Real Name: Hobart "Hobie" Brown
Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-138) human mutate
Occupation: Lead singer, guitarist;
former rebel leader
Group Membership: Amazing
Arachnids (Spider-Ham-8311/Peter Porker, Spider-Man-2301/Peter Parker,
Spider-Man-9411/Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man-9500/Max Borne, Spider-Man-50101 (India)/Pavitr Prabhakar, Spider-Man-90214
(Noir)/Peter Parker, Spider-UK-833/Billy Braddock), Spider-Band (all
Anarchy/Karl Morningdew (see comments), Hulk/Robert Bruce
"Robbie" Banner, Kamala Khan, RiotHeart/Riri Williams)
formerly Web-Warriors (Black Widow-1610/Jessica Drew, Lady Spider-803/Maybelle Reilly, Octavia Otto-1104, Spider-Girl-616/Anya Corazon, Spider-Ham-8311/Peter Porker, Spider-Man-90214 (Noir)/Peter Parker, Spider-UK-833/Billy Braddock, Spider-Woman-65/Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman-982 (MC2)/Mayday Parker), Spider-Slayers (Earth-138), Spider-Army (interdimensional) (Arachnosaur-99476, Aracnido, Jr.-15349/Junior, Black Widow-1610/Jessica Drew, Bombastic Bag-Man-15343/Peter Parker, Captain Spider-78127/Eugene Thompson, Cosmic Spider-Man-13/Peter Parker, Doppelganger-616, Kwaku Anansi-7082, Lady Spider-803/Maybelle Reilly, Mini-Spider-Man-15312, Octo-Spidey-11983/Peter Parker, Old Man Spider-4/Ezekiel Sims, Prince of Arachne-71004/Peter Parker, Scarlet Spider-616/Kaine, Silk-616/Cindy Moon, Six-Armed Spider-Man-92100/Peter Parker, SP//dr-14512/Peni Parker, "Spider-Fist"-19156, Spider-Girl-616/Anya Corazon, Spider-Girl-982 (MC2)/Mayday Parker, Spider-Girl-78227/Betty Brant, Spider-Ham-8311/Peter Porker, Spider-Ham-93726/Piguel O'Malley, Spider-Horse-31913, Spider-Jameson-78327/John Jameson III, Spider-Man-67/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-94/Ben Reilly, Spider-Man-616/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-928 (2099 AD)/Miguel O'Hara, Spider-Man-989/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-1610/Miles Morales, Spider-Man-3145/Ben Parker, Spider-Man J-7041/Sho Amano, Spider-Man-7122 (alt. Mangaverse)/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-9500/Max Borne, Spider-Man-11714/Peter Parker, "Spider-Man"-15151, Spider-Man-18119/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-50810/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-51778/Takuya Yamashiro, Spider-Man-57780/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-66115, Spider-Man-70105/Bruce Banner, Spider-Man-90214 (Noir)/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-96283/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-99062, Spider-Man-120703/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-313710, Spider-Mobile-53931/Peter Parkedcar, "Spider the Hunter"-19156, Spider-UK-833/Billy Braddock, Spider-Woman-65/Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman-616/Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman-1036/Erin Hasko, Spider-Woman-807128/Ashley Barton, Superior Spider-Man-616/Otto Octavius possessing Peter Parker's body, "Ultimate" Spider-Man-12041/Peter Parker, Webslinger-31913/Patrick O'Hara, others), Spider-Slayers (Earth-138), Superior Spider-Army (Assassin Spider-Man-8351/Peter Parker, Black Widow-1610/Jessica Drew, Cyborg Spider-Man-2818/Peter Parker, Lady Spider-803/Maybelle Reilly, "Six Armed" Spider-Man-92100, Spider-Man-1610/Miles Morales, Spider-Man-17628/Peter Parker, Spider-Man-50101 (India)/Pavitr Prabhakar, Spider-Man-44145/Norman Osborn, Spider-Man-90214 (Noir)/Peter Parker, Spiders-Man-11580, Spider-Monkey-8101/Peter Parker, Spider-Woman-807128/Ashley Barton, Superior Spider-Man-616/Otto Octavius possessing Peter Parker's body, Webslinger-31913/Patrick O'Hara), Spider Army (Earth-138)
Affiliations: (Earth-138) Daredevil Drummer of
Philly (Mattea Murdock), M.C. Strange, Paola, Rick;
(multiversal) Spider Army (Petey-91918/Peter Parker, Spider-Ben-91918/Ben Parker, Spider-Cop-19119, Spiderling-18119/Annie Parker, Spider-Ma'am-3123/May Parker, Spinneret/Mary-Jane Watson-Parker-18119,
Annihilation Wave, the Hunters, Hydra, Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Kraven the
Hunter, Marauders (Armor/Hisako, Daken, Sunfire/Shiro), President
Osborn, Red Skull, Surf Annihilus, Ta$kma$ter, Thunderbolt
Department, Thunderstrike (Eric Masters), U-Foes, Universal Church of
Truth ("Guru," others), Vulture (Toomes)
(multiversal) Carnage-22191, Deadpool-616 ("Wade Wilson"), Doctor Octopus-50810 (Otto Octavius), Ducktor Doom-93726, Electros (Battery-1082/Mike Dillon, Electro Prime-449/Max Dillon, Electro-9009/Max Dillon, others), Enforcers-22191 (Fancy Dan, Montana, Ox), Inheritors-001 (Bora, Brix, Daemos, Jennix, Morlun, Solus, Verna), Kang the Conglomerator, Looter-616 (Norton Fester), Green Goblin-22191 (Mayor Norman Osborn), Sinister Six-177 (Doctor Octopus, Electro, Gog, Kraven, Rhino, Vulture), Sinister Six-3015 (Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin, Lizard, Mysterio, Rhino, Scorpion), Sinister Six-22191 (Doctor Octopus, Electro/Max Dillon, Kraven, Sandman, Scorpion/Mac Gargan, Vulture), Spider-Man-44145/Norman Osborn, Spider-Man-22916 (Harry Osborn/Green Goblin), Spiders-Man-11580, Thor-22191, Tombstone-22191, Venom-7122, Venom-22191 (Eddie Brock), Verna's Hounds (Aleksei, Joseph, Raymond, others)
formerly Superior Spider-Man-616 (Otto Octavius possessing Peter Parker's body)
(sporting rivals only) Seething Snikters (Albert-616, Colonel Logan-811/Days of Future Past, Mean-5311, Wild Thing-982/NC2, Wolverine-295, Wolverine-2301/Mangaverse, Wolvie of Mojoverse, Wolverine in original costume (possibly Wolverine-74135), unidentified Wolverine in old brown costume)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Anarchic Spider-Man, Spider-Man (see comments)
Base of Operations: Spider-Base
(Brooklyn Community Center), Brooklyn, New York City, Earth-138
formerly Inheritor's citadel, Loomworld/Earth-001; Arachnia, Battleworld
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man III#10 (January 2015)
Powers/Abilities: Spider-Man has superhuman strength (lifting at least one ton), speed, reflexes, endurance and equilibrium. He presumably possesses a precognitive spider-sense warning of impending danger like his extradimensional counterparts. Able to stick to and scale walls, he can produce webbing to entangle opponents or swing between buildings; whether this is an innate ability or mechanically produced is unrevealed. He uses his spiked mask as a weapon, headbutting opponents, and also deploys his guitars as impromptu clubs. He is an excellent guitarist, capable drummer and terrible singer, though he claims this last is intentional and punk.
