This’ll Just Sting a Little

14 Titles Suggesting Marvel’s Writers Apparently Remembered Only One Thing About Scorpions From Their High School Biology Class

“This thing on (tap tap)? [Draws on cigarette] Okay, so, yeah, I knew taking on the Scorpion role meant I might be limiting myself as a villain. But the chance to become one of Spider-Man’s super-villains — maybe even his arch-villain — man, you just don’t say no to that. The kid was hot back then, and I was ready to ride his wagon to the stars, man.”

“But then my stories were always given titles like ‘Sting of the Scorpion’ or ‘The Scorpion Stings at Midnight.’ And I kept saying to the writers, dudes, I’m not just a one-trick super-villain, y’know? I don’t care if your readers only know one thing about scorpions. I got super-strength, dig? And I can climb walls! I’ve even got my own ‘scorpion-sense’ to compete against Spider-Man’s spider-sense! And did you know I even once upgraded my tail so that it spewed acid? You ever see a real scorpion in the wild that could spit acid?”

“[Draws on cigarette] Man, those writers… they don’t know nothin’. I ain’t some two-bit Spider-Man animal villain who’s only about the stinging. I’ve got range, man… (sniff) and I got feelings, too.”


1. “The Scorpion’s Sting!” 
Kid Colt Outlaw #115 (03/64)

2. “The Sting of the Scorpion”
Captain America #122 (02/70)

3. “The Scorpion Stings But Once!”
The Amazing Spider-Man #145 (06/75)

4. “Scorpion… Where Is Thy Sting?”
The Amazing Spider-Man #146 (07/75)

5. “A Savage Sting Has — the Scorpion!”
Marvel Team-Up #106 (06/81)

6. “Sting Your Partner” 
The Amazing Spider-Man #318 (08/89)

7. “Invasion of the Spider-Slayers, Part Three: Life Stings!”
The Amazing Spider-Man #370 (12/92)


8. “Sting of Death!” 
The Shroud #2 (03/94)

9. “The Sting of the Scorpion!”
Spider-Man Adventures #2 (01/95)

10. “The Sting of Conscience!”
Spider-Man Unlimited #13 (08/96)

11. “Sting of the Scorpion!”
Spider-Man Unlimited #22 (11/98)

12. “Scorpion Sting! Hulk Smash!”
Incredible Hulk #87 (11/2005)

13. “The Sting!” 
The Amazing Spider-Man #626 (05/2010)

14. “The Sting That Never Goes Away”
The Amazing Spider-Man #651 (02/2011)

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