Relocating the Marvel Universe — Part 13 — Idaho

Okay, let’s admit it, you aren’t expecting much for the place famous for its potatoes.
Well, guess what? You’re expectations are exactly correct! Here’s what I could dig up for…


BOISE (Steel Spider)

Taking a college scholarship in Idaho, the student once known as “The Spectacular Spider-Kid,” brought his mechanical “Dr. Octopus” limbs to the state in an effort to develop them further into agricultural harvesting devices. While progress is slow, it shows promise as he works toward his PhD in mechanical engineering. With that slow progress, he’s adopted the superhero persona of the Steel Spider and uses it to keep Boise protected from super-crime. Over the years, his mechanical limbs have been refined again and again to the point where he thinks he could battle Dr. Octopus to a standstill, though being in Idaho, he’s never had that opportunity.
Notes: I loved the “Spectacular Spider-Kid” story back in the 1980s, and it only seems logical that he’d eventually get all his ducks in a row to be a superhero of his own. In fact, he actually did for a short time while Spider-Man was out of commision. Unfortunately, he’s just too much of a small fish for a big pond like NYC, where he would get about as much attention as a mime in Central Park. But college is the great equalizer, and he’ll do just fine for the good folks of Idaho.

STATEWIDE (Stunt-Master)

Although he’s squared off against the likes of Daredevil and Ghost Rider, the man called Stunt-Master isn’t really a supervillain. He’s just been put in bad situations far too many times. His souped up motorcycle has a vast array of specialty devices provide him with an amazing arsenal as he keeps the highways of the Idaho (and much of the Great Plains) safe for its users. Based in Idaho, he often takes lengthy road trips around the U.S., using his amazing vehicle to protect innocents. So just how cool is his ride? Well, he’s built multiple versions of the cycle, which allow him to ride in any weather. He’s loaded it with non-lethal weapons to battle humans (and other creatures) and with still-more weapons designed to instantly shut down other vehicles. Likewise, he’s afforded himself the finest protection as he can activate an instant armor that pops up with the push of a button. Oh, and let’s not forget that he’s the best motorcycle drivein the world, and has been known to perform what seem like superhuman feats while on his hog. Yes, he’s Stunt-Master, and he rules the roads. (Stunt-Master was described by his creator as “a throw-away villain.” I say thee nay!)
Notes: Boy, am I pitching him or what? Well, back when he was created, he was Marvel’s version of Evel Kneivel. Nowadays, kids would think Evel’s just a boring guy in a Power Ranger suit. But load him up with an amazing stunt-bike, and you’ve got massive action toy potental in this one!

What’s “Relocating the Marvel Universe,” anyway? Well, check out the series hub, which includes a complete list of states here.


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