Real Name: Tony Trainer

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Grad student

Group Membership: None

AffiliationsMarcus Randall Devane, Dr. Marla Madison, Quicksand

Enemies: Sandman (William Baker), Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Empire State University

First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man#107/1 (December, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Sandstorm's body is encased in hardened-grit armor, which provides him with protection from small-arms fire.  He can eject the outer layer of his armor as a hail of shrapnel, and regenerate it by pulverizing more matter into grit.  He can form his armor into spikes and other simple weapons.  He can also generate damaging sandstorms and sand-blasts.

History: (Web of Spider-Man#107/1) - Over the objections of Dr. Marla Madison, Tony Trainer was ordered by Morelle Pharmaceuticals rep Marcus Devane to begin the microwave bombardment of bio-samples from Quicksand and the Sandman as part of Project: Sandstorm.  Trainer, more concerned with the excitement of pure science than their bickering, did as he was told.  The two microwave-irradiated samples contacted each other and created a dual magnetic resonance, resulting in a massive explosion.  Encased in an amorphous shell of particles, Trainer ground his way across the campus, adding to his mass as he pulverized everything in his path.  Spider-Man rescued Dr. Madison from his path of destruction, and dropped a wall on him, briefly halting his rampage.  As Quicksand and Sandman arrived on the trail of their purloined bio-samples, Trainer emerged in his new humanoid form as Sandstorm!

(Web of Spider-Man#108/1) - Believing that he'd killed Devane, who had in fact been killed in the explosion, Sandstorm generated a massive sand-maelstrom while Spider-Man and Sandman escaped to safety.  He briefly battled Quicksand until she claimed that she'd come to help him.  Together, they battled Spider-Man and Sandman.  Sandstorm disabled Sandman with his sand-spikes, but was rendered powerless when Spider-Man hit him with a chunk of reverse-polarized shrapnel which dispersed his fused-grit armor.  As the police took Trainer away, Sandman stayed with him to ensure that he was treated fairly.

Comments: Created by Terry Kavanagh, Alex Saviuk, and Stephen Baskerville.

Tony Trainer was introduced a mere few months before readers were introduced to Ben Reilly's ally Dr. Seward Trainer and his diabolical daughter Carolyn, alias Lady Octopus.  All three are scientists - maybe there's some family connection there?

Dr. Madison refers to Marcus Devane as "Randall" once - so, in time-tested Appendix tradition, I hereby dub him Marcus Randall Devane.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Samdstorm has no known connections to:


Marcus Randall Devane

(Web of Spider-Man I#107/1) - Morelle Pharmaceuticals representative Marcus Devane was assigned to military research project Project: Sandstorm alongside ESU scientist Dr. Marla Madison.  Incensed over the Daily Bugle's expose on Project: Sandstorm, Devane accused Madison of leaking information to her husband J. Jonah Jameson, and ordered her grad student Tony Trainer to begin their experiment with bio-samples from Quicksand and the Sandman.  Despite Madison's intentions to conduct the experiment in the desert, Trainer proceeded.  The bio-samples made contact, resulting in an explosion that mutated Trainer and killed Devane.  In the confusion, Trainer believed that he had killed Devane.

--Web of Spider-Man I#107/1




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Web of Spider-Man#108, cover (main image)
Web of Spider-Man#107, p9, pan3  (Tony Trainer)
Web of Spider-Man#107, p9, pan4  (Devane)

Web of Spider-Man I#107-108 (December, 1993-January, 1994) - Terry Kavanagh  (writer), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Stephen Baskerville (inker), Eric Fein (editor)

First Posted: 10/13/2008
Last updated: 09/04/2011

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