Real Name: Gabrielle Greer

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Artist

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dr. Noah Purl, Ben Reilly, Strongarm (Cary Armstrong)

Enemies: Lizard (creature)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Gabe", "Gabby"

Base of Operations: A rundown hotel in uptown Manhattan, New York City

First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man I#119 (December, 1994)

Powers/Abilities: Gabrielle Greer is a capable painter.

Height: 5'7" (approximate)
Weight: 145 lbs. (
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

History: (Amazing Spider-Man Super Special#1/3 (fb) ) - Artist Gabrielle Greer moved to New York City; unable to find work, she moved into a rundown hotel.

(Web of Spider-Man I#119) - Greer found her next-door neighbor, Ben Reilly, collapsed in the hallway, bleeding from an abdominal wound (which he'd incurred at the claws of Venom as the Scarlet Spider). Introducing herself, she helped him to his feet and took him to a nearby clinic, where they stitched him up. Later, she knocked on his door to check up on him; he insisted that he was fine, but that he was in the middle of something and couldn't talk.

(Spider-Man I#54) - Greer ran into Reilly at the hotel; she asked after his injury, and suggested they get together some time.

(Amazing Spider-Man Super Special#1/3) - Apologizing for his earlier brusqueness, Reilly came to see Greer; she invited him in, and, as they perused the newspaper classified ads for jobs, they got to know each other. Although they didn't find much for her, outside of house painting, she found a position for him - lab assistant to Dr. Noah Purl at Empire State Hospital.

(Venom Super Special#1/3) - Greer ran into Reilly on the street, where he told her that he'd gotten the job; she offered to cook him a celebratory dinner, but he, instead, insisted on buying her dinner at the diner. She refused, suggesting that he could repay her just by not calling her "Gabby". As soon as Reilly checked his mail, however, their dinner plans were set; Purl had invited him to his house in Dix Hills, Long Island. Reilly took Greer with him, driving there on his motorcycle (which she greatly enjoyed). As they went in, Greer spotted Strongarm, New York's newest superhero and a patient of Dr. Purl's. Greer went over to introduce herself, but when she turned back to Ben, he was gone (having left when he saw Martha Connors, who knew Peter Parker, in attendance). As she watched Dr. Purl address the crowd, the monstrous Lizard (not Curt Connors, but a mindless creature created by his experiments) attacked!

(Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special#1/3) - As attendees stampeded to escape the Lizard, Greer was knocked down and hit her head. As she lay on the floor, unconscious, she was unaware that the Lizard and the Scarlet Spider were hurtling uncontrollably towards her, but luckily Strongarm caught them both, saving her. Strongarm raced Greer to safety outside, where Dr. Purl tended to her. Afterwards, Purl and Reilly rode with her to Empire State Hospital; she was only mildly injured, and looked with interest at the ambulance's other passenger, Strongarm. Later, after some precautionary x-rays, she checked out with Strongarm and took him back to her apartment, where he posed in the nude for her as she painted him.

(Web of Spider-Man Super Special#1/3) - Greer finished painting Strongarm in the natural light of his penthouse; anticipating selling the paintings due to Strongarm's popularity, she left Strongarm with a kiss on the cheek, and promised to call him.

Comments: Created by Terry Kavanagh, Steven Butler, and Randy Emberlin.

The Scarlet Spider story running through the 1995 Super Specials was definitely trying to set up a job and supporting cast for Ben Reilly. Greer was clearly being set up as a love interest for Reilly, complete with a romantic rival in Toni Moore, but all of that was totally replaced with a new supporting cast when Reilly became Spider-Man. Probably didn't help that Terry Kavanagh left the Spider-books, as well. Maybe she just hooked up with Strongarm.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

Gabrielle Greer has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Web of Spider-Man I#119
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Venom Super Special#1/3, p49, pan1 (headshot)

Web of Spider-Man I#119 (December, 1994) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Steven Butler (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Eric Fein (editor)
Spider-Man I#54 (January, 1995) - Howard Mackie (writer), Tom Lyle (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man Super Special#1/3 (June, 1995) - Terry Kavanagh (plot/script), Mike Lackey (script), Phil Gosier (pencils), Greg Adams & Tom Christopher (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Venom Super Special#1/3 (August, 1995) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Kevin J. West (pencils), Hector Collazo (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man Super Special#1/3 (September, 1995) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Claude St. Aubin (pencils), Ralph Cabrera & Matt Robertson (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Web of Spider-Man Super Special#1/3 (October, 1995) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Roger Robinson (pencils), Saleem Crawford (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)

Last updated: 09/01/16

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