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John Jameson (Marvel)

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John Jameson, son of newspaper mogul J. Jonah Jameson, was one of the youngest applicants to ever be accepted into NASA's astronaut program. During his first mission, in which he orbited Earth, Jameson's capsule developed a faulty guidance module which caused the craft to spin out of control. The fledgling adventurer, Spider-Man, who had just begun his career weeks earlier, managed to rescue Jameson by getting a replacement guidance module to the plummeting capsule. This incident, which Jameson's father construed as a publicity stunt to upstage his son's accomplishment, provoked the one of elder Jameson's first editorial denouncements of Spider-Man.

On a later space mission, Jameson somehow contracted an unknown virus presumably during a space walk. Upon his return to Earth, Jameson began to develop superhuman strength as a side effect of the virus. Jameson was given a special body suit designed to keep his strength in check by scientists at NASA. When it appeared that Spider-Man was involved in a bank robbery, J. Jonah Jameson persuaded his son to use his strength to subdue the web-slinger and thus become a public hero. John Jameson agreed but was bettered by Spider-Man in their first encounter. When the elder Jameson learned Spider-Man was innocent, he tried to stop his son from proceeding in his battle, but John Jameson sought a rematch after his earlier defeat. When the two clashed a second time, Spider-Man managed to neutralize the virus in Jameson's body by a high dosage of electricity. When Jameson recovered, his strength was no longer superhuman.

Some time later, Jameson was selected to go on a secret mission to the moon, the reason for which is still classified information. While collecting lunar rock samples, he came across a glittering red gemstone, unlike anything else he had seen there. At the successful completion of the mission, Jameson felt a strange compulsion to possess the unique gemstone, and with the assistance of a colleague, Jameson had it recovered from quarantine and made into a pendant. Jameson was wearing it around his throat on the first night of a full moon when lunar luminescence reacted with the pendant, causing him to transform into a wolf like humanoid creature.

For months, Jameson tried to find a way to fight the three nights of transformation; finally acquiring a radiation suit he hoped would screen out the moon's rays. It failed like all his other attempts. In his native New York City on the first night of his fifth month of his transformations, Jameson began to stalk his own father in an instinctive quest for help. The elder Jameson was shocked by the seeming attack of the Man-Wolf, and suspected the creature was in partnership with Spider-Man, who happened by in time to fight the werewolf. Then J. Jonah Jameson saw the pendant around the Man-Wolf's neck and recognized it as his son's. Confronting his son with his suspicions the next day, the elder Jameson learned of his son's strange plight, and discovered that his son could not end it by removing the pendant since it had somehow grafted itself to his skin. Soon, however, as the Man-Wolf grappled with Spider-Man, the costumed crime fighter tore the pendant from Man-Wolf's throat, unaware of its connection. Although it would take months before the injury to his throat would heal, John Jameson was cured of his lunar-triggered transformations. Spider-Man threw the pendant into the Hudson River.

Not long after his throat healed, John Jameson was again afflicted by the curse of the Man-Wolf when Michael Morbius, a scientist with a blood disease that gave him artificial vampiric powers, recovered the gemstone and exposed Jameson to it. Jameson reverted to his wolf like form, and in that state Morbius placed the gemstone around his neck once more. Morbius hoped to use the Man-Wolf as his pawn in a scheme to cure himself of his vampiric affliction, but that scheme was thwarted by Spider-Man. Both Morbius and the Man-Wolf managed to escape. Again afflicted by monthly transformations, the Man-Wolf's rampages attracted the attention of the police department, who assigned special investigator Simon Stroud to the case. Stroud suspected that the Man-Wolf was Jameson, but kept his suspicions to himself. Managing to escape from New York and the authorities, Jameson hitchhiked to Georgia where he became involved in a skirmish between SHIELD and the original Hate-Monger.

SHIELD Director Nick Fury escorted Jameson to NASA headquarters where he was wanted being absent without leave. NASA officials offered to drop changes against him if he agreed to perform communications breakdown with an orbiting space station. Jameson agreed, and upon his arrival at the space station, learned that the installation had been boarded by three extra dimensional humanoids named Garth, Lambert, and Gorjoon. The invaders revealed to Jameson that they had come from the dimension in which his gemstone originated. Jameson agreed to accompany them to the moon where the portal to their world, "Other-Realm,"was located.

Crash-landing on the moon, Jameson, now permanently the Man-Wolf due to direct exposure to the moon's rays, found the portal to "Other-Realm." To his amazement, he discovered that in this other dimension, he retained his human intelligence while in wolf form. He was then told the origin of the gemstone. It was an artifact created by the ruler of the "Other-Realm," a being known as Stargod. When Stargod felt himself dying, he opened a portal to Earth's moon and went there to die, channeling his godly essence into the jewel. When the "Other-Realm" faced a crisis of dire consequences, he arranged that the gemstone would be found, and a successor possessing his godly might would come to deliver his world from evil. Jameson seemed to be that chosen successor. However, since the mystical radiation that leaked through the moon portal was so weak by the time it reached Earth, the gemstone was only able to effect a partial change to the mythic wolf-being. Thus Jameson had gained Stargod's strength and outward form but not his wisdom or power. As Stargod's successor, Jameson helped the denizens of the "Other-Realm" vanquish its would-be conqueror Arisen Tyrk, utilizing the full power of Stargod. Jameson then utilized the gem's full power to teleport him back to Earth.