Weight: 150 lbs.
(Spider-Verse I#2/3 (fb) - BTS) - Hobart "Hobie" Brown was born on Earth-138, a world where America had been become a dystopia controlled by the oppressive regime of President Osborn.
(Web Warriors I#7 (fb) - BTS) - Hobie was a huge fan of musician Gwen Stacy, who he considered the most influential musician and greatest artist of his generation, elevated to a legend by the epic way she died. He felt that big business, fascist government, consumerism and apathy had destroyed his world.
(Web Warriors I#10 (fb) - BTS) - His music was his way of expressing his bottomless rage and despair at a world bought and sold by corporations because people just didnt care.
I#2/3 (fb) - BTS) - As a teenage squatter he was bitten by a
radioactive spider created by illegal waste dumping and gained
spider powers to become the Anarchic Spider-Man, a "radioactive
suicide machine." Opposing Osborn's regime, he gathered a ragtag
band of followers, his "Spider Army," composed of society's stepped-upon, beat-down, hard-luck losers, and allies
including Captain Anarchy. Together they prepared to take on corrupt law enforcers of Osborn's Thunderbolt Department, armed with their Variable Engagement
Neuro-sensitive Organic Mesh, VENOM, developed by Oscorp to help them
seek to root out subversion and weakness and keep America
strong. Aware that VENOM was vulnerable to sonics, Spider-Man prepared
for the coming fight by setting up massive speakers in a truck to boost
his guitar playing to devastating levels.
(Spider-Verse I#2/3) - Spider-Man and his Army faced off against Osborn and his Thunderbolt Department. When the enforcers charged the Army dropped the truck's tarpaulin sides to expose the speakers and Hobie began playing, hitting them with 15000 volts of punk rock from an army of amps set to 11. His Army attacked while the Thunderbolts were still reeling, taking them down, while Hobie went for Osborn himself. The President managed to pull a gun despite the sonics, but Hobie smashed the despot's skull in with his guitar. As Hobie and his allies celebrated taking America back from those who would crush the people under their boots, he was covertly watched by Earth-616's Superior Spider-Man (Otto Octavius secretly possessing the stolen body of Peter Parker), who concluded Hobie was an angry, unpredictable rabble-rouser...and thus an ideal recruit.
(Spider-Punk I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Unknown to Hobie and his allies, Osborn survived as a decapitated head, presumably because of the VENOM tech he was using at the time. However, with the world believing him dead, his regime publicly collapsed...
(Spider-Punk I#2 (fb) - BTS) - though an underground network of bases remained, dedicated to maintaining Osborn's power in secret.
III#10 (fb) - BTS) - Octavius approached Hobie, informed him that a
family called the Inheritors were traveling the multiverse
slaughtering Spiders wherever the found them, and recruited Hobie into
his Superior Spider Army to fight them. Hobie joined the Army in its
base on Earth-928 in the year 2099 A.D., their presence there masked
from the Inheritors' scans by a cloaking device Octavius had made, and
underwent training designed by Octavius to forge his Army into a
cohesive fighting unit.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#10) - Hobie accompanied Octavius
and the Assassin Spider-Man of Earth-8351 to Earth-1610, where they
rescued local heroes Miles Morales (Spider-Man) and Jessica Drew (Black
Widow) from three Hounds, former superhumans turned into animalistic
servants of the Inheritor Verna. After killing the Hounds the Army
members and their new recruits teleported away before Verna could
retaliate for their slaughtering of her "pets."
Soon after they returned to 928 a number of
new Spiders materialized in their midst, members of a separate Spider
Army that had sprung up independently, and who now hoped to combine
forces. Unfortunately the sudden addition of so many new Spiders
overwhelmed Octavius' cloaking device, revealing their location to the
Inheritors. Soon realizing they were fighting a losing battle, the
surviving Spiders, Hobie included, fled back to the other Spider Army's
base on Earth-13.
(Spider-Woman V#3) - Having infiltrated Loomworld by
posing as one of the Inheritors' slaves, Spider-Woman-616 (Jessica Drew)
stumbled into the chamber of another of the Inheritor's slaves, the
Master Weaver, and saw that he was monitoring Spiders from across the
multiverse, including Hobie, in his Web of Life
and Destiny (a.k.a. the Great Web), a
lattice of energy that ran throughout all realities, allowing those
who controlled it to transit between realities and predict the future
to some extent.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#11) - As an
argument between Spider-Man-616 (Peter Parker) and Superior
Spider-Man-616 (secretly the
villainous Otto Octavius in control of Peter Parker's stolen body)
over who should lead their combined forces broke out into a fist fight,
Hobie joined in betting over which one would win. The real Peter won,
and sent some of the Army off on missions across the multiverse, though
Hobie stayed with the bulk of their forces on Earth-13. Shortly afterwards however the Inheritors Morlun and Jennix
portalled to Earth-13, accompanied by their father, Solus. The Army's
most powerful member, Cosmic Spider-Man, immediately incinerated
Jennix, but then, as Hobie and the others watched helplessly, Solus
easily devoured the hero.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#12) - The Spider Army attacked, but were unable to stop Morlun departing to Earth-001 with young Benjy Parker-982, calling the infant "the Scion." As the other Spiders fought a losing battle against the Inheritor patriarch Spider-UK desperately called on his bracelet for back-up, which promptly arrived in the form of Takuya Yamashiro, the Spider-Man of Earth-51778, piloting the giant mecha Leopardon. For a moment this looked like it might turn the tide, but then Solus ripped one of the mech's arms off with casual ease; seeing this, Pavitr Prabhakar (the Indian Spider-Man of Earth-50101) called to the others that they should not just stand there but should do something, to which Hobie quipped that he was doing something, he was crapping his pants. Despite the mech failing to stop Solus, it granted the heroes a valuable distraction, giving them time to evacuation to Earth-8847, a world dominated by dinosaurs, but this only provided them a brief respite before the Inheritor Verna and her hounds portalled in to attack. With seemingly nowhere to run that the Inheritors couldn't immediately follow, things seemed momentarily hopeless, though Hobie made it clear he was willing to die fighting so long as he managed to take some of their enemies with them, but a multiversal call from another of the Army presented them a potential haven on the post-nuclear Earth-3145, safe from the Inheritors because they had an extreme vulnerability to radiation. Since the irradiated landscape would also prove lethal in time for the Spiders, they quickly retreated to a bunker.
Spider-Man III#13) - Some of the team
finished translating some scrolls that Spider-Woman-616 had smuggled out
of Earth-001 with the help of the Master Weaver. The scrolls revealed
that the Spider-totems had a unique relationship to the Web of Life and
Destiny; since the Inheritors used the Web to maintain their power and
prey on other realities, the Spiders' continued existence was seen as a
threat, so the Inheritors intended to wipe out all the Spiders across
the multiverse by sacrificing three special ones, the Scion (Benjy
Parker-982, the Other (Kaine-616) and the Bride (Silk-616), in
accordance to ancient prophecy.
(Spider-Verse Team-Up I#3/2) - Hobie watched as Spider-Girl-982 demanded they set off for Earth-001 immediately before the Inheritors could sacrifice her baby brother, then stormed off angrily when some of the others counseled caution instead, fearing to do so would be a suicide mission.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#13) - Spider-Girl-616 (Anya Corazon) discovered some other vital information from the scrolls she felt might the tide of the war in their favor, and gathered a team that included Hobie for a new mission, which she now proposed to Spider-Man-616.
