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 Spider-Man Encyclopedia  - Spider-Man Villains - Shocker

The Shocker first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #46 (March, 1967). The issue was scripted by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita, Sr..


Herman Schultz aka the Shocker was born in New York City. He was a high school dropout who had brilliant talents as both an inventor and an engineer. Instead of using such talents to gain legitimate employment, he became a successful burglar and (according to him in later stories) the world's best safe-cracker. After finally being caught and incarcerated for his crimes, he developed a pair of gauntlets designed to shoot air blasts, vibrating at high frequency.

Schultz used the gauntlets to escape from prison and became the supervillain known as "The Shocker".


The Amazing Spider-Man #46

He defeated Spider-Man in their first confrontation (Spider-Man lost because he was at a disadvantage due to having a broken arm from his earlier battle with the Lizard), but was later beaten and sent back to prison by Spider-Man (who pinned Schultz's thumbs away from the gauntlets' triggers with his webbing).

The Shocker would go on to prove a constant presence among Spider-Man's gallery of enemies, often as either a thief or subordinate to a more prominent of Spider-Man's foes (notably Wilson Fisk and the Owl). He regularly works either as a member of a team (including Hobgoblin's Sinister Seven, Norman Osborn's Sinister Twelve, Doctor Octopus's most recent Sinister Six, and the Masters of Evil) or in partnership with at least one other villain (previous alliances include Boomerang, The Beetle, Rhino, Leila Davis, Trapster, Hydro-Man, and Speed Demon).

Likely Schultz's most ambitious solo exploit was his attempt to hold the city of New York for ransom by blacking out various electrical grids to spell out his name.

The Shocker found a rare moment of victory over Spider-Man when he teamed up with the Trapster. Sent by the Friends of Humanity to assassinate Paul Stacy, the duo managed to glue Stacy and Spider-Man together and corner them, only to be called off of their assignment moments before finishing them off.

Shocker would later turn on the Trapster at the bequest of Norman Osborn (who sought to have the Trapster eliminated as a potential witness against his recent attempt to frame Spider-Man for murder). Preparing to kill the resigned Trapster in an alley, he was attacked and rendered unconscious at the last minute by Spider-Man (then disguised under the alias of Dusk).

He recently allied himself with Speed Demon of the New Thunderbolts in order to break into a particular well-guarded safe. Though the police arrived at his hide-out in quick pursuit, he was saved by Speed Demon, who dashed in and stole both the loot and Shocker's weapons, removing all traces of evidence (and, unfortunately for Shocker, also keeping the money to fund the Thunderbolt's further activities).

Shortly after, he was terminated as a freelance agent by Hammer Industries and captured by Spider-Man while trying to rob a federal bank alongside Hydro-Man.

A new version of the Sinister Six, with the Shocker as a member, banded together during the Civil War but were stopped by Captain America and his Secret Avengers. Shocker is set to reappear as a member of Avengers: The Initiative (issue #3) in an attempt to capture Spider-Man, who is unregistered by law. He also recently appeared in Punisher War Journal #4 if he survived is yet to be seen.


Costume and abilities
The Shocker wears a pair of gauntlets that, when activated by a thumb trigger, can project a concentrated blast of air that vibrates at an intense frequency. This allows the Shocker to both effectively throw long range vibrational punches, as well as vibrate the structure of something in order to weaken or destroy it. Holding the thumb triggers down for an extended period of time increases the intensity, speed, and even spread of the air blasts.

The feedback from the Shocker's gauntlets is extremely intense (the initial test almost killed him). To guard himself from this, Schultz developed a protective costume consisting largely of yellow quilt patches designed to absorb the shock. The costume's appearance has been the source of ridicule on the part of Spider-Man and other characters. In the Spider-Man: The Movie based on the Spider-Man films, Spider-Man is particularly vicious in mocking the Shocker's costume. For example, in the videogame Spider-Man: The Movie, Spider-Man mocks him as "Quilt-Man", "Triple-Ply" and "The Cushion". (How fellow villain the Looter was able to once wield one of the gauntlets without wearing a protective costume and suffering injury is unclear. However, it is most likely due to the fact that Looter's strength and durability were enhanced past the level of Captain America.)

