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The Savage Walrus
|First appearance||Defenders #131 (May 1984)|
|Created by||J.M. DeMatteis
|Alter ego||Hubert Carpenter|
|Abilities||Minimal superhuman strength, agility and endurance
Good at crossword puzzles
Ability to distract enemies by making them laugh uncontrollably, hold his breath much longer than humans and survive in freezing water via his layer of blubber
Fictional character biography
The Walrus is a supervillain and foe of Spider-Man. He wears a costume that resembles a walrus and despite being physically strong, proved to be completely inept at villainy. While most supervillains are interested in stealing money or taking over the world, the Walrus was content with mindless property damage. He considered his role as a supervillain as that of a "mass-destructionist".
The man who would one day don the guise of the savage Walrus was once a cab driver named Hubert Carpenter (a reference to "The Walrus and the Carpenter" poem from Through the Looking-Glass). Hubert's uncle Humbert (a mad scientist/eccentric janitor) used devious experimental technology to endow Hubert with the attributes that would surely make him into the preeminent supervillain of all times. Hubert, now with the "proportionate speed, strength and agility of a walrus", started causing havoc.
He fought the New Defenders and the second Frog-Man, before collapsing. Then he teamed up with the deadly and nefarious White Rabbit, forming the Terrible Two. He and his partner fought Spider-Man and were easily beaten. One of their common goals was to murder Frog-Man, who had humiliated them both in the past. However, it was soon revealed that Frog-Man had little to worry about, as the Walrus is the sort of supervillain that has to wear velcro shoes in order to avoid accidentally tying his shoes to each other. The Walrus is not the smartest villain, as he tends to make the most stupid remarks, which even made Spider-Man laugh uncontrollably at him, allowing the Walrus to punch and knock him down. The fact that the Walrus also wears a large rainbow "W" on the front of his costume also tends to make his enemies laugh at him.
During the Fear Itself storyline, Deadpool sees the chaos caused by the Worthy and manipulates Walrus into thinking that he has been chosen to wield a magical hammer so that he can improve his security consolation business. However, his plan goes awry when the hammer turns out to be property of a group of werewolves called the Moon-Born. The hammer exhibits special properties under the full moon which Deadpool discovers when he engages the Walrus in battle. Deadpool managed to trick Walrus into entering the windowless basement of a sheriff's office where the hammer became powerless and he could take advantage of the sheriff's weapon's cache.
Afterward, Walrus partners with White Rabbit again and, together with the new Goldbug, they hatch a plan to tamper with New York City's drinking water. The three are defeated by Spider-Woman, and taken to a new supervillain prison called the Cellar, where Walrus is placed in a secret power-siphoning cell by Regent.
Powers and abilities
Hubert claimed to have the proportionate speed, strength, and agility of a walrus. This is an inaccuracy on his part, as a walrus is larger than a human, meaning someone with the proportionate abilities of a walrus would be slower and weaker than a normal human. However, the Walrus does appear to possess some measure of superhuman strength, agility and endurance. He was actually able to hit Spider-Man with sufficient force to knock him flying, rip a metal lamp post in half and withstand razor sharp and explosive carrots fired at him by the White Rabbit as a test. However, on another occasion, Spider-Man was able to defeat the Walrus by flicking him with his index finger, which knocked him out. He also has the ability to distract his enemies by making them laugh uncontrollably with his stupid remarks.
It was revealed that he had been mutagenically altered by his uncle with walrus DNA which would presumably add certain walrus characteristics to his physiology, such as a layer of blubber to keep him warm in freezing water and the ability to hold his breath for a much longer time than a human. While none of these abilities would be very useful to a supervillain who never goes anywhere near water, the layer of blubber could explain his resistance to injury.
- Defenders #131
- Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 1) #185
- Daughters of the Dragon #4
- Fear Itself: Deadpool #1
- Fear Itself: Deadpool #2
- Fear Itself: Deadpool #3
- Dennis Hopeless (w), Javier Rodriguez (p), Alvaro Lopez (i), Javier Rodriguez (col), VC's Travis Lanham (let), Nick Lowe (ed). "What to Expect" The Amazing Spider-Man v4, #1 (7 October 2015), United States: Marvel Comics
- Dan Slott and Christos Gage (w), Paco Diaz (p), Paco Diaz (i), Israel Silva (col), VC's Joe Caramagna (let), Nick Lowe (ed). "The Cellar" The Amazing Spider-Man v4, #2 (7 November 2015), United States: Marvel Comics
- Spectacular Spider-Man (vol. 1) #185
- Walrus at Marvel Wiki
- Walrus at Comic Vine
- Walrus at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe