DR. DONALD MELAND
Real Name: Donald Meland
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Annabelle Adams, Buddy the dog, Hummingbird
(Aracely Penalba), Jillian, Courtney Johnson, Ryan Ketola, Teddy
(Antonio Rodriguez), Assassins Guild, Ana Kraven,
Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff), Terrence Mitchell, Salamander
Known Relatives: Wally Layton (husband)
Base of Operations: Houston, Texas, USA
First Appearance: (as Donald, surname
unrevealed) Scarlet Spider II#1 (March, 2012);
(surname revealed): Scarlet Spider II#3 (May, 2012)
Powers/Abilities: Dr. Donald Meland is a
talented and experienced surgeon. He walks with a cane.
Height: 5'10'' (by approximation)
Weight: 200 lbs. (by approximation)
(fb) - BTS) - Surgeon Donald Meland married police officer Lt. Wally
Layton and they established a house in Houston, Texas.
(Scarlet Spider II#3 (fb) - BTS) -
Terrence Mitchell and his wife and daughter were rushed to the hospital
after a car accident, and Meland soon lost the wife and daughter
despite his best efforts to save their lives. When Donald informed
Terrence of the losses, Terrence assaulted Donald. As security pulled
him away, Terrence yelled that he would have his revenge, blaming
Donald for their deaths.
(Scarlet Spider II#1) - At the
hospital, Donald was
tending to a patient who'd shot someone else and Wally questioned the
man. When a super-powered man (Kaine) entered with a wounded girl
(Aracely Penalba) in his arms, he demanded that she get medical help
immediately and Donald rushed to help her, calling nurse Jillian to
aid him. Wally drew a gun on Kaine, who quickly disarmed him, and
Donald begged the man not to hurt Wally. Kaine informed Wally that
there were corpses at the pier and asked him to follow. Later, Donald
was tending to Aracely when the villain Salamander attacked, setting
the hospital on fire.
(Scarlet Spider II#2) - Donald fled from
Salamander as he set the hospital on fire. Salamander burned Donald
until he saw his target: Aracely. When Scarlet Spider arrived to fight
Salamander, Donald yelled at him to get the villain out of there, as
hundreds of patients were in danger. When the battle ended, Donald and
Wally approached Scarlet Spider, who unmasked as Kaine, and asked him
to stay in Dallas to help protect people. They emphasized that
Aracely would need their help, as she was in America illegally and had
limited protection. Later, Donald checked on Aracely and found her
hospital bed empty.
(Scarlet Spider II#3) - Donald went to
the Plaza to find Kaine and found Aracely in his room. As Donald
checked on her, he met bartender Annabelle Adams, who had befriended
Kaine, and Donald assured Adams that Kaine had saved their lives.
Donald later bypassed security guard Teddy at the hospital and
retrieved medications and files inside then invited Scarlet Spider
inside, the hero using his cloaking powers to enter. Scarlet Spider
was shocked to learn that Donald and Wally were married. When a sniper
subsequently opened fire, Scarlet Spider saved Donald's life then
Assassins Guild, who had been hired by Mitchell to kill Meland.
(Scarlet Spider II#4) - Armed with a gun
and unwilling to go to the police, Donald broke into Mitchell's home to
confront him, taking Wally with him. They found Mitchell inside with an
armed assassin, who Mitchell ordered to kill Donald. Wally drew a gun
on the assassin as Donald pleaded with Mitchell to let him live,
explaining how anytime he lost a patient was hard for him. The assassin
departed, recalled by the Assassins Guild, and Donald and Wally
realized Scarlet Spider had somehow saved them. Mitchell broke down and
(Scarlet Spider II#5 - BTS) - Wally
called Donald in
fear, believing that a nuclear bomb was about to go off but Scarlet
Spider saved them in time.
(Scarlet Spider II#7) - Donald snored loudly, keeping
Alpha#1 (fb) - BTS) - Scarlet Spider
saw a group of slaughtered civilians and brought Ryan Ketola into the
hospital for treatment from Donald while Wally took reports on the
killer, who apparently resembled Scarlet Spider.
Alpha#1) - Donald treated Ketola
while Wally shared intel with Scarlet Spider, who rushed off to handle
(Scarlet Spider II#12) -
At the Four Seasons, Wally and
Donald confronted a drunk Kaine, who seemed determined to leave for
Mexico, and they helped Aracely take care of him when he passed out.
