main image SPIDER-MONKEY

Real Name: Peter Parker

Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-8101) primate mutate

Occupation: Crime fighter 

Group Membership: Spider-Army (Arachnosaur of Earth-99476, Captain Spider/Flash Thompson of Earth-78127, Captain Universe/Peter Parker of Earth-13, Old Man Spider/Ezekiel Sims of Earth-4, Prince of Arachne/Peter Parker of Earth-71004, Scarlet Spider/Kaine of Earth-616, Silk/Cindy Moon of Earth-616, SP//dr/Peni Parker of an unidentified reality, Spider-Girl/Betty Brant of Earth-78227, Spider-Girl/Anya Corazon of Earth-616, Spider-Girl/May Parker of Earth-982, Spider-Ham/Peter Porker of Earth-25, Spider-Man/Max Borne of Earth-9500, Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-616, Spider-Man/Ben Reilly of Earth-94, Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O'Hara of Earth-928, Spider-UK/Billy Braddock of Earth-833, Spider-Woman/Jessica Drew of Earth-616, Spider-Woman/Gwen Stacy of Earth-65); formerly Superior Spider Army (Assassin Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-8351, Black Widow/Jessica Drew of Earth-1610, Cyborg Spider-Man of Earth-2818, Lady Spider/May Reilly of Earth-803, Six-Armed Spider-Man/Peter Parker of Earth-92100, Spider-Girl/Ashley Barton of Earth-807128, Spider-Punk/Hobie Brown of Earth-138, Spider-Man/Miles Morales of Earth-1610, Spider-Man India/Pavitr Prabhakar of Earth-50101, Spider-Man Noir/Peter Parker of Earth-90124, Superior Spider-Man/Otto Octavius of Earth-616), Ape-Vengers (Ape X/Roy Reyna, Boomerangutan/Fred Myers, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Hulk/Robert Bananner, Iron Mandrill/Tony Stark, Juggermonk/Cain Marko, Monkey-C, Gro-Rilla, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Scorpion/Mac Gargan, Wolverine/James "Logan" Howlett)

Affiliations: Liz Allan, Burglar, Gibbon (Marty Blank) of Earth-616, Fiona Fitzhugh of Earth-616, Lizard, Mary Jane, Flash Thompson; formerly Fantastic Four (Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm, Sue Richards-Storm), Jarvis

Enemies: Green Goblin, Inheritors of Earth-001 (Jennix, Morlun, Solus, Verna), Hairy McGurk, Kongpin, Doctor Ooctavius, Ooktron; formerly Gibbon (Marty Blank) of Earth-616, Fiona Fitzhugh of Earth-616, Sandmonk

Known Relatives: Ben Parker (uncle, deceased), May Parker (aunt)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed; formerly New York City, New York, USA of Earth-8101

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man Family I#1 (October, 2008)

Powers/Abilities: As his reality's Totem, Spider-Monkey possessed all the superhuman abilities most commonly associated with Spider-Totems throughout the multiverse. Among those abilities were superhuman strength (class 10, possibly higher), increased stamina, superhuman reflexes and an early warning "spider-sense." Spider-Monkey had a prehensile tale that he used in combat for a variety of purposes. Like all inhabitants of Earth-8101, Spider-Monkey was decidedly more bloodthirsty, prone to bouts of excess violence and not above killing opponents who showed no intention of reforming. 

Height: 4'8" (by approximation)
Weight: 85 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown (fur)

History: (Amazing Spider-Man Family#1 (fb)) - Peter Parker was a meek primate, living with his aunt and uncle. Visiting a science exhibit on a school trip one day, a radioactive spider happened to find its way to the bunch of bananas Peter had brought for lunch. Peter was eventually bitten by the spider when reaching for a banana and quickly discovered he had superpowers. At first, he used these powers to become Spider-Monkey, the latest, greatest television star and show performer. However, when his Uncle Ben was killed by a robber, he vowed to use his powers to help all Ape-kind. Peter found his new career as Spider-Monkey often interfered with his personal life. In an attempt to keep May and his girlfriend Mary Jane out of harm's way, he didn't tell them of his dual identity as a superhero. As time went on, he fought such menaces as Green Goblin, Sandmonk, Lizard and Kongpin. He also became a member of the Apevengers, Earth's mightiest primates.

(Amazing Spider-Man Family I#1 (fb) - BTS) - During a fight against Doctor Octopus, who was about to capture the powerful Serpent Crown and marry May Parker, Spider-Monkey was left behind, trapped underneath a huge pile of machinery by the villain.

(Amazing Spider-Man Family I#1) - While struggling to free himself from the debris, Spider-Monkey was rescued by his Apevengers ally, Ape X. While their teammate Speedball kept the villain busy, Ape X presented Spider-Monkey with the Serpent Crown that he'd taken from Ooktavius. Bolstered, Spider-Monkey swung into action to stop him.

