Kraven the Hunter (01 - Sergei Kravinoff)
Real Name: Sergei Kravinoff
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By ingesting mystical potions Kraven was able to grant himself superhuman strength (capable of lifting approximately 2 tons under optimal conditions) and speed (able to sprint short distances up to 60 miles per hour). These same potions greatly slowed his aging process. At the time of his death he was over 70 years old and he appeared to be in his prime, though age was beginning to affect him. His agility, reflexes, stamina, and endurance were also enhanced. As he constantly ingested these potions he usually had these abilities, but without the effects of these potions he still possessed physical strength and agility of the level of an Olympic athlete.
Kraven was a maniacal big game hunter who sought to defeat Spider-Man to prove that he was the greatest hunter in the world. Unlike other hunters, he typically disdained the use of guns or bow and arrows preferring to take down large dangerous animals with his bare hands even though he often made elaborate preparations to weaken a quarry before hand. He also used a mystical serum to give him similar strength to Spider-Man, but even without the serum he was a threat to the wall-crawler. However, Kraven's continual underestimation of the superhero's resourcefulness made him a frustrating quarry.
For a time, he gave up hunting Spider-Man, but his manipulative lover, Calypso Ezili, tricked him into believing Spider-Man set his caged animals free. Goading Kraven into resuming his pursuit, both she and Kraven were arrested. Convinced he would never be worthy of Calypso's love until he humbled Spider-Man, Kraven once again hunted Spider-Man. This time, Calypso muted Spider-Man's spider-sense, while the two battled. When Kraven realized Calypso had drugged Spider-Man with a hallucinogenic dart, he stopped the fight out of honor. The police captured the two again.
After numerous battles in which Kraven was bested by the Wall Crawler, he finally defeated Spider-Man by shooting him and burying him for what would be his last hunt. He then donned Spider-Man's black costume and set out to prove that he was a greater Spider-Man than Spidey himself. He hunted down and defeated the creature known as Vermin who previously was only able to be defeated after Spider-Man enlisted the help of Captain America.
The still living Spider-Man, who had actually been shot with a tranquilizer dart, clawed his way out from the grave and attacked Kraven but the hunter did not retaliate. Believing that he had regained his honor, Kraven released Vermin onto the streets. Spider-Man pursued Vermin while the deranged Kraven took his own life.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #15
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Amazing Spider-Man Digital (2009)
#16 Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat (2010)
- 'Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister Six! (Plus One...)'
#4 Amazing Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - Hunting The Hunter (2010)
- 'The Trophy Hunters, Part Four'
#1 Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives (2012)
- 'Part One: Adrift'#2
- 'Part Two: A Prophecy'
Astonishing Tales (1970)
#1#2 Avengers 1959 (2011)
- 'Frenzy On The Fortieth Floor!'
Avengers Assemble (Panini) (2012)
Avenging Spider-Man (2012)
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2011)
#1 Comic Shop News (1987)
- 'Claws, Part 1 of 3'#2
- 'Claws, Part 2 of 3'
Creatures on the Loose (1971)
#32 Daredevil (1964)
- 'Moon of the Hunter!'#33
#104 Deadpool (1997)
- 'Prey Of The Hunter!'#105
- 'Menace From The Moons Of Saturn!'
#11 Die Spinne (1980)
- 'With Great Power Comes Great Coincidence'
#53 Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
- 'Ein Mann gibt niemals auf!'#93
- 'Venoms Braut'#236
- 'Sieg der Gerechtigkeit'
#34 Equipe Marvel (1983)
- 'Chamäleon bedeutet... Chaos!'
#9 Essential Spider-Man (2001)
- 'Tigra Tigra, brulant avec eclat'
Essential Web Of Spider-Man (2011)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Incredible Hulk (2011)
#10#11 Ka-Zar the Savage (1981)
- 'The Search for the City of Sasquatches'
#19 L'étonnant Spider-Man (1969)
- 'I'll Take Manhattan'#20
- 'New York, New York'#21
- 'It's a Jungle Out There!'
#12 Marvel Age (1983)
- 'Chasse a l`araignee!'#13
- 'La naissance du Gibbon!'
Marvel Chillers (1975)
#4 Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
- 'Night of the Huntress!'
#2 Marvel Graphic Novel: The Amazing Spider-Man ''Parallel Lives'' (1989)
- 'Spider-Man: Kravens Letzte Jagd'
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man (2013)
#4 Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
- '99 Problems... Four of Five'
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
#67 Marvel: Now What?! (2013)
- 'Tigra Tigra, Burning Bright!'