Team-Up I#3) - The scrolls had revealed that one Inheritor,
Karn, hated the others and unlike them did not kill for
pleasure, but only to survive, so Spider-Man-616 agreed to try
to turn him to their side. Spider-UK and the others arrived on
Earth-3123 in time to prevent him feeding from that world's
Spider-Ma'am (May Parker). Though initially resistant to their
entreaties, while battling him each of the Spiders chosen for
the mission used their personal life experiences to gradually
break through to Karn; when he insisted his family could not
be defeated by anyone, Hobie responded (as he headbutted Karn
in the gut) that was what the power structure wanted him to
think, and that was why he had to stand up and fight,
asking Karn whether he wanted to die on his feet or live on
his knees. Finally they won him over, even offering to share a
small piece of each member's life force so he could keep his
hunger in check.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#13 - BTS) - While Hobie's group were away, Spider-Man-616 tried to contact the Inheritor's other two main targets, only to discover both had already made their way to Earth-001. With the situation now critical, Spider-Man-616 ordered an immediate assault on the Inheritors' home reality.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#14) - The other Spider teams had fought their way into the Inheritor's citadel when Karn arrived, accompanied by Hobie and his group.
(Spider-Verse I#2/5 - BTS) - The Spider
Army battled the Inheritors.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#14 - BTS) - Wave after wave of arriving Spiders overwhelmed the Inheritors, who were eventually overpowered and exiled to Earth-3145, whose radioactive nature the Spiders hoped would ensure the posed no future threat.
(Amazing Spider-Man III#15) - With the battle now over, Spider-UK used his dimension-hopping bracelet to send the surviving members of the Spider Army, including Hobie, back to their home realities. Before stepping through the portal to Earth-138 Hobie warned Spider-UK to keep an eye on Karn, who had assumed the identity of the Master Weaver, reminding him that before he had switched sides Karn had slain innumerable Spiders.
(Edge of Spider-Geddon I#1 (fb) - BTS - see comments) - Back on Earth-138 Hobie teamed up with Captain Anarchy to battle the Annihilation Wave, composed of surf-music loving Negative Zone insectoids led by Surf-Annihilus; with Captain Anarchy and the Hulk to trash the U-Foes at the Hellfire Club; with Hulk and M.C. Strange to push the Universal Church of Truth cult out of Queens; and with the Hulk alone to put down Hydra on the city streets. At some point the Hulk's alter ego, Robbie Banner, fell out with Hobie, deciding Hobie was exploiting him and not really about freedom as he claimed to be. Insisting he was quitting the heroing scene for good, Banner nevertheless entrusted Captain Anarchy with the special music tape required to trigger his transformation into the Hulk rather than simply destroying it.
(Web Warriors I#7 (fb) - BTS) - Hobie formed a band, the
Spider-Slayers, with himself as singer and lead guitarist. At some point
he was given a Web-watch by the Spiders now operating out of Loomworld
as the Web-Warriors, allowing him to transport between realities.
However Hobie did not normally wear it (whether to avoid risking it
being damaged, or just because he didn't think it fitted his aesthetic,
(Web Warriors I#7) - The Spider-Slayers threw a concert in
New York City before a crowd of hard core fans, his Spider Army,
intending to broadcast it over Radio Free Medianet. Before beginning
playing, Hobie preached to the crowd that it wasn't enough to simply
overthrow Osborn, but before he could complete his statement the power
was cut by Toomes, owner of Toomestone Records, itself a subsidiary of
Toomestone/Bestman. Toomes informed Spider-Man that they now owned the
no longer "Free" Medianet and there are now fees to be assessed.
Angrily, Hobie denounced Toomes as a vulture, insisting the businessman
couldn't silence them, but Toomes pointed out he now owned all their
equipment and so could silence them. Challenging Toomes, Hobie asked
"You and what army?" only for a squad of heavily armed enforcers in riot
gear to emerge from the crowd, complete with shields labeled Vulture
Records. Undaunted, Hobie called for his Spider Army to stand their
ground, at which Toomes ordered his goons to disperse them with force.
Leaping over everyone's head intending to brain Toomes with his guitar,
Hobie was caught by surprise when the villain was sprayed in the face by
webbing. Glancing up in surprise, Hobie saw to his shock a version of
Spider-Ham in a black costume (Spider-Ham 2099 from Earth-93726) swing
(Web Warriors I#7 - BTS) - Within minutes an army of
Duckbots appeared close behind Spider-Ham. Though they looked silly,
because they operated on cartoon physics they proved surprisingly
durable and took down Vulture's entire army, then reigned havoc down on
NYC over the next few days. Hobie, assuming Spider-Ham-2099 was part of
the invasion force, webbed the pig up, put on his Web-watch, and opened
a portal to Loomworld.
(Web Warriors I#7) - After arriving on Loomworld Hobie
casually greeted the others in his usual way, saying hi to Anya, Pavitr,
"Posh Spider Lady" (Lady Spider of Earth-803) and Karn (who Hobie called
"immortal invincible cannibal who will someday kill us all"). However
when the Spider-Woman of Earth-65 entered the chamber Hobie had a major
fanboy moment as he recognized her to be a version of his musical idol
Gwen Stacy (see comments), even failing to correct her when the
flustered Gwen called him "Spider-Punk." However, he was reminded of the
reason for his visit when the others asked about his prisoner.
Explaining that (he believed) Spider-Ham 2099 was the head of an
invasion force, Hobie asked the Web-Warriors to follow him back to
Hobie showed the others the Duckbots, and Karn, back on Loomworld but now examining the Web, reported to them that somehow two Realities, 138 and 93726, had become entangled. Moments later the true master of the Duckbots, Ducktor Doom, confronted them. Luckily for Hobie's world, while everyone else struggled to fight the Duckbots, the Web-Warriors' Spider-Ham (of Earth-8311) operated on the same cartoon logic as the invaders, and easily defeated them single-handedly by spinning his right arm really fast to generate a tornado. However, though Doom and his robots were sent back to their home reality, a new interdimensional rift abruptly opened, revealing two giant robots fighting one another, one of them decked out in Spider-Man's colors.
(Web Warriors I#8) - Staring up at the giant mechs, Hobie
asked the others if any of them had an idea how to handle this new
situation. Though unsure, Anya decided that their best bet was to attack
the one that didn't resemble Spider-Man, a choice that soon proved to be
the correct one as the other robot, a "Mega-Morph," proved to be piloted
by a version of Doctor Octopus (from Earth-50810). However, it soon
became clear the Web-Warriors' intervention had no real effect on the
(Web-Warriors I#8 - BTS) - Back on Loomworld the Web-Warriors' new ally Octavia Otto (a good Doc Ock counterpart from Earth-1104) devised a way to untangle the Web's strands by "yanking" on them,...
(Web Warriors I#8) - causing a brief cross-reality quake
that sent the Octopus Mega-Morph and many of the Web-Warriors tumbling
to random realities.
(Web Warriors I#9) - Hobie was left in his home reality
with Anya, Lady Spider and the Spider-Man
Mega-Morph, but found they could not raise Karn on their communicators
nor open portals to other realities.
