Joseph Robertson (Robbie)

Next in Mav‘s request is a character who never truly obtained the space he deserved on the big screen: Robbie Robertson, the editor of the Daily Bugle. First, Robbie appeared in the Spider-Man tv movie portrayed by Hilly Hicks, in a version several decades younger than the original; despite the movie being the pilot for the subsequent The Amazing Spider-Man tv series, he never appeared again. Bill Nunn portrays him in Sam Raimi‘s trilogy, as usual being the one insisting that Spider-Man is a hero rather than a menace, obviously being ignored by J. Jonah Jameson, but his appearances are little more than cameos. It remains to be seen if Robbie will make the appearance he deserves in the future of the MCU, but in the meanwhile, let’s meet one of the most decent persons ever appeared in a Marvel story.

Joseph Robertson, known by everyone as Robbie, was the son of Samuel and Alice Robertson, two hard-workers from Harlem, New York City. Used to be mistreated as part of a racial minority, Robbie developed a kind soul always preaching tolerance, but also quite a courageous attitude in exposing injustice. A notable exception happened during high school, when he was writing for the local bulletin as a junior reporter. He wanted to write an article about Lonnie Lincoln, a local bully, to expose his violent ways, but as soon as Lonnie learnt this he threatened him, and Robbie, out of fear, renounced to his paper. The same thing happened years later, when Robbie had moved to Philadelphia and was working as a reporter: he witnessed Lincoln, who had made his way into the underworld as the super-thug Tombstone, kill a man, but he never published anything about it, being threatened once again by his former schoolmate. Scared, Robbie moved to New York City once again, and he started working for the Daily Bugle, where he became a personal friend, possibly the best one, of J. Jonah Jameson. When Jameson became the newspaper’s publisher, Robbie followed him as his editor, proving to be an exceptional journalist and an even better boss for the other reporters. In the meanwhile, he married Martha, his long-time girlfriend, and had with her two sons: the first one, Patrick, died in his cradle when he was just six months old, while the second one, Randy, grew up to be a healthy and intelligent young man. Work was still the better part of Robbie’s life, and he formed close bonds with all the Bugle‘s employees, including the freelance teenage photographer Peter Parker, who became sort of his protege. With time, he also managed to connect the dots and guess that Peter was secretly Spieder-Man, all the more reason to support the young hero when discussing with Jonah, who insisted of treating him as a public menace. Just as his good friend Captain Stacy, though, he never said anything about it with anyone, Peter included.

Not much time passed before his past came haunting him: Tombstone, in fact, was employed by Kingpin as a hitman, and started killing in New York. Unable to be silent again, Robbie confessed to the police that he had evidence of Tombstone’s current and past murders, and offered to cooperate with them. Tombstone learnt of this and came for him, breaking his back with his bare hands. His spine, though, was saved, and in a matter of months Robbie was on his feet again, more willing than ever to testify against his nemesis. The trial took place as expected, and Tombstone was arrested…but so was Robbie, since he had withheld evidence of the murders in Philadelphia for over twenty years. Robbie was ready and willing to serve his three years of jail, but a judge who was secretly on Kingpin’s payroll put him in the same cell block of Tombstone. Lincoln didn’t give up in making his life a living hell, and he killed Robbie’s only friend in jail, Bruiser, who also acted as his protector. When the time came for Tombstone to escape as he had planned, he forced Robbie to help him, and the man was so broken that he complied. A helicopter was waiting for them, but during their escape Spider-Man intervened, trying to stop them and to make Robbie come back to his senses. As Tombstone was about to kill the hero, Robbie finally snapped, and he attacked his nemesis, having them both fall from the helicopter in a nearby river. Robbie was saved by a Amish family who had a farm there, and Tombstone soon followed. Still in his right mind, Robbie grabbed a pitchfork and stabbed Lincoln to the chest, forcing him to retreat (the near-invulnerable hitman only suffered minor damage from the attack). While Robbie received full pardon for defending the family, Tombstone called off Hobgoblin when he was hired to kill Robertson, claiming him as his personal vendetta. Following the misadventure, Robbie found Jonah ready to take him back with open arms: this time, he could work for justice and information with a completely clear conscience.

