Real Name: Pete Ross
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Originally designed to be able to control gravity, Spider-Boy's powers were altered during the sabotage (since the cloning process wasn't complete). He can increase his own personal gravity so that he is pulled towards large objects, and can therefore walk up walls and buildings. He can focus gravity inwards to increase the energy of his muscles, and boost his strength and speed to superhuman levels, or lower gravity around himself to jump much higher than a normal human can.
An attempt by Project Cadmus to create a clone of Super-Soldier with the ability to control gravity was sabotaged, and a young clone of researcher Peter Parker (who was killed during the "accidental" lab explosion) emerged from the wreckage. The young boy immediately run up a wall in confusion.
The head of the project, Thunderbolt Ross, feeling sorry for the clone and responsible for the boy's welfare, legally adopted him (giving the boy the last name of Ross) and named him Pete (after his genetic father).
Pete and his "Uncle Gen" were a happy family until General Ross was killed by a mugger. Pete swore that he will face danger and made himself the center of attention so others wouldn't have to be, feeling he had been dismissed as just a boy during the incident. Inspired by his spider-like ability to walk on walls, he fashioned a costume and called himself Spider-Boy. Spider-Boy later returned to Project Cadmus, where he was given a special pistol called a "web-shooter", which fire strands of synthetic webbing.
As a Cadmus agent, Spider-Boy was assigned to battle genetic monstrosities, but as Pete Ross, he was a photographer for the sleazy tabloid, the Daily Bugle (to get incriminating photos of himself with attractive super-heroines, having become a major pop cultural phenomenon after his debut). Spider-Boy faced many perils, such as giant reptilian killers and symbiotic clones, but his biggest challenge was getting set up on a blind date with Mary Jane Watson (the Insect Queen). Surprisingly the two hit it off, and are now engaged. Now Spider-Boy faces his biggest adventure: marriage.
First Appearance: DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC (1996) #3
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DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC (1996)
TPB#3 DC/Marvel: All Access (1996)
- 'Marvel Versus DC/DC Versus Marvel: Round Three'#4
- 'DC Versus Marvel/Marvel Versus DC: Round Four'
Return to the Amalgam Age of Comics (1997)
Spider-Boy Team-Up (1997)
#1 Spider-Verse (2015)
- 'Too Many Heroes -- Too Little Time!'
Unlimited Access (1997)
#1 X-Patrol (1996)
- 'No Time Like The Present!'
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