Real Name: Boris Korpse

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Professional criminal

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Bruno Grainger, Walter Hardy, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Mobile

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

Powers/Abilities: Dr. Boris Korpse is a highly skilled infiltrator and demolition expert.  He carries a variety of explosives, including gas bombs.

History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#194) - "Master scientist" and demolitions expert Dr. Boris Korpse infiltrated a top-secret military base on the south shore of Long Island, masterfully slipping past the guards and security systems.  Once inside, however, he was surprised to find that someone else had infiltrated the base - the Black Cat!  The Cat then recruited Korpse to break Walter Hardy out of prison.  Armed with guns stolen from black market weaponeer Emil Greco, Korpse was lowered to Hardy's cell window by the Cat's other hireling, strongman Bruno Grainger; all the while, he berated Grainger for referring to him as "Boris" instead of "Dr. Korpse".  Korpse then blew the cell open with explosives.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#195) - Korpse fled with Grainger, Walter Hardy, and the Cat; she promised to call them again if she needed them.  As she departed with Hardy, 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 Manhattan, 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.



CommentsCreated by Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard, and Frank Giacoia.

    In Dr. Boris Korpse's  introductory caption, "Doctor" is in quotation marks, so I think it's safe to say that he isn't a real doctor.  He is described as a scientist, though, so maybe he's extensively self-educated, or maybe he just quit after he got his Masters.

    This guy is pretty cool, although "Korpse" is kind of a weird name for a demolitions expert.  It seems like more of a necromancer name, or at the very least an evil coroner or something.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Dr. Boris Korpse has no known connections to

images: (without ads)
Amazing Spider-Man I#194, p16, pan1 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#196, p8, pan4 (headshot)

Other Appearances:
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:12/23/12

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