Real Name: Mark Raxton
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Head of security at Alchemax; former head of security at Osborn Chemical, criminal, scientist, college student
Group Membership: None; formerly Exterminators (Chameleon/Dmitri Smerdyakov, Electro/Max Dillon, Rhino/Aleksei Sytsevich, Scarecrow/Ebenezer Laughton, Swarm/Fritz von Meyer, Will O'the Wisp/Jackson Arvad)
Affiliations: Anti-Venom (Eugene "Flash" Thompson), Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Clash (Clayton Cole), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Captain Farrow, Ghost, Vinnie Grazia, Human Torch (John Storm), Humanitrons, Anna-Maria Marconi, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Emily Osborn, Stanley Osborn, Mary Parker LMD, May Parker, Richard Parker LMD, Joe "Robbie" Robertson, Rosalind Sharpe, Silk (Cindy Moon), Sunny Sitka, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Dr. Steve, Tiberius Stone, Ben Urich, Christy Watson, Mary Jane Watson, Williams;
formerly Spencer Smythe
Enemies: Bedrock Gang, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Gaunt (Mendel Stromm), Goblin Women, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Simon Jacobs, Ned Leeds, Mister Fear (Larry Cranston), Alison Mongrain, Punisher (Frank Castle), Red Carnage (Norman Osborn), Spider-Man (Ben Reilly), Spencer Smythe, Tombstone (Lonnie Lincoln), Seward Trainer;
formerly Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
Known Relatives: Doris Raxton (mother), Wilson Allan (stepfather), Liz Allan (half-sister), Normie Osborn (nephew), Harry Osborn (former brother-in-law)
Base of Operations: New York City, New York
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#28 (September, 1965)
Powers/Abilities: Mark Raxton initially went to college for chemical engineering. After being covered in an experimental metal alloy, the Molten Man discovered his skin was a bright gold frictionless metal that caused things to slip right off of him, including Spider-Man's webbing. Endowed with superhuman strength and durability, Molten Man found he could go long periods without breathing and eating and still survive, such as when he was buried underneath tons of wreckage for several weeks. Molten Man's skin can resist bullets and high impacts, explosions, and extreme temperatures. Molten Man has lost control of his powers many times, and his skin heats up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or even higher, burning the ground beneath his feet and setting his very skin on fire until he regains control. At times, Molten Man's skin has been so hot that it impacts his mental functioning and only certain chemicals or procedures can keep him from burning out of control. In one case, pollutants from the river reversed this extreme heat. The metal coating on his fingers allow an extreme sensitivity, making him an expert at safe cracking. Raxton has had long periods where he has been cured of his powers. Raxton has access to the company resources of Alchemax, including security teams, weaponry, and scientific experiemnts, including those of symbiotes. Raxton has used rudimentary disguises to pass as human when he was stuck in golden form.
Weight: (Human form) 225 lbs.; (metal form) 550 lbs.
Eyes: (Human form) Blue; (metal form) Gold
Hair: (Human form) Brown; (metal form) Gold
(Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook#1 - BTS) - Mark Raxton's mother, Doris, married Wilson Allan, who became Mark's stepfather.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#133 (fb) - BTS) - Mark Raxton grew up with his younger half-sister, Liz Allan.
(Web of Spider-Man I#62 (fb) - BTS) - Mark got in frequent shouting matches with his stepfather, easily losing his temper. He left home after high school and didn't see Liz for years.
(Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook#1 - BTS) - Mark got his college degree in chemical engineering.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#132 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton became a scientist, focused on liquid metal alloys.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#28 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton worked with Professor Spencer Smythe to build a liquid metal alloy with amazing properties. Smythe provided the lab, equipment, and money behind the research.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#133 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton and Smythe created the alloy by using organic meteor material and radioactive isotopes.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#28) - Feeling greedy, Raxton stormed into Smythe's lab and stole the alloy, pushing Smythe away and saying he was intent on selling it. Smythe fought back, causing Raxton to fall and break open the jar of liquid. The metal alloy was quickly absorbed by his skin, turning him a golden color, and Raxton said he could feel it entering his bloodstream. He wandered away, dazed. When a car nearly hit him, Raxton hit it and smashed it, helping him realize he had superhuman strength. Calling himself the Molten Man, he rushed home, using a hat to disguise himself, and began plotting crimes. Spider-Man showed up to take him to the police. Raxton realized Spider-Man's punches didn't hurt him, and that the hero's webs didn't stick. He battled Spider-Man all over the house and planned to finish the hero off in the basement, but Spidey knocked out the lights and then used webbing to tie up Molten Man's hand and feet. Raxton sat helplessly as the police arrived to take him away.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#35 (fb) - BTS) - While incarcerated, Raxton was a model prisoner, and made the legal argument that his powers had been a fluke, and he offered to pay for the damages incurred by his crime.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#35) - Raxton was called before the judge, who agreed to give him a suspended sentence. Raxton went home and bent metal bars to get used to his new powers, then he began planning crimes after laying low for a time. Wearing a mask, suit, and gloves, he posed as a customer in a jewelry store, asking to see the finest jewels, but then he punched the clerk, intending to rob him. Spider-Man intervened and Raxton briefly battled him, but he soon fled when the clerk called the police. Removing his costume at home, Raxton waited a day then costumed himself again and he used his metallic skin to detect the subtle vibrations in a safe, cracking it quickly. Spider-Man attacked. Raxton ripped off his suit and the two of them fiercely battled until Raxton was overwhelmed and jumped out a window to escape. Spider-Man followed Raxton and used a specially-made rope, ensnaring Raxton's arms and legs before returning him to the police. Raxton demanded they let him go, but Spider-Man soon gave them photographic proof that Raxton had committed those crimes.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#132 (fb) - BTS) - The courts sentenced Raxton to time in the hospital. As time passed, Raxton realized the molten metal, instead of being a coating on his skin, had become his very skin itself, and he developed the power to heat himself up and start himself on fire. He obsessed over getting revenge on Spider-Man.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#133 (fb) - BTS) - Freshly out of high school, Liz took a job as a nurse in Raxton's hospital, where the doctors had covered his face with a gold mask. She spoonfed him, but when he lashed out at her, Liz fled. Raxton got out of bed, knocked out an intern, and cut off his mask to see the transformation was getting worse.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#132 (fb) - BTS) - After escaping the hospital, Raxton bought a tenement building, providing housing to some, and he began experimenting on ways to cure himself, though his efforts failed.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#132) - Raxton yelled at one of his tenants for cleaning the tenement, furious with her for invading his space. In revenge, she called the Daily Bugle to investigate him, and they sent reporter Ned Leeds there. Raxton attempted to cure himself again, but his room started on fire. Despondent and furious, he attacked Leeds and his tenant, knocking them out. Spider-Man intervened, webbing gloves to hit Raxton, who burnt out of webs and threw Raxton out the window. Raxton landed on a fire hydrant, setting off a burst of steam in which he escaped.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#133) - His skin radiating more heat than ever, Raxton broke into the hospital and attacked doctors and nurses there, seeking to kill the wounded Ned Leeds so the reporter couldn't publish his story. Spider-Man attacked, turning a hose on Raxton to fill the room with steam, and Raxton chose to flee as the police arrived. Determined to recreate the alloy, Raxton began stealing radioactive isotopes and meteors from museums, but Spider-Man attacked him during one robbery, though Raxton escaped. Donning fireproof clothing and an asbestos mask, Raxton boarded the subway, but he heated up so much that his mask cracked apart. Sensing he was deteriorating, Raxton lost his mind when Spider-Man attacked and he savagely battled the hero in the subway tunnels until he jumped in the river after his lost bag of isotopes. Spider-Man presumed Raxton dead in the subsequent explosion.