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Spider-Ham
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Variant cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #528, featuring Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham. Art by Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Marvel Tails #1
Created by Tom DeFalco
Mark Armstrong
In-story information
Alter ego Peter Benjamin Porker
Team affiliations Capt. Americat, the Daily Beagle staff
Abilities -Ability to cling to surfaces
-Enhanced strength, durability, agility
-Precognitive ability known as "Spider-Sense"

Spider-Ham (Peter Porker) is a fictional character, an anthropomorphic funny animal parody of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man, created by Tom DeFalco and Mark Armstrong.

He first appeared in the one-shot humor comic book Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1, which was then followed by an ongoing bi-monthly series, Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham. The series lasted 17 issues, all of which were published under Marvel's Star Comics imprint.

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Fictional character biography

Peter Porker was born a spider (simply named Peter). He resided in the basement lab of May Porker, a slightly goofy animal scientist who had created "the world's first atomic powered hairdryer," hoping that "the introduction of nuclear fusion into America's beauty salons" would "revolutionize the hair care industry". After dousing her head with water and activating the dryer, May Porker accidentally irradiated herself, and in a fit of delusion, bit Peter, who then found himself transformed into an anthropomorphic swine much like May Porker herself. Running from the Porker homestead disoriented, Peter soon came to realize that he still retained a spider's abilities:

"This is astounding! Am I a spider with the limitations of a pig? Or a pig with the proportionate strength and agility of a spider? I've become something greater than either spider or pig... I've become a Spider-Ham!" - Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15 (May 1987)

After this startling series of events, Peter (who adopted the surname "Porker", that of his benefactor May Porker, who after the accident mentally attuned to a state in which she believed she was Peter's loving aunt) dedicated himself and his new-found abilities to fighting injustice and the occasional animal parody of established Marvel Comics villains.

Misadventures

Porker, in his spider-themed alter-ego's first adventure teamed up with Captain Americat, as they attempted to foil the nefarious plot of "The Marauder", in a series of events that led to the creation of the Hulk-Bunny (Marvel Tails #1, "If He Should Punch Me").

Several months later, Spider-Ham encountered one of his only re-occurring menaces in the form of Ducktor Doom (Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1, "The Mysterious Island of Ducktor Doom"). Spider-Ham would meet again with Doom when Porker would foil the would-be world conqueror's plot to create an army of living super vegetables (Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6, "Salad Daze").

Other notable menaces Porker would face along the way include The Bull-Frog (a parody of the Marvel villain Man-Bull), the Buzzard (an opossum take on the Spider-Man adversary The Vulture), Hogzilla (a swine counterpart to the more popular Godzilla), and The King-Pig (seemingly the swine equivalent of Marvel's mob-boss The Kingpin).

The series also included back up strips featuring such characters as Deerdevil (Daredevil), Goose Rider (Ghost Rider) and the Fantastic Fur (the Fantastic Four). Some of these back-ups were contradictory, presenting different anthropomorphic versions of characters in different stories, such as two Namor counterparts: the Sub-Merchandiser (a dog) and the Sub-Marsupial (possibly a wombat). (Note: the Asinine Torch (a donkey) that appeared in a story with the Sub-Marsupial and the Fantastic Fur's Simian Torch are not two variants of the Fantastic Four's Human Torch; since he was depicted as elderly in the 1980s, and referred to as an "old sparring partner" of the Sub-Marsupial's, he was obviously a counterpart to the golden age Human Torch.)

Post-cancellation

After the cancellation of his solo series, Marvel Tales, a monthly reprint series which specialized in reprints of Spider-Man's past adventures began carrying Porker as a back-up feature in 1987, beginning with issue #201 (cover dated July 1987).

These adventures appeared sporadically, in issues 201-212, 214-219, 223-230,233,236,237, 239, 240, and 247

Amongst other characters, the Marvel Tales stories introduced Frank Carple, the Punfisher (a parody of the Punisher).

Another notable appearance of the character was in the Marvel humor anthology title, What The--?! In issue #3 of that title (cover dated October 1988), Porker met with Raven the Hunter (a parody of Spider-Man's nemesis Kraven the Hunter) in a story that satirized the popular "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline which had been featured a year earlier in Marvel's Spider-Man titles. Spider-Ham also makes appearances in issues #18, 20, 22, and 24 of What The--?!

Cover to Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #12, by Joe Albelo.

Even Marvel's once-popular 2099 line of titles wasn't safe, as seen in the 26th issue of What The--?! (cover dated Fall 1993), which featured "Spider-Ham 15.88", a humorous take-off on Peter Parker's future counterpart, Miguel O'Hara a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099. The "15.88" is not seen as a year, but rather a humorous take on the price of a ham.

Spider-Ham has also appeared on the cover Wha…Huh? #1, and was referred to, as a fictional character in the Earth-616 Marvel Universe, in Generation X #52.

Spider-Man Family #1 featured a sixteen-page Spider-Girl story, in which May Parker (Peter Parker's daughter) watches a DVD showing a small portion of a fictional Spider-Ham animated series, discovering that it was created by one of Spider-Man's enemies, Jack O'Lantern. Here, Spider-Ham appears to mostly be a parody of Batman. Also in the issue, there is a partial reprint of Marvel Tails #1.

Spider-Ham was selected by fans and retailers to be the focus of the final variant cover by Mike Wieringo to the Spider-Man: The Other crossover, Amazing Spider-Man #528. [1]

In January 2007, J. Michael Straczynski authored the Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham one-shot, featuring Spider-Ham's attempt to find his missing "thought balloons" against a Civil War parody. The story does not fit in with previously established Spider-Ham "continuity."

