Real Name: Fred Hovel

Identity/Class: Human, uses weaponry

Occupation: Professional criminal; former headmaster of a private prep school

Group Membership: Led the Band of the Bland

Affiliations: Doctor Angst, Sitting Bullseye, Spanker, Tillie the Hun

Enemies: Critic, Defenders, Howard the Duck, Louise Mason, She-Hulk, Terror (Laslo Pevely), Brent Wilcox

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Cleveland, Ohio

First Appearance: Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (1976)

Powers: None. The Spanker uses a motorcycle for transportation. He wears a (presumably) padded or even bulletproof uniform, as well as a helmet when riding. His weapon of choice is his paddle, which he uses to administer spankings to all manners of offenders.

History: (Marvel Treasury Edition#12) - Hovel was fired from his job as headmaster of an exclusive private prep school for administering excessive corporal punishment. His obsession apparently drove him to establish a costumed identity to administer spankings to the guilty wherever they may be. He was one of four mediocre would-be super-villains recruited by Dr. Angst to form the Band of the Bland. Their first mission was to assassinate Howard the Duck, who was at the time the presidential candidate for the All Night Party. Angst duped them into believing that they were in it solely to rise above their current levels and achieve fame. Angst himself was doing it for profit, as he was hired by unnamed parties. He also tricked them into believing he had enhanced their powers with the mystic placebo known as Promethium. The Band was defeated by Howard and the Defenders. The Spanker was presumably sent to prison. After he was released from prison, he returned to his costumed identity.

(Sensational She-Hulk I#15-17) - Fourteen years (Marvel time) after his original caper, Angst escaped from prison to instrument a plot he had begun at the time of his imprisonment. Angst convinced Hovel and the rest of the Band to reorganize and assist him in his plot, the Cosmic Squish Principle. Essentially, Angst sought to release a multitude of previous compacted pocket universes, the Encroachiverses, to squish the rest of the Earth dimension. He established five locus points in five equally mediocre places: a square block in Manhattan including Rad Ronin Fujiyama Funhous; Henderson, Nevada; El Segundo, California; most of New Jersey; and the planet Sqazzl. Within these five loci, Angst would create a new universe, the Insipiverse, which they could rule. This plot was foiled by a team composed of Howard (surprisingly enough), the Critic, Louise Mason, She-Hulk, the Terror, and Brent Wilcox. Louise Mason did not take well to receiving a spanking, and decked the Spanker.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Sal Buscema & Klaus Janson.

It is uncertain whether the Band went to prison after their last adventure, as I'm not sure there is a law against trying to destroy the universe.

images: (without ads)
Sensational She-Hulk I#16, p12, pan8 (Spanker main image)
  p11, pan2 (Spanker on motorbike)
(Spanker first appearance)

Marvel Treasury Edition#12 (1976) - Steve Gerber (writer), Sal Buscmea (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Sensational She-Hulk I#15-17 (May-July, 1990) - Steve Gerber (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)

First Posted: 12/24/2001
Last Updated: 08/01/2002

Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.

Non-Marvel Copyright info
All characters mentioned or pictured are ™ and © 1941-2099 Marvel Characters, Inc. All Rights Reserved. If you like this stuff, you should check out the real thing!
Please visit The Marvel Official Site at:

Special Thanks to for hosting the Appendix, Master List, etc.!

Back to Characters