Spider-Ham

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Peter Porker
Spider-Ham
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Cover to Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #12, by Joe Albelo.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham (November 1983)
Created by Larry Hama
Tom DeFalco
Mark Armstrong
In-story information
Alter egoPeter Benjamin Porker
Species Pig mutate
Place of originEarth-8311
Team affiliations Web Warriors
Abilities
  • Enhanced strength, agility and durability
  • Precognitive Spider-Sense
  • Organic webbing
  • Ability to cling to surfaces

Spider-Ham (Peter Porker) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is an anthropomorphic pig and is a cartoon animal parody version of Spider-Man. He was created by editor Larry Hama, Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong. [1]

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He first appeared in the one-shot humor comic book Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham (November 1983), which was then followed by an ongoing bi-monthly series, Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, under Marvel's Star Comics imprint, with both titles edited by Hama. The character existed on Earth-8311, which was a universe populated by anthropomorphic parody versions of the Marvel superheroes and supervillains. [2] Spider-Ham made his feature film debut in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), voiced by John Mulaney.

Publication history

Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker
Marvel Tails 1 cover.jpg
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication dateNovember 1983
No. of issues1
Main character(s)Spider-Ham
Captain Americat
Hulk-Bunny
Goose Rider

Spider-Ham was first featured as star of the 1983 humorous one-shot Marvel Tails, with a backup cast of other anthropomorphic talking-animal parody versions of popular Marvel superheroes, such as Captain AmeriCat (a cat version of Captain America), Hulk-Bunny (a rabbit version of Hulk) and Goose Rider (a goose version of Ghost Rider). [3]

Two years later, a solo series, titled Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham debuted under Marvel's Star Comics imprint. The series, published bi-monthly, lasted seventeen issues before its cancellation in 1987. With the cancellation of Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham, the character became a backup feature in Marvel Tales, a monthly reprint series showcasing Spider-Man's past adventures. Beginning with issue #201 (cover dated July 1987), these new Spider-Ham stories appeared in issues #201–212, 214–219, 223–230, 233, 236, 237, 239, 240, and 247 before ceasing altogether.

In issue #3 of What The--?! (cover dated October 1988), Porker meets with Raven the Hunter (a parody of Spider-Man's nemesis Kraven the Hunter) in a story that satirized the popular "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline which had been featured a year earlier in Marvel's Spider-Man titles. Spider-Ham also makes appearances in issues #18, 20, 22, and 24 of What The--?! The 26th issue of What The--?! (cover dated fall 1993) features "Spider-Ham 15.88", a humorous take-off on Peter Parker's future counterpart, Miguel O'Hara a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099 . The "15.88" is not seen as a year, but rather a humorous take on the price of a ham (the cover states that it was marked down from the original price of $20.99).

Spider-Ham has also appeared on the cover of Wha...Huh? #1, and was referred to as a fictional character in the Earth-616 Marvel Universe, in Generation X #52.

Spider-Man Family #1 (2005 one-shot) features a sixteen-page Spider-Girl story, in which May Parker (Peter Parker's daughter) watches a DVD showing a small portion of a fictional Spider-Ham animated series, discovering that it was created by one of Spider-Man's enemies, Jack O'Lantern. Here, Spider-Ham appears to mostly be a parody of Batman. Also in the issue, there is a partial reprint of Marvel Tails #1.

Spider-Ham was selected by fans and retailers to be the focus of the final variant cover by Mike Wieringo to the Spider-Man: The Other crossover, Amazing Spider-Man #528. [4]

In January 2007, J. Michael Straczynski authored the Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham one-shot, featuring Spider-Ham's attempt to find his missing "thought balloons" against a Civil War parody. The story does not fit in with previously established Spider-Ham continuity.

Tom Defalco returned to Spider-Ham's world in 2009, in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man Family #4–5. He introduces Swiney-Girl, the daughter of Spider-Ham and counterpart of Defalco's other creation Spider-Girl. Once again, the story strays away from the established, albeit loose, continuity of the original Spider-Ham stories by altering the character's origin and supporting characters, most notably in establishing Peter Porker as a natural-born pig bitten by a radioactive spider (directly mirroring Spider-Man's origin) and altering his love interest (a counterpart of Mary Jane Watson) from a water buffalo to a crane.