They talked about the deaths at Carnage's hands then witnessed Courtney
Johnson, an employee of the hotel, say that Kaine needed to check out
of the hotel, as the room had been reserved by others. When Annabelle
called, having been taken hostage, Wally and Aracely rushed to help,
leaving Donald to wake Kaine up. As Donald brewed coffee, he heard
Kaine mutter in his sleep about how he'd killed people in New York. As
Kaine woke and sobered up, Donald helped him realize he was actually
a hero, even if he was an unorthodox one. An armed man in a Santa
costume soon burst in with Annabelle and Kaine defeated him and other
criminals. They later celebrated the victory with Kaine, who'd
decided to remain in Houston.
(Scarlet Spider II#15) -
Wally and Donald went out to dinner with Kaine, Annabelle and Aracely.
(Scarlet Spider II#16) -
Wally and Donald dressed up in
cowboy gear and took Kaine, Aracely and Annabelle to a rodeo, where
they were impressed by Aracely's telepathic skills while watching
performer Wyatt Taft. When Armadillo attacked the rodeo, Wally and
Donald watched as Scarlet Spider defeated him.
(Scarlet Spider II#17) -
Donald saw a man rushed to the
hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and he found a bullet in the man
marked with the name Kaine.
(Scarlet Spider II#21) -
Donald emerged from surgery and
was told Aracely had called, frightened about something. Donald called
to check in with Wally (who had just found their dog Buddy dead) but
shortly after that, he was kidnapped by Ana Kraven.
(Scarlet Spider II#22) -
Wally, Donald, Annabelle and
Aracely were held in the zoo, tied up as bait for the Scarlet Spider.
Kraven the Hunter and Ana Kraven fought back when the hero arrived.
(Scarlet Spider II#23) -
Surrounded by lions, Donald and
Wally watched helplessly as Scarlet Spider battled Kraven and Ana.
Kraven demanded that Scarlet Spider kill him to end the fight but
Kaine refused so Ana gutted Donald in front of the others, savagely
slicing open his stomach. Scarlet Spider slammed a knife into Kraven's
chest then rushed to try and save Donald's life, packing his wounds
and binding them before freeing Wally, Annabelle and Aracely. Ana
fled with her father and Wally asked Kaine to leave them as they tended
to Donald. Donald was rushed to the hospital and had an initial
surgery then remained in critical care as Wally and Annabelle waited
(Scarlet Spider II#24) -
Kaine and Aracely visited
Donald, who continued to improve, though the doctors told him he was
facing long-term damage and the potential of having to use a colostomy
III#1/7) - Donald, using a cane and
discharged from the hospital, went to the Four Seasons to make amends
with Kaine but he saw Peter Parker there instead. Thinking Peter was
Kaine's brother, Donald told him how Kaine had saved his life several
Created by Christopher Yost, Ryan Stegman and Michael Babinski.
Donald Meland has no known connections to:
- any other "Donald"
or "Meland" characters.
Scarlet Spider II#21, p8, pan1 (main)
Scarlet Spider II#4, p12, pan4 (face)
Scarlet Spider II#1-2 (March-April, 2012) - Christopher Yost (writer),
Ryan Stegman (penciler), Michael Babinski (inker), Stephen Wacker
Scarlet Spider II#3 (May, 2012) - Chris Yost (writer), Ryan Stegman
(penciler), Michael Babinski, Wade Von Grawbadger (inkers), Stephen
Scarlet Spider II#4-5 (June-July, 2012) - Chris Yost (writer), Ryan
Stegman (penciler), Michael Babinski, Cam Smith (inkers), Stephen
Scarlet Spider II#7 (September, 2012) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham
(penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Minimum Carnage: Alpha#1 (December, 2012) - Cullen Bunn, Chris Yost
(writers), Lan Medina (penciler), Karl Kesel, Cam Smith, Walden Wong
(inkers), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#12 (February, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Reilly
Brown (penciler), Terry Pallot (inker), Tom Brenan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#15 (May, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham, Neil
Edwards, Paulo Siqueira (pencilers), Terry Pallot, Bit, Victor Olazaba
(inkers), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#16 (June, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Khoi Pham
(penciler), Terry Pallot, Victor Olazaba (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#17 (July, 2013) - Chris Yost (writer), Carlo Barberi
(penciler), Walden Wong (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#21 (October, 2013) - Chris Yost, Erik Burnham
(writers), Carlo Barberi, David Baldeon (pencilers), Terry Pallott,
Victor Olazaba (inker), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#22 (November, 2013) - Chris Yost, Erik Burnham
(writers), David Baldeon, Pat Olliffe, Tim Green (pencilers), Terry
Pallott, Victor Olazaba (inkers), Tom Brennan (editor)
Scarlet Spider II#23-25 (December, 2013-February, 2014) - Chris Yost,
Erik Burnham (writers), David Baldeon (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#1/7 (June, 2014) - Chris Yost (writer), David
Baldeon (artist), Jordi Tarragona (inker), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Last updated: 04/13/2021
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