Real Name: Zane Whelan

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Actor

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Sam Exmore, Toni Harris, Bob Lefferts, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Enemies: Mysterio (Quentin Beck)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York

First Appearance: (In advertisement) Fast Lane insert#1 (November, 1999); (in person) Fast Lane insert#2 (January, 2000)

Powers/Abilities: Zane Whelan developed a persona as a risk-taker, rebel and outspoken auteur. In reality, he was a glory-hound.

History: (Fast Lane insert#1 - BTS) - Zane Whelan came to Manhattan to shoot a music video to promote his film "Fast Lane," and Peter Parker, Toni Harris and Sam Exmore planned to do a piece on him for the Daily Bugle's new "On Target" supplement. However, when the Fast Lane movie's special effects were lavished with praise, one-time special effects wizard Mysterio vowed to ruin Whelan.

(Fast Lane insert#2) - Zane filmed his new music video while Toni, Sam and Peter watched. In the video, Zane smoked pot, was surrounded by beautiful women, and survived walking off a building (because he was wearing a safety harness). Toni questioned whether Zane was really the rebel he was made out to be, but Sam remained ever-faithful. However, Sam overheard Zane and his manager Bob Lafferts discussing their plans in Zane's trailer, and realized that Zane's behavior was a complete sham. Suddenly, Mysterio attacked the set, and Spider-Man came to Zane's rescue.

(Fast Lane insert#3) - Zand cowered with Bob while Spider-Man fought and defeated Mysterio.

(Fast Lane insert#4) - Zane and Bob visited Exmore in the hospital and informed him that they were reconsidering Zane's image because they wanted him to be a more positive influence on his fans.

Comments: Created by Glenn Herdling, Gregg Schigiel and Richard Case.

More interviews with the creators of this comic, providing interesting insight into the making of these: interview
--Kevin Garcia

Profile by Prime Eternal

Zane Whelan should not be confused with:


Bob was Zane's agent, and assisted him in cultivating his facade as a risk-taking rebel. When he and Zane congratulated each other on the success of that promotion, they were overheard by Sam Exmore. Bob and Zane were menaced by Mysterio, but Spider-Man saved them. After the incident was resolved, Bob and Zane told Sam that they would retool Zane's image to make him a better influence on his fans.

--Fast Lane insert#2-4

Images taken from:
Fast Lane insert#2, page 4, panel 3
Bob- Fast Lane insert#2, page 7, panel 2

Fast Lane insert#1-4 (November, 1999-May, 2000) - Glenn Herdling (writer), Gregg Schigiel (penciler), Richard Case (inker), Michael Stewart, Steve Behling (editors)

Last updated: 05/20/14

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