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#173 (fb) - BTS) - Against all odds, pollutants in the river temporarily reversed Raxton's condition, though the effects were temporary. Raxton went into hiding, and began working on an antidote for his condition even as his body began heating up again, making it difficult and then impossible to work with the chemicals.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#171) - From the shadows, Molten Man watched Liz Allan on a date with Harry Osborn.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#172) - When Liz returned home, she found Raxton waiting in her apartment. He revealed that he was alive and needed her help. Liz went to steal some chemicals for Raxton, but she ended up getting arrested and called Peter Parker for help to get her out of the police station. Angry at Liz, Raxton donned an asbestos disguise and went to steal the chemicals himself, but he burned through his costume quickly. Spider-Man attacked and Molten Man, on fire, revealed himself, and they savagely battled. When the police arrived, Raxton fled, causing the police to think that Spider-Man was behind the robbery.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#173) - Raxton rushed to Fenster Pharmaceutical Corporation, where he started a fire in a trash can to distract the security guards then snuck inside. He forced a technician to mix chemicals, at his instruction, and then injected himself with them, and Raxton turned back to his human form. Raxton apologized to the woman as he dressed, promising she'd never hear from him again, but then his body turned molten once again and he cried out in anguish. Raxton threatened to destroy the building unless the police brought Liz to him, and soon Liz rushed inside. After asking for her forgiveness, Raxton told her he didn't want to die alone. Spider-Man attacked and accidentally knocked Raxton into liquid nitrogen, setting off a big explosion. Raxton rushed toward Liz and she nearly fell to her death, but Spider-Man saved her. Raxton was then engulfed in flames and believed dead by the others.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#63 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton lay prone under the ground as the chemicals on his skin preserved him. For months, he saw the Fenster building constructed into a new hospital above him, and he lay unable to move.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#63) - Raxton's powers activated again and he burned down the Fenster building then went to the home of Liz and her new husband Harry Osborn. They were working to calm Raxton down so he could turn himself in when Spider-Man attacked, and Raxton furiously fought the hero, blaming him for his life struggles. As they sparred, Harry yelled how he would never let Raxton hurt Liz again, and Raxton tried to kill Osborn before he fled with Liz. As Liz's house burned down around them, Harry sprayed Raxton with a hose, then civilians in the neighborhood did the same, including Simon Jacobs, and Raxton's temperature lowered. Spider-Man knocked Raxton into the pool, and the water evaporated as Raxton lay unconscious, back in his metal form.
(Marvel 1985#4) - Molten Man was pulled to Earth-2019 to the year 1985 by the mutant Clyde Wyncham and burnt several people in their cars (he was returned to Earth-616 at the end of the series).
(Avengers Spotlight#26) - During a mass breakout at the Vault, Molten Man tried sneaking up on Hawkeye, but Iron Man knocked him out with a repulsor blast.
(Web of Spider-Man I#61) - Raxton was released from prison and he called Liz Allan from outside her home, but she asked him not to call again.
(Web of Spider-Man I#62 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton contacted Liz, telling her he expected $10,000 from her, and arranging to stop by the next day.
(Web of Spider-Man I#62) - Raxton tried buying a hot dog, but the police pointed him out and he lost his appetite. Headed to Liz's apartment, Raxton found Spider-Man waiting there and the two battled, with Raxton putting Spidey in a fridge and then crushing the fridge with an elevator before the fight was over. Harry Osborn offered Raxton a job at Osborn Chemical, and Raxton accepted, as he met his nephew Normie Osborn.
(Web of Spider-Man I#66) - Molten Man heard men at Osborn Chemical making fun of his gold skin, but he restrained himself from fighting back. A few hoods forced Raxton into the back of Tombstone's car, and Tombstone sought to force Molten Man to steal chemicals used in cocaine from Osborn Chemical, promising to frame him if he didn't do it. Raxton hung out on the roofs until Spider-Man spotted him, then he asked the hero for help against Tombstone. That night, Tombstone arrived with a squad full of armed men who opened fire when they realized Spider-Man was working with Molten Man to take them down. The Green Goblin (Harry Osborn) shockingly jumped in to aid the heroes as well. As the bad guys lay defeated, they turned and saw that Robbie Robertson had shot Tombstone, who had been covered in experimental gas before rushing away through a wall.
