The Steel Spider.
Art by Mike Deodato.
|First appearance||As Ollie: The Spectacular Spider-Man #72 (Nov 1982)
As Steel Spider:Spider-Man Unlimited (comic book) #5
|Created by||Bill Mantlo
|Alter ego||Oliver "Ollie" Osnick|
|Notable aliases||Spider-Kid, Steel Spider|
|Abilities||Ollie possesses no powers, however his intelligence allowed him to construct Mechanical spider-legs modified with, grapnel hook launcher, pepper spray blasters, etc..|
Fictional character biography
Ollie Osnick is a gifted (albeit overweight) teenager who idolized Doctor Octopus. Using his genius, Ollie designs his own mechanical tentacles. He influences a group of kids to dress up as super-villains, but they soon ran out on him. Ollie eventually runs away from home and breaks into a toy store.
There, he renders an elderly guard unconscious, although Ollie believes he has killed him. When Spider-Man arrives on the scene, he believes that it was actually Dr. Octopus at work, so he chases Ollie. Fortunately Spider-Man realizes in time that it was not Ock he was facing. When Spider-Man and Ollie fall into a water tank, Spider-Man easily rips apart a tentacle, something that he was never able to do with Ock. Dragging Ollie to the surface, he learns it was actually Ollie he was chasing. By then the guard regains consciousness, and Spider-Man returns Ollie home safely.
Impressed with Spider-Man, Ollie modifies his tentacles into spider-legs and dons a Spider-Man Halloween costume, calling himself the Spider-Kid. Ollie's heroic activities often resulted in him having to be saved by Spider-Man. He was involved (along with Frog-Man and the Toad) in a short-lived super-hero team called The Misfits. Ollie was eventually was convinced to hang up his costume and became a normal child.
However, in his college years, Ollie had radically changed. He had devoted himself to exercise and became very athletic. Ollie still fantasized about being a hero, continuing to invent new weapons and modify his spider-legs. When his girlfriend was attacked by muggers, Ollie seeks revenge and creates the identity of Steel Spider, donning a dark blue costume, and equipping himself with all of these new weapons (including gauntlets containing a grappling hook launcher and pepper spray blasters). Steel Spider locates and brutalizes his girlfriend's attackers. He removes his costume, realizing that he never wanted to be a vigilante and would rather build a life with the girl he loves.[volume & issue needed]
When Onslaught attacks New York City, he is mentioned to be one of the heroes helping against the invading Sentinels, working with Darkhawk and the New Warriors to retake the Brooklyn Bridge.[volume & issue needed]
Post Civil War
Equipped with a new set of arms, Ollie now displays a more rebellious attitude towards the Superhero Registration Act. As an unregistered superhero, Ollie becomes a target for the government's Thunderbolts team. Mention of his name also causes Thunderbolts director Norman Osborn to collapse into fits of laughter, as it reminds him of Spider-Man. After having beaten several drunken misfits, Ollie becomes afraid of the government sponsored Thunderbolts.
Ollie fights the Thunderbolts and is joined in his battle by American Eagle and Sepulchre. After successfully defeating Venom, Radioactive Man, and the new Swordsman, he uses the gadgetry in his metal limbs to square up against Radioactive Man, Songbird, Mac Gargan and Penance, commenting that having allies "almost makes this a fair fight. I bet they weren't expecting that." As the fight continues, Ollie seems to be holding his own until Gargan unexpectedly bites off Ollie's left arm and eats it.
In the MC2 continuity, Ollie never quits being Steel Spider and is even a member of the Avengers. He modifies his costume into a powerful exoskeleton and becomes a highly respected superhero. However, when his personal life fails and his wife leaves him, Steel Spider goes looking for criminals to take out his frustrations. However, the crooks he finds are so afraid of him they surrender without a fight. Steel Spider has a tantrum, until he sees that he is being watched by Spider-Girl and American Dream. They tell him how much of an inspiration he had been to them, and he helps them defeat a terrorist cell called "the Sons of the Serpent". After this, he sets about rebuilding his shattered personal life. 
In other media
- Steel Spider also had a brief appearance in the series finale of the 1994 Spider-Man animated series called "I Really, Really Hate Clones" voiced by Christopher Daniel Barnes. In this version he is not Ollie, but rather the Peter Parker of an alternate universe who has defeated Doctor Octopus once and for all and had taken his tentacles, which he controls using a device worn on his head. (An action figure of this version of Spider-Man was also made.) This version was based on a small moment in the comics where Peter temporarily takes up the then-late Octavius' arms, only to lose control of them and have them destroyed..
- Steel Spider appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man episode "Spidah-Man", voiced by Jason Marsden in a Bostonian accent. This version of Oliver Osnick is a teenage genius from Boston and a great fan of Spider-Man who endorses the web-slinger's transfer to his hometown. However, he becomes upset after Spider-Man rejects his offer to be his sidekick since it would've been too dangerous for him. As a result, he armors up some villains Spider-Man had recently captured (consisting of a bank robber, a female museum thief, and a purse snatcher) as the Boston Terroriers (the bank robber became Plymouth Rocker, the female museum thief became Salem's Witch, and the purse snatcher became Slam Adams) and attacks as the Steel Spider (which is depicted as a suit of armor). Once Steel Spider confronts Spider-Man, Boston Terroriers then turn against Steel Spider upon hearing about the bounty that J. Jonah Jameson was offering for the capture of Spider-Man. Steel Spider realizes the error of his ways and teams up with Spider-Man against the villains. Spider-Man and Steel Spider end up hitting the shut-off switches on the armors of the Boston Terroriers. At the end, Spider-Man returns to New York while Steel Spider becomes Boston's own superhero.
- The Amazing Spider-Man #263
- The Amazing Spider-Man #266
- Spider-Man Unlimited #5
- Thunderbolts #112
- Thunderbolts #113
- Thunderbolts #114
- Thunderbolts #115
- Thunderbolts #116
- Spider-Girl #32