Characters : Black Tarantula

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Attributes
Eyes

Unseen.

Features

Wears a full black costume with a white tarantula drawn on his face.

Hair

Black.

Height

Approximately 7'.

Weight

Unknown.

Powers
Abilities

Able to regenerate another's wounds (even a broken neck). Presumably, this works on himself too.

Limitations

No limitations except for his conscience. That never prevented him from doing whatever he felt like, but it allowed him to leave Spidey alive for a couple of times, and leave his son with his ex-wife.

Powers

Enhanced physical parameters.

Strength Level

Way superior to Spider-Man's.

Summary
Citizenship

Argentinian.

Created By
Current Occupation

Crimelord.

Dual Identity

Unknown to general public and the autorities.

Education

Presumably college.

Former Aliases

None known.

Former Bases

New York.

Former Groups

None known.

Former Occupation

Unknown.

Known Allies

Chesbro, El Uno, Don Fortunato, True Believers, Roguehouse and Bloodscream.

Known Confidants

Chesbro.

Known Relatives

Marina Caches (ex-wife), Fabian (son).

Legal Status

No criminal record.

Major Enemies

Spider-Man, Rose III, Delilah, Don Fortunato.

Marital Status

Divorced.

Place of Birth

Argentina.

Real Name

Carlos LaMuerto.

Usual Bases

Somewhere in Argentina.

Background

There were two events that made people get away from the Spider-Books in the late 90's: the Clone Saga and the Reboot. The Black Tarantula came in the year- and-a-half between them. He was big, tough, but Tom DeFalco built him up for too long, sometimes with contradicting clues. The dragged out gang war between B.T. and the third Rose (Jacob Conover), with Don Fortunato (the new big boss) caught in the middle could have been much better if it had been developed more swiftly and smoothly.

BT was a mysterious and powerful crime lord in South America, who decided to expand his sphere of influence to the Big Apple. He decided to take over the aforementioned Rose's territory, and sent his loyal killer El Uno to inflict casualties among his organization. Unfortunately for El Uno, he met Delilah, Rose's loyal killer, with whom he had a fight that was probably the highest peak of the whole storyline (great issue, Amazing #420), and that ended with his head being mailed to BT, with compliments of the Rose.

The gang war heated up, and BT moved to New York, to deal with the problems personally, and to take care of some personal business. The war proceeded with both the men summoning villain after villain (mostly lame ones) to take care of the other, with the highlights being a re-empowered Electro and a revived Dr. Octopus, both of them returned to the simple "I want to kill Spider- Man" mood.

On and on, B.T. put a contract on Robbie Robertson, to be delivered by Meiko Yin, but Spidey saved him. Ninja filled the pages, Elektra and X-Man guest-starred, and the war became tedious. BT gained advantage, he broke Delilah's neck, only to heal her and let her live, and he gave Spidey a very big beating, taking his mask and leaving him alive too. Finally, as the Rose cowered to Don Fortunato's mansion asking for help, B.T. went there also, to take care of the personal business. This brings us to BT's origin.

For the last 700 years, the power and the position as the Black Tarantula has passed from father to progenitor son in the family of Carlos LaMuerto. Recently, he married a young woman, Marina Caches (MJ's friend), who escaped with their young boy when she discovered that Carlos' family business were crime-related. Ironically, her new boyfriend is Dante Rigoletto, nephew of Don Fortunato, also a prominent member of organized crime. He takes her to the mansion for protection, but when B.T. arrives, neither the Hydra troops (allies of Fortunato) nor Spider-Man can stop his rampage. He wants to take his son back, to instill on him his legacy. He changes his mind when Spidey prevents the Rose from shooting him in the back, although he was so battered that by saving B.T.'s life he was ensuring his defeat, and when Marina reminds him of what he felt when his father did the same to him. With a promise to return eventually, BT leaves, with Marina and the little Fabian finally able to have some peace. Oh, and no revealed connection to Robbie, his "old colleague".

Black Tarantula ended up in jail, only to take Daredevil as an enemy once he got out.

Appears In...

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
Jun 1997 App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #424
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
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
  Origins told.
Nov 1998 App: Spider-Man Unlimited #22

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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.