Real Name: Bruno Grainger

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Petty criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), "Boss", Walter Hardy, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Dr. Boris Korpse

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

First AppearanceAmazing Spider-Man I#194 (July, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: Grainger is an exceptionally strong (and exceptionally slow-witted) man.  He once wielded a net.

History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#194) - Petty crook Bruno Grainger stole tires alongside "Boss".  Spooked by what he thought was a giant cat, Grainger and "Boss" were buried when the tires they'd stacked in their truck toppled on them.  While Grainger tossed a tire at their assailtant - the Black Cat - "Boss" ran off.  The Black Cat then recruited Grainger to break Walter Hardy out of prison.  Armed with guns stolen from black market weaponeer Emil Greco, Grainger lowered the Cat's other ally, Dr. Boris Korpse, to Hardy's cell window; Korpse then blew it open with explosives.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#195) - Grainger lugged Walter Hardy to safety; once he and Korpse were clear of the prison, the Cat left with the elderly convict, promising to call them again if she needed them.  As she departed, Korpse tried to convince Grainger to work for him, but soon the Kingpin arrived and struck Grainger down, persuading both men to work for him!

(Amazing Spider-Man I#196) - At the Kingpin's Westchester estate, the crime boss assigned Grainger and Korpse to capture Spider-Man alive, providing them with special equipment to capture him alive.  Both men blanched at the thought, but the Kingpin was insistent.  Later, in Mahnattan, they spotted him; while Korpse hurled gas bombs at the web-slinger, Grainger tossed a net over him, and began punching him, targeting his wounded shoulder once Korpse pointed it out.  The combination of the gas and the blows knocked Spider-Man out, allowing Grainger and Korpse to deliver him to the Kingpin.

Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, and Frank Giacoia.

We see Grainger on the last page of #196, but he and Korpse are nowhere to be seen in #197.  I guess they just got paid and hightailed it outta there.

Grainger's hair oscillates between black and reddish.  I like reddish.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Bruno Grainger has no known connections to


 (Amazing Spider-Man I#194) - An unnamed (and arthritic) criminal hired strongman Bruno Grainger to help him steal tires; the dim-witted Grainger insisted on calling him "boss", despite the man's insistence that he not do so.  As they stacked them in the back of a truck, the Black Cat knocked them over, burying them both in steel-belted radials.  The boss didn't stick around to find out what the Black Cat wanted with Grainger, and fled.

--Amazing Spider-Man I#194

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Amazing Spider-Man I#194, p17, pan 2 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#194, p4, pan 2 (headshot)
Amazing Spider-Man I#194, p3, pan 2 ("Boss")

Amazing Spider-Man I#194 (July, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#195 (August, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Keith Pollard (pencils), "M. Hands" (inks)
Amazing Spider-Man I#196 (September, 1979) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Al Milgrom (layouts), Jim Mooney & Frank Giacoia (finishes)

Last updated: 12/09/12

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