On Earth, Jameson found himself to be at the mercy of the partial effects of the gemstone, again transforming into a wolf against his will. Furthermore, since he had exhausted the gemstone's power in fulfilling its purpose, it was slowly turning into a malignant organism, sinking beneath the surface of his skin and poisoning him. When his father J. Jonah Jameson learned of his latest plight, he had his son placed in cryogenic suspension, in hopes of arresting the process. An enemy of Jameson's, Spencer Smythe, released the younger Jameson, hoping to hurt Jameson or his son. Spider-Man managed to quell the Man-Wolf's rampage, but lost track of the creature when he was snatched by Smythe's teleport beam. When John Jameson returned months later, Spider-Man enlisted the aid of Dr. Curt Connors and the two managed to give Jameson a radiation treatment that caused the gemstone to withdraw its root system and be rejected by Jameson's body. When the gemstone crumbled to powder, Jameson was finally free of his strange ordeal. For a time he was in a sanitarium due to the strains of what he had suffered in his life, but he is now recovering.


When he returned to Earth, he learned that the gemstone poisoned his body. His father decided to put John into cryogenic suspension until a remedy could be found . But Alistair Smythe broke the Man-Wolf free and controlled him to destroy J.J. Jameson and Spider-Man. Peter succeeded to take off the gem one more time. John fell into the Hudson River.

John Jameson reappeared and accepted treatment from the Lizard with a biomagnetic solution. He was healed, but very feeble. After his remission, he became successively Captain America’s pilot, bounty hunter and security chief at Institute Ravencroft.

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John became associated with Jennifer Walters, better known as the She-Hulk and became part of her supporting cast while she was a superhero and an advocate. The two dated for some time.


John briefly lost side of his other persona, the Man-Wolf, when the villain named Stegron created an atmosphere that let animals go insane with rage. Besides John Jameson, Doctor Curt Conners was also affected and became the Lizard. The Man-Wolf however took over from John, but became stuck in the body of John himself. He endangered Spider-man, Curt Conners, his son, as well as Peter Parker's wife Mary Jane and Aunt May. Spider-Man intervened and stopped Stegron before John could do anyone any harm. He then quickly got his own persona back and resumed his life.

Jameson became romantically involved with She-Hulk and the two recently married.


First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #1

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Issue Appearances:
All-New, All-Different Point One (2015)
Amazing Fantasy (1995)
Captain America (1968)
Captain America: The Legend (1996)
Carnage (2016)
Carnage: It's a Wonderful Life (1996)
Carnage: Mind Bomb (1996)
Creatures on the Loose (1971)
Crossover Classics (1991)
Die Spinne (1974)
Die Spinne (1980)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2005)
Giant-Size Super-Heroes (1974)
John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (2011)
Marvel Classics Annual (1998)
Marvel Holiday Special (1991)
Marvel Klassik (1998)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2004)
Marvel Limited: Fantastic Firsts (1994)
Marvel Masterworks (1987)
Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man (2002)
Marvel Milestone Edition: Amazing Spider-Man (1992)
Marvel Premiere (1972)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Marvel Team-Up (2004)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2004 (2004)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2005 (2005)
Scholastic Spider-Man Encyclopedia (2006)
She-Hulk (2004)
She-Hulk (2005)
Silver Surfer (1968)
Spider-Man (1990)
Spider-Man [GER] (1997)
Spider-Man and Batman (1995)
Spider-Man Collectible Series (2006)
Spider-Man Komplett (1999)
Spider-Man: The Complete Clone Saga Epic (2010)
Spider-Man: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility (2011)
Spiderman Special (1991)
Spidey Super Stories (1974)
Strange Tales (2009)
The 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time (2001)
The Adventures of Spider-Man (1996)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
The Amazing Spider-Man (1999)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2018)
The Avengers (1963)
The Clone Conspiracy (2016)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Sensational Spider-Man (1996)
The Sensational Spider-Man (2006)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
True Believers: Absolute Carnage - Mind Bomb (2019)
True Believers: Amazing Spider-Man (2019)
USPS Marvel Comics Limited Edition Comic Book and Stamp Set (2007)
Venom: Carnage Unleashed (1995)
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man (1999)
What If? (1977)
Wizard Ace Edition (1996)

Movie Appearances:
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Group Affiliation(s):
Agents of Wakanda
Avengers Support Crew
NASA (Marvel)
Ravencroft Institute
U.S. Air Force (Marvel)

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