galactic_alliance-father_spider - screenFATHER SPIDER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Unidentified extraterrestrial race;
    see comments

Occupation: Leader of the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men

Group Membership: Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men (Longlegs Secundus, Nurotox, Orb Weaver, Psider-Man, Spider-Mech, 'Spinner, many others)

Affiliations: Humanity, Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Enemies: Doctopoids, Tentaclones

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None known

Base of Operations: Unrevealed interstellar ship

First Appearance: Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 (November, 2007)

Powers/Abilities: Father Spider is long-lived (although to what extent is unrevealed).

    He presumably has some degree of spider-related powers.

    He is considered wise by the other members of the Alliance, and he presumably has some degree of leadership skills.

    He looks like he might be made of wood...or he may not. Maybe he has an exoskeleton of some sort.

    He has three fingers and a thumb on each hand.

galactic_alliance-father_spider-faceHeight: Unrevealed (approximately 6'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (he may be solid wood, or perhaps have a spider-like exo-skeleton, or perhaps something else altogether)
Eyes: Unrevealed (to me at least; I have poor color vision, and I can't tell...sometimes they look green, sometimes they look more red)
Hair: Unrevealed, although he has a beard-like structure that is the same color as the rest of him, and doesn't really look like hair

History: galactic_alliance-father_spider-straight
    Father Spider is considered the oldest and wisest of the members of the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men (as well as apparently their leader), whose mission it is to chart policy for a hundred thousand worlds, so that throughout the galaxy, great power would always come with great responsibility.

Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Preparing to invade Earth, the Doctopoids sent (at least) one of their Tentaclones to infiltrate the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Man. The Tentaclone posed as Spider-Mech of neighborhood #4301. What happened to the real Spider-Mech is unrevealed.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 (fb) - BTS) - Perhaps sensing an impending invasion of Earth, the Galactic Alliance sent Spider-Mech (unaware he was a Tentaclone imposter) to Earth to bring Spider-Man (Peter Parker) to their base for a gathering.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3) - The Spider-Mech imposter arrived with Spider-Man at the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men's base.

    As Doctopoids approached Earth, Father Spider sensed that Neighborhood #1139 had just gone from friendly to unfriendly, and he alerted the rest of the Alliance to this.

    Father Spider then had Orb Weaver show everyone the face of their enemy, after which Father Spider identifed and described the Doctopoids.

    Father Spider then ordered the Alliance through the warp to protect Earth.

    Spider-Man stopped them, however, insisting that he be the one to save his world.

   As the false Spider-Mech volunteered to return Spider-Man to Earth, Spider-Man apparently detected something was off with Spider-Mech, and he tore off the false Mech's mask, revealing him to be a Tentaclone.

   While the Galactic Alliance engaged the Tentaclone, Spider-Man was knocked back through the warp to Earth.

(Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 - BTS) - Awakening back in his apartment, Spider-Man assumed he must have dreamed the whole experience, but the subspace spider-signal device the false Spider-Mech had used to transport Spider-Man to the Galactic Alliance (or another such device) could be seen underneath the couch...

Comments: Created by Stuart Moore, Clayton Henry, and Mark Morales.

    It's somewhat questionable in the story whether the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men story took place in Reality-616, or whether it was a dream (as Spider-Man had concluded upon awakening back in his apartment), but the device seen on the ground would argue against automatically discounting them, so I'm including them for now until we see definitive evidence to the contrary.
    If it was "only a dream" for Spider-Man-616, then there's some reality in which they do exist.
    But, what ever happened with that Subspace Spider-Signal, anyway?

    The Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men's mission is to chart policy for a hundred thousand worlds, so that throughout the galaxy, great power would always come with great responsibility. They refer to the domain/world of each of their members as Neighborhoods, with Earth being Neighborhood-1139.

    In addition to the similitaries in Spider-Man names, costumes, and abilities, the various members of the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men referenced similar characters to Aunt May, Jonah Jameson, Gwen Stacy, Flash Thompson, Mary Jane Watson, and an alien costume.

    It's obviously just a silly/fun story, but the idea of the Galactic Alliance of Spider-Men is an interesting one, and I wouldn't mind seeing some follow-up...although perhaps a little less silly...

Profile by Snood.

Father Spider
should be distinguished from:

images: (without ads)
Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3, pg. 6, panel 2 (oblique image);
          panel 5 (straight-on image, with Doctopoids)

Marvel Comics Presents II#1/3 (November, 2007) - Stuart Moore (writer), Clayton Henry (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Andy Schmidt (editor)

First posted: 12/17/2019
Last updated: 12/17/2019

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