What’s this? That’s not Spider-Man!
We’re back for another round of Know Your Foe. Today is a one of the first foes Spider-Man ever faced … Chameleon!
He first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 in 1963. The Chameleon got his start by trying to impersonate Spider-Man. He was born Dmitri Smerdyakov and is the half-brother of Kraven the Hunter. He didn’t have any super powers other than major makeup skills but later he got a few devices to help with his camouflage and eventually gained mutagenic powers to change appearance at will.
He has been released in minimate form once in Marvel wave 7 with a big JJ Jameson mask. The figure itself is a two in one as it counts as JJ and Chameleon. The face underneath is easily recognizable as his classic nondescript face. The rest is a simple base figure with dark suit details.
He really could go for an update. Granted because he’s changing his appearance so much you could say any character is the Chameleon in disguise. But for an updated version I would go with similar mask with different expression. It would be nice to see a mid-transformation face or partial removal of mask to another character (JJ, Spidey, etc). Also they’ve released better suits over the years; any of those updates would be nice. Or they could go another route and have his full purple jumpsuit.
Chameleon could use an update and would be a good addition for another Foe boxset. Stay tuned for more Spidey Foes and check out Luke’s Toy Store to preorder your Deadly Foes of Spider-Man box set!