SQUID

Real Name: Don "Donny" Callahan

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Enforcer

Group Membership: Leader of the Tentacles;
formerly Sinister Sixteen (Armadillo, Beetle/Janice Lincoln, Bi-Beast, Boomerang/Fred Myers, Clown, Cyclone/Pierre Fresson, Human Fly, Kangaroo/Brian Hibbs, "Man Mountain", Mirage, Overdrive, Scorcher, Shriek, Speed Demon, Spot), Masters of Evil, Hood's army ( Answer (Aaron Nicholson), Armadillo, Blackout (Lilin), Blood Brother, Bloodshed, Bulldozer, Chemistro (Calvin Carr), Controller, Crossbones, Crossfire, Crusader (Arthur Blackwood), Cutthroat, Doctor Demonicus, Grey Gargoyle, Griffin (Johnny Horton), Hydro-Man, Jigsaw, John King, Lightmaster, Man-Fish, Mandrill, Mister Fear (Alan Fagan), Mister Hyde, Piledriver, Purple Man, Recession Raider, Scorcher, Speed Demon, Spot, Thunderball, Tiger Shark, Vapor, Vector, White Rabbit, Wrecker (Dirk Garthwaite), X-Ray, others)
    formerly Hammerhead's "villain army" (Hammerhead, Answer (Aaron Nicholson), Ape-Man, Aura (Ann Herd), Bloodshed, Clown (Eliot "Crafty" Franklin), Discus (Tim Stuart), Electro (Max Dillon), Great Gambonnos, Man-Mountain Marko, Mauler (Brendan Doyle), Override (Greg Herd), Ringmaster (Maynard Tiboldt), Spot, Trapster, Will O' The Wisp, others);
    formerly Wicked Brigade (Lightning Fist, Ms. Fortune, Ogre, Razorwire)

Affiliations: Ms. Fortune, Owl (Leland Owlsley), unidentified Upper West Side crime boss

Enemies: Carnage (Cletus Kasady), Chameleon, "Old Man" Frenzetti, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Hammerhead, Inner Demons, Mr. Negative, NYPD, Secret Avengers (Black Ant, Black Widow/Natasha Romanova, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde, Venom/Eugene "Flash" Thompson), Secret Avengers (Black Widow, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury Jr., Hawkeye, Mockingbird), S.H.I.E.L.D., Skrulls, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), John Steele, Taskmaster, Miguel Vargas, White Dragon

Known Relatives: "Big" Mike Callahan (father), unnamed mother (deceased)

Aliases: Squiddy

Place of Birth: New York City, New York

Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
    formerly the sewers of the Upper West Side, Manhattan;

First Appearance: Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#16 (April, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: The Squid can shift from his human form to a green-skinned, mouthless (sometimes) squid-like form.  In this form, he possesses four (or six) extendable tentacles; each tentacle is capable of lifting up to 800 lbs.  He can also spray his foes with a foul-smelling viscous ink, emitted from his hands.  In his second encounter with Spider-Man, he secreted the ink constantly from his entire body - whether this was a reflection of his emotional state at the time or a delayed mutation is unknown.  His Squid form also possesses a malleable skeleton, allowing him to squeeze through narrow pipes.

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 160 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

History: (Amazing Spider-Man II#26 - BTS) - After his mother died, Donny Callahan had problems relating to his domineering father, "Big Mike" Callahan.  fell in with the wrong crowd, first joining street gangs, and eventually allowing his girlfriend Laura convince him to be mutated into a superhuman enforcer: the Squid.  They eventually joined the Wicked Brigade, a group of superhuman mercenaries.

(Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#16) - In their first outing as supercriminals, the Squid and Laura, now the superhuman Ms. Fortune, attacked Spider-Man on a rooftop.  The Squid managed to spray Spider-Man with his ink and grab him with a tentacle, but Spider-Man unceremoniously tossed them off the roof.  The rest of the Wicked Brigade fared little better.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#26 - BTS) - After their defeat by Spider-Man, the criminals who empowered them turned on the Squid and Ms. Fortune, almost killing her.  She broke up with the Squid, who was then hired by an Upper West Side crime boss to eliminate local businessmen who wouldn't sell their properties to him.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#26) - The Squid dragged "Old Man" Frenzetti into the sewers in front of his cigar shop, killing him.  Later that night, Donny Callahan confronted his father in his bar, Callahan's.  Angrily storming out when Peter Parker entered the bar, he slunk back into the sewers and attacked Miguel Vargas, coming up through the pipes in his coffee shop.  Entangled in the Squid's tentacles, Vargas ran out into the street, yelling for help, as the Squid emerged from the sink.  Before he could kill Vargas, however, the Squid was attacked by a baseball bat-wielding Mike Callahan.  The Squid easily crushed the bat, but the distraction allowed Vargas to escape.  Angered, he turned on Mike, but was blindsided by Spider-Man.  Angrily recalling his past defeat by the web-slinger, the Squid lashed out at him, but was beaten back once more.  Before Spider-Man could take him out, however, he was restrained by Mike, who pleaded with him to leave his son alone, claiming that he 'wasn't right in the head'.  Taking advantage of his father's intervention, the Squid immobilized Spider-Man in his tentacles and began to strangle him.  With the wall-crawler helpless, the Squid taunted Mike, telling him that he couldn't push him around anymore.  To Donny's surprise, Mike agreed with him, and apologized for the way he'd treated him.  The Squid released Spider-Man from his clutches, and began to advance on Mike.  Spider-Man, still woozy, tried to stop the Squid, but he was felled again with a vicious tentacle swipe.  Undaunted, Spider-Man rose again, and asked him, "Do you think your dad could have survived that one?".  Donny realized that, for all the anger he felt towards his father, he still didn't want to kill him.  He lowered his tentacles and stammered an apology.  Donny, Mike, and Spider-Man talked long into the night, after which Donny was presumably taken away by the police.

(Civil War: War Crimes) - The Squid was among a number of super-criminals recruited into a "villain army" by Hammerhead in order to take advantage of the raging superhero Civil War.  Before they could begin doing so, however, their headquarters was raided by Iron Man and a small army of SHIELD agents.  The Squid's fate in the ensuing melee is unknown, although he evidently survived. 

(New Avengers#35) - The Squid was one of many villains summoned to a Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn by the Hood, where he was offered $25, 000 in seed money to join his villain army.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#562) - The Squid (seemingly having mutated back into his original Squid form) attended a Bar With No Name in New York City, where he and a number of other supervillains watched the Basher challenge Spider-Man to a fight via YouTube.  He and a number of other villains placed bets with the Bookie that Spider-Man wouldn't show up, and turned on him angrily when an imposter Spider-Man showed up at the fight.  He was still at the bar when the real Spider-Man arrived, following a tip from the imposter.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#563) - The Squid and the other supervillains in attendance battled Spider-Man, but they stopped when Deke, the bartender, reminded them that the Bar With No Name was a sanctuary for those being hunted by the law - which currently included Spider-Man.  Spider-Man then pressed the bar's tight-lipped occupants for information on the Bookie, finally extracting some from Deke.

(Secret Invasion#6 - BTS, 7-8) - Squid was part of the Hood's Army who joined the Central Park fight with the Skrull invaders. The Hood's army departed after Veranke's death.

(Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3) - Squid was at the funeral where the Hood delivered a short eulogy that acted more like a warning to members of his army.

(Punisher VII) - Squid hung out at Hood's surveillance room and got drunk with Grizzly, Answer and Tombstone.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#4) - Under John King's command Squid and Man-Fish to swim to a ship and run it aground so that Thunderball and Piledriver could rob it. He later partied at one of Hood's safe houses.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#5) - Squid, Controller, Blood Brother and Thunderball freed their allies John King, Mr. Fear, Mandrill and Shocker after Force caught them. Later at one of Hood's hideout Controller discussed to vote a new leader and Squid wondered who would tell Hood about this. The Hood arrived and promised to show his powers once again. Squid later witnessed Hood defeating Force at the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island, New York.

(Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#1) - White Dragon, corrupted by Mr. Negative, returned to the Hood's Hell Kitchen hideout and attacked several Hood agents including Squid. The attack was stopped by the Hood, who shot White Dragon.

  In retaliation the Hood sent Answer, Bloodshed, Lightmaster, Scorcher, Speed Demon, Spot, Squid and White Rabbit to deal with Mr. Negative. He attacked a massage parlour. After taking care of the Inner Demons they were confronted by Hammerhead and Spider-Man, who had been corrupted by Mr. Negative.

(Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#2) - Spider-Man knocked out White Rabbit with a kick.

(Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#3) - The Hood surrounded Mr. Negative with his team including Squid, but before he could finish him off, the Hood got a call from Norman Osborn, who had made a deal with Hammerhead to save Mr. Negative. Nobody paid attention when Spot teleported Negative to safety.

(Amazing Spider-Man II#600) - Squid was at the Bar with no Name during an attack on it's clientele by Spider-Man and Daredevil.

(Invincible Iron Man#20) - Squid attended a meeting at Avengers Tower with several other criminals, where Norman Osborn told them that the bounty was now off of Tony Stark's head.

(Secret Avengers I#29) - Squid joined the Masters of Evil alongside hundreds of members in Bagalia. They attacked John Steele on behalf of Max Fury; Steele later died.

(Secret Avengers I#30) - The Masters of Evil were taken over by the Abyss, who sought to spread them to the outside world.

(Secret Avengers I#31) - The Abyss-possessed villains moved to Bagalia's borders as the Secret Avengers tried to stop them. Squid got on an airplane alongside Hawkeye. They fought Black Widow, who had teleported on board.

(Secret Avengers I#32) - The kept fighting Black Widow. The Abyss was eventually vanquished and the Avengers let the villains go free, having no authority in Bagalia.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12) - The Owl had Squid join Boomerang's Sinister Sixteen in a raid on Chameleon's hideout.

(Avegers & X-Men: Axis#4) - With the police outside Carnage, feeling heroic since his allegiance was inadvertently switched to good by the Scarlet Witch, beat up Squid and the Tentacles and saved their hostages. Spider-Man arrived late and found the webbed up villains.

Comments: Created by Howard Mackie, A.A. Ward, John Romita, Jr., and Scott Hanna.

The Squid has an entry in the Spider-Man: Brand New Day Yearbook.

Although it wasn't explicitly stated in his original appearances, the Squid's Handbook entry confirms that he was a member of the Wicked Brigade.

The Squid's appearance drastically changes between issues.  In the PP: SM issue, he's got a pattern of ovals on his chest, two smaller tentacles on his calves in addition to the four on his back (which he should have, as squid have ten limbs), and a mouth.  In Amazing Spider-Man II#26, he's lost his mouth and the tentacles on the legs, and the oval pattern's been replaced with a rectangular one.  To further confuse matters, he's got another design on the cover of ASM II#26, with a beard-thing on his chin and three-tentacled hands.  Both issues (and the cover) were drawn by John Romita, Jr., so it's not a matter of artistic license...maybe Donny mutated between issues.  Then he's back to his original design in ASM #562, so I guess it's an "unstable mutation" thing, like Tiger Shark and the Griffin.

Man, the Squid's getting invited to all the big super-villain get-togethers these days, despite a somewhat less-than-impressive CV.  He isn't present at any of the later gatherings of the Hood's army, however - maybe he took the money and ran?

You might be saying "Hey, I didn't see the Squid in New Avengers#35!" - and you'd be right.  The Constrictor's there - and given that he's a member of the Initiative now, he really shouldn't be there.  Sooo, the Constrictor became the Squid (who has a similar pattern of stripes on his chest).  Good save, Marvel!

