On the latest Superheroes, Villains and Sidekicks Show we look at one of Spidey’s oldest and most persistent baddies…Doc Ock! Here is a sample of the podcast via the transcript, just head over to itunes, google play, stitcher or right here on the site to listen. Excelsior!
Doc Ock Episode Partial Transcript
Hi, this week on The Heroes, Villains and Sidekicks Show we’ll be exploring the origin of one of Spiderman’s oldest and most dangerous foes, Otto Octavius, or as he’s non-affectionately known as…Doc Ock! What drove Otto to become one of Spidey’s deadliest foes coming back time after time, even back from the dead on more than one occasion. Not only did he come back from the dead, but he came back as Spider-man himself. Confused…well keep listening.
And that’s what we’ll be doing on the Heroes and Villains podcast, we’ll be learning and talking about the origins and backstories of heroes and villains throughout the comic book universe and pop culture. We’ll look at both popular you may think you know and obscure characters you may have never heard….but I think you’ll dig.
So let’s dig into the origin of Otto Octavius! But before we do I want to warn listeners that since we are delving into a character’s history, there will be spoilers. I had a few people say I should give a spoiler warning…so now you have been warned.
Doc Ock was created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko for Marvel comics and he first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #3 way back in 1963. Lee has told the story that he wanted to have a villain called octopus and that he have multiple arms, and volia Dock Ock was born.
Like many characters in the Marvel U in the 60’s, young Otto Octavius was born and raised in New York, not the city though, he was raised in Upstate NY in a town called Schenectady. I didn’t know that before I started my research on this character and thought it was pretty funny since my Aunt lived in Schenectady and I would visit there often.
His was the classic story of a child wunderkind raised by an overbearing and protective mother and a blue collar abusive father. Of course we didn’t know all of this back in his first appearance in 1963, but in later appearances we learn just how bad young Otto had it as a child.
Surviving his childhood Otto got to leave home when he was accepted to M.I.T. While at school his father was killed in an industrial accident where he worked. Otto’s overbearing smother used the death of her husband to completely cement herself as the center of Otto’s universe. At least she thought she was. But that relationship would be tested as Otto matured and came into his own.
Being a genius and having graduated from the most prestigious college for technology and engineering Otto landed a job at the U.S. Atomic Research Center. To aid him in his work with radioactive materials Otto designed and built a chest harness that controlled four mechanical arms that let him worked with these dangerous substances at a distance. This new look earned him the nickname Doctor Octopus from his fellow employees, and not affectionately. See Otto was not super popular at work, he was a bit arrogant and not very sociable traits that would continue throughout his life.