WAXMAN

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human, mutate

Occupation: Serial killer, con artist, former scientist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Sally Quant, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Eric, Bill, Jessica Drew (impersonated)

Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California

First Appearance: Spider-Woman I#17 (August, 1979)

 

 

Powers/Abilities: The Waxman is composed of a skeleton covered with a waxy goo which can separate from its frame and move around on its own.

The Waxman possesses the ability to copy the appearances of other individuals. He can create a mold from the faces of other people and use the self-same molds as masks that apply directly to his face. This process usually kills the person whose face he is copying. He can also fire his liquid flesh as a weapon that can smother and suffocate to death his victims.

Limitations: There was some indication that the Waxmanís mutation had effected his long-term memory since he did not recognize Jessica Drew after he had assumed another identity. Either that, or each "face" he procured caused him to assume another personality akin to multiple personality disorder (or Dissociative Identity Disorder), an aspect associated with schizophrenia. This latter explanation might be correct considering the disjointed connection he had in recalling his past in front of Spider-Woman.

History: (Spider-Woman I#18 (fb)) - The man known as the Waxman was once a brilliant scientist who devoted his life to the elimination of disease. He, however, discovered that he was dying and decided to use a new theory to regenerate his cell structure. The treatment had the unexpected result of mutating his flesh into numerous one-celled organisms capable of moving and creeping from his body and imitating the flesh and features of other people. Once devoted to science, he used this mutation to impersonate rich and powerful people. Gradually, he even started losing the influence he had over his living cells of his body as his skin started getting attracted to the warmth of other people.

 

 

 

 

 

(Spider-Woman I#17) - Now calling himself Eric, the Waxman encountered Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) as a pool of his liquid skin nearly killed a woman who had briefly taken Jessicaís Spider-Woman costume to wear in a dance. As the woman tumbled to her death from the balcony of the cliffside disco, Jessica saved her life and retrieved her costume. She returned to "Eric" and left the disco with him, but after they parked to be alone together on a lonely back road, his skin began to melt.

(Spider-Woman I#18) - Jessica had blamed "Eric"'s aloof attitudes on the pheromone powers connected to her powers as Spider-Woman, but she was disgusted and frightened off by his appearance. She used her bioelectricity to burn it off her and effect her escape. As Spider-Woman, she trailed the Waxman back to the disco and noticed another man leaving with another girl named Sally Quant. When Quant wound up dead, Spider-Woman realized that her killer must have been the Waxman using another face. She staked out the disco again, this time as Jessica Drew, and encountered the Waxman, who was now using the name Bill. He didnít recognize her and took her back to the home Jessica was renting from Priscilla Dolly, the mother of the original Brothers Grimm. Leaving him to change into something more comfortable, Jessica instead changed into Spider-Woman to come in later and charge him for the death of Sally Quant. Rushing upstairs for a place to hide, the Waxman tried to impersonate Jessica Drew to escape Spider-Woman, but she knew better. She used her bioelectricity to burn up too much of his skin for him to survive and eventually left him behind as a partial skeleton, leaving her a bit queasy from her experience. After her departure, a partial amount of his still-animate skin pulled itself together.

 

 

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Carmine Infantino and Mike Esposito.

    Possibly one of the most offbeat killers in the MU, this character wasnít called the Waxman until after the fact. He wasnít really named as such until Spider-Woman reflected on her past foes.

    The Waxman unknowingly impersonating the secret identity of the superhero pursuing him and getting caught doing it has been done before between the Chameleon and Spider-Man (Peter Parker).

    The Waxman is seemingly left for dead in the home of Madame Doll, widow of Mister Doll and "mother" to the original Brothers Grimm. Any return he might make could coincide with a connection to her.

by Will U

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Waxman is not to be confused with:

Sally Quant is not to be confused with:

 


Sally Quant

    She met the Waxman at the Monte Disco in Los Angeles and was killed by him in her own home. Her roommate found her lying on the couch dead. The roommate thought she was sleeping, but when she touched her, she realized she was dead and covered in a strange substance.

--Spiderwoman I#18

 

 

 

 


Images taken from:
main-Spiderwoman I#18, page 16, bottom right
faces-Spiderwoman I#18, page 26, left page panel
powers-Spiderwoman I#18, page 30, bottom page
Sally Quant Spiderwoman I#18, page 15, middle top


Other appearances:
Spider-Woman I#18 (September, 1979) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Roger Stern (editor)


Last updated: 04/10/04

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