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Information-silkReal Name Robert Farrell
Information-silkCurrent AliasRocket Racer
Information-silkAliasesRobert Johnson[1]
Information-silkRelativesEmma Johnson Farrell (mother);
unnamed six siblings;
Information-silkAffiliationBriggs Chemical LLC; formerly MODOK's 11 , Avengers Academy; Initiative, Ally of Silver Sable's Wild Pack (freelance), Outlaws
Information-silkBase Of Operationsformerly Avengers Compound, Los Angeles; formerly New York City
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationMercenary; formerly Air Force Janitor
Information-silkEducationCurrently a College Student
Information-silkHeight5' 10"
Information-silkWeight160 lbs (73 kg)
Information-silkPlace of BirthBrooklyn, New York
Information-silkCreatorsLen Wein, Ross Andru
First Appearance

Early Life

Robert Farrell (Earth-616)

Robert Farrell, born in Brooklyn, New York, was the eldest of seven children. He became responsible for his younger siblings when his mother Emma Johnson Farrell died. Robert was a scientific prodigy, and when he realized he couldn't earn enough to support his family, he turned to a life of crime as the Rocket Racer.

Rocket Racer

As Rocket Racer he snatched a courier's bulging briefcase. Spider-Man couldn't stop him because he was moving too fast on his rocket powered skateboard. However, a car pulled out in front of him suddenly and Spider-Man was able to defeat him and leave him with the police.[2]

Farrell hired the Tinkerer to redesign his skateboard after his first defeat by Spider-Man. He hired Jackson Weele to steal evidence that might incriminate him. Farrell used the evidence to blackmail Weele. He attempted suicide but Farrell stopped him but still mock Weele calling him Big Weele.[3] Weele annoyed by Farrell to hire the Tinkerer himself to construct the Big Wheel, to chase Robert around town with. Spider-Man assisted and Big Wheel seemingly fell to his death in the Hudson River.[1][4]

Later, Rocket Racer was saved by Spider-Man from the Bounty Hunter.[5]


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He became a member of the the Outlaws.[6] Later Spider-Man gave him a break and he took a high school equivalence test which garnered him a perfect score. This test allowed him a special scholarship to Empire State University. At one point he fought another university student called Eddie the Cross who was a white supremacist. During a fight in the Science Laboratories, Rocket Racer fired a rocket at a jar he held above his head filled with Spider-Man's new web formula. Unfortunately this poured all over Eddie and he became the villain named Skinhead.[7] [8]

Silver Sable International

He was hired by Silver Sable as a freelance operative for Silver Sable International to prevent two youths from stealing the victims' weapons at the Bar with No Name, the site of the Scourge massacre.[9]... [10] He was again hired by Sable to stop the Speed Demon.[11] He joined Spider-Man and the Outlaws against the Avengers and the Space Phantom,[12][13] [14] He was again hired along with the Outlaws to retrieve a Symkarian nuclear device in the United Kingdom.[15] He was hired by Sable to stop a runaway subway maintenance robot.[16] Farrell formally joined the Outlaws, to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Canadian official.[17][18][19] Farrell became a regular visitor and the Bar with No Name.[20] He teamed up with Monica Rambeau to battle Skinhead.[21] Farrell was hired by Silver Sable to help Spider-man during the Great Game.[22]


Henry Sleeman was hired by an unnamed employer to befriend Farrell and steal his Rocket Racer tech. He did so, taking the name "Troy" and befriending him friend for months. When Farrell finally showed him teh gear he knocked him out ad stole it, pursuing Spider-Man with the intention of fighting him, only to be defeated when restaurateur Harry Sloane opened a door at just the right time for 'Troy' to run into the door and knock himself unconscious.[23]

Farrell was at the Bar with No Name when Spider-Man visited.[24]

He was hired by Gary Wisen to battle Spider-Man.[25][26]

50-State Initiative

He was recruited into the 50-State Initiative.[27] As a registered hero, he reported to Camp Hammond for training.[28]

MODOK's 11

Despite his attempts to reform, Farrell needed money to support his comatose mother and stop the repossession of their home. He joined the M.O.D.O.K.'s 11 a group of villains formed by M.O.D.O.K.. The team consisted of Armadillo, Chameleon, Living Laser, Mandarin, Mentallo, Nightshade, Puma, Monica Rappaccini, Spot and the Ultra-Adaptoid. He was tempted back into crime, and reduced to a state of stuttering nervousness by the situation.[29][30] However turned out to have been working for S.H.I.E.L.D. all along, with a deal that they will give him the money he needs in return for the Hypernova [31] he failed in this and it's unknown yet what's happened with his mother.[32]

Battling the New Avengers

New Avengers; Iron Fist and Spider-Woman try to take him down after he committed a robbery.[33]

Avengers Academy

He later joined the Avengers Academy when they opened their doors to a larger crew.[34][35]

Briggs Chemical LLC

When Jeremy Briggs comes back to the Avengers Compound to offer other students a job at his company, Robert agrees to the proposition, both for the money offered by Briggs (intending to use it to pay the scholarship for his siblings) and because he sees himself more as an engineer than as a hero.[36] As he is not present during the final fight against Briggs, his current whereabouts are unknown.[37]


  • Robert Farrell has a gifted intellect, but no superhuman powers. He built gauntlets furnished with explosive mini-rockets, and utilizes a cybernetically-controlled, rocket-powered magnetic skateboard, which he designed and was later redesigned by the Tinkerer.[39]


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  • Rocket Racer Suit: The Racers costume is made of synthetic stretch fabric which has been augmented to make it highly resistant to damage.[39]


  • Jet-Powered Skateboard: Rocket Racer uses a jet-powered skateboard with gyroscopic stabilizers, and magnetic boots that keep him attached to the board. The skateboard also adheres to vertical and inverted surfaces. The board is cybernetically controlled via the Rocket Racer's head-set.[39]


  • Rocket Racer Gloves: he wears gloves that are each capable of firing up to four micro-rockets simultaneously. The gloves also provide him with a rocket-powered punch.[39]

Discover and Discuss


  1. 1.0 1.1 Amazing Spider-Man #183
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #172
  3. Amazing Spider-Man #182
  4. Amazing Spider-Man #184
  5. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #104
  6. Web of Spider-Man #50
  7. Web of Spider-Man #56
  8. Web of Spider-Man #57
  9. The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10
  10. The Spectacular Spider-Man #168
  11. Marvel Tales Vol 2 #242
  12. The Spectacular Spider-Man #169
  13. The Spectacular Spider-Man #169-170
  14. The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11
  15. Excalibur #36
  16. Marvel Tales Vol 2 #250
  17. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #25
  18. Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #11
  19. Web of Spider-Man Annual #7
  20. Marvel Comics Presents #97
  21. Captain Marvel Vol 2 #2
  22. Spider-Man Unlimited #14
  23. Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #13
  24. Spider-Man's Tangled Web #13
  25. Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol 2 #54
  26. Peter Parker: Spider-Man Vol 2 #55
  27. Mighty Avengers #1
  28. Civil War Battle Damage Report #1
  29. Super-Villain Team-Up MODOK's 11 #1
  30. Super-Villain Team-Up MODOK's 11 #2
  31. Super-Villain Team-Up MODOK's 11 #4
  32. Super-Villain Team-Up MODOK's 11 #5
  33. Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way! #1
  34. Avengers Academy #21
  35. Avengers Academy #23
  36. Avengers Academy #26
  37. Young Avengers Vol 2 #11
  38. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z hardcover Vol. 9
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 3 #6

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