(Web Warriors I#9 - BTS) - Using the Mega-Morph's technology, Lady Spider began working on constructing a new communicator..
(Web Warriors I#10) - Deciding the Mega-Morph was a "huge, pointless corporate toy" Hobie amused himself by drumming on its foot. When the pilot inside complained that the sound was resonating through the housing and giving him a headache, the comment gave Lady Spider an idea, and she jury rigged one of the bracelets, drawing power from the Mega-Morph to turn it into a giant amp for Hobies electric guitar in order to boost the signal so that their bracelet, designed to resonate with others of its kind over the Web, would call out to the ones used by the other Web-Warriors. As soon as Hobie began playing the group were pulled through the multiverse to materialize where the others were - which proved to be on on Earth-803, in the middle of fighting an army of cross-reality Electros. To make matters worse, the leader of the villains, a living being of electricity called the Battery, immediately entered and commandeered the Mega-Morph.
(Web Warriors I#11) - Hobie and the others joined a new Spider Army that Octavia had hastily assembled to battle the possessed mech, but it shrugged off their attacks until Ben Parker, the Spider-Man of Earth-3145, sacrificed his life by forcing the Battery to absorb his mind into itself. Though this killed his physical form, Ben's strong personality influenced the Battery, infecting it with Ben's moral code, and ordered the other Electros to surrender or die. However, the danger proved to not yet be over, as the Master Weaver alerted the Web-Warriors that in their absence the insane Harry Osborn of Earth-90214 had attacked their base on Earth-001 and was now ripping apart the Web. To thwart this Pavitr, Octavia and Lady Spider came up with a plan to use the Mega-Morph again as a giant amp, its power boosted even further than before by all the Electros, while Hobie and Gwen played together to shake not one strand, but the whole Web, disabling Osborn from realities away and saving the multiverse by playing rock and roll. Returning to Loomworld with the Web-Warriors, Hobie suggested to Gwen that they cut an album together and distribute it underground, but she informed him that while his look was cool, his singing voice was awful; Hobie responded this was intentional, insisting that was punk.
(Deadpool: Too Soon? Infinite Comic I#6) Hobie took part in a
baseball match between the Seething Snikters interdimensional
Wolverines team and Amazing Arachnids interdimensional
Spider-Men, and was pitching for the Arachnids when Deadpool
crashed the game. Hobie joined both teams and the spectators in
driving the annoying mercenary off.
(Spider-Geddon I#0) - Seeking to monitor the Inheritors' condition in their exile, Pavitr began sending remote controlled robotic drones to Earth-3145, though each was swiftly destroyed by the Inheritors, usually Daemos, upon entering the bunker the villains had taken refuge in. Hobie joined Pavitr for Drone 23, but decried the waste of resources. After writing a derogatory message on it "Bite it you scum"), he suggested Pavitr should strap a bomb to the drone and blow up the Inheritors, or at least their radiation-proof shelter. Pavitr countered by reminding him that their team didn't kill their enemies, and Hobie rebutted by pointing out that he had killed his version of Norman Osborn. As the drone arrived on Earth-3145 and made its way to the bunker Hobie continued a sarcastic commentary right up until Daemos appeared and the signal cut off. As Hobie sardonically asked who could have predicted that outcome, Pavitr turned and told him he was the worst Spider-Man.
(Spider-Geddon I#0 - BTS) - Other members of the
Web-Warriors eventually replaced Hobie in sharing Pavitr's drone runs,
much to Pavitr's relief.
(Edge of Spider-Geddon I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Hobie may have
become at least somewhat aware of who Kang the Conqueror was (see
(Superior Octopus I#1/2) - Having dismantled the
Inheritors' Loomworld, a patchwork planet made up of pieces stolen from
across the multiverse, the Web-Warriors disbanded. However when Karn and
Spider-UK learned that Inheritor cloning technology had activated on
Earth, which would allow the Inheritors to reincarnate there and thus
escape their imprisonment on Earth-3145, Spider-UK instructed Karn to
alert the team, including Hobie, so they could race to 616 and hopefully
avert this impending catastrophe.
(Edge of Spider-Geddon I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Back on Earth-138 Hobie learned the Red Skull was targeting the Bower Commune using his lackey Thunderstrike. Armed with a baseball bat Hobie delivered a beat down to Thunderstrike, separating him from his mystic hammer.
(Edge of Spider-Geddon I#1) - Hobie informed the downed
Thunderstrike that he only had two rules - no gods, no masters - both of
which Thunderstrike had broken. When Thunderstrike responded that his
powers came from All-Father Odin, an unimpressed Hobie retorted that his
came from a bug in a toxic waste dump. Since Hobie couldn't shift
Thunderstrike's hammer (which presumably carried an enchantment similar
to 616's Mjolnir, preventing most people from lifting it), he warned his
downed foe not to come back for it or the two of them would have their
own personal "Ragnarok and Roll." Hobie began to add a warning for
Thunderstrike to take back to his boss, but before he could finish
saying it a beam of purple energy shot past Hobie and fried
Thunderstrike to ashes. Turning to see who had done this Hobie was
confronted by Kang the Conglomerator (who looked someone wearing Kang's
helmet and a business suit in Kang's color scheme). Already annoyed at
the intruder, Hobie became more so when Kang addressed him as
Spider-Punk, angrily correcting him and threatening to rearrange his
teeth. Kang explained he was in Hobie's era on a business trip because
in the year 2099 Kangco Inc. Ltd now owned all life rights, identity,
image, merchandising rights and all intellectual properties associated
with Spider-Punk. Hobie angrily corrected the name once more before
suddenly registering the rest of what Kang had said and demanding to
know what he meant. Kang began to repeat himself, again referring to
Hobie as Spider-Punk; reflexively, Hobie began to correct him once more,
then decided it wasn't worth the effort. Kang continued, explaining that
in his time he was making considerable profits from Hobie's image being
used in comics, t-shirts, toys and films. Hobie was incredulous that he
had been turned into a character, but Kang confirmed that Spider-Punk
was considered a family-friendly, just edge-enough media darling.
Utterly furious, Hobie shouted at Kang that he was a dead man, but
unperturbed Kang explained he had come to take Hobie back to 2099,
believing having the genuine article would yield even greater profits.
When Hobie defiantly asked Kang "you and what army?" a small army of
cuddly Spider-Punk toys appeared. Attacking, Hobie found himself both
aggravated by their constant spouting of his beliefs in the form of
trite catchphrases - "Anarchy," "Fight the Power," "Punk's not dead" -
and massively outnumbered by surprisingly durable foes.
As Hobie began to vanish beneath the hordes of toys, Kang continued to wax lyrical, explaining that in 2099 people loved the idea of the struggle, loved a rebel but not a real one who might challenge their comfort, which was why he intended to smooth out Hobie's rough edges and put new, marketing-friendly dialogue in his mouth, insisting that in 2099 Spider-Punk would be a rebel with a cause, that cause being to increase Kangco's profits. Enraged at this, Hobie burst free yelling that his name was Spider-MAN and made a break for it with the toys, now yelling "Capitalism rules," in pursuit. Realizing he would need the power of someone like the Hulk to beat Kang's future tech Hobie phoned as he swung, calling Captain Anarchy in order to get the tape needed for Banner's transformation. Informed by Anarchy that he was fighting the Annihilation Wave in Harlem, Hobie raced there. As if to add insult to injury, as Hobie landed alongside the surrounded Anarchy one of the bugs called him Spider-Punk; furiously demanding to know if the bug was serious, Hobie once again corrected the name error. Moments later the toys arrived, and as Hobie had hoped the bugs attacked them, believing they were Hobie's allies. With their foes distracted fighting each other, Anarchy tried to give Hobie the Hulk's tape, but it was knocked from his hand when one of the toys bumped into him and one of the bugs grabbed it in its teeth. While Hobie was trying to prize its mouth open Kang arrived; Hobie warned Anarchy that the newcomer might try to kidnap him too, but Kang declared Anarchy of no interest as he was neither profitable nor marketable. Insulted, Anarchy told Hobie to go while he kept Kang occupied.