Robbie Robertson is one of the finest men who ever worked for the Daily Bugle, or for any newspaper in general: kind, compassionate, wise and intelligent, he always has a smile and a gentle word for everyone. His kindness, however, doesn’t imply weakness: he’s possibly the only person alive who dares to contradict Jameson during his outbursts, and he risked his life more than once in reportages against powerful criminals. Even in the midst of chaos, in a crisis or under siege, every employer of the Daily Bugle knows there someone they will always be able to count on, and that person is Robbie Robertson.

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Peter Benjamin Parker (Iron Spider)

As you may have noticed, a couple of trailers have been released these days, and there’s much to speak about… At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker declined Tony Stark‘s offer to join the Avengers, as well as a brand new suit of armor the billionaire had built for him…but in Avengers: Infinity War Peter will finally wear it, apparently making the Iron Spider the first line of defense against Thanos and his Black Order (he’s the only one seen fighting the villain directly, in the trailer…and he wasn’t squaring too good, poor thing). In the comics, the Iron Spider is just a temporary identity for Peter, as he soon turns back to his old ways, and it’s later resumed by others. Here, however, we’ll only see the original version.

Life had never been easy for Peter Parker: always on the verge of bankruptcy, barely balancing his private life with his ones as Spider-Man, usually a loner as a superhero, he definitely had his life changed altogether the moment he joined the New Avengers. With a team to support him, he even started to appreciate a never-before-experienced public support, and the advantages of having teammates watching his back. Most of all, Peter found something he had always craved for: his father Richard had died when he was still a boy, and his beloved Uncle Ben soon followed him when he was barely fifteen, and Peter had always been in need for a father figure of sort. He found it in Tony Stark, who became his mentor, and who welcomed him, his wife Mary Jane and his aunt May in the Avengers Tower. Thanks to Stark, Peter’s life underwent the best change ever, and this obviously made the two heroes close. The heroes community was soon split in two by the Superhuman Registration Act, that following Nitro‘s destruction of the town of Stamford and the resulting death of hundreds of civilians, ordered every superhero to become a government-sanctioned agent and had his/her secret identity registered. Peter had obviously some doubts: as Spider-Man, he had always kept his identity a secret, as he thought this protected the people he loved from his enemies’ retaliation. Stark, however, was the public face of the Act, and Peter trusted him; moreover, he truly believed that superheroes needed people’s support to operate at their best, and this could only be achieved if the population was able to trust its heroes. As a sign for all the other street-level superheroes who opposed the Act, Spider-Man appeared in a press conference, and with the support of his family he unmasked himself in front of the entire world, first introducing himself as Peter Parker.

Spider-Man received some unexpected advantages from being one of the main supporters of the Superhuman Registration Act: first of all, he was free to operate everywhere as a federal agent, without cops shooting at him; then, he received a brand new costume from Stark, who had been building it in secret after Peter was killed by Morlun (and later resurrected by the Great Weaver, a spider-god). Being on Stark’s side, however, meant to fight the many heroes who had chosen to oppose the Act and to follow Captain America as outlaws. Among them there were many of Peter’s greatest friends, including the Human Torch. Dubbed the Iron Spider due to his new armor (and to his not too subtle bond with Iron Man), Peter fought against his former allies, and even tried to convince some of them to change sides…until he realized he may have been the one making a mistake. There were many things Stark didn’t tell him: the fact that he had built with Reed Richards a prison for anti-registration heroes in the Negative Zone, for example, or that he had created an uncontrollable clone of Thor, Ragnarok, who eventually killed Bill Foster in battle. All these things left a bad taste in the hero’s mouth, but the final straw came when he realized that Stark had been tracking and controlling him through the new armor. Feeling betrayed, and realizing how wrong he had been, Peter escaped the Avengers Tower with May and MJ, but was soon confronted by Stark, who tried to override his armor. A great student for a great mentor, Peter overrode Stark’s command, and flew. Maria Hill, however, sent the Thunderbolts after him, and even with the Iron Spider armor on Peter wasn’t a match for all those villains. Followed in the sewers by Jester and Jack O’Lantern, he was nearly killed by the villains, but suddenly The Punisher intervened, killing both assailants. The vigilante took a badly beaten Peter to the secret base of the anti-registration heroes, where he was nurtured back to health. It was time Spider-Man came back to his old self, joined the right side, and exposed to the world the horrors he had contributed to create.

