Real Name: Dr. Bradley "Brad" Shaw
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (Earth-8107)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Spider-Man (Peter Parker); formerly Penny
Enemies: J. Jonah Jameson, Penny; formerly Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: "Dummy" (insult from Penny), "Spider-Man" (he briefly thought he was Spider-Man), "Ugly" (insult from Spider-Man)
Base of Operations: His personal lab in New
York City, New York (Earth-8107)
First Appearance: Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The
Web of Nephilia" (January 23, 1982)
Powers/Abilities: Dr. Bradley Shaw did not
normally possess any superhuman powers but he was a brilliant
biophysicist and scientist. After being mutated into Nephilia, Dr.
Shaw resembled a humanoid spider, complete with a six-legged spider
body below the waist. He was also capable of clinging to solid
surfaces, allowing him to scale walls with ease, and he could generate
and project organic orange webbing capable of holding even superhumanly
strong opponents like Spider-Man. His mutation also gave him superhuman
strength, sufficient enough to unlatch train cars mid-travel.
Height: (as Dr. Bradley Shaw): 5'8"; (as Nephilia): 6'0" (all by approximation)
Weight: (as Dr. Bradley Shaw): 150 lbs.; (as Nephilia): 250 lbs. (all by approximation)
Eyes: (as Dr. Bradley Shaw): Brown; (as Nephilia): orange (no visible irises)
Hair: (as both incarnations): Black with white streak
cartoon episode - "The Web of Nephilia") - As scientist Dr.
Bradley Shaw slept, his assistant Penny taped a Daily Bugle television
report on Spider-Man and placed the tape among many in a large
collection. Passing by numerous posters and other research on
Spider-Man, Penny placed a spider on top on the sleeping Dr. Shaw,
wishing both the spider and Shaw sweet dreams. Penny then went out to
witness Spider-Man in action, secretly taking samples of his web and
even his blood, while Dr. Shaw awoke to find Penny's spider knocking
over chemicals in his lab. Dr. Shaw was then surprised when Penny
returned and put her spider back in its cage. Dr. Shaw then warned that
Penny's obsession with Spider-Man was getting dangerous but Penny
insisted that she was obsessed with Dr. Shaw, not Spider-Man. When
Penny revealed the piece of Spider-Man's webbing she had obtained, Dr.
Shaw quickly had her hand it to him for examination under his
microscope. An excited Penny then revealed the drop of Spider-Man's
blood that she had obtained using a hidden pin within her ink pen and
Dr. Shaw immediately examined the blood sample, finding arachnid
properties and what he determined to be the key to the secret of
Spider-Man's powers: radioactivity. When Dr. Shaw expressed concern
over the risks of unlocking Spider-Man's power, Penny prodded him,
suggesting he had come too far to back out now and reminding him that
in any scientific experiment, there were risks. She also explained that
if he succeeded, his brilliant mind would finally be recognized.
Admitting that unlocking the secret to Spider-Man's power had been his
dream, Dr. Shaw was scolded by Penny, who proclaimed him a coward and
announced that if Shaw loved her, he would go through with the
experiment. Not wishing to make Penny cry, Dr. Shaw agreed to go
through with the experiment and a short time later, he had devised a
serum from the nephilia spider and Spider-Man's blood, which he then
injected into himself. Hurrying to have Penny help with the next step,
Dr. Shaw laid down and had Penny subject him to high levels of
radiation to ignite the experiment's effects. When Dr. Shaw asked for
Penny to turn the radiation up, the manipulative Penny replied "with
pleasure" and turned the radiation dial into the "danger" levels,
prompting Dr. Shaw to scream for Penny to turn it off. Penny did not do
so and Dr. Shaw began transforming into a humanoid spider. At first
feeling as if he had become a monster, Dr. Shaw was assured that he was
magnificent by Penny and he immediately began announcing that he was
indeed magnificent as well as powerful.