He fights alongside the X-Babies in issue #4 (March 2010) of their four-issue miniseries from 2009–2010.

To mark the anniversary of Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #1, Marvel released the Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special in July 2010, with Tom Defalco writing both Spider-Ham and Swiney-Girl stories. These stories feature most of Spider-Ham's original cast and origin, but incorporates the Mary Crane Watsow character from Amazing Spider-Man Family rather than her original counterpart.

Fictional character biography

Peter Porker was born a spider (simply named Peter). He resided in the basement lab of May Porker, a slightly goofy animal scientist who had created "the world's first atomic powered hairdryer", hoping that "the introduction of nuclear fusion into America's beauty salons" would "revolutionize the hair care industry". [2] After dousing her head with water and activating the dryer, May Porker accidentally irradiated herself, and in a fit of delusion, bit Peter, who then found himself transformed into an anthropomorphic swine much like May Porker herself. Running from the Porker homestead disoriented, Peter soon came to realize that he still retained a spider's abilities:

"This is astounding! Am I a spider with the limitations of a pig? Or a pig with the proportionate strength and agility of a spider? I've become something greater than either spider or pig... I've become a Spider-Ham!"Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15 (May 1987)

After this startling series of events, Peter (who adopted the surname "Porker", that of his benefactor May Porker, who after the accident mentally attuned to a state in which she believed she was Peter's loving aunt) dedicated himself and his new-found abilities to fighting injustice and the occasional animal parody of established Marvel Comics villains. May Porker's scientific genius was transferred to Peter, giving him the know-how to devise his webspinner gauntlets to replace his lost natural ability.

Misadventures

Porker, in his spider-themed alter-ego's first adventure, teamed up with Captain Americat, as they attempted to foil the nefarious plot of The Marauder, in a series of events that led to the creation of the Hulk-Bunny (Marvel Tails #1, "If He Should Punch Me").

Several months later, Spider-Ham encountered his main nemesis and one of his only recurring enemies in the form of Ducktor Doom, a duck parody of Doctor Doom (Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1, "The Mysterious Island of Ducktor Doom"). Spider-Ham would meet again with Doom when Porker would foil the would-be world conqueror's plot to create an army of living super vegetables (Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6, "Salad Daze").

Other notable menaces Porker would face along the way include the Bull-Frog (a parody of the Marvel villain Man-Bull), the Buzzard (an opossum take on the Spider-Man adversary the Vulture), Hogzilla (a swine counterpart to the more popular Godzilla), and the King-Pig (seemingly the swine equivalent of Marvel's mob-boss the Kingpin).

Three characters, not parallels to anybody in the Spider-Man series, also begin in #1: J. Jeremiah Jackal, Jr. (J. Jonah Jackal's nephew), Bunson Bunny and Upton Adam Stray (a cat with shades), all junior trainees at the Daily Beagle. They acquire super-powers in #15, encouraging Spider-Ham in his already made decision to abandon his super-hero career, but they fumble their first mission, forcing Peter Porker to resume his alter-ego as Spider-Ham. Further misadventures of the Beagle Brigadeers were presented within the back-up stories in Marvel Tales.

The series also included back-up stories featuring such characters as Deerdevil (Daredevil), Goose Rider (Ghost Rider) and the Fantastic Fur (the Fantastic Four).

Marvel Zombies

When Spider-Ham accidentally travels to the Marvel Zombies universe, he is suddenly zombified by a group of zombies, namely Captain America, Hulk, and Wolverine. It appears that he is directly shot in the head by an energy bullet by Earth 616's Ultron, effectively killing him but, in a zombie state, Spider-Ham turned into Ham-ibal Lecter.

Spider-Verse

During the Spider-Verse storyline which featured Spider-Men from various alternate realities, Spider-Ham became a member of the Spider-Army fighting against the Inheritors. He played a crucial role in the final confrontation when he switches places with Benjy Parker (the baby brother of Spider-Girl of Earth-982) – one of the three sacrifices needed for the Inheritors to destroy the Spider-Totems – allowing Ben Parker to get Benjy to safety. [5]

Secret Wars

During the Secret Wars event when all universes were destroyed and their remains formed a single planet called Battleworld, Spider-Ham found himself the only pig in the domain of the Battleworld called Arachnia and ended up as the captive of its Mayor, Norman Osborn. He was rescued by Spider-Gwen, [6] and the two eventually discovered and teamed up with other spider-powered people (Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man: India, Spider-UK and Anya Corazon), neither of whom remembered their previous encounter during the original Spider-Verse. [7]

Web Warriors

Following the conclusion of Secret Wars, the team of six Spiders that formed during the event feature in a new ongoing series called Web Warriors, a name that was coined by the Peter Parker of the Ultimate Spider-Man TV series during the original Spider-Verse. [8]

Other characters

Earth-8311 features talking animal parody versions of a variety of other Marvel characters including some superheroes and supervillains.

