Black Tarantula (Marvel)(Carlos LaMuerto)
Real Name: Carlos LaMuerto
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The origin of the Black Tarantula is shrouded in mystery and misinformation. There is a legend that the Black Tarantula was an European explorer, who travelled to Japan several centuries ago and was trained by the ninja-clan the Hand. At the end of the training he was awarded with a special potion that gave him superhuman powers and immortality. In reality, the Black Tarantula's immortality has a more earthly origin: the title is inherited from father to son, all posing as the same person (reminiscent of the Phantom). Despite not being truly immortal, the Black Tarantula really does have a multitude of superhuman powers as a result of the potion his ancestor drank.
The current Black Tarantula moved his base of operations from Brasil to New York, claiming that he wanted to expand his operation, but in fact he was looking for his ex-wife Marina, who had fled the country with their son. Marina disliked the changes that Carlos underwent when he took on the mantle of the Black Tarantula and didn't want the same fate for her son. The Black Tarantula came into conflict with the local crimelord the Rose (Jacob Conover). He defeated the Rose's enforcer, Delilah, and healed her afterwards. Delilah felt humiliated and swore to pay him back. The Black Tarantula hired Roughhouse and Bloodscream to his dirty work and he drove back the Rose, establishing control over a large part of New York City. When the Rose went to Don Fortunato, a powerful crime-lord ruling over New York City, for help, the Black Tarantula appeared in person and offered Fortunato an alliance. Fortunato accepted, but the Black Tarantula had to prove his loyalty by defeating Spider-Man and bringing back his mask. Black Tarantula did as he was asked and defeated Spider-Man, but let him live when he found out that Spider-Man was trying to rescue a small child.
Spider-Man would take on the identity of Ricochet to infiltrate the Rose's organisation and find out more about Black Tarantula. During this time he found a photo of his wife Mary Jane Watson and two of her friends. Spider-Man found out that Marina, one of her friends, was in fact the Black Tarantula's ex-wife. Furthermore, Marina had a friend, who was Don Fortunato's cousin. They asked Don Fortunato for protection and the Black Tarantula attacked Don Fortunato's mansion. Inside the mansion, Black Tarantula defeated Fortunato's guard and fought Spider-Man. Black Tarantula defeated Spider-Man again, but lost his wife when she confronted him and pointed out that he was scaring his own son. She reminded him what a burden the Black Tarantula title had been on him and Carlos relented. He left, but told her that he would one day come back to take his son.
Recently in Daredevil #86 (August, 2006), Tarantula was seen in jail. During a riot at Ryker's Island, Tarantula was attacked by the assassin Bullseye, who stabbed him in the chest with a playing card. The extent of his injury is not known at this time. However, he is slated to make a re-appearance in Daredevil Annual #1.
After his reapperance he aided Daredevil against the Hand. However, afterward, he and the White Tiger were kidnapped and brainwashed into joining the Hand.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #419
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Annual 01 Daredevil By Ed Brubaker Saga (2008)
- 'Devil May Care'#82
- 'The Devil in Cell-Block D: Part 1'#85
- 'The Devil in Cell-Block D: Part 4'#86
- 'The Devil in Cell Block D: Part 5'#101
- 'Without Fear: Part 2'#112
- 'Lady Bullseye, Part Two'#113
- 'Lady Bullseye, Part Three'#114
- 'Lady Bullseye, Part Four'#115
- 'Lady Bullseye, Conclusion'#118
- 'The Return of the King, Part Three'#119
- 'The Return of the King, Part Four'
Daredevil: Blood of the Tarantula (2008)
#1 Dark Reign: The List - Daredevil (2009)
- 'Blood Of The Tarantula'
#1 Heroic Age: Heroes (2010)
- 'The Enemy of My Enemy'
Marvel Legacy: The 1990's Handbook (2007)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Shadowland: Power Man (2010)
#2 Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
- 'War in the Neighborhood'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'Beware the Black Tarantula!'#420
- ''Twas the Night Before Christmas...'#421#422
- 'Exposed Wiring'#424
- 'Then Came... Elektra'#427
- 'Sacrifice Play!'#428
- 'Living Large!'#432
- 'Spider-Hunt, Part Two: The Hunted!'#434
- ''Round and 'Round with Ricochet!'#435
- 'Fun 'N Games With The Four Star Squad'#436
- 'In the Final Battle with the Black Tarantula!'
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