(Web of Spider-Man I#67) - When the police came to investigate, Captain Farrow nearly arrested Molten Man until Spider-Man spoke on his behalf.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#184 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton worked hard to leave his Molten Man days behind. He got word that Harry had been called away on a business trip. Days later, Spider-Man contacted Raxton for a meeting.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#184) - Raxton was initially attacked by Spidey, then he heard that Harry had become the Green Goblin again and gone missing. Furious at how unfair Harry's fate was, Raxton destroyed a bit of property before Spidey helped him realize that he needed to take care of Liz. Later, he held Liz, telling her he loved her.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#189) - Raxton was comforting Liz about Harry's madness when Normie walked in holding a pumpkin bomb Harry had planted. Gas soon knocked all three of them out. They woke up around a table as Harry, in his costume, ranted about family. Raxton activated a spider-tracer to bring Spider-Man there. Realizing they were trapped, Raxton tried reasoning with Harry as he exploded a pumpkin bomb into Raxton then knocked him aside, putting Normie and Liz at risk. Raxton and Liz remained calm at the table while Harry ranted, then Spider-Man arrived and joined them, trying to keep Harry calm. Raxton attacked Harry again and was beat back, but Spider-Man soon defeated him. Raxton stood at Liz's side while Harry was arrested.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#190) - Raxton read stories to Normie then talked to Liz about Harry's mental illness and criminal charges. Liz, feeling as if Harry deserved treatment and not jail, blamed Spider-Man for things and refused to let Ashley Kafka treat Harry, as Raxton held her.
(Spider-Man Unlimited I#1 (fb) - BTS) - When Harry Osborn was reported dead, Raxton stood by Liz during her deep grieving.
(Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal#1/Spider-Man Unlimited I#1) - Raxton attended Harry's funeral with Liz.
(Spider-Man I#36) - When May Parker, Richard and Mary Parker (actually LMDs), Mary Jane Watson, Christy Watson, and Flash Thompson came over to visit Liz and Normie, the Bedrock Gang attacked them, but Raxton knocked the thugs away, saying the building was under his protection.
(Web of Spider-Man I#103) - As the battle outside raged, Raxton boarded up the door to help protect his loved ones and the Parkers.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#380) - Raxton and Liz watched footage of Carnage attacking the city with their loved ones (including the Parkers and Mary Jane), and they rejoiced when the heroes had a small victory.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#204) - Raxton joined a group (including Liz and Normie, Peter Parker, Mary Jane Parker, Felicia Hardy, and Flash Thompson) to hear Harry's last will and testament. Harry left a video confessional, in which he masked himself as the Green Goblin again, and Raxton comforted Liz.
(Sensational Spider-Man I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton gained control of his powers to heat up his body's temperatures.
(Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil#1) - When Normie was kidnapped, Liz sent Raxton to help Ben Urich investigate, acting as his bodyguard. "I'm quiet, I'm friendly, I make a good pot of coffee, and I know all the verses to 'Miss Otis Regrets'," he quipped. Urich got a court order to exhume Harry Osborn's coffin, confirming he was dead, then he systematically interviewed people from Norman and Harry's professional and personal lives (including J. Jonah Jameson), with Raxton at his side. Raxton took a day off to visit Liz. Raxton stood by while Urich questioned Spider-Man, asking about various other Goblin villains and aspects of history. Urich and Raxton followed Spider-Man around to multiple sites where he had battled the Goblin, then the three Goblin Women attacked them again, though Spidey exposed them as robots, destroying them as Raxton protected Urich. After questioning Raxton about Harry and Norman's pasts, Urich worked out the truth, realizing that one of Harry Osborn's machines was controlling Liz, making her responsible for her own son's kidnapping. They returned to Liz's home and found a computer there that was controlling Liz. Raxton ripped out the wall panel and they found a long tunnel leading to a room where Normie was being held, a computer program designed by Harry threatening to turn Normie into another Goblin. Raxton held up the tunnel, stopping it from collapsing, while Spider-Man saved Normie, and soon the computer exploded, freeing Liz.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#234) - Liz called Raxton, at his office at Osborn Chemical, and told him that she'd discovered money from the company being funneled into a company called Multivex.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#412 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton began looking into Multivex and discovered they'd been pilfering funds for genetic research. He tracked down their leader, Seward Trainer, but was attacked by several guards as "Ben Reilly" (alias of Peter Parker) and Spider-Man (the actual Ben Reilly) watched.
