Antoine Delsoin is the lead singer of the "Mercy Killers" goes by his stage name the "Hypno-Hustler". Antoine Delsoin was performing at the nightclub called Beyond Forever with his band, when he is caught by the club owner stealing from the safe. Antoine uses his equipment to hypnotize the manager. The band then decided to hypnotize the audience at their next gig into giving him their valuables and money.

Peter Parker was at the club with friends Harry Osborn, Liz Allan, Holly Gillis, Betty Brant, Flash Thompson and his girlfriend Sha Shan. He saw what was happening so rushed to change into his Spider-Man costume. Spider-Man whilst fighting the band discovers that Hypno-Hustler's headphones protected him from his own hypnotic music. Spider-Man removes Hypno-Hustler's headphones causing hypnotized along with everyone else. When the audience was free of the hypnosis. Leaving the Hypno-Hustler and his band in webbed up for the police to find.

Antoine Delsoin was later asked to take part in the Vil-Anon (Villains Anonymous) meeting with Schizoid Man, Armadillo, Big Wheel, Man-Bull and Equinox.

Antoine Delsoin in his Hypno-Hustler guise resurfaces he is one of the many villains who attempt to capture Lily Hollisters aka Menace baby Stanley Osborn for Doctor Octopus. He tries to run and enters police station wanting escape as Spider-Man is on a rampage against criminals ever since Lily Hollister's baby was stolen from her by the Chameleon. Spiderman believing the baby is dead he then takes down Diablo, The Spot and Overdrive.He also appeared in Avenging Spiderman #12 hiring Deadpool the tinkerer also upgraded Hypno Hutslers hypno tech goggles.


his Equipment gets upgraded by tinkerer in the description up above his goggles wear made to hallucinate worse fears.

  • Hypnotic Guitar: Antoine Delsoin developed a guitar which produced sound waves at a level where he could hypnotize people. He along with his backup band, The Mercy Killers, can perform mass hypnosis.
  • Hypno-Hustler's Headphones: Hypno-Hustler's headphones protected him from his own hypnotic music.
  • Hypno-Boots:Antoine Delsoin developed boots that can emit knockout gas on demand, and have retractable knives in the soles.

He appears as an old man in Spider-Man: Reign # 2.

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