Tom Defalco returned to Spider-Ham's world in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man Family. He even introduces Swiney-Girl the daughter of Spider-Ham, and counterpart of Defalco's other creation Spider-Girl. Once again, the story strays away from the established, albeit loose, continuity of the original Spider-Ham stories by altering the character's origin and supporting characters.

Other media

The Wizard Spider-Man Special featured a Twisted Toyfare Theater parody comic "Four Webbings and a Funeral". In it, Spider-Ham is one of the entrees being served at Spider-Man's funeral.

In the video game Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man mentions Porker in a conversation.

Other characters

Earth-8311 featured anthropomorphic parodies of a variety of other Marvel characters.

Character Real Marvel Character Animal First Appearance
Spider-Ham / Peter Porker Spider-Man Spider/Pig Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Spider-Ham 15.88 / Piguel O'Hara Spider-Man 2099 Spider/Pig What The--?! #26
May Porker Aunt May Pig Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Mary Jane Waterbuffalo Mary Jane Watson Water buffalo Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
J. Jonah Jackal/Black Jackal J. Jonah Jameson Jackal Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Batty Brant Betty Brant Bat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Flash Tomcat Flash Thompson Cat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Liz Alleycat Liz Allen Cat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Awful Flight Alpha Flight Various Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Summersquash/Walrus Lamebrainski of Awful Flight Sasquatch Walrus Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Snow-Youse of Awful Flight Snowbird ??? Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Hockeypuck of Awful Flight Puck Beaver Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Aroma of Awful Flight Aurora Skunk Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #6
Deerdevil / Batt Burdock Daredevil Deer Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #7
Kay-Mar the Sub-Merchandizer Namor The Sub-Mariner Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #10
Sub-Marsupial Namor The Sub-Mariner (Golden Age) Marsupial (possibly a wombat) Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #9
Asinine Torch Human Torch (Golden Age) Donkey Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #9
Goose Rider Ghost Rider Goose Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Ducktor Doom Doctor Doom Duck Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
The Buzzard The Vulture Opossum Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
Bull-Frog Man-Bull Frog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
Doctor Octopussy Cat Doctor Octopus Cat Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #17
Hulk-Bunny / Dr. Bruce Bunny Hulk Rabbit Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Captain Americat / Steve Mouser Captain America Cat Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
The King-Pig The Kingpin Pig Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #12
Bee-Yonder The Beyonder Bee Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #12
Hogzilla Godzilla Pig/Lizard Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
Mechano-Hogzilla Mechagodzilla Pig Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
Hobgobbler Hobgoblin Turkey Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Paw Klaw Bear Marvel Tales #207
Black Catfish Black Cat Catfish Marvel Tales #207
Raven the Hunter Kraven the Hunter Raven What The--?! #3
Doc Clamson Doc Samson Clam Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Croctor Strange Doctor Strange Crocodile Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #4
Magsquito Magneto Mosquito Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
X-Bugs X-Men Various (insects) Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #2
Iron Mouse Iron Man Mouse Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #3
Nagneto Magneto Horse Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #3
Thrr Dog of Thunder Thor Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #5
Silver Squirrel Silver Surfer Squirrel Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
The Watchdog Uatu the Watcher Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #8
Croak & Badger Cloak and Dagger Frog & Badger Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Ant Ant Ant-Man Ant Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #11
Sandmanatee Sandman Manatee Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #11
Galactypus Galactus Platypus Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #12
Nick Furry Agent Of S.H.E.E.P. Nick Fury Bear Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
Dodo Dugan Dum Dum Dugan Dodo Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
Kang Aroo Kang the Conqueror Kangaroo Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Ultrog Ultron Gorilla Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Quackula Dracula Duck Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #13
The Fantastic Fur The Fantastic Four Various Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Mooster Fantastic of the Fantastic Fur Mister Fantastic Moose Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Invisible Gorrilla of the Fantastic Fur Invisible Girl Gorilla Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Simian Torch of the Fantastic Fur Human Torch Gorilla Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
Thang / Ben Grizzly of the Fantastic Fur Thing Bear Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #1
The Scavengers The Avengers Various Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Scarlet Pooch of the Scavengers Scarlet Witch Dog Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Quack-Silver of the Scavengers Quicksilver Duck Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Squawkeye of the Scavengers Hawkeye Chicken Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Black Panda of the Scavengers Black Panther Panda Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Pigeon of the Scavengers Vision Pigeon Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #15
Baron Zebro Baron Zemo Zebra Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Paste Pot Peep Paste Pot Pete Sheep Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Mad Stinker Mad Thinker Skunk Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Ham-Droid Awesome Android Pig Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Mandaringtail Mandarin Ringtail Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #16
Grey Gopher Grey Gargoyle Gopher Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham #14
Punfisher / Frank Carple Punisher Fish Marvel Tales #212
Pork Grind Venom/Symbiote Pig/Symbiote What The--?! #20
Shock-Cur Shocker Mongoose Marvel Tales #201
Flash Tombenstain Bear Tombstone/Flash Thompson Bear Marvel Tales #227
Captain Zooniverse Captain Universe Cosmic force/Pig (Spider-Ham host body) Marvel Tales # 236
Anya the Ant-Girl Araña Ant Spider-Man Family #1
Hamneto Magneto Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Ultimate Captain Hamerica Captain America Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Green Eggs and Ham Hulk Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Deviled Ham Daredevil Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Hambit Gambit Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Iron Ham Iron Man Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Wolverham Wolverine Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
The Fantastic Ham The Fantastic Four Pigs Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Ant-Ham Ant-Man Pig Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham #1
Swiney-Girl Spider-Girl Spider/pig Amazing Spider-man Family #4

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