Real Name: Ed Haggerty

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Reporter

Group Membership: Daily Bugle staff

Affiliations: J. Jonah Jameson, Peter Parker, Shirley

Enemies: Jack O'Lantern (Jason Macendale, Jr.)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Manhattan, New York, USA

First Appearance: (in costume, unidentified) Machine Man I#19 (February, 1981);
    (fully seen and identified) Spectacular Spider-Man II#56 (July, 1981)

Powers/Abilities: Ed is an experienced reporter.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 170 lbs.)
Eyes: Light brown
Hair: Black (balding)

(Machine Man I#19/Spectacular Spider-Man II#56 (fb) - BTS) - Ed Haggerty went to represent the Daily Bugle at the costume party being thrown by the Delmar Insurance Company on the unveiling of their new high-security embassy building. When the terrorist Jack o'Lantern invaded the premises to seize hostages, he was fought by Machine Man. Ed observed the fight and found it unsettling to his nerves.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#56) - Returning to the Daily Bugle, Haggerty began to describe the encounter to his impatient publisher J. Jonah Jameson and other staffers, including Shirley, who brought him a mug of coffee. Jameson was unamused to learn Haggerty hadn't taken any photographs of the battle but Haggerty replied that no rival newspapers had taken photos either because they were so frightened. Freelance photographer Peter Parker then entered, having been lucky enough to snap a photo of Jack o'Lantern being wheeled into St. James Hospital by the police. Peter cagily held Jonah up for immediate payment on the photographs so that Haggerty's story on the event could go forward.

Comments: Created by Roger Stern, Jim Shooter and Jim Mooney.

    Although Haggerty didn't appear in Machine Man I#19 he was drawn by Shooter and Mooney to look like a Ditko character.
    Well, we don't know for sure if he appeared on panel or not, really. There were several people seen in costumes at the party in Machine Man I#19, some of which do appear to be bald or have things covering their head. We know that Haggerty was present at the party so it stands to reason that one of these costumed patrons would be Haggerty, even though he went completely unidentified or even noticed. There's a bald man with his back to readers in the issue that could be Haggerty. There's also a balding man with black hair dressed as a clown with white face paint. There's a costumed pirate seen a couple of times with a bandana covering any hair that could be Haggerty with a fake beard...--Proto-Man

Profile by Prime Eternal.

Ed Haggerty should not be confused with:


Shirley was a Daily Bugle employee. As Haggerty recounted the experience of witnessing Machine Man's fight with Jack o'Lantern, Shirley brought him a coffee to help steady his nerves.

--Spectacular Spider-Man II#56

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Spectacular Spider-Man II#56, page 3, panel 3 (main)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#56, page 3, panel 4 (face)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#56, page 3, panel 3 (Shirley)

Machine Man I#19 (February, 1981) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#56 (July, 1981) - Roger Stern (writer), Jim Shooter (layouts), Jim Mooney (finishing and inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)

First posted: 04/03/2023
Last updated: 04/03/2023

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