(Sensational Spider-Man I#5) - Raxton staked out the Multivex building and knocked out a security guard, then broke in and looked at their computers. Spider-Man (Ben Reilly) busted in, thinking Raxton was a villain, and wouldn't back down, so Raxton fought back, melting a steel girder in the battle, even as he saw Peter Parker in the window. The heat caused an explosion, exposing the real culprits behind Multivex: Seward Trainer and Gaunt, along with their armored guards.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#412) - Raxton savagely fought against the armored guards, using his superhuman strength and durability. Ranting about how his body was dying, Trainer got the upper hand and knocked out Raxton, tossing him into Spider-Man. Spidey and Raxton awoke in chains and saw Peter and a pregnant Mary Jane Watson there as Gaunt prepared to experiment on Trainer. Peter freed Spider-Man who used Raxton as a shield to shrug off gunfire before freeing him from his own chains. Raxton fought the Multivex agents and then helped Peter, Mary Jane, and Spider-Man escape when the machines exploded, seemingly killing Trainer. Raxton felt frustrated that he'd never learned the truth behind the Multivex/Osborn Chemicals connections.
(Daredevil I#365 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton got ex-con Vinnie Grazia a job at Osborn Chemical. When Raxton was accused of stealing from the company, Vin stood up for him.
(Daredevil I#361 (fb) - BTS) - Working his job as head of security at Osborn Chemical, Raxton was troubled by a series of robberies, and people began wondering if he was responsible. He confided in Liz, and she encouraged him to reach out for support from Foggy Nelson's law firm, which had a connection to Daredevil. Raxton passed doorman Sunny Sitka at the firm and waited.
(Daredevil I#361) - Raxton met attorneys Foggy Nelson, Matt Murdock, and Rosalind Sharpe at the firm and he explained his dilemma. As he accidentally burnt a table while describing his struggle, Raxton heard Sharpe promise the firm would get Daredevil for them.
(Daredevil I#362 (fb) - BTS) - Foggy continued representing Raxton as the board of Osborn Chemicals tried to vote him out.
(Daredevil I#365) - As Raxton prepared for a meeting with Williams and the board of directors at Osborn, Vin reminded him of his good fortune as he tied his silk tie on. Raxton gave Grazia a promotion before heading to his meeting. At the board meeting with Williams and others, Grazia entered, bringing a case full of fear gas, as they waited for Liz and her attorney Matt Murdock to arrive. Fear gas increased paranoia in the room and Raxton threatened to get violent with Williams for his criticisms over the past months. As Liz and Matt entered, Molten Man's rage escalated and he threatened to kill Williams, then Liz, as a security team marched in. Matt went into a closet and soon Daredevil arrived, fighting Raxton until he aired out the room by breaking the window. Raxton and the others immediately returned to sanity. Daredevil revealed a case of fear gas had caused this, and Williams pointed out that Grazia had brought the case in. Raxton was heartbroken when he heard Grazia admit he'd taken money from Mister Fear to do so.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#441 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton cured himself of being Molten Man. Loving life in his human form, he kept working at Osborn Chemical. One night, Norman Osborn (still alive) kidnapped him and subjected him to experiments that reverted him to his molten form. Osborn activated a signal in Raxton's brain that would force him to pursue a homing device across the city until the source was extinguished. Raxton tried attacking Osborn, but then went nearly mindless and began looking for the homing device, which was on a necklace worn by Alison Mongrain.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#440 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton stomped through the city, melting everything in his path for over a mile.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#440) - Spider-Man confronted Raxton, who was oblivious to the hero and continued to march. After Spidey saved civilians, he followed Raxton across the city until Raxton attacked Joe Robertson (who he knocked down twice) and Alison Mongrain. Spidey managed to divert Raxton into the river, giving off a massive amount of steam, as Joe and Alison escaped.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#441) - Raxton attacked Mongrain and Robertson from out of the sewers. More coherent, he mumbled about what had happened to him, then they realized the necklace was the source. Raxton crushed the necklace and experienced relief.
(Sensational Spider-Man II#29 (fb) - BTS) - Raxton began mentoring a young man on the weekends.
(Sensational Spider-Man II#29) - While attending one of the young man's baseball games, Raxton was approached by Chameleon, who sought to recruit him to go after Peter Parker, who had publicly unmasked as Spider-Man. Raxton initially refused until Electro threatened to kill the boy. Raxton joined the Exterminators alongside Chameleon, Scarecrow, and Will O'the Wisp. Feeling forced, Raxton entered Liz's house while on fire, asking her for forgiveness.