Hobie hastily swung over the Banner's apartment, finding his estranged friend relaxing on the roof reading a book and listening to his walkman. Seeing that Hobie had brought the tape, Banner insisted he was done with the fighting and craziness, even after Hobie appealed to their former friendship, explaining how desperate the situation looked. When Banner appeared unmoved, Hobie departed to take on Kang alone; he didn't have to wait long, because as he swung down to the street Kang appeared and asked if he was ready to come quietly. Dodging Kang's energy blasts, Hobie responded that he never did anything quietly. Kang replied that he would shape Hobie into the perfect brand, again calling him Spider-Punk - but this time it was not Hobie who corrected him, but the Hulk, who crashed down on Kang pounding the businessman into the ground as Hobie cried out his appreciation at his friend for coming to his aid after all. Though Kang tried to fight, he proved no match for the Hulk, who tossed the villain round like a rag doll. With Kang subdued, Hobie demanded to know why the villain had wanted him but not Captain Anarchy. Disquietingly, Kang informed him that the most important reason was that Anarchy was destined to die old and irrelevant, and was thus useless for marketing, whereas Hobie would die young, like every great bankable star. With this last Kang vanished back to his own era, leaving Hobie to absorb the implications of Kang's statement. Ruminating for a second Hobie admitted that the news he would die young would surprise no one, but even so having it confirmed was not great. He admitted to the confused Hulk that he had thought if anything was going to kill him, it would have been the Inheritors. As he said this, a light heralded someone materializing behind them; at first Hobie assumed this was Kang, back for another try, but then he saw that it was Mayday. Seeing the rubble from the recent fight she asked if she had caught him at a bad time and he responded that he had just had some interesting news about his life expectancy, but that it was "no biggie." Mayday then told him that there was a problem brewing akin to the one that had originally brought them together and asked if he was in. Pausing, Hobie glanced around considering Kang's revelation for a moment, then responded to Mayday in the affirmative and walked with her through her portal to Loomworld while singing lines from Motorhead's Ace of Spades: "That's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live forever."
(Spider-Geddon I#1) - The Web-Warriors teleported to Earth-616, recruiting Miles Morales, a Spider-Man formerly of Earth-1610 now resident in 616, to assist them in their mission. They then teleported to San Francisco, where they discovered Otto Octavius-616, the former Superior Spider-Man and now calling himself the Superior Octopus, was the culprit using the Inheritor cloning technology. Breaking into Otto's base the team quickly located the cloning tubes, but before they could disable them the Superior Octopus intervened, pinning Hobie, Ham and Mayday to a wall with his inklike equivalent of webbing. When they explained that the Inheritors were going to use the Otto's equipment to return, the arrogant Octopus refused to believe them, so the free team members tried to get past him and destroy the tubes. Unfortunately he had delayed them too long, and a reincarnated Morlun broke free from one; trying to slay him, Noir sacrificed himself by causing an explosion, but Morlun survived. While Octavia freed the trapped trio from the ink, Spider-UK attacked Morlun and managed to get him on the ropes when Verna also emerged from the cloning tubes and snapped Spider-UK's neck, apparently slaying him instantly. With Jennix emerging moments later, the three Inheritors rounded on the shocked Web-Warriors, intent on devouring them.
(Spider-Geddon I#2 - Trying to prevent the Inheritors from freeing the rest of their family, the Web-Warriors convinced Superior Octopus to self destruct his base, with Gwen staying behind to keep the Inheritors from escaping while her teammates retreated, intending to survive by jumping realities at the last moment. However, in the aftermath of the detonation Superior Octopus' scans confirmed the Inheritors had not only survived, but were now all freed bar their still-dead father. Worse, Verna was now wearing Gwen's Web-watch, suggesting Gwen was dead. Hobie told the others that Gwen would want them to keep fighting and mourn her later, and Superior Octopus agreed, pointing out that with his laboratory destroyed the Inheritors would not risk dying until Jennix rebuilt the cloning vats, as any death prior to that might be permanent. Regrouping, the Web-Warriors, with Octopus in tow, returned to Loomworld, where Hobie informed Karn that things had gone badly. They decided to once more recruit fellow Spiders to fight the renewed threat; Octopus stated that this time they needed ones prepared to exterminate the Inheritors, and when Spider-Ham railed against this, Hobie said that he agreed with Octopus, pointing out that if they had done so the last time round then UK, Noir and Gwen would still be alive. Though the group ended up split over this option, Karn pointed out that such arguing was pointless and opened portals to send them on their way. Hobie briefly returned to 616 with Octavia and Superior Octopus, before swiftly jumping into another portal on his way to find some recruits.
(Edge of Spider-Geddon I#4) - Hobie retrieved the Spider-Man of Earth-44145 from the Web of Life and Destiny.
(Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man - see comments) - Visiting Earth-17638 Hobie recruited the Spider-Man of that reality just after he had defeated Mysterio in a waxworks museum. Spider-Man told Hobie he had to wait until the cops showed up to arrest the villain, but Hobie insisted there was no time to waste.
I#3) - Hobie and his recruit rejoined Otto, now calling himself the
Superior Spider-Man once more, as part of his new Superior Spider
(Spider-Geddon I#3) - Hobie
watched as Superior Spider-Man laid out his strategy, but he was
interrupted by a call from Miles to inform them that his team
was intending to attack the Inheritors immediately, as they were
now at New U intending to adapt the Jackal's cloning technology
stored there to their own use. Feeling Miles' plan was suicide,
Otto declined to send his forces to assist, despite Hobie
questioning this choice. However Otto changed his mind,
concluding that the other team would be detected and thus
provide a distraction for his people to destroy the cloning
equipment. While he led the group going for the vats, Hobie was
sent with the remainder of the team to assist Miles' group,
arriving in the nick of time to save them from being
slaughtered. Unfortunately Otto's team had to evacuate before it
completed its mission, but thanks to Hobie's intervention Miles'
team also escaped with their lives.
(Spider-Geddon I#4) - Both
teams set up a shared base in Earth-616 on Leopardon, the giant robot
piloted by the Japanese Spider-Man of Earth-51778, but while Miles and
Otto visited Earth-13, hoping to find a lead on the Enigma Force that
had empowered their fallen ally Cosmic Spider-Man, the rest of the
team learned from a spider-bot that had been left behind that the
Inheritor patriarch Solus had now too been resurrected, and Hobie
called the leaders back to Earth-616. One of the new recruits, a
Norman Osborn version of Spider-Man
from Earth-44145, decried their leadership and tried to take
command, and when none of the others supported him he departed the
reality, informing them he would find a better way. Hobie
and Miles discussed potential new recruits they had detected across
the multiverse, with Hobie especially liking a giant red T-Rex
version, while Pavitr reported back that Jennix was still working on
repairing the Inheritor's cloning vats, and had only succeeded with
reviving Solus thus far. Realizing it was only a matter of time before
Jennix succeeded, Otto ordered the others to fetch the new recruits as
quickly as possible, but before they could do so their access to the
multiverse was cut off, and the group correctly deduced that Osborn
had cut Earth-616 off from the Web, willing to sacrifice that reality
and all the Spiders there to prevent the Inheritors spreading back out
into the multiverse. As Miles sought solutions to fix this, Otto
slipped away with the clone Ben Reilly to enact a plan of his own.
