Early Life

Anton Miguel Rodriquez was a revolutionary in the South American country of Delvadia fighting to overthrow the fascist government. He and his fellow freedom fighters employed such tactics as bombings, kidnapping politicians for ransom, and assassinations. Rodriquez was expelled from his group after he murdered a security guard in cold blood during a bank robbery.

The Tarantula

The Delvadian government took notice of Rodriquez and gave him a new mission and role as the Tarantula, a government backed costumed agent, in effect a fascistic Captain America. He was used against his former allies in assignments he especially enjoyed. Rodriquez's violent streak eventually got the better of him when he killed a guard who wouldn't allow him to beat a captured revolutionary. Disavowed by the government, Tarantula fled South America and began living in New York illegally. He soon began to integrate himself into the city's criminal underworld.

For his first big score, Tarantula, along with his two henchmen Hildago and Juan, hijacked a Hudson River dayliner in order to rob the passengers and hold them for ransom. Spider-Man, with help from the Punisher, managed to foil the Tarantula's plan and capture him.[3]

Alliance with the Jackal and more

The Tarantula became a mercenary, later allying himself with the Jackal,[4] Senor Muerte,[5] and attempted to abduct or murder "Nose" Norton.[6] He was also hired by Edward Lansky to stage his own kidnapping, as well as killing Mayor Beame.[2] He was unsuccessful in all of these ventures.

Mutated Tarantula

Mutated form

Big Honkin' Spider

The Brand Corporation mutated the Tarantula into a Spider-like creature with eight legs and an arachnid face with mandibles. Enraged, Tarantula sought his revenge against the Corporation. Spider-Man and the Will O' The Wisp prevented him from murdering a Brand executive. Seeing that he had mutated even further into a giant spider, Tarantula dove from a building into a hail of gunfire from NYPD officers. Tarantula died quickly on the street below.[7]

Dead No More

Over five years later, Ben Reilly (acting as the new Jackal) brought him and a ton of other Spider-Man villains back to life.[8]


When Logan forced his way into the Bar with No Name looking for Mysterio, Tarantula was among the patrons who fought him rather than reveal Beck's location. After Logan left, Miss Sinister telepathically took the information from Tarantula and then killed him.[9]

Power Grid [11]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
* Lower intelligence, heightened strength, durability in mutated form


In his human form the Tarantula had no superhuman powers. In his mutated spider form, Tarantula had superhuman strength and durability. He also had the power to spin vast webs.


In human form the Tarantula was a brilliant athlete with great agility, especially in leaping. He was a superb hand-to-hand combatant.

Strength level

In human form the Tarantula possessed the normal human strength of a male of his age, height, and build who engaged with intensive regular exercise. As a giant spider the Tarantula had superhuman strength and could lift (press) 10 tons (were his limbs capable of lifting objects).


Tarantula wore gloves that contained retractable razor blades and boots with retractable razor sharp points, the blades were anointed with drugs that could render his victim unconscious.

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