Real Name: Gaxton (first name unknown)

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Extortionist, racketeer

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius)

Enemies: Bennett Brant, Betty Brant, Dr. Octopus, Gordon Savinsky, Spider-Man

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Blackie"

Base of Operations: currently unknown;
formerly Municipal Prison; formerly Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#11 (April, 1964)

Powers/Abilities: None. Gaxton is a reasonably skilled street fighter and marksman. He carries a handgun.

Height: 6'
Weight: 210 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black

(Untold Tales of Spider-Man#12(fb)-BTS/Amazing Spider-Man I#11(fb)) - Bennett Brant and Gordon Savinsky accumulated a huge gambling debt to Blackie Gaxton. However, Bennett's signature was the only one on the IOUs, and Gordon left Bennett high and dry.

Gaxton forced Bennett--a lawyer--to pay off his debt by coming to work for him. Bennett tried to pay off the debt and get out from underneath Gaxton's thumb, but there was always one last job...

(Amazing Spider-Man I#11) - Gaxton, now in prison, forced Bennett to have his sister, Betty, assist him in making arrangements to have Doctor Octopus break him out of jail. Octopus freed Gaxton, and then brought him back to his ship in the harbor so he could pay him. Spidey traced them back there, but sprained his ankle swinging out to the dock and was caught. Gaxton had Spider-Man brought to him, but Dr. Octopus then revealed his plan to take over Gaxton's ship and steal all of his money. A big fight ensued, a three-way brouhaha between Spidey, Doc Ock, and Gaxton and his men. As Spidey tried to subdue Gaxton, the criminal shot at him, and though the bullets missed him, they hit Bennett, killing him. Dr. Octopus escaped, but Gaxton and his men were taken away by the cops.

(Down These Mean Streets (fb) - BTS) - Gaxton was active in Philadelphia.

(Down These Mean Streets (fb) - BTS) - Gaxton did not return to crime, but rather became a store manager.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Betty was so traumatized by the death of her brother, and Spider-Man's involvement, that she could not bear the sight, thought, or mention of Spider-Man for quite some time. This was the first step to the break-up of the young romance of Peter Parker and Betty Brant.

Amazing Spider-Man I#11 featured the first use of Spidey's Spider Tracers.

Gaxton has an entry in the Spider-Man - Back in Black Handbook.

John McDonagh provided the info from the "Down These Mean Streets" novel.


Amazing Spider-Man I#11 (April, 1964) - Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Untold Tales of Spider-Man#12 (August, 1996) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Pat Olliffe (pencils), Al Vey & Pam Eklund (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Down These Mean Streets (2005) - Keith R. A. DeCandido (writer)

Last updated: 08/24/13

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