He soon became erratic, claiming that he was Spider-Man and subsequently kidnapping J. Jonah Jameson. Upon hearing Jameson' scream, Spider-Man arrived and learned that someone else calling himself Spider-Man had left Jameson hanging from a building by a web. Despite accusing Spider-Man of being in cahoots with Dr. Shaw, Jameson nonetheless allowed Spider-Man to rescue him and help remove Shaw's webbing from his clothing. Realizing he had to find this other "Spider-Man," Spider-Man swung through the city, only to be caught in one of Shaw's webs. Announcing himself as Nephilia, Dr. Shaw bragged that his webs were stronger than Spider-Man's and, with Spider-Man stuck in the web, Nephilia prepared to impale Spider-Man with his pointed legs but instead opted to cut Spider-Man loose with a warning to stay out of Nephilia's way before hurling Spider-Man across town. While Spider-Man researched "nephilia" at the New York Public Library, Nephilia returned to Penny, who chewed him out for letting Spider-Man go despite Nephilia's reminder that he had hurled Spider-Man across town. Penny then showed Nephilia the bad press J. Jonah Jameson had written about him and ordered Nephilia to make Jameson pay. She also showed Nephilia an article about an upcoming gold shipment and Nephilia set out to take care of Jameson and gather gold. First stopping at the Daily Bugle, Nephilia shot a web line and pulled Jameson out of the building and again hung him from the roof. After learning from an exotic pet dealer that a nephilia spider was purchased by Dr. Bradley Shaw, Peter Parker left and quickly heard Jameson's screaming once more. While saving Jameson, Spider-Man was given a note about the gold shipment that Nephilia had ordered Jameson to deliver to Spider-Man and Spider-Man next visited Dr. Shaw's lab, where Penny informed Spider-Man via video message that both Nephilia and herself had escaped before Spider-Man could find them. After she taunted Spider-Man, daring him to keep Nephilia and herself from stealing the gold shipment, Spider-Man deduced that Nephilia and Dr. Shaw must be one and the same and devised a formula capable of reversing his mutation. The next day, Nephilia waited for the train carrying the gold to pass him then attacked the train, unlatching the gold-carrying cars from the rest of the train mid-travel. After halting the train cars, Nephilia used his web to remove the car's door and Penny drove a truck up to the train to load up the gold. His gathering of the gold was interrupted by Spider-Man, however, who announced that he could help Nephilia despite Penny's angry orders for Nephilia to get rid of Spider-Man. Nephilia quickly trapped Spider-Man in webbing but Spider-Man, having devised a solvent against Nephilia's webbing, freed himself as Penny cut the webbing holding the train car in place. Betrayed by Penny, Nephilia agreed to help Spider-Man stop the runaway train car and the two soon slowed the train car to a stop before also stopping Penny's getaway truck. After Penny admitted she had never loved Dr. Shaw, an emotionally crushed Nephilia agreed to accompany Spider-Man back to his lab, where Spider-Man revealed a serum capable of restoring Nephilia's humanity. When Spider-Man warned that the untested serum could kill him, Nephilia sullenly remarked that he had nothing else to live for and downed the serum. Laying down, Nephilia was restored and when Dr. Shaw awoke, he had no memory of his time as Nephilia. Spider-Man told Dr. Shaw that if he ever needed help to just send out a web.
Comments: Created by Creighton Barnes, Doug
Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx,
Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott and Marvel Productions (see Appearances list
for full list of artists involved).
The name "Nephilia" was likely taken from the
"nephila spider," which is also called the golden silk orb-weaver. That
might also explain why Nephilia's webbing was golden-orange in color.
This Spider-Man episode
was later reworked into an episode of Spider-Man
& His Amazing Friends but the character of Nephilia was renamed the Arachnoid and his real name was changed to Zoltan Amadeus. Since both Spider-Man
and Spider-Man & His
Amazing Friends cartoon series take place in the same
reality, Earth-8107, one can only assume that Spider-Man fought two
different scientists who transformed themselves into humanoid
arachnids, both with near-identical backstories and origins.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Earth-8107's Nephilia (Bradley Shaw) has No KNOWN connections to:
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Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Web of Nephilia" (all images in this profile)
Spider-Man cartoon episode, "The Web of Nephilia" (January 23, 1982) - Creighton Barnes, Doug Booth, Francis X. Feighan, Donald F. Glut, Jack Hanrahan, Christy Marx, Larry Parr, Jeffrey Scott (writers), Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Henry Tucker (storyboards), Mario Piluso (storyboards, layouts), Lyle Beddes, Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Larry Huber, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Keith Sargent, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bill Wray (layouts), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Kay Wright (animation directors), Robert T. Gillis (supervising editor)
Last updated: 07/07/17
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