I#5 (fb) - BTS) - Ben Reilly had died painfully and been
resurrected multiple times, and carried in his memories deep
trauma from that. Aware that the Inheritor Jennix had developed
cloning technology to keep his family alive because he harbored
a pathological fear of dying, and knowing that consuming a
victim's life force also made the Inheritor experience their
memories, Ben and Otto cooked up a plan for Otto to
seemingly betray his allies by handing Ben over to the
(Spider-Geddon I#4) - Meanwhile Miles began trying to signal the Enigma Force, which suddenly answered, seemingly very angry at being summoned.
- The Enigma Force berated the Spiders for having the arrogance to
think they were worthy of it, reminding them that they had all made
unforgivable mistakes. Recalling his Uncle Bhim's death, Pavitr said
that it was right, as did the others, each recalling people they had
failed, but Miles rallied, angrily responding that they were trying to
save the multiverse from monsters who had slain a version of the Force
in another reality, and telling it to depart if that wasn't good
enough for it.
I#5 - BTS) - At the Inheritors' base Otto had delivered Ben to the
villains; as hoped, when they consumed his life, Ben's memories
drove Jennix insane, eliminating his ability to fix his family's
cloning technology. Back at Leopardon the Enigma Force had been won
over by Miles' argument, and lent him its power, turning him into
I#5) - With vast new powers at his command, Miles led the Army,
including Hobie, in a fresh attack on the Inheritors. Despite his
increased abilities, things still looked bleak until reinforcements
arrived, thanks to Spider Army members who had been on other
assignments having managed to restore 616's connection to the Web.
To the joy of her friends who had thought her dead, one of the new
arrivals was Gwen, who paused before fighting to hug a thankful
Hobie. Using the Enigma Force to power Leopardon's Sword Vigor,
Miles slew Solus, then working together the combined might of the
Spiders restrained the other Inheritors. Rather than slay their
enemies, they decided to give Solus' children a fresh start freed
from their father's abusive upbringing by modifying the cloning
technology to change them into babies, their memories wiped and
their need to feed on totems removed. With the conflict ended, the
Army disbanded and its members, Hobie included, returned home.
(Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse I#1) - Peter Parker-616
called the Web-Warriors, including Hobie, together again to help him
locate Gog, an alien who as an infant had been exiled from Reality-616
across the multiverse. The group found him on Earth-177, but
discovered he had fallen under the sway of that reality's Doctor
Octopus. Learning that the Warriors could travel across realities,
Octopus planned to steal their technology and attacked with his
Sinister Six. As he faced off against the Vulture, Hobie recalled how
his home reality's version of the villain had garnered Hobie's ire
after buying up the radio-free Medianet. Jumping on the flying fiend's
back, Hobie steered Vulture towards Electro, jumping clear just before
the two villains collided. Hobie's teammates soon defeated the rest of
the Six, and after ensuring a freed Gog was able to return home the
Web-Warriors departed Earth-177.
(Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider I#4) - With Gwen now the only Spider still possessing a means to travel the multiverse after the destruction of the Web, she gathered the Web-Warriors and their friends on Loomworld to remember their fallen comrades, starting with Karn, Gathered round the spider-shaped harness he had worn while linked to the Web, Hobie led the eulogy, recalling how though they had first met Karn when he was trying to kill them, he had turned into their ally and died alone because he refused to be evil like his family. After the group members all raised a fist to their friend, each took it in turn to spray some webbing on the harness and say a personal word to the departed; in Hobie's case, recalling Karn tenderly as that "weird vampire alien dude." The group then assembled around the heavily webbed harness, and Hobie set it alight, ensuring no one else could ever use it, and creating a brief funeral pyre in Karn's memory. With the wake over, the Spiders returned home to their respective worlds, though before he departed Hobie told Gwen that when she was picking her battles to remember that she didn't have to fight them alone. A short while later Gwen gathered the team one more time on Earth-803, to hold a funeral and wake for Spider-UK, using Lady Spider's world for Spider-UK's final resting place because Billy's had been destroyed during the Incursions.
(Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series) Season 4 Episode 19 "Return to the Spider-Verse Part Four") - The villainous Wolf-Spider of Earth-16827 attempted to drain the life forces of his fellow Spiders from across the multiverse using a device called the Siege Perilous. Hobie was among the many who became caught in his web, and though his body remained in his home reality his spirit was pulled the a psychic plane alongside all the other victims of Wolf-Spider's scheme. As their energies were drained, the victims became overcome with ennui, feeling it was hopeless to resist, until the Spider-Man of Earth-12041 managed to rally the captives into fighting back mentally in unison. Their heroic natures ran counter to Wolf-Spiders villainous one, causing him to explode and sending the captives home.
III#1 (fb) - BTS) - Back home on Earth-138 Hobie tried to stop
the Universal Church of Truth from making a push to control the
Bronx, coming into conflict not only with its brainwashed
members but also their leader, the "Guru."
(Spider-Verse III#1) - As Hobie dodged the
energy beam fired from the Guru's forehead gem he rejected the
villain's demand that he submit and corrected Guru for calling him
Spider-Punk. At that moment Miles Morales, formerly the Spider-Man
of Earth-1610 and now resident of 616, unexpectedly appeared.
Recognizing Hobie, he came to his aid against the Guru, kicking the
cult leader in the face. Hobie expressed surprise to see Miles since
the Web of Life and Destiny had been trashed, preventing easy
cross-reality travel, and Miles explained he was being pulled across
the multiverse by someone called Spider Zero. Hobie replied that
regardless of the whys, he was happy to see him and have his timely
assistance against the Church. As they pounded the cultists the Guru
recovered and called for the Spiders to be exposed to the light of
his Holy Gem's truth, prompting Hobie to rejoin that he had a truth
for the Guru, "Don't mess with Spider-Men!" as he and Miles
simultaneously decked the villain. With the Guru down for the count,
Hobie demanded to know if any of the remaining cultists milling
around nearby wanted some. As they backed off fearfully, Miles
informed Hobie that he had to go, and Hobie thanked him for the
team-up and fist-bumped Miles just before Miles vanished.
(Spider-Punk I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Hobie set up shop in the Brooklyn Community Center, which he (and no one else) dubbed Spider-Base, working alongside Captain Anarchy, Anarchy's boyfriend Rick, Robbie Banner, Paola, RiotHeart (the armored heroine Riri Williams),...
I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Kamala Khan and...
(Spider-Punk I#1 (fb) - BTS) - a group he (and no one else) called the Spider-Band. At some point he battled Kraven and his fascist gang the Hunters, judging them to be cheap hoods who could barely afford to keep strings on their guitars, but recognizing that despite being chumps they never failed to make good on a threat. Hobie also decided to embrace the name Spider-Punk (see comments)...
