Alter Ego: Eddie Brock
Other Names: Anti-Venom; Edward "Eddie" Charles Brock; Venom I
First Appearance (Additional Details): (alien symbiote) The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #252 (May 1984): "Homecoming!"; (partial appearance as Venom) The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #299 (Apr. 1988): "Survival of the Hittist!"; (full appearance as Venom) The Amazing Spider-Man (vol. 1) #300 (May 1988): "Venom"
Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes
Number of Appearances: 416
Comic Book Appearances: 379
TV, Film Appearances: 30
Video Game, Computer Game Appearances: 7
BELOW: Eddie Brock ("Venom") was moved by Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" to renounce villainy, sell The Symbiote, and donate the money to charity: The Terrible Tinkerer conducts an auction for super-villains in which Eddie Brock is auctioning off the alien symbiote that transforms him into Venom - selling the symbiote to the highest bidder. Note how Mysterio questions whether Eddie Brock's actions are truly "Christ-like." It is not every day you see a super-villain question whether somebody's actions are "Christ-like." But Eddie Brock's spiritual motivations in this case are very sincere, and hearken back to the earliest beginnings of this Catholic character, who first merged with The Symbiote after a sincere prayer in a Catholic church. Note how the Tinkerer refers to Eddie Brock's "crisis of faith." This term is usually used to describe as a period of doubt that causes one to question one's beliefs. In this case, Eddie Brock has come to doubt his life as a villain, and is actually turning back to his religious faith.
Source: Marvel Knights Spider-Man #6 (Nov. 2004): "Venomous: Part Two", pg. 23, panels 2-4. Written by Mark Millar. Art by Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson. See also: charity; Christ-like; faith; repentance; crisis of faith; Catholic; Venom (Eddie Brock); Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth); Tinkerer (Phineas T. Mason); The Symbiote; Mysterio (Daniel Berkhart); Mel Gibson
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