Styx and Stone
|Styx and Stone|
|First appearance||The Amazing Spider-Man #309 (November, 1988)|
|Created by||David Michelinie
|Alter ego||Jacob Eishorn (Styx) and Gerald Stone|
|Abilities||(Styx) Lethal touch, his clawlike hands disintegrate all organic material within seconds
Styx and Stone (Jacob Eishorn and Gerald Stone) are two fictional comic book characters in the Marvel Comics universe. They are a criminal duo that have crossed Spider-Man's path on a number of occasions. They were created by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #309. They reappeared in issues #332-333 and #376-377 of the same series.
Fictional character biography
Gerald Stone was an idealistic scientist who wanted to find a cure for cancer. He conducted an illegal experiment on a homeless person named Jacob Eishorn. The experiment failed and Eishorn became a living cancer, who needed to kill to survive. Now calling himself "Styx", Eishorn enjoyed the killing of innocents. Feeling responsible for Styx, Stone built high-tech weaponry for himself and turned the two of them into a mercenary duo. Stone hoped that as mercenaries, Styx wouldn't kill innocents, but by now Stone was willing to kill anybody to protect Styx. He planned on using the money they earned as mercenaries to find a cure for Styx.[volume & issue needed]
On their first outing, the duo was hired by Johathon Caesar, a millionaire obsessed with Mary Jane Watson to kidnap her. This brought them into conflict with Spider-Man, Mary Jane's husband, who defeated the duo. Styx and Stone returned to Caesar, who told them to try again. This time, the duo faced Spider-Man who was at the time in conflict with Venom. During the fight, Styx's touch nearly killed Venom and they were returned to prison.[volume & issue needed]
A third meeting with Spider-Man involved the vigilante Cardiac. Cardiac's alter-ego, Dr. Elias Wirtham, had been a good friend of Stone and offered to cure Styx. Cardiac was convinced that Styx couldn't be cured or redeemed and tried to kill Styx. Spider-Man stopped Cardiac and the two fought, while Styx and Stone attempted, in vain, to escape.[volume & issue needed]
Powers and abilities
Styx's touch can kill anything organic and can disintegrate organic matter within seconds. His fingers can grow longer to increase his range. His touch has no effect on synthetic or inorganic material and Spider-Man's synthetic costume was enough to protect his body from Styx's touch.
Stone wears two large weapons on his shoulders. These weapons can fire energy blasts, a blinding flash, a sticky resin to immobilize opponents and knockout gas. The duo often uses a flying platform of Stone's design.