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Marvel Knights Spider-Man #8 (Jan. 2005):
“Venomous: Part Four”
by Mark Millar, Frank Cho

Marvel Knights Spider-Man #8

Title: “Venomous: Part Four”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Jan. 2005

Publisher: Marvel

Written by: Mark Millar

Art by: Frank Cho


36 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Spider-Man Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
(lead character)
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Protestant
Secret Defenders; Weapon X (Exiles)...  Marvel 10,664
Venom Venom (Angelo Fortunato) villain
  Mafia
[son of rich mobster/Mad killer bent on proving his worth]
Marvel 3
Mary Jane Watson Mary Jane Watson supporting character
CBR Scale: I Christian (denomination
unknown)
[was wife of Peter Parker (Spider-Man)] Marvel 1,827
J. Jonah Jameson J. Jonah Jameson supporting character
CBR Scale: M hates Spider-Man
[Peter Parker's boss; Spider-Man's denouncer] Marvel 1,719
The Symbiote
(details) 
supporting character villain
CBR Scale: I alien; vengeance
[sentient black costume Spider-Man obtained on Battleworld] Marvel 16
Otis Kincaid
(details, pg. 10-12, 17) 
supporting character
  [impersonated Spider-Man trying to get JJJ's bounty] Marvel 3
The Scorpion Scorpion (Mac Gargan)
(4-panel cameo, pg. 23-24)
villain hero
CBR Scale: U manifestly non-religious
Initiative; Sinister Twelve...  Marvel 315
Ramona
(4-panel cameo, pg. 22, panels 1-4)
supporting character
  black
[mother of Vulture's grandson]
Marvel 3
Robbie Robertson Robbie Robertson
(3-panel cameo, pg. 18, 21)
supporting character
  black Marvel 739
Paolo
(3-panel cameo, pg. 22, panels 1-3)
supporting character
  [boss (at diner) of Ramona (mother of Vulture's grandson)] Marvel 1
Comic Book Guy Comic Book Guy (Jeff Albertson)
(2-panel cameo, pg. 9, panels 1-2)
supporting character
CBR Scale: D comic books
[business owner] Fox TV Bongo Comics 277
Sandman Sandman (Flint Marko)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1) 
villain hero
  Sinister Twelve; Intruders (leader)...  Marvel 388
Venom Venom (Eddie Brock)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 17, panel 3) 
villain
CBR Scale: M Catholic
Toxin; Sinister Six...  Marvel 416
The Lizard The Lizard (Dr. Curt Connors)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1) 
villain scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic
U.S. Army; Sinister Twelve Marvel 318
Rhino Rhino (Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 1) 
villain
  Sinister Syndicate; Doom's Brigade...  Marvel 305
Don Fortunato Don Fortunato (Vincente Fortunato)
(1-panel cameo, pg. 16, panel 2) 
villain
  HYDRA; Maggia Marvel 23
Aunt May Aunt May
(memory, pg. 21, panel 4) 
supporting character
CBR Scale: S Protestant
[raised Peter Parker (Spider-Man)] Marvel 1,368
Black Cat Black Cat (Felicia Hardy)
(memory, pg. 21, panel 4) 
hero
CBR Scale: U Catholic
Heroes for Hire Marvel 374
Man-Wolf John Jameson
(photo/picture/video, pg. 18)
supporting character
  U.S. Air Force; The Avengers (staff)
[J. Jonah Jameson's son]
Marvel 231
Mike McSwiggin
(business/store name, pg. 6, panels 3-4) 
supporting character
 indeterminate  [name seen on driver's sign for passenger pickup at airport] Marvel 2
The Hulk The Hulk (Bruce Banner)
(mentioned, pg. 4, panel 2) 
hero scientist
CBR Scale: I Catholic (lapsed)
The Defenders; The Avengers...  Marvel 4,551
