Big Man (comics)

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Big Man is the name of different fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Frederick Foswell[edit]

Frederick Foswell was the first person to assume the Big Man mantle.

Janice Foswell[edit]

Janice Foswell
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Team-Up #39 (Nov 1975)
Created byBill Mantlo and Sal Buscema
In-story information
Alter egoJanice Foswell
Team affiliationsEnforcers
AbilitiesShe was adept at disguise and an excellent marksman with handguns.

Janice Foswell is daughter of the original Big Man (Fredrick Foswell) and sought to follow in her father's footsteps to gain control of the New York underworld. She was soon joined by a new Crime Master and Sandman.[1]

She and her Enforcers were defeated by Spider-Man, the Human Torch and the Sons of the Tiger. Over a dispute about eliminating Spider-Man and the Sons, Janice was killed by the Crime Master who turned out to be her fiancé and son of the original Crime-Master, Nick Lewis Jr. (both had separately pursued vengeance against Spider-Man without knowledge of each other's identity).[2]

Frederick Foswell Jr[edit]

Frederick Foswell Jr is the son of the original Big Man, and brother of the second Big Man. He took over the role to gain revenge for the death of his father and sister, which, owing to J. Jonah Jameson's then-hostile attitude towards Spider-Man, he blamed on the webslinger. Piloting a giant robot version of the Big Man, he attacked Spider-Man and Jameson, assuming Jameson would help kill Spider-Man. Spider-Man and the remorseful Jameson quickly defeated Foswell Jr.[3]

Frederick Foswell Jr.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAmazing Spider-Man #13 (Jan 2019)
Created byNick Spencer and Ryan Ottley

Other versions[edit]

MC2[edit]

Henry Pym Jr. is the son of Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne in the MC2 universe. He inherits his father's size changing powers and takes the Big Man name. He is briefly a member of the Revengers, before going straight and joining a government-sponsored team.[4]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

The Ultimate Marvel equivalent is named Mr. Big, a mobster and the Enforcers' leader.[5] Mr. Big was scheming to overthrow Wilson Fisk, using Spider-Man as a secret weapon. The plan backfired, and when Fisk learned that Foswell was the one responsible for Spidey's assault on Fisk's office, Fisk crushed the mobster's head bare-handed.[6]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

The Big Man codename is depicted in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series as an alias for a mysterious crime lord of a criminal empire from behind the scenes. Tombstone is the initial version until eventually being overthrown by the Green Goblin as the new iteration.

Films[edit]

A variation of Henry Pym Jr. appears in the animated direct-to-video film Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, voiced by Aidan Drummond.

Video games[edit]

Janice Foswell is alluded in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions. In the Noir universe, she is mentioned by a henchman to be Hammerhead's girlfriend. When Fancy Dan was flirting with her, Hammerhead had Crime Master kill and dump Fancy Dan in a garbage can. Snake Marston has also attempted to seduce her.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marvel Team-Up #39
  2. ^ Marvel Team-Up #40
  3. ^ Amazing Spider-Man #13 (2019)
  4. ^ A-Next #12
  5. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #9
  6. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #10

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