Real Name: Detective Phil Rodriguez

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Police detective

Group Membership: New York City Police Department

Affiliations: Jessica Drew, Madame Web (Cassandra Webb), Ronald Parady, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Martha "Mattie" Franklin)

Enemies: Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius), Spider-Woman (Charlotte Wittier)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York

First Appearance: Spider-Woman III#1 (July, 1999)

Powers/Abilities: Detective Phil Rodriguez is a trained and experienced police detective who is also an expert marksman with his handgun.

Height: 6'2" (by approximation)
Weight: 180 lbs. (by appearance)
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

(Spider-Woman III#1 (fb) - BTS) - Detective Phil Rodriguez was a cop with NYPD for years. When a string of seven murders of CEOs (including Andrew Ramsey) were committed by a super-powered individual, Captain Ronald Parady assigned Rodriguez to the case. As Randolph Conroy was kidnapped, witnesses saw a woman with spider-powers.

(Spider-Woman III#1) - Parady ordered Rodriguez to track down leads before the media learned of the murders. A female officer gave Rodriguez a lead on Ramsey, and he kissed her on the cheek, promising her dinner soon. While investigating, Rodriguez saw a body fly through a wall, and the evil Spider-Woman attacked. Rodriguez shot her in the shoulder before Spider-Woman grabbed Martha Franklin, a civilian, as hostage and ran away. Jessica Drew (another Spider-Woman, in her civilian identity) yelled at Rodriguez to shoot the villain, but he didn't want to hit the hostage. Rodriguez soon saw an astral image of Madame Web aid Spider-Man in defeating the evil Spider-Woman, then Mattie Franklin absorbed Spider-Woman's powers herself.

(Spider-Woman III#2) - Rodriguez was startled to see Franklin adapt to her new spider powers. When massive spider legs burst from her back, Rodriguez shot at Franklin, and she jumped off the side of a building to escape with Spider-Man rushing after her. Rodriguez and Drew then realized that Charlotte Witter had escaped. Madame Web, astrally, told them that Witter was her granddaughter, just as Doctor Octopus attacked with Franklin at his side, under his control. Rodriguez fired on Doctor Octopus multiple times, but the villain evaded all of his shots. Franklin broke free and defeated Doctor Octopus, then took on the name Spider-Woman for herself. Spider-Woman, Spider-Man, and Drew all left, leaving Rodriguez to take care of the unconscious Doctor Octopus, and he dreaded the paperwork he'd have to do.

(Spider-Woman III#3) - Rodriguez sat with Madame Web as she intuited that Spider-Woman was back in control of her powers, and she recounted the ritual that gave Franklin her power.

Comments: Created by John Byrne, Bart Sears, Randy Elliott, and Raymond Kryssing.

This profile was completed 3/17/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Chadman.

Phil Rodriguez has no known connections to:

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Spider-Woman III#1, p27, pan1 (main)
Spider-Woman III#1, p20, pan1 (face)

Spider-Woman III#1-3 (July-September, 1999) - John Byrne (writer), Bart Sears (penciler), Randy Elliot, Raymond Kryssing (inkers), Ralph Macchio (editor)

First Posted: 09/26/2021
Last updated: 09/25/2021

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