Around the year 2000, Schultz began upgrading the abilities of his costume and weapons. His suit now contains a number of built-in shock units, which throw up a protective vibrational field when triggered by accompanying motion detectors. Besides deflecting most physical blows, this makes it difficult, if not impossible for someone to physically assault or grasp him by surprise. This power upgrade was accompanied by a much bulkier and more protective looking costume (as designed by artist John Romita, Jr.).

He also recently allowed Hammer Industries to drastically upgrade the power of his gauntlets. However, not trusting to share the whole of his secrets (and thus become what he perceives as expendable), he refused Hammer's technicians access to his actual costume, which (at least at the time) likely wasn't providing him with thorough protection from the feedback of the upgraded gauntlets (Schultz cited nosebleeds as a risk he was willing to take).


Television

Shocker appeared in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends voiced by John Stephenson in the episode "Along Came Spidey" which also features the origin of Spider-Man.


In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, the Shocker is villain usually hired by the Kingpin.

 In his first appearance in The Alien Costume saga, the Kingpin, worried that Eddie Brock would reveal his real occupation as a crime lord, hired the Shocker to eliminate him. In this series, the Shocker was recommended to the Kingpin by Alistair Smythe, who also designed the Shocker's suit. However, due to the arrival of a black-costumed Spider-Man, Brock escaped, and Spider-Man followed Shocker back to his hideout, where he stole back the Prometheum X (stolen by the Rhino in the previous episode). Hired again to retrieve it, Shocker kidnapped a hospitalized John Jameson and demanded that his father, J. Jonah Jameson, bring him both Spider-Man and the Prometheum X. Meeting in a church tower, John was handed over safely, but after the Jamesons left, a battle ensued between Shocker and Spider-Man. Despite Shocker's initial confidence, Spider-Man gained the upper hand, destroyed his shocking weapons, and driven over the edge by his black alien symbiote, nearly killed him before coming to his senses and saving him from a lethal fall. In the third and final episode of the saga, Shocker (along with Rhino) was hired one more time to kill Spider-Man. The pair nearly succeeded, but before they could finish him, Venom attacked, wanting the kill for himself. It is unknown how Rhino and Shocker got to jail, but in The Insidious Six two-parter, the Shocker escaped, becoming a member of the Insidious Six, again scheming and ultimately again failing to kill Spider-Man. In The Awakening, the Shocker was hired yet again by the Kingpin to work with Dr. Herbert Landon to kidnap a vampire Michael Morbius. They succeeded, but Morbius escaped in the end with help from Spider-Man and the Black Cat. The Shocker's last appearance was being an Insidious Six member in the Six Forgotten Warriors saga. He was voiced by Jim Cummings.
Appearances in the Show:

The Alien Costume Part Two and Part Three
The Insidious Six
Battle of the Insidious Six
The Awakening
Six Forgotten Warriors
Unclaimed Legacy
Secrets of the Six
The Six Fight Again
The Price of Heroism

Video games
The Shocker is the only super-villain to be fought in four of the five recent Spider-Man games; Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, Spider-Man: The Movie, Spider-Man 2 and Ultimate Spider-Man. A code in Spider-Man allows you to play as Spidey, wearing the Shocker's suit.
Android replicas of the Shocker appears repeatedly in Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge as mini-bosses during Spider-Man levels.
In Spider-Man: The Movie the Shocker is initially allied with the Vulture, but betrays him after he is defeated by Spider-Man in a fight, refusing to allow Vulture his share of the loot when the Shocker can't have it. The Shocker returns in Spider-Man 2, having gained access to an experimental space propulsion system that enhances his powers, but he is defeated by Spider-Man and the Black Cat.
In Ultimate Spider-Man, Shocker is only a minor villain who occasionally crops up attempting to rob banks; .
The Shocker is a minor boss in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. He is also a member of Doctor Doom's Masters of Evil.