The Tarantula periodically sported a pencil- thin mustache. Oh, and he occasionally had eight appendages.
The Tarantula was a superb hand-to-hand combatant and was exceptionally agile.
Short-tempered, impatient, and inclined to kill on the spur of the moment.
The Tarantula possessed no powers, although once he became a spider he could spin a killer web.
As a human, the Tarantula possessed peak athlete, although not super-human, capabilities. As a giant spider, he was in the lift- 10-tons category.
The Tarantula possessed boots that contained retractable, poison-dipped spikes and gloves with retractable, poison-dipped claws.
Delvadia (South America)
South America, Miami
Terrorist, Government Operative, Criminal for Hire
Senor Suerte, Lightmaster, Kraven the Hunter (although they didn't get along), the Jackal, the Brand Corporation
Daughter (Tarantula III)
Known international criminal
Spider-Man, Captain America
|Place of Birth:||
Anton Miguel Rodriguez
New York City
After being cashiered from a revolutionary organization because he was too violent, Anton Miguel Rodriguez became his government's top operative and proved too violent for them as well. Setting himself up in the more tolerant New York City as a professional criminal, he hi-jacked a boat that Peter Parker and the Punisher both happened to be on. Although he initially escaped, Spider-Man eventually caught up with him and handed him over to the local authorities.
In prison the Tarantula was able to re-make his spiked shoes and, with the help of the Jackal, escaped. There followed a series of adventures that involved the likes of Captain America, the Lightmaster, Kraven the Hunter and the Brand Corporation. Furious at yet another defeat by Spider- Man, the Tarantula agreed to undergo an experiment meant to re-create the powers of Spider-Man. The experiment was disrupted by Will O'Wisp, and the Tarantula emerged an eight-limbed, spider-like creature with limited intelligence. Unable to bear life in his new form, the Tarantula threw himself into a police barrage of bullets and committed suicide.
|Cover Date||Appearance Information|
|Jul 1974||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #134|
|Attempts to take a cruise-boat hostage, origin shown.|
|Aug 1974||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #135|
|Defeated by Spider-Man and the Punisher.|
|Aug 1975||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #147|
|Partnership with the Jackal|
|Sep 1975||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #148|
|Oct 1975||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #149|
|Aug 1978||App: Captain America (Vol. 1) #224|
|Teams up with Senor Suerte to use the mad-bombs for extortion purposes, but is stopped by Captain America|
|Dec 1976||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #1|
|Hired by Lightmaster to perform a series of kidnappings, and is unwillingly teamed with Kraven the Hunter|
|Jan 1977||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #2|
|Feb 1977||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #3|
|Oct 1982||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #233|
|Hired by the Brand Corporation to murder "Nose" Norton, but thwarted by Spider-Man|
|Nov 1982||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #234|
|Undergoes an experimental process undermined by Will O'Wisp, and emerges as a gigantic spider|
|Dec 1982||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #235|
|Is placed under the mental control of Will O'Wisp, but fights it.|
|Jan 1983||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #236|
|Commits suicide by jumping off a skyscraper into a hail of police gunfire.|
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.