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Real Name: Edmond Arnstead

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Bankrupt business owner, biochemist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Curt Connors (the Lizard), Martha Connors, Man-Thing (Ted Sallis), Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Enemies: crocodiles

Known Relatives: Dorothy (wife), daughter (name unrevealed)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Florida, USA

First Appearance: Giant-Size Spider-Man I#5/1 (July, 1975)

Powers/Abilities: Edmond Arnstead was a qualified biochemist who was ambitious enough to start his own company.

Height: 6' (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Black


(Giant-Size Spider-Man I#5/1 (fb)) - Edmond Arnstead completed a biochemistry degree after college and married Dorothy. He gained a loan to start up his own firm, which expanded, and he moved from science into administration. But an economic recession hit Arnstead Chemical Co. hard and he was forced to close and declare bankruptcy. This impacted him psychologically.

(Giant-Size Spider-Man I#5/1 (fb) - BTS) - Edmond read about the Man-Thing in a newspaper.

(Giant-Size Spider-Man I#5/1) - Several months later, deeply impacted by financial loss, he felt he was a failure and became suicidal. Secretly observed by Man-Thing, Edmond was ready to kill himself by drowning in a swamp and make it appear like an accident so that his wife and daughter could collect the insurance. A crocodile was about to grab Edmond, but Man-Thing defended Edmond and lurched forward, killing the crocodile. Thrown out of his depressed state, he saw Man-Thing as a potential goldmine if he could bring it to civilization and so he gave chase, tracking it through the swamp. Unsure how to tackle the creature, Edmond was instead amazed to see swamp reptiles moving in the same direction (secretly summoned by the nefarious Lizard). He followed Man-Thing's tracks and came across a fight between Man-Thing, Spider-Man and the Lizard. Martha Connors sought help recreating the antidote to her husband's transformation into the Lizard and Edmond responded, although a little flustered, mixing chemicals in the Connors lab. He carried the completed antidote out in a test tube, but tripped and berated himself. Spider-Man still caught it and returned the Lizard to human form. Still surprised, Edmond felt his life had been changed and he was ready to begin anew.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito & Dave Hunt (inks).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

Edmond Arnstead has no known connections to:

Dorothy Arnstead

Dorothy Arnstead

Dorothy married Edmond and stood by him as his company, Arnstead Chemical Co., boomed, but then went bankrupt during an economic recession. Although not wishing to hurt her and their daughter, Edmond sought suicide, thinking the insurance payout would benefit them financially.





--Giant-Size Spider-Man I#5

images: (with ads)
Giant-Size Spider-Man I#5/1, p16, pan4 (main image)
   p17 (headshot)
   p17 (Dorothy)

Giant-Size Spider-Man I#5/1 (July, 1975) - Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Mike Esposito & Dave Hunt (inks), Len Wein (editor)

First posted: 04/19/18

Last updated: 04/19/18

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