New Avengers (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Paradise X: Xen (2002)
Savage Wolverine (2013)
#13 Scarlet Spider (2012)
- 'Come Conquer the Beasts Part Two: Death in Its Eyes'
#6 Secret Wars II (1985)
- 'A Mighty Hunter Before The Lord'#16
- 'A Good, Ol' Fashioned Rodeo'#21
- 'Into the Grave Part 1'#22
- 'Into the Grave Part 2'#23
- 'Into the Grave Part 3'#24
- 'Hands Covered in Blood Part 1'
#7 Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures (1995)
- 'Charge of the Dark Brigade!'
#218 Spider-Girl (2011)
- 'Spidey, Lizard & Kraven in the Savage Land part 2 Day of the hunter'
#37 Spider-Man (French edition) (1991)
- 'Spinnenblut tut selten gut'
Spider-Man Adventures (1994)
#6 Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk (1981)
- 'Kraven The Hunter!'
nn Spider-Man Comics Weekly (UK) (1973)
- 'Chaos in Kansas City!'
#7 Spider-Man Family (2005)
- 'Kraven The Hunter'#160
- 'Super Spider-Man with the Super-Heroes'
Spider-Man Family (2007)
Spider-Man Family Featuring Spider-Man's Amazing Friends (2006)
Spider-Man Special: Black and Blue and Read All Over (2006)
#1 Spider-Man: Blue (2002)
- 'Black & Blue & Read All Over'
Spider-Man: Chapter One (1998)
#9 Spider-Man: Get Kraven (2002)
- 'Hunter And Hunted!'
Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - The Kraven Saga (2010)
Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt (1989)
Spider-Man: Origin of the Hunter (2010)
#1 Spider-Man: Reign (2007)
- 'Origin of the Hunter'
#3 Spider-Man: The Parker Years (1995)
- 'Book Three'#4
- 'Book Four'
Spider-Man: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility (2011)
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005)
#2 Spidey Super Stories (1974)
- 'Catch You on the Flipside'
#2 Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man (2006)
- 'In the Hand of the Hunter!'#3
- 'The Big-Top Bust!'
Startling Stories: Megalomaniacal Spider-Man (2002)
#1 Strange Tales (2009)
- 'The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man'
Strange Tales II (2010)
HC Superior Spider-Man (2013)
- 'Strange Tales II'#1
#3 Tales of Suspense (1959)
- 'Everything You Know Is Wrong'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1999)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! (2008)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Soul of the Hunter (1992)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
#13 The Electric Company Magazine (1972)
- 'New Ways To Die Begins!'#52
- 'The Dead Shall Rise!'#53
- 'The Hunter Lives! The Spider Dies!'#54
- 'The Killing Blow!'
#30 The Exploits of Spider-Man (1992)
- 'The Smartest Artist'
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'K-M: From Kang to Man-Bull'
#7 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 (2004)
- 'Khoryphos to Magneto'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man: Back In Black Handbook (2007)
The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
#2 The Ultimates (2002)
- 'Kraven Is The Hunter!'#65
- 'The Heart is a Lonely Hunter'#131
#5 The Vault of Michael Allred (2006)
- 'Hulk Does Manhattan'
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
#31 Web of Spider-Man (2009)
- 'The Coffin'#32
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
#2 West Coast Avengers (1985)
- '…As Dreams Are Made On… 2: In the Nightmare Factory'
What If? (1977)
#19 What If...? (1989)
- 'What If Spider-Man Had Stopped The Burglar Who Killed His Uncle?'#19 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'What If Spider-Man Had Stopped The Burglar Who Killed His Uncle?'
#17 Wolverine (1988)
- 'What If...Kraven the Hunter Had Killed Spider-Man?'
#176 X-Force (1991)
- 'The Logan Files, Epilogue'
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
#36 X-Men: Hidden Years (1999)
- 'This One's For You'
#16 X-Men/Spider-Man (2009)
- 'Echoes of a Lost Generation'#17
- 'Hunter and Hunted'
#1 X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl (2006)
- 'The Strangest Teens of All'#2
- 'Last Hunts'#4
- 'The Mutant Hunter'
- 'Dead a Long Time, Part 1'#2
- 'Dead a Long Time, Part 2'#3
- 'Dead a Long Time, Part 3'#4
- 'Dead a Long Time, Part 4'#5
- 'Dead a Long Time, Part 5'
Video Game Appearances:
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man: The Movie (2002)
Sinister Six (Marvel)(01 - Doctor Octopus's Team)
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