I#2 (fb) - BTS) - and decked out a "Spider-Van" for future use.
(Spider-Punk I#1) - The Hunters returned, now armed with expensive high tech weapons, and began rampaging through Brooklyn until Hobie and Anarchy gave them a beat down. After the Hunters sloped off to lick their wounds Hobie took their captured equipment back to Spider-Base for Riri to examine. She confirmed it was military tech that Kraven was unlikely to have just stumbled across, with a weapon infrastructure akin to the War Machine fleet Osborn had once tried to create (and which Riri had since co-opted and improved on to make her armor). Before they could learn more, Kraven and the Hunters attacked the Community Center, so Hobie, Anarchy and Riri rolled out to stop them. While his friends took down the Hunters, Hobie dealt with Kraven, Once the villain was webbed to a wall they questioned him, and Kraven admitted he had been hired through an intermediary to drive the locals out so that Brooklyn could then be gentrified. Hobie told a still defiant Kraven that if he wanted to take on the Spider-Ban he needed to bring more men, at which Kraven grinned and responded that he only needed one. As he said this a smoke bomb was suddenly thrown at the heroes' feet, momentarily blinding them, heralding the arrival of Kraven's back-up, Ta$kma$ter.
(Spider-Punk I#2) - The heroes rallied and attacked, but despite having numbers of their side Ta$kma$ter easily got the upper hand until Kamala's arrival swung things in their favor. With her arrival even Ta$kma$ter was soon defeated, even with Kraven's Hunters backing him up. Kraven derided the Spider-Band for celebrating their win early, taunting them that there remained a bigger threat watching them. Ta$kma$ter admitted that someone had considered their base important enough to hire him to clear them out, revealing that the Community Center was sitting on top of an Osborn black site full of equipment that dangerous people wanted to get their hands on. Determined to be known as the person who defeated the Spider-Band even at the cost of his own life, Kraven now activated a self-destruct sequence on the high tech gauntlet he was wearing; less willing to die for his convictions, Ta$kma$ter hightailed it out of the center while Riri threw up a force field that shielded the Spider-Band from the resulting explosion. The Center was leveled, leaving a hole in the ground that provided the Spider-Ban access to the black site beneath. Descending, they found a computer that showed locations of further black sites and other Osborn operations, and Hobie expressed disappointment that despite having slain Osborn so long ago, the despot still had an operation in place dedicated to keeping people like him in power. Seeking to cheer Hobie up, the others reminded him he was not in his fight alone, and that they would back him up, finally accepting that they were his Spider-Band. Examining the computer's data, Riri informed them that all the other sites seemed to be feeding information back to a central hub in Washington, D.C., so Hobie told the team they were going on tour. Leaving Robbie behind to defend the center while it was being rebuilt, the Spider-Band loaded up Robbie's Spider-Van and set out on the road.
(Spider-Punk I#3 (fb) - BTS) - Nearing
Philadelphia the group stopped at a rest stop, where Hobie somehow
caused a clash with a mutant biker gang. the Marauders.
I#3) - Pursuing the Spider-Van down the road the Marauders came
close to disabling it before Kamala fought back and caused them to
crash. The van limped into the city before dying, and upon
inspecting it Riri confirmed that its electronics and drive train
were shot, meaning they needed to locate new parts. Luckily for the
Spider-Band their arrival had drawn the notice of the Daredevil
Drummer of Philly, an old friend of Kamala's, who informed them that
since Osborn's demise a new power had arisen in her city, as club
promoter Wilson Fisk had cornered the market on all kinds of
essential resources, making himself the city's self-professed
Kingpin backed by his hired goons, the same Marauders the group had
already encountered. Leaving Anarchy and Riri to watch over the van,
Hobie and Kamala accompanied Daredevil to Kingpin's headquarters.
Breaking in, they made their way to Kingpin's storeroom; however,
having been informed by the Marauders about their encounter with the
Spider-Van, Kingpin had anticipated the newcomers might try to raid
his stores for parts, and was waiting for them with the Marauders.
Kingpin offered to give them the parts in return for the Spider-Band
agreeing to work for him as enforcers, but the trio soundly rejected
this suggestion, opting to fight instead. After a brief skirmish
Hobie's side prevailed, and Daredevil quickly located the parts they
needed. Daredevil declined an invitation to accompany the Band on to
Washington, D.C., since she wanted to ensure the rest of Kingpin's
stash was fairly distributed to those who needed it, and with the
van repaired the group headed on their way, unaware their progress
was being watched and relayed back to Osborn's still living and
Comments: Created by Dan Slott and Oliver Copeil, based on characters created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (Spider-Man) and Stan Lee, John Buscema and Jim Mooney (Hobie Brown).
When Hobie appeared in the semi-animated story Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man he was voiced by Jake Eberle. The Spider-Man he recruited was the one from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. The end of the episode says that the story would continue in Spider-Geddon#1; however, since only pre-existing Web-Warriors members were seen in that issue, it seems more reasonable to place this animated episode around the time Hobie was recruiting the Superior Spider-Army. When Hobie appeared in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon he was credited at the end of the episode as "Punk Spider," and voiced by Drake Bell, the same actor who voiced the lead character. For some reason, presumably to both differentiate the two voices and because I guess he assumed punks must be British, Bell gave Hobie a slight Liverpudlian accent. Since the Ultimate (cartoon) Spider-Man reacts to Hobie in the Spider-Geddon short like this is the first time he's seen him, the USM episode must take place after that short, despite airing several years earlier.
While the rest of his costume stays
fairly consistent throughout his appearances, Hobie does vary the design
on the back of the vests he wears, as evidenced by the pictures either
side of this paragraph.
Spider-Man or Spider-Punk? People call Hobie
Spider-Punk on a number of occasions, often to distinguish him from the
other Spider-Men when he's not around. However, when they do it to his
face in Spider-Geddon#2 (Superior Octopus) he invariably corrects them,
telling them his name is Spider-Man. However, in the semi-animated
Spider-Geddon: Spider-Man episode he does identify himself as
Spider-Punk. Since at the time he was still denying the name in the
comics, his use of it here might be explained that he just decided it
was easier to go with it when working with other versions of Spider-Man,
since so many of them using the exact same codename gets confusing. As
of his solo series Hobie is now calling himself Spider-Punk; per Captain
Anarchy, Hobie "started leaning into the whole Spider-Punk thing" so I
guess he's finally given in the inevitable and accepted that if people
are going to insist on calling him that, he may as well embrace it.
Per Hobie's geeked-out fanboy reaction to seeing Gwen Stacy in Web-Warriors#7, though she'd been around at the same time as him during the first Inheritors conflict and even stood nearby him unmasked in Amazing Spider-Man III#15 (page 1, panel 1), he'd apparently not picked her out from the crowd at the time and so hadn't realized who she really was. As his comments the same issue about both versions of Spider-Ham show, he also hadn't paid much notice of that other member of the original Spider Army either.
His ally Captain Anarchy is called Karl Morgenthau by Kang, but is identified by a text box in Spider-Punk#1 as Karl Morningdew. "Morgan thau" literally translates from German as "Morning dew" so I ASSume that Karl is of German descent, and changed his name to Anglicize it.