CharacterReal Marvel CharacterAnimalFirst Appearance
Spider-Ham/Peter Porker Spider-Man Spider/Pig Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Spider-Ham 2099/Piguel O'Malley Spider-Man 2099 Spider/Pig What The--?! #26
May Porker Aunt May Pig Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Mary Jane Waterbuffalo Mary Jane Watson Water Buffalo Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Mary Crane Watsow Mary Jane Watson Crane Amazing Spider-Man Family #4
J. Jonah Jackal/Black Jackal J. Jonah Jameson Jackal Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Batty Brant Betty Brant Bat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Betty Branteater Betty Brant Anteater Marvel Tales #230
Flash Tomcat Flash Thompson Cat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Liz Alleycat Liz Allan Cat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Awful Flight Alpha Flight VariousPeter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Summersquash/Walrus Lamebrainski of Awful Flight Sasquatch Walrus Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Snow-Youse of Awful Flight Snowbird UnknownPeter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Hockeypuck of Awful Flight Puck Beaver Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Aroma of Awful Flight Aurora Skunk Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Trinket of Awful Flight Talisman Rabbit Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Deerdevil / Batt Burdock Daredevil Deer Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #7
Froggy Nelson Foggy Nelson Frog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #7
Kay-Mar the Sub-Merchandizer Namor The Sub-Mariner Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #10
Sub-Marsupial Namor The Sub-Mariner (Golden Age)Unspecified marsupialPeter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #9
Asinine Torch Human Torch Donkey Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #9
Goose Rider Ghost Rider Goose Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Ducktor Doom Doctor Doom Duck Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Buzzard Vulture Opossum Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
Bull-Frog Man-Bull Frog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
Doctor Octopussy Cat Doctor Octopus Cat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #17
Hulk-Bunny / Dr. Bruce Bunny Hulk Rabbit Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Captain Americat / Steve Mouser Captain America Cat Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
King-Pig Kingpin Pig Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #12
Bee-Yonder Beyonder Bee Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #12
Bee-Dazzler Dazzler Bee Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #17
Hogzilla Godzilla Pig/Dinosaur Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
Mechano-Hogzilla Mechagodzilla Pig/Dinosaur RobotPeter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
Hobgobbler Hobgoblin Turkey Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Paw Klaw Bear Marvel Tales #207
Black Catfish Black Cat Catfish Marvel Tales #207
Raven the Hunter Kraven the Hunter Raven What The--?! #3
Crayfin the Bunter Kraven the Hunter Crayfish Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special #1
Doc Clamson Doc Samson Clam Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Croctor Strange Doctor Strange Crocodile Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #4
Magsquito Magneto Mosquito Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
X-Bugs X-Men Various insectsPeter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
Professor X-Bug Professor X Worm Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
Iron Mouse Iron Man Mouse Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #3
Nagneto Magneto Horse Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #3
Thrr, Dog of Thunder Thor Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #5
Odarn Odin Bulldog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #5
Looky Loki Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #5
Silver Squirrel Silver Surfer Squirrel Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
The Watchdog Uatu the Watcher Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
The Whoatcher Uatu the Watcher Owl Marvel Tales #237
Croak and Badger Cloak and Dagger Frog and Badger Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
J. Hamilton Hampster Man-Thing Hamster Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #10
Ant Ant Ant-Man Ant Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #11
Waspbunny Wasp Rabbit Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #11
Sandmanatee Sandman Manatee Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #11
Galactypus Galactus Platypus Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #12
Nick Furry, Agent of S.H.E.E.P. Nick Fury Bear Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
Dodo Dugan Dum Dum Dugan Dodo Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
Kangaroo the Conqueror Kang the Conqueror Kangaroo Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Ultrog Ultron Gorilla Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Quackula Dracula Vampire Duck Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
Chickenstein's Monster Frankenstein's Monster None. Composed of different vegetables.Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
Living Moooooooomy (a.k.a. Living Moomy) N'Kantu, the Living Mummy Cattle Mummy Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
Pinhead of Crime Kingpin Polar Bear Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
The Fantastic FurThe Fantastic Four VariousPeter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Mooster Fantastic of the Fantastic Fur Mister Fantastic Moose Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Invisible Gorilla of the Fantastic Fur Invisible Woman Gorilla Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Simian Torch of the Fantastic Fur Human Torch Gorilla Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Thang / Ben Grizzly of the Fantastic Fur Thing Grizzly Bear Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
The Scavengers The Avengers VariousPeter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Scarlet Pooch of the Scavengers Scarlet Witch Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Quacksilver of the Scavengers Quicksilver Duck Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Squawkeye of the Scavengers Hawkeye Chicken Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Black Panda of the Scavengers Black Panther Panda Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Pigeon of the Scavengers Vision Pigeon Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Baron Zebro Baron Helmut Zemo Zebra Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Paste Pot Peep Paste Pot Pete, a.k.a. the Trapster Pigeon Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Mad Stinker Mad Thinker Skunk Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Humongous Ham-Droid Awesome Android Pig Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Mandaringtail Mandarin Ring-Tailed Lemur Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Doo Wop Doo Fin Fang Foom Dragon Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Grey Gopher Grey Gargoyle Gopher Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #14
Punfisher / Frank Carple Punisher Fish Marvel Tales #212
Pork Grind Venom/Symbiote Pig/SymbioteWhat The--?! #20
Shock-Cur Shocker Dog Marvel Tales #201
Flash "Tombenstain" Bear Tombstone/Flash Thompson Bear Marvel Tales #227
Captain Zooniverse Captain Universe Cosmic force/Pig (Spider-Ham host body)Marvel Tales # 236
Anya the Ant-Girl Anya Corazon Ant Spider-Man Family #1
Hamneto Magneto Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Ultimate Captain Hamerica Captain America Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Green Ham (And Eggs) Hulk Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Deviled Ham Daredevil Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Hambit Gambit Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Iron Ham Iron Man Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Wolverham Wolverine Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
The Fantastic HamThe Fantastic Four Pigs Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Ant-Ham Ant-Man Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Swiney-Girl Spider-Girl of Earth-982 Spider/Pig Amazing Spider-Man Family #4
Green Gobbler Green Goblin Turkey Amazing Spider-Man Family #4
Eelectro Electro Electric Eel Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special #1
Mysteriape Mysterio Gorilla Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special #1
Mooseterio Mysterio moose
Doc Jaw Lockjaw Dog Lockjaw #3
Meows Morales Miles Morales cat Miles Morhames/Ultimate Spider-Ham Miles Morales Spider/Pig Ultimate FF #4
Guin Stacy/Spider-Guin Gwen Stacy Spider/Penguin Spider-Gwen Vol. 2 Annual #1

