Name: Abner Jenkins

ID: Known, became M.A.C.H-1 

Relatives: Unknown.

Affiliates: Former member of the Sinister Syndicate with Rhino, Hydro-Man, Speed Demon, Boomerang, Former member of Masters of Evil, Ally of Gladiator, Ringer, Justin Hammer, Blizzard, Blacklash, Stegron, Kingpin, Doctor Octopus.  

Enemies: Spider-Man, Human Torch, Thing, Daredevil, Avengers, Iron Man, Gibbon, Silver Sable, Deathlok, Scarlet Spider, She-Hulk, Boomerang, Vulture, Rhino, Hardshell, Strikeback, Ringer

Powers: Powers derived from a battle suit designed to give him a very high degree of protection & augments his strength many times over due to it's circuitry...Gloves contain pneumatic suction-grippers & can shoot an electrostatic blast from them as well as stick to areas...Has mylar wings that enable him to fly at speeds of 60 up to 100 MPH.

Origin: There is no source of his powers since Jenkins designed and manufactured his own suits and weapons as a means of trying to acquire wealth and fame.



1st App.: Strange Tales #123

August 1964

Spider-Man Appearances: Amazing Spider-Man #21,  94, 280, 281 & Annual 24...Spectacular Spider-Man #16, 58-60, 164 & Annual 12...Web Of Spider-Man Annual 8...Deadly Foes Of Spider-Man #1-4...Lethal Foes Of Spider-Man #2-4...Spider-Man: The Power Of Terror #2 & 3...Spider-Man: Web Of Doom #2 & 3...Spider-Man Unlimited #9 & 12...Webspinners #17 & 18...Silver Sable #16 & 17...What-If? V2 #64

Other Appearances: Strange Tales #123...Thunderbolts -1...Fantastic Four #334 & Annual #3...Heroes & Legends #1...Avengers #26-28 & 228-230...Daredevil #33, 34, 108, 109 & 140...Defenders #63-65...Iron Man #126, 127, 223, 224, 227, 285 & 286...Marvel Two-In-One #96...Captain America #412 & 413...Silver Sable #21 & 22...Sensational She-Hulk #59...Alpha Flight #121


Abner Jenkins began his career as a criminal against the Human Torch and the Thing in Strange Tales #123 and eventually went on to battle just about every hero you can name. He met Spider-Man in Amazing Spider-Man #21 and it was the first of many meetings. Alone, or as part of the Sinister Syndicate, the Beetle has proven to be very little trouble to Spider-Man...As well as Daredevil, the Human Torch, the Avengers, Iron Man, well you get the point! A highlight in his career against Spider-Man took place in Spectacular Spider-Man #58-60 where he showed off a new battle suit, but again was defeated, this time with help from the Gibbon no less!




The Beetle also played a part in several Spider-Man limited series including Deadly Foes, Lethal Foes, and Web Of Doom. He was a member of the Sinister Syndicate that debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #280 and appeared with them several times thereafter including their little known appearances in Silver Sable #16 & 17 in a backup story and most recently in the retro Webspinners #17 & 18. The Beetle became an over-used villain that was defeated way to easily too many times. He made a huge transition in the pages of the Thunderbolts where he, along with other villains, took on new identities and gave up their life of crime to serve a better purpose. He has since gone through many changes taking on the identity of M.A.C.H-1 and a new Beetle.



For much more on the Beetle:


The Beetle Site


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