Officer Marsha Collins

Real Name: Marsha Collins

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Police Officer

Group Membership: NYPD

Affiliations: NYPD, Unnamed Partner

Enemies: Vermin (Edward Whelan)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Vermin called her "Mother"

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: Spectacular Spider-Man II#131  (October, 1987) (Part of The Kraven's Last Hunt Crossover)

Powers/Abilities: Police Training, incuding firearms training

head shotHistory: (Spectacular Spider-Man II#131) - Officer Marsha Collins and her partner were cruising the stormy streets of Manhattan when a figure ran across the road in front of their patrol car. At first, Marsha mistook it for a gigantic dog, but it was actually Vermin, who had just killed a young woman in a nearby alley. Vermin recognized the patrol car as containing cops, and, remembering his former cruel treatment at police hands, decided to avenge himself. Vermin tore Marsha's partner through the windshield and caused him to be assaulted by hundreds of rats. With Vermin's attention distracted, Officer Collins got off a shot, hitting him in the side and ordering  him to call of the rats. Vermin complied, as his jumbled thoughts began to link Marsha's voice and dark skin with his mother. Vermin suddenly jumped the officer, licking her face, calling her mother, and telling her that he loved her. As Vermin fled, Officer Collins fell against the car, babbling, apparently suffering a complete mental breakdown... A short time later, Joseph "Robbie" Robertson was listening to a news report of the attack, which stated that Marsha was in a "deep state of shock" and her partner was in critical condition. Nothing further was stated of the fate of either officer.

Comments: Created by J.M.De Matteis, Mike Zeck and Bob McLeod.

Whether or not either officer fully recovered is unrevealed.

At first glance Vermin's attack on Marsha's partner seemed to have a racial overtone "Blue ssssuit...pale ssskin. big club. hithurthithurthithirt....Now I'm hitting back!", and his picturing Marsha, who was African-American, as his mother, but the woman he had just murdered (apparently, her death wasn't confirmed) was also African-American. Perhaps it was due to the fact that the other woman was younger than the age he pictured his mother to be.

I thought Vermin hated his mother for allowing  his father to molest him.(I don't know what she did or didn't do), but here he says he loves her...of course as Vermin, Edward Whelan has the mind of an extremely confused small child, and really can't reason too well, he might have switched back and forth between love and hate, unable to hold on to one or the other.

At this time Vermin was preying on young women, attacking and eating them, and was dubbed by the press as "The Cannibal Killer". He was later captured by Spider-Man and remanded to The Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane.

This story was reprinted in the Graphic Novel : The Amazing Spider-Man: Fearful Symmetry- Kraven's Last Hunt

Profile by Darc-Light


This character, Marsha Collins, has no known connections to

Marsha's Unnamed Partner

Marsha Collins partner was a strongly built caucasian man with a mustache, he was  dragged through the windshield of the patrol car  by Vermin, and nearly eaten alive by Vermin's rats. He was never named.

--Spectacular Spider-Man II#131

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Last updated: 12/04/05

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