Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Fringe character (possible human mutant? - see comments)

Occupation: Superhero

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Dr. Bug Keeper, Insect Crusher, Minder Mouse

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Spider-Man Magazine I#9 (January, 1995)

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.

Height: Variable
Weight: Variable
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

Insect Crusher is a known enemy of Mantis Man.

--Spider-Man Magazine I#9 - BTS

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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