The Tickler mercilessly attacks Spider-Man


Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-57780) human

Occupation: Criminal;
    formerly stand-up comedian

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Spider-Man (Peter Parker), people of New York City (all Earth-57780)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, USA (Earth-57780)

First Appearance: (comic) Spidey Super Stories#12/2 (September, 1975); (television); Electric Company season 5 episode (1975-1976)

Powers/Abilities: Possessing terrible comedic timing, the Tickler was skilled enough with his feathered gloves to subdue several full-grown adults and fast enough to evade the police on foot.


(Spidey Super Stories#12/2 (fb)) - The man who would become the Tickler was a stand-up comedian who was terrible at his job. Lacking any kind of timing or delivery, he was booed off every stage. Swearing revenge, he crafted a set of gloves with extra long feathers on the fingers. 

(Spidey Super Stories#12/2) - Moving through New York, the Tickler surprised his first victim. Unleashing a corny joke, he next used his feather gloves to tickle the woman into submission when she ignored him; from there he then stole her purse. Spying a banker next, he did the same routine. When the banker failed to laugh, a forced tickling gave the Tickler not only laughter but also money. Again and again the Tickler struck. Spider-Man, in a desperate bid to stop the awful puns, but mainly because he forgot to refill his web shooters, decided that since the Tickler turned to crime when no one laughed, he would sacrifice himself and listen to the Tickler’s full act.

    Listening to pun after terrible pun, Spider-Man forced himself to laugh. The Tickler, enraptured at the sight of someone willingly enjoying his humor, continued to tell his jokes. Thus distracted, he was unaware of the policemen approaching him. The Tickler declared himself a star as he was arrested.


Comments: Created by Tom Wheadon, idea expanded by Jean Thomas and Winslow Mortimer.

In the show, the Tickler was played by Luis Avalos and dressed like William Tell.

Profile by David Lawrence.

The Tickler has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Spidey Super Stories#12/2 p13 pan1 (main image)
Spidey Super Stories#12/2 p15 pan6 (close-up shot).

Spidey Super Stories#12/2 (September, 1975) – Jean Thomas (script) Winslow Mortimer (pencils), Mike Espoito, Tony Mortellaro (inks), A.J. Hayes (editor)

Last updated: 12/28/11

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