Real Name: Jeffrey Haight
Identity/Class: Normal human
Group Membership: Staff at the Daily Bugle
Affiliations: Anna Kefkin, Dr. Octopus (Octavius)
Enemies: Spider-Man, Peter Parker
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, USA
First Appearance: Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#1 (December, 2003)
Powers/Abilities: Jeffrey Haight was a normal human adept at taking photographs and sought to achieve art in his photography. He was jealous, vain and manipulative, and obsessed with achieving a cover photo in the Daily Bugle newspaper.
(Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#1 (fb) - BTS) - Priding himself on trying to achieve art in his photography, Jeffrey Haight managed to score an exhibition at E3's main gallery, comprising photos of personal possessions of criminals before they're locked away. He gained access to these through Anna Kefkin, who became his girlfriend and who he used to get scoops. A picture book was published, which he dedicated to his girlfriend.
(Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#1) - Haight reviewed the front page photo of the Daily Bugle that had once more been taken by Peter Parker before bumping into the freelancer in the Bugle's dark room. Still frustrated, he later received a tip-off from his girlfriend cop, Anna Kefkin, about Dr. Octopus attacking the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Liking the way that the villain's metal arms appeared in photos, Haight rushed to the scene and managed to scam his way into the evacuated building. He secretly took many photos of Dr. Octopus fighting Spider-Man, but was unaware that Parker had webbed a camera nearby to automatically take pictures of the fight. Dr. Octopus also became aware of Haight's presence. Later, happily confident that he was the only one with photos of the fight, Haight went back to the Bugle only to find Parker once more in dark room developing his dynamic photos. Silently jealous, Haight resolved to find out Parker's methods. Meanwhile, now in prison, Dr. Octopus found out who Haight was.
(Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#2) - Dr. Octopus obtained Haight's picture book and recognized the potential to utilize him to help him escape. Elsewhere, in NY's Washington Square Park, Haight stalked Parker but was suddenly distracted by Anna, who had found out for Haight that Parker had no criminal record. Haight was then alerted to a hostage situation involving the Vulture and quickly went there, unaware that Parker was also heading in that direction. Making his way to the upper floors of the nearby building, he took photos of the fight between the Vulture and Spider-Man, but Parker had once more attached a camera to shoot the confrontation. Haight returned to the Bugle only to find out that Parker had again scored the front page. At that point, Haight received a call that Dr. Octopus wanted to see him at his Riker's prison cell. Haight rushed over and was met by the suspicious prison warden, James Warden. Haight then met Octavius, who had managed to gather newspaper clippings showing Haight's photography and was immediately flattered that he was recognized as an artist.
(Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#3) - Octavius continued to flatter Haight, who later told an outraged Kefkin that maybe the murderous villain wasn't so bad after all. However, panicked civilians interrupted their heated discussion with Haight then investigating reports of zombies in the nearby subway station, quickly recognizing it to be the work of Mysterio. Once more, Spider-Man arrived to battle the villain with Haight taking photos from the sidelines. Spider-Man rescued Haight from one of Mysterio's blasts but abused the wall-crawler for ruining the shot. Haight later went off to see Octavius again, suggesting a deal to help the villain break out of prison so that he could get exclusive photos of Dr. Octopus in action against Spider-Man at a specific and artistically appealing location.
(Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#4) - Haight offered to help free Octavius' tentacles, which had been locked away, with the villain cannibalizing parts of one of his cameras to make a device that could override the disruptive electronic field that disabled the metal arms. Soon after, Haight made up with his girlfriend after their fight at the subway station. He used Kefkin to get near the tentacles, claiming that he wanted to put together another exhibition, but instead freed the metal tentacles, which brutally knocked Kefkin away. Haight briefly comforted her before rushing off to the agreed location - Flushing Meadows, Corona Park - to meet up with Octavius. Meanwhile, the arm harness had rampaged back to Dr. Octopus, freeing him from prison.
(Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#5) - Haight was startled by the sudden appearance of a fully armed Dr. Octopus, who revealed the destruction and murder he had wrought to lure Spider-Man. Haight began to realize the sheer villainy of Dr. Octopus and was thrown about by Dr. Octopus until the striking pose of a beaten Spider-Man arrived and the two fought savagely, with Haight taking photo after photo. Close to defeat, Doc Ock used a tentacle to threaten Haight to make Spider-Man back off, but Haight blinded the super-villain with his camera's flash, giving Spider-Man a chance to knock him out. Spider-Man then webbed up both Octavius and Haight, with the Bugle photographer begging the hero to take the film roll to Peter Parker and agreed to confess.
He was later incarcerated in the Manhattan Detention Complex and was visited by Anna, who was still injured. She was angry when she realized that Haight was involved in Dr. Octopus' murderous rampage and stormed off, dropping her newspaper on the way out. Haight was more concerned with whether he had scored the Daily Bugle's front page photo and ignored the lead headline identifying him as an accomplice. He was shocked to see that it was the random photo taken when he flashed Dr. Octopus in the eyes, recognizing the style to be like Peter Parker's.
Comments: Created by Brian K. Vaughn (writer), Staz Johnson (pencils) and Danny Miki (inks).
This story was set early in Spider-Man's career when he was still caught between Gwen Stacey and Mary-Jane Watson.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Jeffrey Haight has no known connections to:
Anna Kefkin was an NYPD officer who had suffered a back injury and was then made a guard of the main evidence locker. She fell in love with Jeffrey Haight, who instead used her to get scoops of super-powered confrontations so that he could take good photos. She alerted Haight to Dr. Octopus' attack on the museum, later finding him in the park watching his rival, Peter Parker. She encouraged him to do another exhibition but he brushed her off. She was later outraged that Haight had met up with Octavius. Kefkin was at the evidence lock-up when Haight helped free Dr. Octopus' metal tentacles and was injured in the process. She later met up with Haight in his prison cell, walking away disgusted after realizing that he had helped Dr. Octopus escape.
--Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#1 (2-5
Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure TPB, p3, (main image), modified from Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#4, p21, pan2
Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#5, p18, pan2 (head shot)
Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#5, p18, pan3 (Anna Kefkin)
Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Negative Exposure#1-5 (December, 2003 - April, 2004) - Brian K. Vaughn (writer), Staz Johnson (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Warren Simons (editor)
Last updated: 08/11/09
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