Joseph 'Crusher' Hogan (Marvel)
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In his prime, Crusher was a world-class wrestler, capable of defeating any normal opponent. Even in retirement and out of shape, Crusher is a scrapper, wielding a mean broom.
Crusher Hogan was the top star of his wrestling league. Never interested in a staged fight, Hogan was a "shooter," a genuine athlete who knew all the body's weaknesses and was prepared to exploit them, but the crowds had fallen off and Bobby, his boss, advised him to abandon the group and join the wealthy Global Wrestling. His wife Marie also pushed him to take a job with real money but Crusher was too loyal to change. Instead, he came up with a way to bring back the audiences and save the failing league. Taking the microphone after a match without informing Bobby of his plans, he refashioned his image into a bad guy by disrespecting the fans and offering a reward to anyone who could last three minutes in the ring with him. The promotion worked and fans lined up for tickets. Unfortunately, Crusher had borrowed the prize money from the mob and then had the misfortune to be confronted by a young man he sarcastically referred to as "a little Masked Marvel." The young man was Peter Parker in his first formal use of his spider-powers. After Peter picked him up and carried him up a pole, Crusher quickly conceded. Presumably the gate from a full house was enough to keep the mobsters at bay, but Bobby had put up his house to cover expenses and his league was dissolved. Crusher's marriage to Marie apparently ended as a result of the encounter as well. A ruined Crusher took a job as a custodian at a local gym where he regaled people like up-and-coming boxer Bobby Chance with tall tales about training Spider-Man, creating the web-shooters and providing the costume. When gym owner Madame Fang and her enforcer Manslaughter Marsdale discovered that Bobby planned to sign a contract with someone else, they schemed to put the young boxer out of commission. Crusher overheard these plans and joined the fight on Bobby's side. It was destined to be a losing battle until Spider-Man, passing by, joined the fight and defeated Manslaughter. Afterward, Spidey played along with Crusher's stories, making the washed-up wrestler a hero in the eyes of all the gymrats.
First Appearance: Amazing Fantasy (1962) #15
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Amazing Fantasy (1962)
Amazing Fantasy (1995)
Amazing Fantasy (2002)
Amazing Fantasy (Faksimile) (1999)
Amazing Fantasy #15: Spider-Man! (2012)
Amazing Spider-Man Digital (2009)
#10 Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives (2012)
- 'The Private Life of Peter Parker - Part X'
Free Comic Book Day 2012 (Spider-Man: Season One) (2012)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man (1980)
Hämähäkkimies / Spider-Man: Vuosikerta (2010)
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005)
Marvel Graphic Novel: The Amazing Spider-Man ''Parallel Lives'' (1989)
Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (1994)
Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man (2003)
Marvel Milestone Edition: Amazing Fantasy (1992)
Marvel Tales (1964)
#1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2005 (2005)
- 'Spiderman, Hulk, Giantman, Thor, Fury, Ironman'#137
Spider-Man and Zoids (1986)
#27 Spider-Man Classics (1993)
- 'Enter... GORGON!'#28
- 'Driving Lesson'
#1 Spider-Man: Chapter One (1998)
- 'Spider-Man / The Origin of Dr. Strange'
Spider-Man: Season One (2012)
Spider-Man: The Mutant Agenda (1994)
Spider-Man: With Great Power... (2008)
Spider-Man's Tangled Web (2001)
The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time (2001)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
Annual 23 The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)
- 'Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan?'
The Amazing Spider-Man (1999)
#32 The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
- 'The Long, Dark Pizza of the Soul'
#1#1.1 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Learning to Crawl Part One: The Show Must Go On'
What If? (1977)
- 'What If Someone Else Had Become the Amazing Spider-Man'
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