(Sensational Spider-Man II#30 (fb) - BTS) - Will O' the Wisp and Scarecrow joined Raxton at Liz's home, and he pulled Normie out of bed, demanding that she call Peter Parker there.
(Sensational Spider-Man II#30) - Raxton and the others waited with Normie while Liz called Parker, telling him that Raxton had kidnapped Normie.
(Sensational Spider-Man II#31) - Raxton, Scarecrow, and Will O' the Wisp attacked Peter when he arrived, burning much of Liz's house in the process. Raxton confessed that Chameleon was behind things and was going after Aunt May. Furious, Spider-Man choked Raxton into unconsciousness as Black Cat helped defeat the others.
(Punisher War Journal II#2) - Scarecrow and Molten Man were committing crimes when Captain America and Punisher arrived to stop them. Raxton, burning at over 300 degrees, was only defeated when Punisher covered him in glue.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#581 (fb) - BTS) - Mark's powers went out of control again, and he was burning apart, requiring specialized medical care to survive. Liz used the money she got from Harry's death to buy a house, special medical equipment, and advanced care for Mark. They lasted for months this way, but then Harry came back from the dead, and the insurance money was lost. Liz struggled to keep help for Raxton, who spent much of his time in restraints, badly burning up. The latest nurse to try and help saw him but simply fled from the house.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#581) - Raxton woke up with Normie playing near him and realized the boy's toys were melting. Still in restraints, he panicked until Liz assured him that Normie was okay. Liz called Harry and Peter for help, and Raxton attacked when they arrived, assuming they were there to hurt his family.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#582) - Raxton chased Osborn, turning even more molten as he marched. Spider-Man attacked and held Raxton off while Osborn got a gun from his car. Revealing he'd been the one behind Raxton's treatment lately, Osborn had Spider-Man use the gun to cure Raxton of his powers. Back in human form, Raxton told Liz he thought Osborn had changed finally.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#642) - Molten Man was one of the people Doctor Octopus tried to hire to acquire the unborn child of Lily Hollister.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#16 (fb) - BTS) - When Liz pushed her company Alchemax into being a big industry, Raxton took over as her head of security. Liz put a bid in to run a large maximum security prison where she proposed they would help cure super-villains.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#16) - Raxton showed up with Liz at the bid, and she confidently used Raxton's story as a success story for curing and reforming super-villains. Liz introduced Tiberius Stone as their head scientist. They then saw Peter Parker and Anna-Maria Marconi heading in for a pitch. Later, Raxton and Stone went to the Bar With No Name to hire the Ghost, wanting him to sabotage Parker Industries.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#797) - Raxton stood at Liz's side while she manipulated Flash Thompson (Anti-Venom) into going after the Goblin Knight, who'd stolen Tritium from Alchemax.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#798) - Raxton and Liz took Normie to hang out with Harry Osborn (Liz's current love interest) and his new baby Stanley Osborn, as well as Harry's mother, Emily Osborn. They got word that Norman Osborn was attacking the city as the Green Goblin. Emily reacted by tranquilizing the adults and taking the children away.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#799) - Raxton, Harry, and Liz woke up to find the kids missing. Liz revealed she had a tracker placed in Normie, so they went looking for him. They confronted Emily with the kids at the Port Authority, then Norman Osborn, as Red Carnage, attacked. Clash, Silk, Anti-Venom, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), and the Human Torch held Osborn off, but he defeated them swiftly. Osborn grabbed Normie and infected him with the symbiote.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#800) - After a deadly battle with Red Carnage, Osborn fled with Normie. Raxton reluctantly admitted to Spidey that Alchemax had illegal stores of anti-venom, and Spidey retrieved it to help him in the coming fight. At Osborn's demand, Liz and Raxton met with him at Alchemax, prepared to sign the company over to him to ensure Normie's safety. On a glider, Harry attacked, flanked by Humanitrons, and Osborn threw Liz out the window, but Spidey saved her. Spider-Man defeated Osborn, though Anti-Venom was killed in the battle. Dr Steve cured Normie of the infection. Raxton confirmed to Liz that they maintained a secret sample of the Carnage symbiote.
