24 February 2007

The Many Foes of Spider-Man - Shocker

He terrorizes while wearing a quilt. He is the Shocker.

Herman Schultz was a high school dropout who had brilliant talents as both an inventor and an engineer. Instead of using such talents to gain legitimate employment, he became a successful burglar and the world's best safe-cracker. After finally being caught and incarcerated for his crimes, he developed a pair of gauntlets designed to shoot air blasts, vibrating at high frequency.

Schultz used the gauntlets to escape from prison and became the super-villain known as "The Shocker". He defeated Spider-Man in their first confrontation, but was later beaten and sent back to prison by Spider-Man (who pinned Schultz's thumbs away from the gauntlets' triggers with his webbing).

The Shocker would go on to prove a constant presence among Spider-Man's gallery of enemies, often times as either a thief or subordinate to a more prominent of Spider-Man's foes (notably Wilson Fisk and the Owl). He regularly works either as a member of a team (including Hobgoblin's Sinister Seven, Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve, Doctor Octopus's most recent Sinister Six, and the Masters of Evil) or in partnership with at least one other villain (previous alliances include Boomerang, The Beetle, Rhino, Leila Davis, the Trapster, Hydro-Man, and Speed Demon).

Likely Schultz's most ambitious solo exploit was his attempt to hold the city of New York for ransom by blacking out various electrical grids to spell out his name.

The Shocker found a rare moment of victory over Spider-Man when he teamed up with the Trapster. Sent by the Friends of Humanity to assassinate Paul Stacy, the duo managed to glue Stacy and Spider-Man together and corner them, only to be called off of their assignment moments before finishing them off.

Shocker would later turn on the Trapster at the bequest of Norman Osborn (who sought to have the Trapster eliminated as a potential witness against his recent attempt to frame Spider-Man for murder). Preparing to kill the resigned Trapster in an alley, he was attacked and rendered unconscious at the last minute by Spider-Man (then disguised under the alias of Dusk).

Villain Profiles:

the Beetle
Black Cat
the Chameleon
Doctor Octopus
the Green Goblin
J. Jonah Jameson
Jack O' Lantern
the Kingpin
Kraven the Hunter
the Lizard

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