My friend Marcus recently informed me of the ghastly mating habits of giant squid...maybe getting pasted by Spider-Man isn't the only reason Ms. Fortune dumped Donny's butt.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Clarifications:

The Squid, Donny Callahan, has no known connections to

Old Man Frenzetti has no known connections to

Miguel Vargas has no known connections to

 


 "Big Mike" Callahan

(Amazing Spider-Man II#26 (fb) ) - Mike Callahan was a friend of Richard Parker, who once witnessed him break up a fight between a man and his much smaller son.  He married and started Callahan's, a bar on the Upper West Side, the upkeep of which led him to neglect his son, Donny.  At some point, his wife died, and Donny fell in with a bad crowd. 

(Amazing Spider-Man II#26) - After he learned that his son had become the Squid and was attacking his neighbors, Mike tried to talk him out of it, but failed.  As his son left, Big Mike met with Peter Parker, Richard's son, and Mike told him about his friendship with his father.  Mike finally confronted Donny as he attacked Miguel Vargas, eventually talking him down with the help of Spider-Man.

--Amazing Spider-Man II#26

 

 

 






"Old Man" Frenzetti

(Amazing Spider-Man II#26 (fb) ) - Old Man Frenzetti ran his cigar shop for decades, and had Nick Fury, the Thing, and even 'that short hairy guy from Canada' as customers. 

(Amazing Spider-Man II#26) - Frenzetti refused to sell his store to the local crimelords, and they sent the Squid after him.  As the Squid's tentacles wrapped around his legs and dragged him into the sewers, Frenzetti pleaded for his life, promising to sell...but it was too late.

--Amazing Spider-Man II#26

 

 

 





Miguel Vargas

(Amazing Spider-Man II#26) - Miguel Vargas owned a coffee shop a few doors down from Callahan's.  He was tempted by the offers from the 'big chain' to sell his store, but he had grown up in that neighborhood, and was determined to stay.  While cleaning out his sink one night, the water began to back up, then blacken with ink.  The Squid's tentacles shot though the drain, wrapping themselves around him, but Vargas was able to run outside, where he attracted the attention of Mike Callahan.  When Callahan attacked the Squid, Vargas was able to escape with his life.

--Amazing Spider-Man II#26

 

 



images:
Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#16 , p7, panel 2 (Full shot, 1st form)
Amazing Spider-Man II#26, p10, panel 5 (Head shot)
Amazing Spider-Man II#26, p17, panel 5 (Full shot, 2nd form)
Amazing Spider-Man II#26, p20, panel 2 ("Big Mike" Callahan head shot)
Amazing Spider-Man II#26, p4, panel 3 (Frenzetti head shot)
Amazing Spider-Man II#26, p13, panel 3 (Vargas head shot)


Peter Parker: Spider-Man II#16 (April, 2000) - Howard Mackie & A. A. Ward (writers), John Romita Jr. (penciller), Scott Hanna (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#26 (February, 2001) - Howard Mackie (writer), John Romita Jr. (penciller), Scott Hanna (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Civil War: War Crimes (February, 2007) - Frank Tieri (writer), Staz Johnson (penciller), Tom Palmer & Robin Riggs (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers#35 (December, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Yu (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#562 (August, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Andy Lanning (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#563 (August, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Marlo Alquiza (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Secret Invasion#6-7 (November-December, 2008) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Invasion#8 (January, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The Cabal#1/3 (June, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Max Fiumara (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Punisher VII#4 (June, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opena (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#4-5 (October-November, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#1 (August, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Gianluca Gugliotta (pencils), Andy Lanning & Justice (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man II#600 (September, 2009) - Dan Slott (writer), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Dark Reign: Mr. Negative#2-3 (September-October, 2009) - Fred Van Lente (writer), Gianluca Gugliotta (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Invincible Iron Man#20 (January, 2010) - Matt Fraction (writer), Salvador Larroca (penciler/inker), Warren Simons (editor)
Secret Avengers I#29-32 (September-December, 2012) - Rick Remender (writer), Matteo Scalera (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12 (August, 2014) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Avengers & X-Men: Axis#4 (January, 2015) - Rick Remender (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils/inks), Gerry Alanguilan (inks), Tom Brevoort, Daniel Ketchum & Will Moss (editors)


Last updated: 06/21/14

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