Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Fringe character
(possible human mutant?
- see comments)
Group Membership: None
Bug Keeper, Insect
Crusher, Minder Mouse
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed
First Appearance: Spider-Man Magazine I#9
Powers/Abilities: Mantis Man can transform
himself into any insect form, allowing him to blend in with his
surroundings and fly via insect-like wings.
Eyes: Variable (green in true form)
Hair: Variable (none in true form)
History: (Spider-Man Magazine I#9) - Mantis Man decided to use his insect-transformation powers as a superhero, battling villains such as Insect Crusher and Dr. Bug Keeper.
(Spider-Man Magazine (I#13) - BTS) - Mantis Man became enemies with the villainous Minder Mouse.
Comments: Created by John Dawson.
Mantis Man was a product of the 1994 Spider-Man Magazine's "Create Your Own Super Hero or Super-Villain" section that ran in most earlier issues of the Magazine. In Mantis Man's case, he was created by then-11-year-old John Dawson of Bremerton, Washington. As a fringe character, Mantis Man was not confirmed to exist on Earth-616 but there no evidence to say he didn't either...
Mantis Man's origin was never revealed but I feel like he could be a mutant...
Despite being able to transform into any insect,
Mantis Man chose to use the mantis as his inspiration for a superhero
codename. Maybe it was just his favorite insect...?
Profile by Proto-Man.
Mantis Man has no known connections to:
Dr. Bug Keeper
Dr. Bug Keeper is a known enemy of Mantis Man.
--Spider-Man Magazine I#9 - BTS
Insect Crusher is a known enemy of Mantis Man.
images: (without ads)
Spider-Man Magazine I#9, p15, splash page (Mantis Man, main image)
Spider-Man Magazine I#9 (January, 1995) - "Create Your Own Super Hero or Super-Villain: Mantis Man" - John Dawson (writer, art), Michael Teitelbaum (editor)
Spider-Man Magazine (I#13) (Summer, 1995) - "Create Your Own Super Hero or Super-Villain: Minder Mouse" - Frederick Luangkham (writer, art), Michael Teitelbaum (editor)
First Posted: 03/01/2020
Last updated: 04/04/2020
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