(Marvel Apes I#1) - Spider-Monkey's fight against Ooktavius eventually spread to Central Park, where the villain tossed him into a banana cart. Their fight was interrupted by Earth-616's Marty Blank, who had recently arrived on Earth-81008 via Fiona Fitzhugh's dimensional portal. Blank's involvement allowed the heroes to gain the upper hand and Ook was easily defeated. Spider-Monkey thanked Gibbon but was shocked to learn he was from a world of non-Primates, a fact that became obvious when Blank's very human companion Fiona showed herself. Despite the initial surprise, Spider-Monkey invited Blank and Fiona to accompany him to Apevengers Tower, where the final fate of Ooktavius would be decided. While Fiona consulted with Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, Marty was invited to the trial of Otto Ooktavius. To his shock and horror, the seemingly mild-mannered Spider-Monkey and the other Apevengers savagely murdered the villain when he declared he wasn't planning to reform.

(Marvel Apes I#2) - Spider-Monkey casually chatted with the still-horrified Marty after Ooktavius' trial. It made Blanks realize something was very wrong with this world, a fact that particularly stung him because the Gibbon had always idolized Spider-Man. Some time later, Spider-Monkey joined the other Apevengers in backing up "Captain America" (actually the vampire Baron Blood, who had killed Reed Richards to use Richards dimensional bridge to conquer Earth-616) when he made a televised speech, announcing the death of Reed Richards at the hands of the Gibbon and Fiona Fitzhughs.

(Marvel Apes I#3 - BTS) - Spider-Monkey's close friend Speedball brought Gibbon and Fiona Fitzhugh to the Outsiders, a band of superpowered vigilantes on the outside of the law. They informed them that "Captain America" was actually Baron Blood in disguise, secretly manipulating events since the end of World War II. Gibbon helped the Outsiders locate and free the real Captain America, still frozen in the Arctic. Emboldened, Cap led the Outsiders to deal with Blood and his Apevengers.

(Marvel Apes I#4) - Gibbon and Fitzhugh allowed themselves to be captured by "Captain America" and the Apevengers, who gathered at the Baxter Building where Reed Richards' completed dimensional portal was ready to be used. Before "Cap" could force Fiona to operate the device, the Outsiders attacked. Spider-Monkey quickly joined the fray but was as astonished as the others by the appearance of the real Captain America. In the end, even Baron Blood's vampirized Invaders joined in the struggle. Spider-Monkey webbed Bucky, trapping the vampire, while the others destroyed "Cap" and the Invaders. With the dimensional transporter badly damaged during the fight, Gibbon and Fiona quickly retreated through the failing portal, taking the injured Speedball with them because they figured he stood a better chance at survival on Earth-616. As the portal collapsed, Bucky was taken prisoner while the Apevengers remained convinced that Earth-616 contained the solution for many of their problems.

(Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution I#1) - When the Apevengers tried to retrieve their wayward member Speedball to punish him for his betrayal, Spider-Monkey subtly disabled the Iron Mandrill's portal by removing the flux capacitor with his tail. The Apevengers, unaware that their timeline had been altered by Earth-616's Gorilla Girl to prevent its divergence into Earth-95019, dropped the matter.

(Superior Spider-Man I#32 (fb) - BTS) - Aware that something or someone was killing Spider-Men across the multiverse, Earth-616's time tossed Superior Spider-Man (Otto Octavius) used technology from Earth-928's year 2099 to travel the dimensional plane, recruiting divergent counterparts as he went along. Among his recruits was Earth-8101's Spider-Monkey.

(Edge of the Spider-Verse I#1) - Spider-Monkey was there when the Superior Spider-Man returned home with the newly recruited Spider-Man Noir of Earth-90214.

(Superior Spider-Man I#32) - Spider-Monkey was on hand to greet the latest recruit to the Superior Spider-Man's ever-growing band of Spiders: Earth-50101's Paviitr Prabhakar, also known as Spider-Man India.

