Molten Man (Marvel)
Real Name: Mark Raxton
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Molten Man possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift 40 tons under optimal conditions, and is highly resistant to injury, including resistance to high caliber bullets, and external temperatures up to 500° Fahrenheit for sustained periods of time. Since his skin is coated with a frictionless alloy, Raxton can slip away from any grasp or snares including Spider-Man’s webbing. In his molten stage, the Molten Man can also radiate heat up to 300° Fahrenheit and emit harmful radiation from his molten form. The Molten Man's metallic fingers are sensitive to the sound of the metal tumblers in many safe locks making him an expert safe-cracker.
Former lab assistant to Spencer Smythe, Mark Raxton helped to develop an experimental metallic alloy obtained from a meteor containing organic matter. During an argument between the two, the metallic alloy spilled over Raxton’s body and was absorbed into his skin. Fearing for his life, he ran for the nearest hospital, only to discover that the alloy had granted him extraordinary powers. Realizing the potential his new abilities gave him, Raxton, now calling himself the Molten Man turned to crime to further his gains. Peter Parker, as Spider-Man, was forced to nearly miss his high-school graduation to stop the Molten Man's first crime spree.
After graduating high school, Elizabeth Allan worked as a nurse to aid Raxton, her step-brother. It was only after Molten Man made an attempt to attack her, he realized that his step-sister was the only member of his family who had not abandoned him. After desperate attempts to cure himself involving criminal activities, Raxton ended up in the Vault, the superhuman prison in the Colorado Rockies.
Years later, reconciling with Raxton, Liz and her husband Harry Osborn gave Raxton a job as head of security at Osborn Industries. Raxton supported Liz when Harry went back his villainous ways and later helped Spider-Man to capture him. Molten Man and Spider-Man have since become friends, but when Ben Reilly assumed the role of Spider-Man they have minor disagreement until they allied themselves against Gaunt.
Raxton also crossed paths with Daredevil when he was affected by a gas made by Mister Fear. Daredevil managed to dispose the gas before he managed to hurt anyone and revealed that Raxton was betrayed by one of his own people.
Some time after that, Molten Man was abducted by Norman Osborn, the original Green Goblin, and was brainwashed. Under mind control, Molten Man attacked and killed Osborn's henchwoman Alison Mongrain, who happened to be one of the few people who knew the true cause Mary Jane's miscarriage. While Molten Man has since recovered from the mind control, he still bears a heavy burden of guilt over the incident.
Sometime after Superhero Registration Act came a law and Spider-Man had publicly revealed his identity. Chameleon recruited Scarecrow, Will-O'-The-Wisp, Electro and Swarm to the group he himself called Exterminators. He then blackmailed Raxton to join the group by threatening to hurt a child who he was mentoring. They made Liz call Spider-Man to come her apartment by threatening to hurt Normie. When Spider-Man arrived with Black Cat they were attacked by Raxton, Will-O'-The-Wisp and Scarecrow. Spider-Man and Black Cat managed to beat them and Spider-Man made Raxton tell them where Chameleon was. He told that Chameleon was after Aunt May. Raxton apparently was arrested shortly after Spider-Man and Black Cat left to rescue Aunt May.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #28
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Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives (2012)
Avengers Spotlight (1989)
#361 Die Spinne (1980)
- '...Unfinished Business'#365
- 'A Question Of Trust'
#226 Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
- 'Maximum Carnage - Der Entfesselte Carnage'
Marvel 1985 (2008)
Marvel Age (1983)
Marvel Graphic Novel: The Amazing Spider-Man ''Parallel Lives'' (1989)
Marvel Super-Heroes (1990)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Punisher War Journal (2007)
#2 Spectacular Spider-Man Adventures (1995)
- 'How I Won the War, Part 2: Dead Soldiers'
#36 Spider-Man (2007)
- 'Maximum Carnage, Part 8 of 14: Hate is in the Air'#86
- 'The Span Of Years'
#1 Spider-Man Unlimited (1993)
- 'Chaos auf Ryker's Island'#39
- 'Freund oder Feind?'#43
- 'Tage wie dieser Teil 1: Räuber und Gendarm'#44
- 'Tage wie dieser Teil 2: Räuber und Gendarm'#45
- 'Tage wie dieser Teil 3: Das letzte Gefecht'
Spider-Man: Legacy of Evil (1996)
Startling Stories: Megalomaniacal Spider-Man (2002)
#1 Strange Tales (2009)
- 'The Megalomaniacal Spider-Man'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Annual 13 The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
- 'The Arms Of Doctor Octopus'#28
- 'The Menace of the Molten Man!'#35
- 'The Molten Man Regrets ...!'#132
- 'The Master Plan Of The Molten Man!'#133
- 'The Molten Man Breaks Out!'#134
- 'Danger Is A Man Named... Tarantula'#171
- 'Photon Is Another Name For...?'#172
- 'The Fiend From the Fire!'#173
- 'If You Can't Stand the Heat...!'#181
- 'Maximum Carnage, Part 11 of 14: Soldiers of Hope'#412
- 'Blood Brothers, Part 6 of 6: The Face of My Enemy!'#440
- 'The Gathering of Five, Part 2: A Hot Time in the Old Town'#441
- 'Final Chapter, Part 1: And Who Shall Claim a Kingly Crown?'#581
- 'The Trouble With Harry'#582
- 'Burning Questions'#642
The Astonishing Spider-Man (2009)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man: Back In Black Handbook (2007)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Update '89 (1989)
#5 The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
- 'Marauders to Power Princess'
#5 The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
- 'Blood Brothers, Part 5 of 6: Collisions with the Past'#29
- 'Back On His Game!'
#29 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'The Deadly Foes of Peter Parker: Part 1'#30
- 'The Deadly Foes of Peter Parker: Part 2'#31
- 'The Deadly Foes of Peter Parker: Part 3'
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
- 'Dragon in the Dark'#61 (Newsstand Edition)
- 'Dragon in the Dark'#62
- 'All that Glitters...'#66
- 'Friends and Enemies'#67
- 'With Friends Like These!'#103
- 'Maximum Carnage, Part 10 of 14: Sin City'
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