Peter Parker is always the old selfless, heroic, maybe naive man who’s always ready to be on the first line to defend the right cause and to protect the people he loves…unfortunately, this time the “right cause” is something nobody’s so sure about. As the Iron Spider, he possesses his usual Spider-Man powers (superhuman strength, durability, agility and reflexes, Spider-Sense, the ability to stick to any surface, regenerative healing factor), the ones granted to to him by the Great Weaver (retractable razor-sharp stingers, night vision, organic webbing), and the ones granted by Stark’s armor, such as three retractable “spider-arms” that can be used as offensive tools or for scouting, as they have cameras implanted in them, a glider, a mask filter that can protect him from any poison or gas, lenses that improve his vision specter, a radar and a sonar, a camouflage device and much more. More powerful than he has ever been, Peter surely has a lot to be grateful for, but he still has to make clarity within himself on what he truly believes to be the right thing to do…

Ronda Kramer

Before proceeding with our trailers, there’s yet another character revealed by the home video version of Spider-Man: Homecoming. During Midtown News, the anchors Betty Brant and Jason Ionello pay their homages to a retiring professor, Ronda Kramer (actress unknown, but she’s seen in picture only). The teacher left because of her mother’s health condition, and apparently everybody’s sad for her departure, but Jason. In the comics, Ronda is a secondary character at best, appearing just in a couple of issues of Web of Spider-Man, but she’s not a professor: she’s a student. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Ronda Kramer’s early life, nothing at all actually. She was born and raised in New York City, possibly in Queens, and she lived a pretty normal life, for all we know. As a teenager she attended Midtown High School, where, if she wasn’t the most popular girl in the school, she wasn’t a nobody either, and she had quite a number of friends. She spent most of her time with her boyfriend Jake Dorman, a star athlete and the school’s bully (many teachers saw in him a new Flash Thompson, under many points of view). Despite being the girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, Ronda was quite a humble and caring girl, and she always tried to quell Jake’s “natural calling” for bullying the nerds. She even stood up for Steve Petty, an egghead and a sociopath simply unable to bond with anyone. Despite her efforts, however, Jake always mocked Steve, and once he even broke his glasses during a fight. Unfortunately for Jake, Steve was a brilliant engineer, son of the creator of the Living Computer, and he sent his father’s creation to the athlete to exact revenge. Luckily enough, Professor Peter Parker managed to stop the A.I., saving Jake’s and Ronda’s lives.

The nightmare was seemingly short-lived (and over) for Ronda and her boyfriend, and they resumed their lives as usual. Some time after that “incident”, however, Steve took Ronda in the school parking lot by night, and they started making out; some energy flashes drew the couple’s attention, and the two investigated their source. They found Petty in the school lab, trying to activate an exoskeleton he had built to take revenge on Steve: as the lights were turn on, electricity ran through Steve’s exoskeleton, mutating him. He had become the monstrous Phreak. Ronda and Jake escaped, while the Phreak went after Professor Parker, whom he perceived as a traitor. Spider-Man intervened to save Parker’s wife, Mary Jane, but he was unable to stop Phreak. Ronda, feeling guilty, talked to Jake, and made him realize how much of the monster’s mayhem was his fault. Convinced by his girlfriend, Jake reached Phreak, who was battling Spider-Man, and apologized to him. Hearing his nemesis say he was sorry was enough to startle Steve long enough for Spider-Man to knock him out. When the police arrive, both Ronda and Jake admitted their part of responsibility in what had happened, and were taken away along with Petty: it was time for them all to grow up.

Ronda Kramer is a high school student who surely enjoys the popularity and the “fame” coming from her “social status” in the school, but who however shows to be more mature and responsible than many girls her age. Instead of supporting her boyfriend even when he acts like a total jerk, she stands for the ones in trouble, even if this means to oppose her beloved Jake.

Barry Hapgood

Spider-Man: Homecoming has been released in homevideo, and with that we have the confirmation of yet another minor character appearing in the movie. When Peter Parker and Ned Leeds examine the Chitauri artifact they found, they’re doing it during the shop class, and the teacher “supervising” them (actually solving puzzles on his own) is Barry Hapgood, portrayed by John Penick. In the comics, Hapgood attends the same school as Peter, of course, but not as a teacher, rather than a fellow student…and, for once, he’s one of the few who doesn’t torment the bullied young man. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Barry Hapgood: born and raised in New York City, he grew up to become a handsome young man, a blonde athletic guy who surely didn’t have any popularity problem the moment he started attending Midtown High School. In the new school, Hapgood soon realised it was all a matter of roles to play, as every student would have been defined by a single characteristic that would have accompanied him or her for the rest of the years there: there was the athlete, the bully, the pretty and vain girl, the nerd… As for himself, Barry found out many people found his jokes funny, and that’s what he eventually became, the school’s cut-up, always making jokes and playing pranks. Of course, not everybody had been as “lucky” as him in the “role assignment”, and during shop class Barry met Peter Parker, a science geek who was extremely talented, but also scrawny and unpopular, constantly targeted by the local football star and bully Flash Thompson. Barry never defended Peter, of course, and he mostly spent time with his friend Clyde, minding his own business.

Time passed, and Barry Hapgood lived some of the liveliest years in Midtown High, witnessing the kids’ passion for the new superheroes that everyday seemed to be born in the city. Eventually, highschool came to an end, and quite ironically, the only thing that Barry actually remembered fondly about the lessons were the hours in the shop class: in college, he ended up studying electronics, and he eventually became a skilled engineer. Life proceeded as it normally did, and the only person Barry kept in contact with was his best pal Clyde, who on the opposite didn’t accomplish much in his life. Barry was quite intrigued when the school organised a reunion, and he gladfully accepted the invitation (along with Clyde, of course). The reunion was quite funny, and the moment Peter Parker arrived Barry was the one who welcomed him. He was impressed to learn that his former classmate, rather than “winning a Nobel prize” as he jocked, was the official photographer for the Daily Bugle, and he remarked how thrilling it must have been to take all those impressive pictures of Spider-Man. For once, Parker was the object of the admiration of his classmates rather than of their insults, and it was Clyde who instead got mocked by Barry for never attending classes. When Flash Thompson arrived, Barry warned Peter, but he was quite surprise to see that the two of them in the meanwhile had become the best of friends. Truly, time passed for everybody, apparently.

Barry Hapgood is basically a good man: funny and smart, he’s a charming and succesful engineer who underwent quite an evolution from the school joker he used to be. Among his peers, he’s one of the ones who realised for first that everybody, eventually, needs to grow up.

Anne Marie Hoag

Finally, we reached the last character appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, actually one of the very first seen in the movie. During the prologue, Adrian Toomes and his team are collecting debris and Chitauri relics from the site of the Battle of New York, but they’re interrupted by a woman who claims to be in control of the entire operation: that’s Anne Marie Hoag, portrayed by Tyne Daly, the director of Damage Control (a new department financed by Stark who takes care of removing alien, supernatural or high tech dangerous stuff from superheroes battles’ sites, and to rebuild any damaged property). Considering that it’s been quite a long time a Damage Control tv series has been rumored, it may not be the last time we see Hoag in action, especially now that the character has been entrusted to an actress like Daly. Anyway, as usual, let’s take a look at the original Anne Marie.

Anne Marie Hoag’s story is not an easy one to tell nor to find, as she’s always stated that someone’s personal history shouldn’t be made available for “public consumption”, and kept nearly everything from her early life secret. We know she was born in New HavenConnecticut, but we know nothing of her family; she graduated at Barnard College, but following that we have little or no clues about her works and activities: she worked for a while with Amnesty International, and she even obtained a position at the Smithsonian Museum and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but the details are, again, unknown. In some way or another, she managed to become a curiously influential figure in New York City, with power enough to put pressure on the administration to face up to the increasing number of clashes among superhumans occuring in the country, battles that inevitably caused enormous damage to public and private property. Hoag was allowed to found an enterprise specialised in cleaning up the mess left behind by superheroes and supervillains, taking care of dangerous items, of securing the selected areas and of repairing the damaged property…as long as she could find someone willing to finance the entire operation, of course. Hoag amused everyone by finding two of the best possible investors, who found themselves partners into an uneasy alliance: on one side Tony Stark, the Avenger Iron Man, on the other Wilson Fisk, secretly the ultimate mob boss Kingpin. With Stark and Fisk owning half of the company stocks each, Damage Control was born, and Anne Marie Hoag set the enterprise’s headquarters in Flatiron Building. Authoritative and intimidating, Hoag put together a team of professionals she treated with an iron fist, but who she deeply cared for, arriving to the point of risking a bullet for them when Damage Control was threatened by The Punisher. In a matter of a few weeks, Damage Control was already famous all over the nation, as they showed an unprecedented professionality and ability in dealing with superhumans’ leftovers.

