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Hey, all you mighty Marvelites out there! We thought we’d get a little hammy for the final installment of our four-week-long tribute to the amazing animals of the Marvel Universe (read the Cosmo, Ratatoskr, and Jeff the Land Shark editions now!)--what? You think we’re adding a bit too much pork to this peerless, pulse-pounding package of perfidy?
Well, you’d be right! How else could we slip in a little surprise solicitude for the one, the only Spider-Ham?
Ah-ha, now we’ve got your attention, True Believers! That’s right: Peter Porker returns in the all-new SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, and a pig in a poke fits nicely into our titanic theme…
So as they say, let’s take a roll in the mud and see what comes out in the laundry, eh?
Didja Know… Spider-Ham isn’t a pig at all?
Sure, he looks like a prize ham and all, even has the snout to prove it, but in reality—which reality we’re not sure—he was born a spider!
It all occurred in MARVEL TAILS STARRING PETER PORKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-HAM many Marvel moons ago now, but we remember it like it was just yesterday. Peter the spider lived in the basement of a snappy scientist named May Porker who’d invented a kind of atomic hairdryer thingie and tried to try it out on herself, but as things go in a world of anthropomorphic animals, instead of terrific tresses she got irradiated.
And then she bit Peter.
Peter, of course, turned into a pig, but not just any pig! He became a pig with the proportional strength of a spider! From there he did what any red-blooded spider-turned-pig would do: dress up in a costume and fight crime. Don’t say you wouldn’t, Charlie! Anyhow, from there ol’ Spider-Ham gained a whole bunch of enemies like Ducktor Doom, the Green Gobbler, the Buzzard, Bull-Frog, and our personal favorite, King-Pig.
You might say he brought the hammer down on a whole hamper of ham-fisted hamburger-heads.
Didja Know… Spider-Ham first met Spider-Man when he joined the Spider-Army?
Our pal Peter Parker woke up to a world of woes in the now classic AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (2014) #9 and knowledge of not one, not two, not even ten universes full of fearless Spider-Men—Mans?—but infinite realities of ‘em! And one of those universes just happened to belong to, yep, you guessed it…Spider-Ham.
Peter Porker arrived alongside such allies as Spider-Man UK, Spider-Man 2099, and even the Spider-Girl of an alternate future, and just in time, too. Seems a gruesome ghoulie named Morlun and his fearful family the Inheritors liked to trip around the universes killing Spider-folk, and this was enough to bring Parker and Porker together to make bacon out of ‘em.
And they did.
Didja Know… Spider-Ham died and came back to life when he met Deadpool?
We know what you’re saying and we totally get: Doesn’t Deadpool slay everybody with his manic mirth and mercenary mouth? Well, sure, Sally-Lou, but we mean that Peter Porker, the dear boy, really died and came back in DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? (2016) #4!
See, it all started when someone started slipping a mickey to all the frantically funny characters in the Marvel Universe, starting with Forbush-Man…and then it all went downhill from there and…hmm.
Maybe you’d better just check this one out for yourself. You Spider-Ham fans among us will thank us!
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