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Wish the Venom Symbiote a Happy 30th Birthday or Else!

The alien being first hitched a ride on Spider-Man back in 1984!

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For the most part, costumes don't warrant an entry into our Happy Birthday hall of fame – but most costumes aren't characters in their own right like Spider-Man's iconic black number. Peter Parker didn't know it at the time, but the duds he picked up during SECRET WARS while adventuring on another planet actually had a mind of their own. Spider-Man definitely didn’t know that his new costume would eventually create Venom, one of his greatest enemies.

Amazing Spider-Man #252

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252 COVER

The Venom symbiote first debuted thirty years ago this month in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252. A few days (and the entirety of SECRET WARS) had passed in between that issue and the previous one, leaving readers at the time in the dark about the how, where, and why of Peter's new black getup. In fact, they wouldn't learn the costume's origin until half a year later in SECRET WARS #8. With all that in mind, imagine the surprised look on the biggest Spidey fans of 1984 when this wall-crawler emerged triumphantly from a portal in Central Park.

      With a much less Lizard-y Curt Connors in tow, Spider-Man immediately began tying up the loose ends caused by his sudden disappearance. He found his keys and wallet where he left them, high up on a tree branch, and his new suit created a storage space for them. Sure it's creepy, but it's also useful!

          Spidey dropped Dr. Connors off with his family and returned to his apartment for the first time in days, where both he and the readers experienced a few more of the costume's tricks.

              Yep, it can replicate street clothes – as long as they're black – and responds to his mental commands. The suit's leaning a bit more towards being creepy now, but you can't deny that Peter could save a lot of money on black shirts.

              Spider-Man took to the streets, scaring criminals with his dark new look. He eventually stumbled across a couple arguing because they failed to get tickets to the hottest concert around – Burnt Toast!

                  To calm the couple down, Spidey lifted them up to the top of a nearby skyscraper. There, Spider-Man convinced the two civilians of the majesty of New York City. His plea about NYC also foreshadowed the trouble his suit would soon cause. "This city is like any living creature," said Peter, unaware of his costume's sentience. "It has the potential for incredible good… or horrible evil! It's a part of you kids, whether you realize it or not!" By the time Spider-Man realized his new suit's secret in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #258, he'd already made an enemy for life.

                  Check out the Venom symbiote's current adventures with Flash Thompson in THUNDERBOLTS!

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                  PeterParker40
                  PeterParker40

                  I wanted to wish the Venom symbiote a Happy 30th Birthday to you. I think you were one of the best creations they made in a long while. I hope they never find a way to get rid of you. I am glad to see you with Flash Thompson as Agent Venom, but I would like to see you be evil again and be a worthy adversary to Spider-Man. The symbiote needs a good strong man with a hatred for Spider-Man or just wants to see if he can do take him on. And then you could bring out is a series about him.



                                                                                      From A Big Time Spider-Man Fan.

                  KillaQueens515
                  KillaQueens515

                  Happy Birthday symbiote.  Wish they'd remake a movie based off this story line but much darker and not introduce Venom until a following film.

                  x-spidey88
                  x-spidey88

                  Happy Birthday to the symbiote and to my favorite best spider-man's foe/ally, "Venom"

                  PeterParker40
                  PeterParker40

                  Wanted to say Happy 30th Birthday to the symbiote. May you be around as long as there are Marvel Comics.

                  Gogovitch
                  Gogovitch

                  Happy b-DAY AND A i wish you à LOT OF THINGS TO EAT!