Maxie Shiffman

 In: Characters
 Posted: 2004
 Staff: Al Sjoerdsma (E-Mail)
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Pencil-thin mustache, often wears loud suits with a red bowtie.


Black, turning gray and balding.




200 lbs.


The ability to get bookings for his clients.


His card and contracts.


Can't hold on to his clients, makes check out to "Spider-Man", has debts piling up.


The powers of persuasion.

Strength Level:

Normal human.



Created By:

Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

Current Occupation:




Former Aliases:

Max Schiffman.

Former Bases:

New York City.

Former Occupation:

Booking agent.

Known Allies:

Spider-Man, Supercharger, Mysterio.

Known Confidants:

Grace (secretary)

Known Relatives:

Trudy (wife).

Legal Status:

Law-abiding citizen.

Major Enemies:

Various bill collectors and bookies.

Marital Status:


Place of Birth:


Real Name:

Formal first name never mentioned.

Usual Bases:




Max was in the audience when Spidey clobbered Crusher Hogan. Seeing an opportunity, he told the masked teenager that he loved the fight and the theatrically. He gave Peter his card and said he’d be great in the Ed Sullivan show. (Amazing Fantasy #15)

”An Amazing World”

In his office, Max waited for his client to call. He was eager to pay off his bills. He put out a classified ad looking for Spider-Man but was constantly fending off other masked wannabe performers. (Amazing Fantasy #16)

”The Amazing SPIDERMAN”

Spidey met with Max, booked him for a show called “It’s Amazing.” Max introduced him to Supercharger, whom had joined the show before Spidey agreed. Max said they’d both be stars. (John Jameson was scheduled to appear on the show but was replaced by Spider-Man. This did not please J. Jonah Jameson.) Supercharger turned out to be unstable and badly injured the shows co-host and threatened the audience. Spider-Man tried to leave so he could get the Fantastic Four but the growing chaos proved there was no time. He beat Supercharger by draining his power. Later, Max admitted that he had hired Supercharger out of desperation to pay gambling debts. Spidey tells him to give his earnings to pay his debt. (Amazing Fantasy #18)


When he heard May Parker promise her landlord that she’d have rent ready, Spidey went back to work for Max. After the show, Max paid him via check (made out to Spider-Man) to keep for his taxes. Spider-Man refused to tell Max his civilian identity. The next night Spidey showed up for his next performance but Max fired him. Jameson had written his first anti-Spider-Man editorial and Max didn’t want the negative exposure. Jameson’s sudden anger completely confused the webhead. (Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #1)

”Shadow of the Goblin”

At his office, Max was talking with someone on the phone about a new ventriloquist act. That’s when Spider-Man showed up looking for work. He told the webhead that work for him was gone after Jameson’s tirade. Peter begged for work and Max reluctantly promised to find something. Spider-Man said he could kiss him and Max said not to. (Spider-Man: Shadow of the Green Goblin #1)

”The Spider’s Thread”

Sometime later, Spider-Man finds himself battling Galactus, only to learn he's on a movie set. Maxie and his wife Trudy are there as his agents and they remind Spidey that they set him up as a corporation to get around the check cashing problem. Now, the web-slinger learns, he is a movie star. But the whole thing turns out to be an illusion created by Mysterio. Only Maxie is real and he has agreed to go along with Mysterio because he lost his wife Trudy to cancer the year before and Mysterio has promised to re-create her. Max is willing to live in a dream to keep his wife but when Spidey defeats Mysterio, Max is forced to accept the world and his life without her. (Web of Spider-Man #90)

Image Gallery


Cover Date Appearance Information
Aug 1962 App: Amazing Fantasy #15
  First appearance.
Dec 1995 App: Amazing Fantasy #16
  Tries to track down Spider-Man.
Jan 1996 App: Amazing Fantasy #17
  Hires Supercharger.
Mar 1996 App: Amazing Fantasy #18
  Gives back money after Supercharger goes on rampage.
Mar 1963 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #1 (Story 1)
  Makes check out to "Spider-Man". Severs ties with the web-slinger.
Jul 1992 App: Web of Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #90
  Teams up with Mysterio.
 In: Characters
 Posted: 2004
 Staff: Al Sjoerdsma (E-Mail)