Real Name: Hiawatha Smith
Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality
Occupation: Empire State University History
Group Membership: ESU staff
Affiliations: Professor Wells, Spider-Friends (Firestar/Angelica Jones, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Spider-Man/Peter Parker), unidentified father
Enemies: Red Skull,
Known Relatives: Unidentified
father (see comments)
Base of Operations: ESU campus, New York, USA
First Appearance: Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon
episode, "Quest of the Red Skull" (December 5, 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Smith is a
trained archaeologist and professor of American history. He was well
in how to use a bow and arrow, boomerang and lasso.
He could also talk to snakes.
Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 167 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "Quest of the Red Skull" (fb) - BTS) - When Smith was a young man, his father passed down all of his powers and skills to him, including all mystical knowledge and Indian law since the dawn of time.
(Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "Quest of the Red Skull" (fb) - BTS) - At one point, Smith inherited the Scorpio Engraving from his father and kept it safe, hidden behind a tapestry. He also made a duplicate of it and kept it in a hidden panel in his living room. He was unaware of what the engraving meant at the time.
(Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode - "Quest of the Red Skull") - Having apparently deduced the significance of the Scorpio Engraving, Smith anticipated the Red Skull to try to steal the Scorpio Engraving. Arranging pillows under his bedsheets, he waited as the Red Skull's agents broke into his bedroom. When they discovered his ruse, Smith lassoed one of the agents and tossed his boomerang at the other. Doing so, however, caused the agent to drop his gas grenade and it went off. Rushing to the sliding door of the bedroom to escape the gas, Smith found himself staring into the eyes of the Red Skull himself. Dazed from the gas, Smith was helpless as the Skull forced his way inside. The Skull used more gas to completely knock Smith out before taking him back to his headquarters. The heroic Spider-Man was also gassed by the Skull's agents as he passed by, sensing the danger of the attack on Smith from the home of Professor Wells, Smith's next door neighbor.
Smith came to upside down and suspended over a snake enclosure while the Red Skull monologued about the Scorpio Engraving and why he needed it. When the Skull and his men left, Smith asked the python to free him using his powers. It did, after which Smith easily slipped from his bounds and left the enclosure but not before petting the python's head and thanking it.
Rushing back to his house, Smith was startled by the arriving Iceman and Firestar (Spider-Man having already been there. Not recognizing them, Smith easily subdued the heroes and leaped to his roof before Spider-Man was able to explain who they were. Realizing he could use people with their abilities, Smith invited them inside and showed them a brief film reel explaining the history of World War II. He then explained the purpose of the Scorpio Engraving, which was a map to hidden Nazi treasure.
Via unrevealed means, the four made their way to South America and the particular jungle indicated on the engraving. When Spider-Man destroyed a bird that had been following them, Smith was amazed to find a TV camera inside the fake bird's innards, revealing the Skull had been watching them the entire time. When a swarm of vampire bats attacked, Smith ducked as Iceman formed a barrier around them. Smith then ordered Firestar to create a cave in a nearby cliff wall with her heat. Once Iceman had corralled the bats into the newly formed cave, Smith was puzzled that the bats would be attacking in daytime and Spider-Man deduced that the Skull must have disturbed the bats by tunneling underground. Placing his ear to the ground, Smith was able to determine that the Skull had been close by due to the earthworms' movement. Moving into the jungle and following the Skull's path, Smith and the Spider-Friends (save Spider-Man) then walked into a booby trap set by the Skull's agents and were buried in dirt, helpless as the Skull's earth mover bored down on them. When Spider-Man saved them, Smith drew a map in the dirt, indicating the center of the swastika as seen on the map would be where the treasure was.
When Firestar flew ahead but failed to return and Smith hoped she had left a trail for them. He was silent when Iceman pointed to the giant swastika burned into the side of a mountain with "here guys" written over it. Entering the secret temple, Smith warned Spider-Man about a nearby booby trap. When all they found was a note by the Red Skull, the trio left the temple. Smith subsequently pointed to a departing truck and when Spider-Man and Iceman followed the truck to the shore, Smith arrived just after the truck turned into a submarine and vanished under the waves. Smith had an idea where the Skull would go though: Skull Island. The trio then made their way to Skull Island via unrevealed means. Spider-Man and Iceman went ahead and were captured while Smith opted to sneak into the Skull's base. Near the moat that surrounded the base, Smith first called out to the Skull before launching a large rock into the water via a homemade catapult to trick the Skull into thinking he had dove into the piranha-infested moat. He then called on all the Indian gods of water before pouring a potion into his boomerang. Throwing it, the boomerang saturated the water with the potion, in turn driving the piranha to the bottom of the moat. Smith then casually slipped into the water and swam to the other side. Climbing up the side of the Red Skull's base, Smith found the Spider-Friends tied to specially made rockets designed to negate their powers. Smith fired a flaming arrow into Firestar's rocket, which warmed her up enough to help her muster her powers and melt her bonds. He then watched as Firestar freed Spider-Man and Iceman and redirected the rockets to the base. Smith waited on the base's roof as Iceman made the Skull's agents pilot their airship back to the base and pick him and Spider-Man (who had tried to capture the Red Skull) up. They then climbed aboard before the rockets blew up the Island. Arriving back in the United States, Smith talked to the government, who told him no trace of the Skull was found but Smith had a feeling the Red Skull would be back. He thanked the Spider-Friends but told them he had to hurry, as he had a class to teach.
Comments: Created by Dennis Marks and Marvel
Productions, Ltd. (see Appearances list for list of artists involved).
Michael Ansara was the credited voice actor for Hiawatha Smith.
Presumably his father is deceased but nothing is said to confirm this. No idea how they got to South America and back in what appears to be a single night. Maybe Smith knew some people?This profile was completed 7/26/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.
Profile by David Lawrence.
Character Name has no known connections to:
Smith's father was a great hero during World War II and chief of the Indian Nations. After the war, he passed his powers and knowledge down to his son as well as the Scorpion Engraving, which he found under unrevealed circumstances.
--Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Quest of the Red Skull"
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Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Quest of the Red Skull" (all images in this profile)
Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends cartoon episode, "Quest of the Red Skull" (December 5, 1981) - Dennis Marks (writer), Jan Green, Rick Hoberg, Cullen Houghtaling, Larry Houston, Sherman Labby, Will Meugniot, Dick Sebast, Bob Schaffer, Don Shepard, Hank Tucker, Warren Tufts (storyboards), Bruce Bennett, Norm Cabral, Dan Faucett, Neil Galloway, Greg Garcia, Gary Graham, Rick Graham, Karl Hepworth, Stuart Heimdall, Elian Hultgren, Boyd Kirkland, Debra Pugh, Dave Sharp, Roy Smith, Tom Tholen, Grant Wilson, Roy Wilson, Bob Foster (layouts), Gerry Chiniquy, Steve Clark, John Gribbs, Donald L. Jurwich, Sid Marcus, Bob Richardson, Nelson Shin, Arthur Vitello (animation directors)
First Posted: 09/21/2021
Last updated: 09/20/2021
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