Rose III (Jacob Conover)

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Attributes
Eyes:

Blue since he became the Rose.

Features:

A lot younger in his older days...

Hair:

Brown

Height:

Unknown

Weight:

Unknown

Powers
Abilities:

Apparently, he was gifted enough to be a crime-lord.

Equipment:

A violet mask and some glasses.

Limitations:

Jacob Conover was apparently unable to retain the control of his criminal empire against the Black Tarantula without Fortunato's help. Of course, if Fortunato had helped, the outcome wouldn't have been much different.

Strength Level:

Normal for his age and size.

Weapons:

A pistol, and Delilah (his trained assassin).

Summary
Citizenship:

American.

Created By:

Tom DeFalco, Mark Bagley, Larry Mahlstedt

Current Aliases:

The Rose

Current Occupation:

Jailbird.

Dual Identity:

Known

Education:

Degree in journalism

Former Bases:

Unknown.

Former Occupation:

Reporter, crimelord and journalism professor.

Known Allies:

Delilah, Don Fortunato, Electro.

Known Confidants:

Delilah, Don Fortunato.

Legal Status:

Has a record for his actions in organized crime.

Major Enemies:

Black Tarantula, Spider-Man.

Marital Status:

Unknown.

Place of Birth:

Unknown.

Real Name:

Jacob Conover

Usual Bases:

A penthouse somewhere in Manhatthan.

Background

Well, Marvel finally brought back the Rose as a thinking villain, after that laughable attempt with Blood Rose. As revealed in Amazing Spider-Man Flashback, Where Have All The Heroes Gone?, Jacob Conover had saved Don Fortunato's life, long, long ago, 3 years B.R.S. (before radioactive spider). In the future, Jacob Conover would become a reporter for the Bugle. Years later, facing financial problems, he went back to Fortunato, to cash in his debt of gratitude. The mobster made him the new Rose, and gave him some of the original Rose's territory, part of his own territory.

During the Onslaught, the Bugle's building was damaged, and the financial loss forced some personal cut-down. Jacob (like Peter and Phil Urich by the way) were among the dismissed people (hmmm... new policy: fire everyone who has a secret identity).

Resenting being fired, Jake built some hatred towards JJJ and Robbie Robertson. He gave journalism classes at E.S.U. until Norman Osborn took over the Bugle. At that point he was re-hired, and showed his new annoying personality whenever he appeared. In his Rose business, things were going quite well until the South American crimelord known as the Black Tarantula came to New York, "for some personal business". He first tried to take some of the Rose's territory, and Conover replied with his trained assassin Delilah, and with a re-empowered Electro.

Things didn't work as he wanted though, and he was captured by Spider-Man after a Spidey versus Black Tarantula battle, in Fortunato's mansion, and with Mary Jane (don't ask, check the review of Amazing Spider-Man #436), Fortunato, BT's ex-wife, her new boyfriend (nephew of Fortunato) and BT's kid (the "personal business"). Conover was ready to shoot the entire room, starting with BT (who wasn't seeing him) then Fortunato, and then everyone else (to kill all witnesses) when Spidey webbed him up.

Image Gallery

Appearances

Cover Date Appearance Information
Jul 1997 App: Flashback - Amazing Spider-Man #Minus 1
  History with Fortunato told.
Jun 1996 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #235
  First appears as Rose
Aug 1996 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #414
Oct 1996 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #416
Oct 1996 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #73
Nov 1996 App: Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #74
Nov 1996 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #417
Jan 1997 App: Spider-Man: Hobgoblin Lives #1
Jan 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #419
Feb 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #420
Mar 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #421 (Story 1)
Apr 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #422
May 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #423
Jun 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #424
Jul 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #425
Aug 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #426
Sep 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #427
Oct 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #428
Mar 1998 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #432
Mar 1998 App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #255
May 1998 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #434
Jun 1998 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #435
Jul 1998 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #436
Aug 1998 App: Spider-Man: Made Men

Thanks To

 The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.

 Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.