Membership: Clown (Eliot "Crafty" Franklin), Great Gambonnos (Ernesto & Luigi Gambonno), Human Cannonball (Jack Pulver), Precious the python, Princess Python (Zelda DuBois)

Purpose: To rob and plunder

Aliases: Big Toppers, Carnival Champs, Circus of Crime

Affiliations: Ringmaster (Maynard Tiboldt)

Enemies: J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Base of Operations: New York City, New York, USA

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#22 (March, 1965)

History: (Amazing Spider-Man I#22) – After members of the Circus of Crime got out of jail and were confronted by Spider-Man, various members grew tired of Ringmaster as their leader and they turned on him. Human Cannonball, Princess Python and the Great Gambonnos nominated Clown as their new leader and formed their own team. Days later, they robbed an art gallery opening, one that was attended by J. Jonah Jameson, but when Jameson grew suspicious, Human Cannonball knocked him out, badly wounding the man. At their warehouse hideout, the villains considered the group name the Carnival Champs or the Big Toppers before Princess suggested the Masters of Menace. Just then, Spider-Man attacked and defeated the villains with relative ease, even tying up Princess Python's pet Precious. Soon, the Ringmaster arrived and all the villains were arrested together.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Profile by Chadman.

The Masters of Menace should not be confused with:

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Amazing Spider-Man I#22, p1, pan1 (Masters of Menace, with Ringmaster)
Amazing Spider-Man I#22, cover (over Spider-Man signal)

Amazing Spider-Man I#22 (March, 1965) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)

First Posted: 08/15/2018
Last updated: 08/15/2018

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