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Quote1 This means good-bye to Norton G. Fester, professional failure! and it means hello to--to-- what? Quote2
-- Looter src


A meteor fell to earth in an unnamed region and was found by Norton G. Fester. He believed the meteor would have contained microscopic living matter which would solve the riddle of the universe. Unfortunately, when he went to some scientists to help him in his funding, he found that they are more interested in finding new formulas for hair tonic and they told him to try a bank. Similarly the bank wasn't interested and he resolved to find out the secrets by just chipping away at the meteor.Suddenly a gas was released from the meteor and Norton Fester gained incredible strength.[1]


Deciding on a life of crime, Fester became the Looter. He was actually a very successful thief, until he got worried when the meteor he had ran out of gas. He tried to steal one from a science museum, hoping it had another gas pocket, but was thwarted by Spider-Man. After making a narrow escape, he tried again, but was caught once again BY Spider-Man.[1][2][3]

Meteor Man

After spending years as a model inmate in the State Penitentiary, Fester was reassigned to Bill Gordon's cell. Gordon immediately began ostracising Fester, claiming that he was a phony who possessed no real power, because if he did he certainly would have used it to break out of prison. Fester claimed that he was such a law-abiding citizen before he got his powers that he never thought to break out of prison. Now, however, Fester used his fantastic strength to crash through the prison wall and escape. He was next seen again in his Looter costume stealing a meteor specimen from the New York City penthouse of Kyle Richmond. Richmond walked in on the theft dressed in his alter-ego of Nighthawk, but Fester caught him off-guard and knocked him out, stealing a valuable meteorite specimen that Richmond had purchased from the science museum. Nighthawk warned Spider-Man of his old foe's return, so he went to Fester's old hideout to find clues as to his whereabouts. Fester, now calling himself the Meteor Man, ambushed Spider-Man, nearly sending him plummeting to his death, before using his modified parachute/balloon to escape.[4] The Meteor Man came across Spider-Man yet again later that week and attacked him for probing into his whereabouts. He quickly defeated Spider-Man and dumped him into the East River, warning him to leave him alone. Later that same day, the Meteor Man robbed an antiques store of a famous statue made from the stone of a meteorite that landed in Russia two hundred years ago. He was opposed by Spider-Man and the Valkyrie, but was able to get away from the antiques store. The two heroes chased him as he floated away under the power of his balloon. The Meteor Man again got the best of Spider-Man, but Valkyrie threw her sword, Dragonfang, through his balloon, causing him to plummet to the ground below. He survived the fall thanks to his powers of invulnerability, but would spend months in hospital recuperating from his injuries.[5]

Evil Defenders

The Defenders' existence is exposed to the general public when Dollar Bill's documentary airs on television. Sagittarius and Libra form a band of criminals to commit crimes, claiming to be Defenders in order to ruin the group's good name. [6]Norton joined Sagittarius team but are defeated by the true Defenders and the Defenders for a Day.[7]

Giant Man

Fester attacked the Empire State University Colosseum in order to steal a device on display to boost his powers, it attracts the attention of Spider-Man, and Giant Man (Bill Foster) who was giving a lecture at the time. Fester managed to escape, however not before he is tagged with a Spider-Tracer. Spidey and Giant Man go after him where they have found that he has built a device that channels the powers of stolen meteors into his body. This causes him to grow to gigantic size, and give Giant Man and Spider-Man a good fight. However, when the transmitter device malfunctions, the resulting overload of power causes the Meteor Man to seemingly be destroyed in the resulting explosion. [8]

Months later Fester started drinking and soon became a drunk homeless. Living in the streets of Forest Hills, Queens, he fought Spider-man again and accused him of all his disgraces. Spider-man easily defeated him and Fester came back to prison. [9]

When he battled Spidey again, Spidey easily defeated him as he reminisced about villains that were harder to deal with.[10]

Fester worked with Override and Aura to battle the Scarlet Spider.[11][12][13]

Ben Reilly

When Ben Reilly was acting as Spider-Man, Fester stole weapons used by various criminals in order to fund his research. Even S.H.I.E.L.D. was after his work because of its importance. After Ben defeated Fester was imprisoned on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.[14]

Identity Crisis

The Looter was the criminal Spidey fought as the Hornet when he attacked the Daily Bugle in order to steal the ransom that Norman Osborn was offering for Spider-Man. He spoke to the meteor as if was a person, but their was no evidence that it was sentient.[15][16]

He was one of the bidders at the auction for the Venom Symbiote.[17]

He later attempted to steal yet another meteor, at a museum display, to grow further in power. Spider-Man defeated him once more in the museum bathroom, in front of a woman named Vanna Smith, who was obsessed with the wallcrawler.[18]

