Characters : 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
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.

Appears In...

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

Here is the Full Appearance List (24 Apps) for Rose III (Jacob Conover).

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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.