When Hobie meets Kang the Conglomerator he doesn't recognize him, but upon Kang saying he is the future and mentioning his name Hobie immediately knows Kang is a time-traveler. Okay, maybe he just got that from Kang's statement, but if someone responded to me asking who are you with "The future" I might assume they were they were speaking figuratively (and somewhat bombastically) rather than literally. Since Hobie instead immediately goes to the time travel option makes me wonder if he'd heard about the time-traveler Kang, perhaps while on Loomworld, so that he recognized the name if not the face.
When did all the fights alongside Captain
Anarchy, Hulk and M.C. Strange that are mentioned in Edge of
Spider-Geddon happen in Hobie's timeline? We have three periods in his
life prior to Edge of Spider-Geddon where Hobie was on his native Earth
- prior to his solo story in Spider-Verse I#2/3, between the end of the
Inheritors conflict and Hobie's concert seen in Web-Warriors#7, and
between the end of Web-Warriors and Edge of Spider-Geddon. Given the
tense conversation he had with Robbie Banner in that latter story, it
feels like it's been a while since they worked together, so that last
gap seems unlikely. The first gap also strikes me as a poor option,
albeit not impossible. While Osborn ruled America I would have assumed
he would have been Hobie's main focus, plus problems like the Universal
Church would likely have been suppressed by Osborn's regime, not likely
to be a problem for Hobie to deal with until he created a power vacuum
by taking out Osborn. Also, if Hobie was already pals with these other
heroes, where were they during that pivotal confrontation with Osborn's
Thunderbolts? Only Captain Anarchy was seen to be present. So while it's
certainly not impossible these other encounters took place prior to
Osborn being taken down, I think they fit better later. Presumably when
Hobie got home from fighting the Inheritors he discovered new problems
had arisen on his world and teamed with other heroes to bring them down.
Profile by Loki.
Spider-Man (Hobie Brown) is an alternate reality counterpart of
but has no known connections to:
The "Guru" commanded the Universal Church of Truth, a cult
that apparently brainwashed its followers using a "Holy Gem" (likely
Earth-138's Soul Gem), "burning away" their individuality to leave only
"the purified truth. He wore this gem on his forehead, and could fire
energy beams from it. After being driven out of Queens by Spider-Man
(Hobie Brown), Hulk and M.C. Strange they tried to spread their
influence into the Bronx, where they were again opposed by Spider-Man,
who the Guru irritated by calling him Spider-Punk, a nickname the hero
disliked. Hobie gained some unexpected assistance when Miles Morales,
one of the Spider-Men of Earth-616, suddenly appeared, and together the
pair knocked the Guru out with simultaneous punches.
Comments: Clearly a counterpart of Adam Warlock's
evil aspect the Magus, like his multiversal doppelganger he commanded
the Universal Church of Truth, though in this reality he sports a snappy
suit. Given the whole corporate vs punk theme of Earth-138, I figured he
needs the kind of codename a corporatish cult leader would go by, so
unless and until we get an official name for him from the comics, I've
gone with unofficially calling him the Guru.
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Spider-Punk#1 cover (main image)
Edge of Spider-Geddon#1, p13, pan8 (headshot)
Amazing Spider-Man III#12, p14, pan1 (headbutt)
Web-Warriors#7, p1, pan3 (playing with Spider-Slayers for the Spider Army)
Web-Warriors#10, p17, pan2 (about to play guitar and resonate across the multiverse)
Edge of Spider-Geddon#1, p5-6, pan5 (Spider-MAN vs the chibi Spider-Punk toys)
Spider-Punk#1 cover, Takashi Okazaki variant (Spider-Man web swinging with guitar)
Edge of Spider-Geddon#1, p10, pan1 ("spider compass" vest, left)
Spider-Geddon#4, p13, pan1 ("Devil's horns gesture" vest, right)
Spider-Punk#2, p19-20, pan1 (Spider-Band in Spider-Van)
Spider-Verse III#1. p12, pan 1 (Guru)
Amazing Spider-Man III#10 (January 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#11 (February 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Oliver Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger, Oliver Coipel, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Mark Morales (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Woman V#3 (March 2015) - Dennis Hallum (writer), Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#12-13 (March 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Verse I#2/3 (March 2015) - Jed MacKay (writer), Sheldon Vella (art), Nick Lowe and Ellie Pyle (editor)
Spider-Verse Team-Up I#3 (March 2015) - Christos Gage (writer), Dave Williams (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#14 (April 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli and Oliver Coipel (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger, Cam Smith and John Livesay (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#15 (April 2015) - Dan Slott (writer), Giuseppe Camuncoli (pencils), Cam Smith and Roberto Poggi (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Web-Warriors I#7 (July 2016) - Mike Costa (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Walden Wong and Rick Magyar (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Web-Warriors I#8 (August 2016) - Mike Costa (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Walden Wong and Roberto Poggi (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Web-Warriors I#9 (September 2016) - Mike Costa (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Rick Magyar and Marc Deering (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Web-Warriors I#10 (October 2016) - Mike Costa (writer), David Baldeon and Jay Fosgitt (pencils), Walden Wong, John Dell and Jay Fosgitt (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Web-Warriors I#11 (November 2016) - Mike Costa (writer), David Baldeon (pencils), Walden Wong, Scott Hanna, John Dell, Lorenzo Ruggiero and Terry Pallot (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Deadpool: Too Soon? Infinite Comic I#6 (November 2016) - Joshua Corin (writer), Todd Nauck (pencils), Reilly Brown (pencils, inks), Jordan D. White (editor)
Spider-Geddon I#0/2 (November 2018) - Jed MacKay (writer), Javier Garron (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Superior Octopus I#1/2 (December 2018) - Jed MacKay (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Craig Yeung (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Edge of Spider-Geddon I#1 (October 2018) - Jed MacKay (writer), Gerardo Sandoval (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Edge of Spider-Geddon I#4 (November 2018) - Aaron Kuder (writer), Aaron Kuder, Will Robson (pencils), Craig Yeung, Will Robson (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Geddon I#1 (December 2018) - Dan Slott and Christos Gage (writers), Jorge Molina (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Geddon I#2 (December 2018) - Dan Slott and Christos Gage (writers), Jorge Molina (pencils), Jay Leisten, Craig Yeung and Roberto Poggi (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Geddon I#3 (January 2019) - Dan Slott and Christos Gage (writers), Carlo Barberi, Todd Nauck (pencils), Jose Marzan Jr, Todd Mauck (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Geddon I#4 (January 2019) - Dan Slott and Christos Gage (writers), Carlo Barberi, Jorge Molina (pencils), Jose Marzan Jr, Jay Leisten (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Geddon I#5 (February 2019) - Dan Slott and Christos Gage (writers), Carlo Barberi, Jorge Molina, Stefano Caselli, Joey Vazquez (pencils), Jose Marzan Jr, Jay Leisten, Stefano Caselli, Joey Vazquez (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Man: Enter the Spider-Verse I#1 (January 2019) - Ralph Macchio (writer), Flaviano Armentaro (artist), Mike Basso (editor)
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider I#4 (March 2019) - Seanan McGuire (writer), Rosi Kampe (pencils), Takeshi Miyazawa (inks), Devin Lewis (editor)
Spider-Verse III#1 (December 2019) - Jed MacKay (writer), Dike Ruan (art), Nick Lowe (editor)
Spider-Punk I#1 (June 2022-August 2022) - Cody Zigler (writer), Justin Mason (art), Danny Kazem (editor)
First Posted: 08/12/2022
Last updated: 08/12/2022
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