Under Hoag’s leadership, Damage Control made quite a name for itself, intervening even in cosmic-level issues (such as when they cleaned up after a battle with Galactus and the Silver Surfer), befriending some heroes (most notably Spider-Man, the X-Men and the New Warriors) and nearly entering in conflict with others (unfortunately, Hulk included). Hoag proved to be the right woman for the right position as she even tried to force a man like Doctor Doom to pay for the damage he had inflicted to New York while battling the Fantastic Four. Due to her experience and her proved professionality, Hoag was offered a job from the government in the Commission of Superhuman Activity, a position she accepted, leaving in charge of Damage Control her protege Robin Chapel. This change in the command chain, however, nearly caused the end of Damage Control: Stark didn’t want to be associated with Fisk anymore, while the other didn’t trust Chapel’s leadership, so they both sold their quotas; as a result, the rival Carlton Company took control of DC, and revolutionized the company’s methods and style to make it more profitable (angering a lot of historial workers in the process). Once again, Anne Marie took the matter in her hands to save her former employees and the company she had created, and she exacted a favour from an old friend of hers, Nick Fury, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., convincing him to invest in the company. As a bonus, Fury found out that the entire selling operation was put up by Fisk, who planned to buy the company for cheap later: along with other infamous supervillains, namely Doctor Doom, MagnetoWizardMandarin and Red Skull, Kingpin also organised an all-out attack on the superhero community. The attack failed, but Damage Control was hired to clean up the mess, and Fisk earned an enormous amount of money as Damage Control was his once again. Seeing what was happening to her company, but unable to resume her role as director, Hoag stepped in as the President of Damage Control, while the position of CEO was taken by some Walter Declun, an unscrupolous man who later financed the terrorist Nitro. As soon as the mutant Wolverine informed her of what Declun was up to, Hoag fired him, regaining full control of Damage Control. It was time the company came back to be what she had meant it to be from the very beginning.

Anne Marie Hoag is a no-nonsense, authoritative and mean woman, who’s able to instill fear in whoever she speaks to, and to command even the most influent people in the country. Beneath the facade of a harsh and uncompromising enterpreneur, however, lies a woman who cares deeply for her employees, and who’s truly dedicated to the mission of bringing order and solace where chaos and destruction hit, a mission she’s created Damage Control to accomplish.

Doris Raxton

We’re almost at the end of the characters appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and now we meet Doris Toomes, portrayed by Garcelle Beauvais. Spoiler alert: in the movie, she’s Adrian Toomes‘ wife and Lizs mother, and she’s first seen as Peter Parker comes to her house to get Liz out for homecoming (and that’s the moment he realizes the girl he loves is the daughter of his worst enemy). Doris didn’t know anything of her husband’s secret activity, and when Adrian is arrested she moves to Oregon with her daughter. In the comics, Doris is indeed Liz’s mother, but she’s got nothing to do with Adrian Toomes, albeit she’s connected by blood to another supervillain. Let’s see together.

Nothing is known about Doris Raxton‘s early life (not even if “Raxton” is her maiden name or if she took it from her first husband). She was most likely born in New York City, where she lived and she met a man who may or may not have been called Raxton. As it usually happens, the two fell in love and got married, and after a while Doris gave birth to her first son, Mark Raxton, a smart and intelligent kid who became the centre of her life. By the time Mark was born, however, her marriage was already at an end, and it was inevitable that, sooner or later, said end was made official by istitutions: Doris divorced her husband, and she left with Mark, looking for a new start in the city. Alone with a kid, Doris did her best to be a single mother, but it surely was a tiring task for her. From time to time, she tried to pull the plug and relax with some friends, and she attended a renowned club in the city, the Avenue Dinner Club…the place in which her life changed forever once again.

