitable organization. (Mephisto had caused everyone who knew Spider-Man's ID to forget, which explained why Eddie didnt want to kill May.) He had gone to pray for forgiveness at the same church where he met the symbiote, where he met Mr Li. He decided to spend his remaining days helping the even less fortunate. The F.E.A.S.T. Foundation had been the scene of several "miracles." Mr Li (aka Mr Negative) seemed to be behind these miracles, and unbeknown to Brock, cured him of his late stage cancer when he touched him.

However, traces of the Venom symbiote remained in Brock's blood. When the energy that cured his cancer met the symbiote traces, a mutation occurred. When Venom III arrived in New York with Norman Osborn and the Thunderbolts to capture Spider-Man, Gargan found Brock instead of Parker. (He was using an ability to track former hosts, but didnt realize he was being led to the wrong one.) When the Venom symbiote tried to return to Brock, it was burned once it touched him. It also brought out the new mutation him: the creature called Anti-Venom, who hates the symbiote and all the pain it brought. (Amazing Spider-Man #570)

Please refer to that profile for the rest of Eddie's story.

Quizzes: Quiz on Venom, Another Quiz on Venom, Symbiote Quiz.

Appears In...

Dec 1984 App: Secret Wars #8
  Spider-Man obtains alien costume
Nov 1984 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #258
  Spidey learns costume is living alien symbiote; separates himself from costume with "sonic blaster"
Dec 1984 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #259
Jul 1991 App: She-Hulk (Vol. 2) #29
Dec 1984 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #259

Here is the Full Appearance List (179 Apps) for Venom.

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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.