Venom is a fictional character showing up in American comic books distributed by Marvel Comics, regularly in relationship with Spider-Man. The character is a conscious outsider Symbiote with an indistinct, fluid like structure, who gets by holding with a host, typically human. This double living thing gets improved forces and typically alludes to itself as “Venom“. The Symbiote was initially presented as a living outsider ensemble in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984), with a full first appearance as Venom in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988).


Publication Information

PublisherMarvel comics
First AppearanceAs “The Alien Costume”:
The Amazing Spider-Man#252 (May 1984)

As Venom:
 Web of Spider-Man #18 (September 1986)
 The Amazing Spider-Man #299 (April 1988)
Full appearance:
 The Amazing Spider-Man#300 (May 1988)
Created by
“The Alien Costume”:

Randy Schueller
Roger Stern
Tom DeFalco
Mike Zeck
Ron Frenz

David Michelinie
Todd McFarlane

In-story Information

Eddie Brock
Anne Weying
Angelo Fortunato
Mac Gargan
Flash Thompson
Lee Price
Team AffiliationsSinister Six
Dark Avengers
Project Rebirth
Secret Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy
New Warriors
Agents of Cosmos
X-Men Blue
Symbiote Imperium
Kree Empire
Notable aliasesSpider-Man, The Black Suit, Alien Costume, She-Venom, Agent Venom, Superior Venom, Venom Spaceknight, The Spider’s Black Spirit
Abilities* All powers of the Symbiote’s first human host, Spider-Man
* Limited shapeshifting and camouflage
* Symbiote’s autonomous defense capabilities
* Undetectable by Spider-Man’s “Spider-sense”

The Venom Symbiote’s first human host was Spider-Man, who in the long run found its actual loathsome nature and isolated himself from the animal in The Amazing Spider-Man #258 (November 1984) — with a brief rejoining five months after the fact in Web of Spider-Man #1. The Symbiote proceeded to converge with different hosts, most quite Eddie Brock, its second and most notorious host, with whom it initially progressed toward becoming Venom and one of Spider-Man‘s archenemies.

Funnies writer and student of history Mike Conroy composes of the character: “What began as a swap ensemble for Spider-Man transformed into one of the Marvel web-slinger’s most prominent nightmares.” Venom was positioned as the 22nd Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time in IGN’s rundown of the main 100 comic villains. IGN additionally positioned Mac Gargan’s manifestation of Venom as #17 in their rundown of “The Top 50 Avengers“, while the Flash Thompson manifestation was positioned as #27. The character was recorded as #33 on Empire’s 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters.

Conception and creation

The first thought of another outfit for Spider-Man that would later turn into the character Venom was brought about by a Marvel Comics peruser from Norridge, Illinois named Randy Schueller. In 1982, Jim Shooter, Marvel’s editorial manager in-boss at the time, sent Schueller a letter recognizing Marvel’s enthusiasm for the thought, which they wound up acquiring from him for $220. Shooter concocted changing Spider-Man to a high contrast ensemble, potentially impacted by the planned outfit structure for the new Spider-Woman; craftsman Mike Zeck planned it.

I thought it would be cool if Spidey needed to upgrade his powers and his look, so I came up with this idea that Reed Richards had made a new costume for Spidey using the same unstable molecules that the FF costumes are made of. The unstable molecules would flow into Peter’s pores and allow him to cling to walls better. I think my original idea was to increase his sticking power by 25% or something like that.

Randy Schueller

Author/craftsman John Byrne says on his site that he considered an ensemble of self-recuperating organic material when he was the craftsman on Iron Fist — to clarify how that character’s outfit was always being torn and afterward evidently fixed by the following issue. Byrne says clarifying that he wound up not utilizing the thought on that title, however that Roger Stern later inquired as to whether he could utilize the thought for Spider-Man‘s outsider ensemble. Stern thusly plotted the issue in which the ensemble previously showed up however then left the title. It was author Tom DeFalco and craftsman Ron Frenz who set up that the outfit was a conscious outsider being that was powerless against high sonic vitality amid their keep running on The Amazing Spider-Man that went before Michelinie’s.

The Symbiote was first presented as Spider-man‘s new dark ensemble in The Amazing Spider-Man #252 (May 1984) as a major aspect of a story called “Homecoming!” The story happens after Spider-Man‘s arrival from the occasions of the miniseries Secret Wars, where he initially acquires the dark outfit. The full first appearance of Venom is in The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (May 1988), after the Symbiote bonds with Eddie Brock.