Real Name: Michael Bingham

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Assassin

Affiliations: Crime-Master, Death-Shield, Humbug (Buck Mitty), Jagged Bow, Lord Ogre;
former student of Taskmaster (Tony Masters)

Enemies: Constrictor (Frank Payne), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Deadpool ("Wade Wilson"), Lord Deathstrike, Solo (James Bourne), Slapstick (Steve Harmon), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Venom (Eddie Brock), Venom (Flash Thompson)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base Of Operations: Mobile in the USA, notably New York City, Alexandria (VA), Philadelphia

First Appearence: Amazing Spider-Man I#367 (October, 1992)

Powers/Abilities: Blood Spider wears a backpack with cables running to the back of his wrists which shoot weblines, much like Spider-Man's. He is very agile and strong, close to Spider-Man's level. It is unknown if this strength is based on mutation or suit.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#367 (fb) - BTS) - Blood Spider was one of Taskmaster's students who had been trained to mimic Spider-Man.

(Venom: Lethal Protector II#1 (fb) - BTS) - Death-Shield, Jagged Bow and Blood Spider tried to collect a bounty on Venom (revealed to be put up by Justin Hammer in #4). Venom spotted them following him and he lured them into a parking garage.

(Venom: Lethal Protector II#1) - Venom took the fight to the trio. Death-Shield and Blood Spider fled after Jagged Bow got killed by Venom.

   While hiding out in a warehouse at the Hudson River Docks Blood Spider, who was fixing his equipment, and Death-Shield were visited by Humbug, who had found them with the help of cockroaches. He offered to join their team but they only laughed at him.

   After they read in the newspaper that Humbug had actually defeated Venom they decided to use Humbug to their advantage.

(Venom: Lethal Protector II#2) - They found Humbug on his roof and offered him to lead their team while actually planning to use him as distraction for Venom so Blood Spider could burn him.

   Venom found Humbug on his roof and the plan seemingly worked. Death-Shield urged Blood Spider to hurry as long as Venom was distracted, but Venom's symbiote noticed the danger from behind and clogged Blood Spider's flame thrower with net. It blew up and Blood Spider was burned alive.

BTS - He got better or somebody else took over the costumed identity.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#367) - Solo and Spider-Man stumbled upon an estate which was supposed to be the site of "some mysterious project". When they entered, Taskmaster greeted them and introduced his students. Solo said he had his own name for the group... "Dead men" and opened fire. Spider-Man basically saved their lives by pushing Solo's guns away. At first he wrapped Solo up with his weblines, but later turned his attention to Spider-Man, who easily put him down. When Taskmaster tried to escape, Blood Spider created a distraction long enough for him to do so.

Against Venom(Venom II#37) - The crimelord Lord Ogre placed a bounty to kill Venom (Flash Thompson). Many mercenaries and assassins responded. Alongside Jagged Bow and Death-Shield, Blood-Spider attacked Venom in an old warehouse. Blood-Spider hit Venom before trying to snare Venom in his webs, but was quickly knocked aside by Venom. Lord Deathstrike and Constrictor entered the fight, also seeking the bounty, and they fiercely battled each other during which Venom was able to escape.






(Deadpool & the Mercs for Money I#2) - Learning that Deadpool and his Mercs for Money had acquired a Rigellian Recorder capable of predicting the future, the Crime-Master hired Blood Spider, Death-Shield, and Jagged Bow to extract its location from Deadpool. He arranged a meet at a warehouse, and ambushed Deadpool and Slapstick. Crime-Master insisted that his minions leave them alive long enough to extract the information, but the two mercenaries soon turned the tables on their foes. Deadpool painfully pinned the Crime-Master's arm behind his back until the crimelord agreed to just bid on the Recorder.

(Daredevil V#15) - Blood Spider, Death-Shield and Jagged Bow set out to collect a bounty on Daredevil and were easily defeated by him. They were not aware that it was Daredevil himself under an alias that had put out the bounty.

Comments: Created by David Michelinie and Jerry Bingham

Blood Spider received a real name in Taskmaster's entry in OHOTMU A-Z HC#11.

These guys were pretty weak, considering they survived Taskmaster's training (Read all about it in Agent X).

He certainly upgraded his skills level by Venom II#37 as Venom commented that all three "almost outclassed me."
---Grendel Prime

On the cover of the initial appearance, the top of his mask was red, and the rest was black and white, but inside the book his costume more resembled Spider-Man 2099's.

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate - that is the question. His name is hyphenated as Blood-Spider in Venom II#37.
---Grendel Prime

In regard to the trio's deaths in the Venom: The Lethal Protector II series. The series clearly took place after Amazing Spider-Man I#333 (June, 1990), which was referenced and due to events in that and later stories pretty much can't take place after Amazing Spider-Man I#347 (May, 1991) (most likely between #345 and 346). It is definitely before the trio's first appearance in #367. Their deaths would be a problem either way because they returned in recent years though they could be replacements, but with the mini-series predating their first appearance it is a much bigger problem. It almost seems like the Lethal Protector crew are the ones from the cover of #367 and Taskmaster noticed too late that they were actually dead and had to put someone else in the costumes to face Spider-Man and Solo.
--Markus Raymond

Profile by: Zerostar. Updated by Grendel Prime, Minor Irritant and Markus Raymond.

Blood Spider is not to be confused with:

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Amazing Spider-Man I#367, cover (main image)
Venom: Lethal Protector II#1, p29, pan2 (head shot)
Amazing Spider-Man I#367, p, pan (blue & red suit)
Venom II#37, p7, pan1 (upside down)

Amazing Spider-Man I#367 (October, 1992) - David Michelinie (writer), Jerry Bingham (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Venom II#37 (September, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Kim Jacinto (art), Sana Amanat (editor)
Deadpool & the Mercs for Money I#2 (May, 2016) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Salva Espin (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)
Daredevil V#15 (March, 2017) - Charles Soule (writer), Coran Sudžuka (artist), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Venom: Lethal Protector II#1-2 (May-June, 2022) - David Michelinie (writer), Ivan Fiorelli (artist), Devin Lewis (editor)

First Posted: 09/08/2002
Last updated: 09/26/2022

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