The Thing The Thing (Ben Grimm)
(mentioned, pg. 7, panel 4) 
hero
CBR Scale: S Jewish
The Fantastic Four; The Avengers...  Marvel 5,017
The Punisher The Punisher (Frank Castle)
(mentioned, pg. 22, panel 5) 
hero
CBR Scale: S Catholic (former seminarian)
Marvel Knights; Secret Defenders...  Marvel 1,893
Venom Flash Thompson
(mentioned, pg. 2-3) 
supporting character
CBR Scale: I Alcoholics Anonymous
U.S. Army Marvel 718
Doctor Doom Doctor Doom (Victor Von Doom)
(mentioned, pg. 12, panel 2) 
villain scientist
CBR Scale: S Gypsy/Roma; magic/mysticism
The Cabal; Fearsome Four
[Foe of: Fantastic Four (arch-enemy)]
Marvel 1,176
Norman Osborn Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
(mentioned, pg. 12, 23) 
villain
CBR Scale: U manifestly non-religious
Cabal of Scrier (leader); The Cabal (leader)... 
[Foe of: Spider-Man (arch-enemy)]
Marvel 417
Spider-Man Doctor Octopus (Otto Octavius)
(mentioned, pg. 12, 23) 
villain hero scientist
  Sinister Six; Thunderbolts Army...  Marvel 1,006
Vulture Vulture (Adrian Toomes)
(mentioned, pg. 22, panels 3, 5) 
villain
  Sinister Six; Sinister Twelve Marvel 342
Marvel Girl Marvel Girl (Rachel Grey)
(mentioned, pg. 1) 
hero clergy/religious leader
CBR Scale: S Episcopalian (born); future
self: founder of Askani
religion
X-Men; X-Treme Sanctions Executive...  Marvel 358
Jesus Christ Jesus Christ (Jesus of Nazareth)
(mentioned, pg. 16, panel 5) 
deity real/historical person
CBR Scale: D Christianity
[] DC 565
Liz Allan Liz Allan
(mentioned, pg. 4, panel 4) 
supporting character
  [longtime friend of Peter Parker] Marvel 429
Ernie
(mentioned, pg. 1, 23) 
supporting character
  Midtown High School
[when young, bullied Peter Parker, wanted to be like Flash]
Marvel 2
Mary Mary
(mentioned, pg. 16, panel 5) 
real/historical person
CBR Scale: D Jewish; Christian
[mother of Jesus] Procter & Gamble Marvel 155
Seymour OReilly Seymour O'Reilly
(mentioned, pg. 1, 10, 23, etc) 
supporting character
  Midtown High School
[Peter Parker's high school classmate; Flash's buddy]
Marvel 19
Charlie
(mentioned, pg. 1, 23) 
supporting character
  Midtown High School
[encouraged bullying of Peter Parker in high school]
Marvel 3
Vulture's grandson
(mentioned, pg. 21-22) 
supporting character
  black
[Vulture's grandson; suffering from leukemia]
Marvel 2

One of the many troubles Spider-Man faces in this issue is a $5 million bounty being offered by J. Jonah Jameson and the Daily Bugle for the identity of Spider-Man. In order to put an end to the insanity caused by this offer, which puts his secret identity and risk and also causes Spider-Man impersonators to be endangered, Peter Parker fakes photos to show that J. Jonah Jameson's own son John Jameson is "really" Spider-Man.

After this happens, J. Jonah Jameson offers Peter Parker 10 percent of the reward money, something Parker was not even trying to collect. Jameson tells him:

"The five million bucks our anonymous donor gave me to fund this little offer. I'm hardly gonna give you the whole five million if I can't print any of these pictures! ...Let's say you get half a million and the balance rests in a private bank account in case our anonymous donor ever comes forward."

Jameson genuinely does not know who the anonymous donor is. At the end of the issue, Mac Gargan (the villain previously known as Scorpion) calls Peter Parker and identifies himself as the man who provided Jameson with the bounty money.