(Web of Venom: The Good Son#1) - Mark babysat for Liz and Harry one night, watching Normie and his friend Dylan Brock. He checked on the boys and found their window broken; they claimed it had been a baseball that did it. Mark fused the window shut and put them to bed.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer) & Steve Ditko (artist).
Molten Man was listed as one of Spider-Man's most famous foes in Amazing Spider-Man Annual I#13 (1979) and in a top 30 in Amazing Spider-Man Annual I#23 (1989).
Profile by Chadman.
Molten Man (Mark Raxton) has no known connections to:
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Amazing Spider-Man I#28 (September, 1965) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#35 (April, 1966) - Stan Lee (writer), Steve Ditko (artists), Stan Lee (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#132 (May, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), John Romita Sr (penciler), Paul Reinman, Tony Mortellaro (inkers), Roy Thomas (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#133 (June, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (penciler), Frank Giacoia, David Hunt (inkers), Roy Thomas (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#171 (August, 1977) - Len Wein (writer), Ross Andru (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Len Wein (editor)
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Amazing Spider-Man I#173 (October, 1977) - Len Wein (writer), Ross Andru (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#63 (February, 1982) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Greg LaRocque (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#26 (December, 1989) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Dwayne Turner (penciler), Christopher Ivy (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#61-62 (February-March, 1990) - Gerry Conway (writer), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#66 (July, 1990) - Gerry Conway (writer), Alex Saviuk (pencielr), Keith Williams, Mike Manley (inkers), Jam Salicrup (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#67 (August, 1990) - Gerry Conway, Ben Trovato (writers), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Keith Williams (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#184 (January, 1992) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#189-190 (June-July, 1992) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man Unlimited I#1 (May, 1993) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Jim Sanders III (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#36 (July, 1993) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#103 (August, 1993) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Rob Tokar (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#380 (August, 1993) - David Michelinie(writer), Mark Bagley (pencier), Randy Emberlin (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#204 (September, 1993) - Steven Grant (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Mark Powers (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#234 (May, 1996) - Todd Dezago (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), John Stanisci (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#412 (June, 1996) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Larry Mahlstedt (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Sensational Spider-Man I#5 (June, 1996) - Dan Jurgens (writer, penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil#1 (June, 1996) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Texeira (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Man: The Osborn Journal#1 (February, 1997) - Glenn Greenberg (writer), Kyle Hotz (pencils/inks), Jason Moore & Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Daredevil I#361 (February, 1997) - Karl Kesel (writer), Cary Nord (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Daredevil I#365 (June, 1997) - Karl Kesel (writer), Cary Nord (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), Jaye Gardner (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#440-441 (October-November, 1998) - John Byrne (writer), Rafael Kayanan (penciler), Bud LaRosa (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Sensational Spider-Man II#29-31 (October-December, 2006) - Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (writer), Angel Medina (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Warren Simons (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#2 (February, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Ariel Olivetti (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Marvel 1985#4 (October, 2008) - Mark Millar (writer), Tommy Lee Edwards (artist), John Barber (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#581 (February, 2009) - Dan Slott (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Andy Lanning (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#582 (March, 2009) - Dan Slott (writer), Mike McKone, Klaus Janson (pencilers), Andy Lanning, Kris Justice (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#642 (November, 2010) - Mark Waid (writer), Paul Azaceta (artist), Tom Brennan (assistant editor), Tom Brevoort (executive editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#16 (May, 2015) - Dan Slott, Christos Gage (writers), Humberto Ramos (penciler), Victor Olazaba (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#797-799 (May-June, 2018) - Dan Slott (writer), Stuart Immonen (penciler), Wade Von Grawbadger (inker), Devin Lewis (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#800 (July, 2018) - Dan Slott (writer), Nick Bradshaw, Humberto Ramos,, Victor Olazaba, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Marcos Martin, Mike Hawthorne (artists), Devin Lewis (editor)
Web of Venom: The Good Son#1 (March, 2020) - Zac Thompson (writer), Dio Neves (penciler), Oren Junior (inker), Devin Lewis (editor)
First Posted: 09/09/2019
Last updated: 02/23/2020
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