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Kraven the Hunter (01 - Sergei Kravinoff)
Real Name: Sergei Kravinoff
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Powers:
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.

Bio:
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.

Notes:


First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #15

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Issue Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man Digital (2009)
Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Black Cat (2010)
Amazing Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - Hunting The Hunter (2010)
Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives (2012)
Astonishing Tales (1970)
Avengers 1959 (2011)
Avengers Assemble (Panini) (2012)
Avenging Spider-Man (2012)
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2011)
Claws (2006)
Comic Shop News (1987)
Creatures on the Loose (1971)
Daredevil (1964)
Deadpool (1997)
Die Spinne (1980)
Die Spinne Zweitauflage (1987)
Equipe Marvel (1983)
Essential Web Of Spider-Man (2011)
Glenn Fabry Sketchbook (2013)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Incredible Hulk (2011)
Ka-Zar the Savage (1981)
L'étonnant Spider-Man (1969)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Chillers (1975)
Marvel Exklusiv (1998)
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Graphic Novel: The Amazing Spider-Man ''Parallel Lives'' (1989)
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man (2013)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Team-Up (1972)
Marvel: Now What?! (2013)
New Avengers (2010)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Book of the Dead 2004 (2004)
Paradise X: Xen (2002)
Savage Wolverine (2013)
Scarlet Spider (2012)
Secret Wars II (1985)
Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures (1995)
Spider-Girl (2011)
Spider-Man (1990)
Spider-Man (2007)
Spider-Man (French edition) (1991)
Spider-Man Adventures (1994)
Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk (1981)
Spider-Man Comics Weekly (UK) (1973)
Spider-Man Family (2005)
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)
Spider-Man Spectacular (2014)
Spider-Man: Blue (2002)
Spider-Man: Chapter One (1998)
Spider-Man: Get Kraven (2002)
Spider-Man: Grim Hunt - The Kraven Saga (2010)
Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt (1989)
Spider-Man: Origin of the Hunter (2010)
Spider-Man: Reign (2007)
Spider-Man: The Parker Years (1995)
Spider-Man: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility (2011)
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
Spider-Man/Human Torch (2005)
Spidey Super Stories (1974)
Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man (2006)
Startling Stories: Megalomaniacal Spider-Man (2002)
Strange Tales (2009)
Strange Tales II (2010)
Superior Spider-Man (2013)
Tales of Suspense (1959)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1999)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! (2008)
The Amazing Spider-Man: Soul of the Hunter (1992)
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
The Electric Company Magazine (1972)
The Exploits of Spider-Man (1992)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man: Back In Black Handbook (2007)
The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
The Ultimates (2002)
The Vault of Michael Allred (2006)
Thunderbolts (2013)
Venom (2011)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Web of Spider-Man (2009)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
West Coast Avengers (1985)
What If? (1977)
What If...? (1989)
Wolverine (1988)
X-Force (1991)
X-Men Unlimited (1993)
X-Men: Hidden Years (1999)
X-Men/Spider-Man (2009)
X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl (2006)

Video Game Appearances:
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man: The Movie (2002)

Group Affiliation(s):
Avengers (Marvel)(1959)
Sinister Six (Marvel)(01 - Doctor Octopus's Team)

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