The Avenue Dinner Club’s owner was a distinguished, intelligent and polite man named Wilson Allan, and he showed quite some interest in the beautiful blonde woman attending his club. Also Doris was attracted to Wilson, and the two started dating. Wilson became Doris’ second husband, and the woman found stability again: the man was also a tender and caring father for Mark, and the three of them were a real family. Not much time passed before Doris was pregnant again: this time she gave birth to a beautiful girl, Elizabeth, and her family became even happier. Doris was proud as Mark became a skilled scientist, and she was also pleased to see that her Liz being among the most popular girls in Midtown High School. She attended Liz’s graduation ceremony along with her husband, and then was pleased to see that she had found a good man to marry in Harry Osborn. Things with Mark didn’t go as well, however, as a lab accident turned him into the super-strong, incandescent and deranged Molten Man. Things, however, would have soon turned tragic for Liz, Harry and their son Normie, and Doris wouldn’t have been able to do anything but to watch as her family crumbled apart…

Doris Raxton Allan is a good and caring woman, a loving mother for her children who likes to be part of their life and to support them. With a failed marriage in her past, she’s done her best to create a new life for herself and her family, and she managed quite well to do so…but life stored too many surprises for the Allans for Doris to counter.

Brian McKeever (Tiny)

The last student spotted in Spider-Man: Homecoming is Tiny McKeever, portrayed on screen by Ethan Dizon. In the movie, he’s the short Asian guy who’s playing chess while Ned Leeds does his best to sneak around in stealth mode, without much success; he also appears at the end, interrupting an emotional moment between Peter Parker and Happy Hogan walking out of the toilet. In the comics, Tiny is pretty different, a bully who torments Peter in high school, who learns to grow up as a different man. Let’s see together.

Brian McKeever was born in an unspecified part of New York City. Not much is known about his family, apart from the fact that his father was a heavy drinker, who was drunk most of the time. Constantly frustrated and unsatisfied with his life, Brian’s father used to vent all his grudge on his son, beating him up as often as he could. Brian, who felt ashamed because of it, never revealed any of it outside his house, and on the opposite he acted cool, becoming a bully and doing to people weaker than him everything his father did to him, a sort of self-defense that was aimed to protect him from the world. Growing up into a bulky and athletic young man, he was nicknamed “Tiny”, and always hanged out with the coolest guys around. When he arrived to Midtown High School it took little for him to emerge from the crowd; it would have been easy for him to become the “top bully” in the food chain, but there was someone fitter than him for the position: Flash Thompson, a guy more handsome, more athletic and more charismatic than he was. In Flash, Tiny recognised a kindred spirit, and even if the two of them never shared words on the secret they hid at home, they both knew they were living the same situation, so they got along quite well, becoming the best of friends. Tiny McKeever accepted to be in Flash’s group, and he followed him as a “leader”, supporting him in all his pranks and in all his adventures, whether it meant chasing after pretty girls or humiliating poor losers and nerds, especially Peter Parker.

Quite ironically, tormenting Peter Parker became a turning point in Tiny McKeever’s life. The more Tiny, Flash and their gang mocked him and humiliated him, the less Peter minded them at all, doing his best not to let the bullies to get under his skin. His strenght and self-confidence was admirable, and Tiny was the first to realise that the scrawny boy with big spectacles had more guts and self-confidence than he or Flash ever had, and he started to respect him. He was quite amused, actually, when he found himself being helped by Peter himself, as he was about to flunk the year and Parker helped him with his homeworks to raise the grades. Obviously, Midtown High had its rules, and Tiny couldn’t show to the others his feelings for the “loser” were different, but when Jason Ionello, another bully from his gang, stole Parker’s clothes when he was to the gym, it was him who chased him and took the clothes back to Peter. Then, his father’s abuses became even worse, as well as his alchoholism, and Tiny was forced to drop school and to find himself a job, being hired at a diner called Goin’ Fast. His life perspective wasn’t exactly rosy, but then something unexpected happened: Spider-Man came battling the Scorcher right where Tiny worked, and he lent a hand to the hero to defeat the pyromaniac villain. Spidey thanked him, and gave him a couple of advices that seemed aimed directly at Tiny, as if the hero knew his personal history. Inspired by Spider-Man, Tiny came back to school, ignoring his father’s demands, and was warmly welcomed by his friends, Flash especially. He managed to finish high school, and he was later hired as security chief at Empire State University. Maybe not as beautiful or popular as he was as a kid, Tiny was nevertheless happy, since he had finally managed to be his own man away from his father’s shadow.

Brian “Tiny” McKeever is a frail and insecure young man, who tries to hide his secret life of abuses and beatings with an attitude reflecting the one of his violent father. More mature than his peers, he’s ready to see through his and others’ appearance, and to change his life for the better with the proper help. The only thing he needs, is someone able to see the “true” Tiny behind the facade he’s built, and to hold out a helping hand to him.