Name: Phineas Mason

ID: Known

Relatives: Rick Mason, Son (Deceased)

Affiliates: Ally of Mysterio (Quentin Beck), Kingpin, Scorpion, Big Wheel, Goldbug, Whirlwind, Diamondback, Grizzly, Beetle, Killer Shrike, Vulture, Jack O' Lantern, Jester, grim Reaper, Ani-Men, Justin Hammer...Creator & Master of Toy

Enemies: Spider-Man, Killer Shrike.

Powers: Originally thought to be an Alien from Amazing Spider-Man #2, the Tinkerer turned out to really be a brilliant man who is at the top his game in creating mechanical devices & mostly violent ones!...He even equipped the "Spider-Mobile" with weaponry & has had his services employed by many including Big Wheel & Rocket Racer as well as other non-Spidey villains. He also created a Super-Strong robotic assistant named Toy.

Origin: There are no source of whatever skills or powers that the Tinker has. He possesses no super-human abilities.



1st App.: Amazing Spider-Man #2

May 1963

Spider-Man Appearances: Amazing Spider-Man #2, 159, 160, 183, 310, 369 & 370...Spectacular Spider-Man #53...Web Of Spider-Man #58...Deadly Foes Of Spider-Man #1...Dead Man's Hand #1

Other Appearances: Captain America #324 & 369...Alpha Flight #79...New Mutants #86...Cable #65...The Agent Graphic Novel...Deadline #2 & 4


The Terrible Tinkerer has become possible the greatest "behind the scenes" villain in the Marvel Universe and has also aided many villains in creating many weapon and making many costume upgrades. The ultimate "handy-man" of the villain world. He began his career working with some phony aliens that included Quentin Beck, better known as Mysterio, in a scheme to plant monitoring devices in radio's of government and military officials in an attempt to blackmail them. After Spider-Man thwarted those plans, the Tinkerer went on to his handyman ways creating such items as the Scorpion's tail, Rocket Racer's skateboard, Big Wheel's vehicle, Goldbug's ship and other's. He also improved the costumes and weaponry of the Grizzly, Whirlwind,  The Beetle, Diamondback, Killer Shrike, and other's. He was always there but usually out of sight.




The Terrible Tinkerer has never received a first and/ or a last name until a little known graphic novel by the name of  Rick Mason: The Agent came out. In it, we met his son, Rick Mason, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. The most important thing we learned though is that his father is none other than the Terrible Tinkerer, the mad inventor-for-hire, hired by many a super villain. So what is the Terrible Tinkerer's name? Phineas Mason, not that forgettable a name! Anyway, the graphic novel is a good read if you can find it.




He met Spider-Man again in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #160 where he made the innocent Spidermobile into a deadly weapon used against Spider-Man. It also introduced the Tinkerer's robotic assistant named Toy that Spider-Man eventually destroyed in Spectacular Spider-Man #53. One of the most recent appearances by the Terrible Tinkerer has been in the one-shot Dead Man's Hand where he actually helped Spider-Man in helping defeat the third Carrion while also trying to help his son, who works for S.H.I.E.L.D.,  and is infected with the Carrion Virus.  The Terrible Tinkerer has always lurking somewhere in the shadows of the Marvel Universe waiting for someone sinister to seek him out and help them. There is still much more to learn about this mysterious character that has almost as long a history as anyone in the Spider-Verse. 


Spider-Man Fear Rating: 2 (out of 10)

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