We’re back for another round of Know Your Foe. Today we’re taking another look at one of Spidey’s earliest foes (but also one of Peter Parker’s friends) …. The Lizard!
The Lizard is one of the few characters that has remained the same person and relatively the same abilities over the years. He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #6 in 1963. Dr. Curtis Connors lost his arm while in the military and became obsessed with the regeneration of it; this lead to testing his lizard serum on himself and thus creating the Lizard. He’s very much a Jekyll & Hyde personality. In human form he does his best to help Spider-Man with his scientific research but the reptilian superhuman monster form is bent on destruction.
He has been released in minimate form in both comic and movie versions. The Marvel wave 37 version is Silver Age version and does a good job of recreating his look from the early Spider-Man comics. He has a smaller more humanoid shaped head and his tail is attached to the long white lab coat. For customizers out there, his torn purple pants are great for QC Bruce Banners. In the movie versions he has a greater turn towards the reptile body with lizard legs, feet and claws but still keeping the more humanoid shaped head.
There is room for improvement and we’re going to get to see it in the Spidey Friends & Foes boxset. This version is the modern age version of the Lizard where his head is less humanoid and more like that of an actual lizard. He’s also going to have the lizard legs similar to what we’ve seen on the movie version. And even better we get extra parts to complete the transformation to and from Dr. Connors.
The Silver Age and movie versions of the Lizard still stand out well today but I’m definitely looking forward to the new Transforming Lizard. Stay tuned for more Spidey Foes and check out Luke’s Toy Store to preorder your Deadly Foes of Spider-Man box set!