(Superior Spider-Man I#33) - Spider-Monkey joined the Superior Spider-Man and the other alternate reality Spiders on a trip to Earth-2818 to help save the Cyborg Spider-Man from the Inheritor Karn of Earth-001. Through a supreme effort on the heroes' part and Octavius' ingenious use of 2099 technology, they were briefly able to restrain Karn inside a forcefield. When the Inheritor broke free, the Spiders moved in for the kill. Though they weakened Karn considerably, all hope seemed lost when his siblings Brix and Bora arrived to help out and feast on the numerous Spider-Totems available. Bora figured the startled Spiders would be easy prey and threw two of her blades at them. The lightning fast Spider-Monkey caught them using both his paw and tail and hurled them back at their aggressors, striking both Karn and Brix. This allowed the Superior's forces to retreat to Earth-928's 2099, where their latest cybernetic recruit was patched up by Octavius while he ordered Spider-Monkey and the others to scan the dimensional planes for any further information on their enemies.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#10) - Earth-616's Spider-Man had been busy gathering alternate reality Spiders as well. When his group became aware there was another band of otherworldly Spider-Men operating out of Earth-928's future, they decided to warn them of the Inheritors' inherent danger. They were unaware that the Superior Spider-Man had already whipped up personal cloaking devices that masked a Spider's unique totemic energy from the Master Weaver, thereby keeping them safe from the Inheritors. The two groups of Spiders were astonished to meet each other, with Spider-Monkey expressing equal surprise at seeing Spider-Ham. However, the furious Superior Spider-Man quickly explained the existence of his cloaks while lamenting the fact 616's Kaine and Silk emanated so much power in their respective role as the Other and the Bride that they were bound to draw the Inheritors' attention. As if on cue, the massive Inheritor Daemos arrived to feast on the Spiders. Responding to Ock's battle orders, Spider-Monkey allowed the ranged fighters to take the first shot and then moved in with the bruisers, biting Daemos in the arm. The furious Inheritor hurled Peter and the other attacking Spiders away. In their brief absence, Kaine and the Superior Spider-Man killed their opponent. Within moments, Daemos reappeared in a new, cloned body, flanked by his brother and sister Inheritors Bora and Brix. Realizing they were fighting a losing battle, all the Spiders retreated to Earth-13, a world protected by Peter Parker, the Captain Universe of his reality.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#11) - When Earth-616's Peter Parker and Otto Octavius fought over leadership of the Spider-Army, Spider-Monkey watched the fight. Eventually, Parker won and sent several teams on a mission, severely depleting the number of Spiders in the Safe Zone. Moments after the teams departed, the Zone was attacked by the Inheritors Jennix, Morlun and their father, the immensely powerful Solus. Before anyone could act, Jennix reached for Spider-Monkey. Using one hand to hold the spider-simian's tail, he quickly drained his life force while a stunned Spider-Ham looked on. Jennix didn't get to enjoy his feast for too long as he was vaporized by Earth-13's Cosmic Spider-Man, who unleashed his Captain Universe energies.

Comments: Created by Karl Kesel (writer) and Ramon Bachs (pencils & inks).

Well, there are plenty of jokes to be made about "going bananas" and "the monkey's tail/tale" but let us kindly ignore all that. The Spider-Monkey is one of the more fascinating additions to the Spider armies, it's a shame he was ultimately sacrificed as a mere snack for the Inheritor Solus.

Unless otherwise stated, everyone mentioned in this profile is the counterpart native to Reality-8101.

Profile by Norvo.

Spider-Monkey should not be confused with

Ben and May Parker

Ben and May Parker were a happily married primate couple without any offspring. They happily took care of their orphaned nephew Peter and raised them as their own. Though meek and easily intimidated, the youth was an excellent student. Ben taught Peter that with great power came great responsibility while the doting May enjoyed spoiling him by making sure the boy always had a fresh bunch of bananas for lunch. During a visit to a science exhibit, a radioactive spider nestled among those bananas and bit Peter, giving him superpowers. Unbeknownst to Ben and May, he began using these abilities to launch himself as a TV star. Newfound celebrity made him vain and arrogant, refusing to help a cop stop a criminal he could have easily apprehended. Not too long after that incident, the same criminal tried to rob the Parker home, killing Ben Parker in the process. When Spider-Monkey tracked the killer down, he was stunned to find it was the man he could have sent to prison earlier. This tragedy made him dedicate his life to become a true hero.

-- Marvel Apes: Amazing Spider-Monkey I#1

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Superior Spider-Man I#32, p22, pan1 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#10, p11, pan2 (closeup)
Amazing Spider-Man Family I#1, p27, p1 (deals with the burglar)
Marvel Apes I#1, p12 pan3 (versus Doc Ooktopus)
Superior Spider-Man I#33, p13, pan1&2 (helps out against the Inheritors)
Amazing Spider-Man III#11, p14, pan2 (dies)
Amazing Spider-Man Family I#1, p26, pan6,8 (Ben & May Parker)

Amazing Spider-Man Family I#1 (October, 2008) - Karl Kesel (writer), Ramon Bachs (pencils & inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Marvel Apes I#1 (November, 2008) - Karl Kesel (writer), Ramon Bachs (pencils & inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Marvel Apes I#2 (December, 2008) - Karl Kesel (writer), Ramon Bachs (pencils & inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Marvel Apes I#3 (January, 2009) - Karl Kesel (writer), Ramon Bachs (pencils & inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Marvel Apes I#4 (February, 2009) - Karl Kesel (writer), Ramon Bachs (pencils & inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution I#1 (January, 2010) - Karl Kesel (writer),
Adam DeKraker, Rob DiSalvo, Carlo Soriano, Joe Suitor (pencils & inks), Tom Brennan (editor)
Superior Spider-Man I#32 (October, 2014) - Dan Slott & Christopher Gage (writers), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), John Deli (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Edge of the Spider-Verse (November, 2014) - David Hine & Fabrice Sapolsky (writers), Richard Isanove (pencils & inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Superior Spider-Man I#33 (November, 2014) - Dan Slott & Christopher Gage (writers), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), John Deli (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#10 (January, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#11 (February, 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)

First Posted: 04/09/2015
Last updated: 04/07/2015

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