MAN-LIZARD

Real Name: Peter Parker

Identity/Class: Extradimensional human mutate

Occupation: Monster

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: Richard Parker (father, deceased), Mary Parker (mother, deceased), Benjamin Parker (uncle, deceased), May Parker (aunt), Will Fitzpatrick (grandfather), Mary Jane Watson-Parker (wife), May Parker (daughter, deceased), Benjamin Reilly (Scarlet Spider, clone, deceased), Kaine (clone), other clones (deceased)

Aliases: Spider-Man, various others

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Spider-Man Arachniphobia toyline (1996)

Powers/Abilities: The Man-Lizard possesses both the powers of Spider-Man and the Lizard, and is presumably able to climb walls, regenerate his body parts, telepathically control reptiles (and perhaps spiders), and possibly generate spiderlike webbing. He has massive jaws and six clawed arms, and is superhumanly strong, highly resistant to injury, and probably retains his danger-detecting "spider-sense". His powerful tail, which he can whip with great force, terminates in a second "Man-Spider" head. Its functionality is unknown.

Man-Lizard may grow weaker in cold environments.

History: (Spider-Man Arachniphobia toyline) - After Peter Parker was transformed into the animalistic Man-Spider, he was taken by unidentified parties to the lab of Dr Curt Connors. Connors, in an effort to reverse the transformation, used a device called a neogenic recombinator on Man-Spider, but a freak accident resulted in Connors' own DNA further altering Parker's. The result was the unstoppable creature known as the Man-Lizard.

Comments: Created by unknown Toy Biz employees.

The Arachniphobia (sic) line was less an attempt to make toys of any particular Marvel characters as it was to introduce a larger price point and take advantage of children's enthusiasm for monsters. (The corresponding X-Men line, Mutant Monsters, meanwhile, took advantage of the ensemble nature of that property, and thus consisted of Dark Beast, Sugar Man, and...Wolverine as a giant werewolf. Well, two out of three ain't bad.) A possible inspiration for the line can be found in Fleer's 1995 Spider-Man trading cards, which featured a subset called Arachnophobias (spelled correctly) that depicted a number of merged Spider-Man enemies.

The fact that Connors' device is the "neogenic recombinator" and the implication of a long, drawn-out transformation of Parker into the Man-Spider strongly implies that this story takes place in a version of the Fox Spider-Man cartoon's continuity (although Vampider's story can't, since the Fox Morbius doesn't bite people). However, Spider-Man did become the Man-Spider a couple of times in the 616 continuity, and this story could potentially branch off from one of those events. It basically can't have happened on Earth-616, though. Shocking, I know. It's also not impossible that all the Arachniphobia/Arachnaphobias characters share a single alternate continuity.

For a few notes on Man-Lizard's preproduction changes, see the profile for Spider-Goblin.

The photo of Man-Lizard was taken by David Willis.

Profile by LV!

Clarifications: Man-Lizard, has no known connections to:

  • Any other men, lizards, or lizard-men

Images:
Original photography of Man-Lizard figure


Spider-Man Arachniphobia toyline (1996)


Last updated: 01/03/05

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