Real Name: Swarm
Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality
extraterrestrial hive mind
Group Membership: The Hive
Affiliations: Formerly Firestar (Angelica Jones), the Hive, Iceman (Bobby Drake), May Parker, "Flash" Thompson, Professor Wells
Enemies: May Parker, Spider-Friends
(Firestar/Angelica Jones, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Spider-Man/Peter Parker),
"Flash" Thompson, Professor Wells
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: A giant bee hive outside
New York City, New York, USA
First Appearance: Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon
episode, "Swarm" (October 10, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Swarm is a composite being comprised of many bees. He is capable of flight and transforming other people into bee-like creatures via beams projected from his eyes. He can also enlarge bees to many times their original size as well as control them.
Weight: 104 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "Swarm") - A meteorite containing the alien hive mind calling itself Swarm approached the Earth. Crash landing in a farmer's field, the meteor cracked open, releasing a strange blue energy. Nearby bees left their hives en masse and flew towards the meteor, forming into a man-shaped mass and proclaiming itself "Swarm." When a farmer tried to chase off the newly created being by throwing his pitchfork, Swarm simply split his body into two, allowing the tool to pass harmlessly through. Blasting the farmer with his eyes beams, Swarm transformed the man into a bee-like creature loyal to him. With one loyal worker bee at his side, Swarm used his powers to create a giant hive in the farmer's field. Noticing the heroine Firestar, Swarm ordered his worker to attack but was silent as Firestar used her fire to drive the transformed farmer back.
When an Empire State University science class arrived to look for the meteor, Swarm transformed them all into worker drones. Firestar responded by unleashing a wall of fire against him but Swarm summoned more bees to his side. Using his powers, he transformed the regular bees into giant solider drones and sent them against New York, the heroic Spider-Friends in particular. The bees attacked and dragged many people back to the hive to be transformed. When the Spider-Friends arrived, Swarm asked them to join his hive but they refused. Swarm pointed out that individuals cause chaos and that an universal hive was the answer. When the Spider-Friends subsequently tried to rescue some of the workers, Firestar and Iceman were transformed.
Later, Swarm, unaware that Spider-Man had freed Iceman and Firestar from his control, noticed the Spider-Friends returning to the hive and he seemed pleased. He grew enraged, however, when the Spider-Friends tried to steal the meteor and ordered his giant bees to attack. After Iceman and Spider-Man escaped to the outside, Swarm followed them, unaware that Firestar had remained behind to take the meteor back to the observatory. Swarm followed the two heroes to her and ordered an attack on the observatory but was driven back by smoke traps made by Firestar. When the Spider-Friends stuffed the meteor into a rocket and launched it, Swarm tried to stop it but the rocket blasted through his bee torso and continued into space. With the hive mind gone alongside the meteor, Swarm's body broke down into hundreds of bees as the hive returned to normal.
Comments: Created by Dennis Marks and Marvel
Productions, Ltd. (see Appearances list for list of artists involved).
Al Fann was the credited voice actor for Swarm in Amazing Friends. Stats are from his 616 counterpart, although even those are by approximation since he's made of bees. Dialogue states his height as eight feet.
Profile by David Lawrence.
Earth-8107's Swarm has no known connections to:
The Hive were transformed humans who functioned as worker bees for Swarm. Forcibly constricted into Swarm's service, they served only the Hive and attacked the Spider-Friends when the Spider-Friends attacked. They reverted back to normal when Swarm was defeated.
His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Swarm"
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Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Swarm" (all images in this profile)
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Swarm" (October 10, 1981) - Dennis Marks (writer), Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Elaine Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Tom Tholen, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bob Foster (layouts), Jan Green, Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Will Meugniot, Dick Sebast, Bob Schaffer, Don Shepard, Hank Tucker, Warren Tufts (storyboards), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gibbs, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Arthur Vitello (animation directors)
First Posted: 05/27/2020
Last updated: 05/27/2020
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