Like a bad penny, New York?s most shocking crook-for-hire, the Shocker, always seems to turn up. With an ear out for any and every criminal scheme that might turn a profit, the Shocker has been a constant thorn in the side of Spider-Man and other Big Apple-based Super Heroes for a long, long time. Greed drives this engineer-turned-outlaw, and with the help of his vibro-shock gloves, he is the bane of banks and armor cars throughout the five boroughs.
Born Herman Schultz, the man who would become the Shocker dropped out of high school, intent on using his self-taught brilliance in the field of engineering for a fast payday. Schultz immediately fell into a life of crime, opting to pursue robbery, burglary, and safe-cracking as get-rich-quick endeavors.
Eventually, during his third stint in prison, Schultz would use tools and parts found during his assigned work in the prison machine shop to covertly manufacture a weapon that could emit intense vibrational waves. Using his new toy to tear down a prison wall, Schultz escaped and?after wearing a padded costume and mask designed to protect himself from the vibrations he created?anointed himself the Shocker.
Modifying his weapon into a pair of gloves, Schultz would set his sights on stealing lots of cash and destroying safes and vaults with the click of his gauntlets. It was during this initial spree that he would encounter Spider-Man for the first time, notably defeating the Web-slinger in their introductory fight.
Shocker is a gifted engineer and inventor?innovative when it comes to any tech that can help him achieve his goal of running off with massive amounts of loot. His trademark vibro-gloves, which can be activated with thumb switches on each hand when he makes a fist, emit a series of high-pressure air blasts that deliver a powerful vibrating concussive force. With them, he can unleash vibrational punches that can crumble structures, break into safes, stop vehicles, fell foes, and generally cause chaos and destruction all around him.