In other media

Television

Film

Video games

Miscellaneous

Spider-Ham appears in the Twisted ToyFare Theatre parody comic "Four Webbings and a Funeral" as part of The Wizard Spider-Man Special. In the comic, Spider-Ham appears as one of the entrees being served at Spider-Man's funeral.

Spider-Ham is shown in the movie called T-Rick.

Reception

In August 2009, TIME listed Spider-Ham as one of the "Top 10 Oddest Marvel Characters". [2]

Collected editions

TitleMaterial collectedPublished dateISBN
Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham Volume 1Marvel Tails #1, Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #1-5June 2010 978-0785143529
Spider-Man: Animal MagnetismSpider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special, Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham and Spider-Man: Back in Quack, Top Dog #10February 2011 978-0785151937
Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham: The Complete Collection Vol. 1Marvel Tails #1, Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #1-17July 2019 978-1302918439
Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham: The Complete Collection Vol. 2Marvel Tales #201-212, 214-219, 223-230, 233, 236-237, 239-240, 247, What The--?! #20, Ultimate Civil War: Spider-Ham #1, Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special #1, Spider-Man Annual (vol. 3) #1, material from What The--?! #3, 18, 22, 24, 26, Spider-Verse #1February 2021 978-1302923662
Spider-Ham: Aporkalypse NowSpider-Ham #1-5August 2020 978-1302921620

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