Real Name: Hidalgo Rodriquez

Identity/Class: Human conventional weapons user

Occupation: Criminal; former revolutionary

Group Membership: None; former member of Condor's group of revolutionaries (Carlos, Domingo, Juan, around 100 in total)

Affiliations: Juan, Tarantula (Miguel Rodriquez);
formerly el Condor

Enemies: Liz Allan, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Chino Guardio, Punisher (Frank Castle), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Eugene "Flash" Thompson, Mary Jane Watson

Known Relatives: Miguel Rodriquez (Tarantula, brother)

Aliases: Hildago (misspelling in Amazing Spider-Man I#134-135)

Base of Operations: A tenement in the West One Hundreds in New York City, New York;
   formerly Delvadia

First Appearance: Daredevil I#76 (May, 1971)

Powers/Abilities: Hidalgo is a normal human in good physical shape. He uses a whip in combat, but is also a capable gunman.

Height: Unrevealed (5'9"; by approximation)
Weight: Unrevealed (180 lbs.; by approximation)
Eyes: Unrevealed
Hair: Black

(Daredevil I#75 - BTS) - He was presumably one of the men attacking Bayard, Chino and the other renegades alongside Condor.

(Daredevil I#76) - Hidalgo and Domingo saw Daredevil stumble around with the injured Chino Guardio. They attacked Daredevil and Chino Guardio. Daredevil fought back hard and avoided Hidalgo's bullets. When Domingo threatened Chino Daredevil was forced to surrender and was delivered to Condor as a captive. Condor was later seemingly killed and the rebellion fell apart.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#134 (fb) - BTS) - Hidalgo and Juan left Delvadia at some point went to the US.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#135 (fb)) - Antonio Miguel Rodriquez put together a team to hijack a tour ship. He met with Hidalgo and Juan at a bar and they joined forces with him.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#134) - Tarantula and his henchmen Hidalgo and Juan came aboard a dayline ship (see comments) in civilian clothes. When the ship began its voyage Peter Parker's spider-sense went off and he noticed them watching other passengers from above.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#134 - BTS) - They put on their costumes and attacked the crew.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#134) - Hidalgo was holding his whip while Tarantula declared via megaphone that he and his men had taken command over the ship. He promised that nobody would get hurt as long as they followed their instructions. When the crew from the engine room attacked they were quickly taken out by Tarantula.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#134 - BTS) - Tarantula demanded one million dollars ransom from the city.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#134) - Hidalgo stayed watched while Juan started collecting the wallets from the passengers, but "Flash" Thompson was not having it and fought back. Hidalgo knocked him out, but then Spider-Man arrived, hanging from a police helicopter, to take away Hidalgo's whip. When Spider-Man went after Tarantula, Hidalgo followed them to one of the life boats and tackled Spider-Man from behind, but Spider-Man easily tossed him aside. Unfortunately Spider-Man was hit by the poisoned tip on Tarantula's boot, which knocked him out. Hidalgo and Tarantula watched as the Punisher arrived to take out Spider-Man.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#135) - Hidalgo silently watched Tarantula claim that Spider-Man was allied with him, but trying to take away his loot. The Punisher got into a fight with Spider-Man, which gave Tarantula and his henchmen the opportunity to escape the ship with the help of a helicopter.

   The Punisher knew exactly where Tarantula's hideout was and after Spider-Man webbed up the guard (presumably the pilot from earlier in the issue), they jumped through a window and attacked the three costumed criminals. The Punisher took down Juan and Hidalgo while Spider-Man took care of Tarantula. The Punisher later caught up with Spider-Man, who had webbed up Tarantula. The Punisher was carrying one of the henchmen while dragging the other around by his leg.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer. Costumed identity by Ross Andru & Frank Giacoia.

James Cope pointed out that Tarantula's henchmen Hidalgo and Juan were identified as former henchmen of el Condor in Tarantula's handbook profile, but this goes further back. I did some digging and this information was actually first revealed in the Official Marvel Index to the Amazing Spider-Man#5 (August, 1985) by George Olshevsky.

According to the Index Hidalgo is not related to Tarantula despite their identical last names. Hildago is considered a misspelling by the Index. In Tarantula's handbook profile it was revealed that Hidalgo actually was Miguel's brother.

In Daredevil I#75 a guy with binoculars was identified as Domingo. In #76 the same guy called someone else Domingo, while he was called Hidalgo. A few pages later the false Hidalgo revealed his partner's last name as Rodriquez and then the man in yellow revealed his name to be Hidalgo and not Domingo. This is where Hidalgo Rodriquez name comes from.

The name of the ship in Amazing Spider-Man I#134 can partially be seen on page 2. I looked it up and the ship was probably the Benjamin B. Odell, which was named after a former New York governor.

In Spectacular Spider-Man I#1 (December, 1976) "Flash" Thompson quickly pointed out that Tarantula's henchmen in this story were not the same he had previously encountered in Amazing Spider-Man I#134.

Profile by Markus Raymond and Chadman.

Hidalgo Rodriquez has no known connection to:

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Amazing Spider-Man I#134, p6, pan1 (main)
Daredevil I#76, p13, pan1 (head shot)
Amazing Spider-Man I#135, p12, pan2 (Juan and Hidalgo meeting with Tarantula)

Daredevil I#75 (April, 1971) - Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (pencils), Syd Shores (inks), Sam Rosen (letterer), Stan Lee (editor)
Daredevil I#76 (May, 1971) - Gerry Conway (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Artie Simek (letterer), Stan Lee (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#134 (July, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (penciler), Frank Giacoia & D. Hunt (inks), Artie Simek (letterer), L. Lessmann (colorist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#134-135 (July-August, 1974) - Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (penciler), Frank Giacoia (inks), , Artie Simek (letterer), L. Lessmann (colorist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Official Marvel Index to the Amazing Spider-Man#5 (August, 1985) - George Olshevsky (compiler/designer), Tony Frutti (typographer/production), Mark Gruenwald (project editor)

First Posted: 05/30/2018 (as sub-profile)
Last updated: 05/09/2022

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