Looter's Quest

Fester tried to find the twin of the meteor that gave him his powers. But during the fight with Spider-Man hen revealed that the Fantastic Four would have equipment he would need. He stole Ben's Sky-Cycle and the tracker from the Baxter Building to find the meteor in the Savage Land. When they find find him he was being attacked by Stegron after asking to look at the rock held at the top of a structure in Stegron's kingdom. The heroes save Fester and engage Stegron's forces, which attracts the attention of Ka-Zar, Shanna and Zabu. Fester climbed the structure only to find the rock was not the meteor. Spidey put his foot in it again when he states it looks like something that gave Dr. Strange trouble once. Fester took off through a nearby portal back home. They follow and find themselves outside Stephen Strange's Mansion. Inside, Strange hosts Looter to some tea as he listens to his story. Spidey pulled him aside to tell him what's going on, but Strange's medical side has taken an interest in Looter's case and has agreed to use his mystic side to help. The Eye of Agamotto revealed that the meteor had landed in Latveria. Looter escapes but before he can give chase Strange restrained them. He explained there's a reason why to let the Looter escape. As expected, he steals the Fantasticar which allowed Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) to remotely pilot it back to the Baxter Building where the heroes and Strange meet up with all of them. Reed pondered examining the meteor, but S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived and took it and Fester into custody. As he was taken away, he overheard Reed say that given trajectories that the other meteor, if there is one, most likely landed on the moon.[19]

Dark Reign

Spider-Man captured Fester after a robbery and web him up against a building wall. Norton told Spidey that Norman Osborn was running the show and his stay in a jail cell wouldn't be too long. Spidey got in Fester's face and gave him an ultimate wedgie before he left.[20]

Origin of the Species

Fester met with Screwball before he was attacked by Spider-Man as he might be responsible for the abduction of Lily Hollister's baby. Fester plead with Spider-Man that he never even touched Lily's baby.[21][22]

Power Man

Fester and a group of men attack the Federal Hall on Wall Street, but are stopped by Spider-Man and the new Power Man. The criminals are their to find a hidden secret locked in the building.Fester used a old key from the 1700's to open a floor chamber and used his dazzle gun on the heroes to temporarily disorient them. Fester found the fallen star that was discovered by Free Mason Benjamin Franklin which was used for their rituals for centuries. Benjamin Franklin planned to use the vapors from the fallen meteor to increase his power when it started to crack. The meteor was actually an egg and an alien octopus creature emerged. Power Man killed the alien creature with the American flag while Fester and his men were taken into custody .[23]


Fester battled Spider-Man and Alpha.[24][25]

Supervillains Anonymous

He later attended a support group called Supervillains Anonymous that was held at a church and also attended by Boomerang, Hippo, Porcupine, Dr. Bong, Grizzly, Mirage, and others.[26] At another Supervillains Anonymous meeting, Grizzly and Looter talk about their run-ins with Spider-Man.[27]

... [28]


Spidey and Silk ran into Fester when he stole a Spider-Tank and a Spiderlings outfit from Spider-Island II. They defeated him while his fleeing henchmen were defeated when the Spider-Army arrived.[29]


The Looter received superhuman abilities from the meteor he discovered. The gases from the meteor provided him superhuman strength, agility and leaping ability;[30][31][32][33][34]

  • Superhuman Strength: Looter's possesses superhuman strength enabling him to lift great weights under optimum conditions.[30][31][32][33][34]
  • Superhuman Stamina: Looter's musculature produces considerably less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of an ordinary human. [30][31][32][33][34]
  • Superhuman Durability: Looter is far more resistant to physical injury and trauma than an ordinary human. He is capable of withstanding great impact forces and high caliber bullets without sustaining injury.[30][31][32][33][34]

Strength level

  • Super strength due to meteor gas which made the Meteor Man much stronger than Spider-Man.[30][31][32][33][34]


Looter's Parachute

The Looter's balloon


  • Balloon


  • Blinding dazzle gun

Discover and Discuss


  1. 1.0 1.1 Amazing Spider-Man #36
  2. Spider-Woman #20
  3. Marvel Graphic Novel #46
  4. Marvel Team-Up #33
  5. Marvel Team-Up #34
  6. Defenders #63
  7. Defenders #64
  8. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #41
  9. Web of Spider-Man #39
  10. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26
  11. Amazing Scarlet Spider #1
  12. The Spectacular Scarlet Spider #1
  13. Web of Scarlet Spider #2
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 Sensational Spider-Man #8
  15. Sensational Spider-Man #27
  16. Sensational Spider-Man #28
  17. Marvel Knights: Spider-Man #6
  18. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #5
  19. Spider-Man Family #7
  20. Amazing Spider-Man #590
  21. Amazing Spider-Man #645
  22. Spider-Man: Parallel Lives #1
  23. Amazing Spider-Man #653
  24. Amazing Spider-Man #692
  25. Alpha: Big Time #0.1
  26. The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #10
  27. The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #11
  28. Wolverine Vol 6 #12
  29. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #9
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 30.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 31.4 Official Marvel Index to Marvel Team-Up #2
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #6
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #6
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 34.4 Amazing Spider-Man Annual #13
  35. Astonishing Spider-Man #51
  36. Astonishing Spider-Man #82
  37. Astonishing Spider-Man #83
  38. Untold Tales of Spider-Man (novel)
  39. Spider-Man Comics Weekly #30
  40. Marvel Tales Vol 2 #175
  41. Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives #1
  42. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 6

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