Real Name: Brian Kornfield
Identity/Class: Human mutated via black magic (Darkhold)
Occupation: Vigilante; previous occupation unrevealed
Affiliations: Chthon (used him as pawn), Dwarf; formerly idolized Spider-Man
Enemies: John Blaze, Darkhold Redeemers (Jinx, Victoria Montesi), Ghost Rider (Dan Ketch/Noble Kale), Morbius, Nightstalkers (Blade, Frank Drake, Hannibal King), Paralyzer, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Zzzax
Known Relatives: Mrs. Kornfield (mother), father (deceased)
Aliases: Spider-Man to the Xth Power
Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York City. raised @ Broadway street
First Appearance: Midnight Sons Unlimited#3 (October, 1993)
Powers: Spider X could tap on mystical power to achieve virtually limitless physical power, all of which were variations or amplifications of the powers of the original Spider-Man. He possesses Class 100 strength, along with a high degree of resistance to injury, including to mystical assaults. He recovered from most attacks in seconds. He could climb walls and adhere to virtually any surface. He could form durable, adhesive webs which exuded a powerful acid.. He possesses 4 extra spider-like limbs, 2 of which grew from his upper back and two from his waist. He had razor sharp fangs and could project bursts of destructive energy from his mouth.
History: Brian Kornfield grew up off Broadway in New York, raised by his mother, his father having been killed at an unknown time period. He had a very active imagination and idolized all super-heroes, even writing letters to as many of them as he could. His mother was brutally assaulted and mugged on the Streets on New York. Brian became obsessed with becoming a super-hero, so he could find and take down her muggers.
Brian was met by the Dwarf, an agent of the demon Chthon, who offered him the power to be like his idol Spider-Man, via a page of the magical tome, the Darkhold. Brian accepted the offer and was transformed into Spider-X. His obsessive desire for vengeance was twisted even further by the black magic of the Darkhold, and Brian saw himself as the ultimate arbitrator of justice, willing to mete out punishment that no one else would.
Spider-X first brutally slew the mugger who had attacked his mother. He then captured and planned to slay some other criminals, which brought him into conflict with the Ghost Rider and John Blaze when they crashed into a web Spider-X had spun across entire street. Their conflict ended inconclusively when Spider-X fled from the Ghost Rider's penance stare. His eight eyes may have somehow diluted the stare's force, allowing him to break its hold.
Another group of occult investigators/warriors, the Nightstalkers, came to New York and investigated a previous letter from Kornfield, which claimed there was an occult basis to the rise in crime in New York City. Spider-X attacked the three when they questioned his mother. His struggles escalated, bringing in some of the Darkhold Redeemers, summoned by the energy released by the use of a Darkhold page, as well as Morbius, and even Spider-Man himself.
Still seeking to punish criminals, Spider-X continued to fight off the occult warriors, and traveled to the 14th Street power station, where the mutant criminal Paralyzer was using the electrical energy to recreate the electrical monster Zzzax. Spider-X attacked Zzzax, and the group of heroes fighting him poured their own powers into the conflict, which caused an energy overload, apparently killing both Spider-X and dissipating Zzzax.
Comments: Created by Mort Todd and a plethora of artists, including himself, Javier Saltares, John Czop, Ken Meyer jr., and Vince Giarrano.
All who encountered Spider-X initially believed that he was actually Spider-Man, mutated by the Darkhold, until Mrs. Kornfield learned the truth and explained it to them.
A window is always open for the return of a being affected by magic (especially black magic), if anyone ever had the interest (not likely).
Midnight Sons Unlimited#3 (October, 1993) - Mort Todd (writer/pencils), Pat Redding (inks), Hildy Mesnik (editor)
Last Updated: 08/01/02
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