Alex O'Hirn was a nerdy student at Midtown High School who seemed to have everything against him. In addition to being constantly picked on by Flash Thompson, the school bully, he lost an internship at OsCorp to Peter Parker. Sometime after, Alex somehow got his hands onto one of Doctor Octopus' samples of mutagenic animal DNA. O'Hirn ingested the sample to become the monstrous Rhino, and sought his revenge on Thompson
Rhino then trashed Flash's car and tracked him down to his home. Spider-Man and Power Man were barely able to stop the rampaging monster, and O'Hirn was taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody. Before he was taken away, however, Flash apologized for the years he bullied him.
Return of the Sinister Six
An armored Doctor Octopus and Lizard invaded Ryker's Island and reassembled the Sinister Six by armoring up Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, and Scorpion. The Sinister Six gave Spider-Man a hard time until Norman Osborn (in the Iron Patriot Armor) and the rest of Spider-Man's team arrived. While Spider-Man fought the Lizard, Iron Patriot fought Doctor Octopus while Spider-Man's team fought the other members of the Sinister Six. When the Sinister Six ended up combining their attacks to take down Iron Patriot, Doctor Octopus planned to inject Spider-Man with the Goblin Serum. Doctor Octopus then injected Norman Osborn with the Goblin Serum while Spider-Man restored Lizard back to Dr. Curt Connors. Norman Osborn became the Green Goblin and defeat Rhino and Octopus. Though Spider-Man had won against the Sinister Six, Green Goblin got away with the captive members of Spider-Man's team. After the Sinister Six were defeated, Dr. Connors thanked Spider-Man for saving him.
Spidey and Hulk were the last line of defense when a bitter battle between Agent Venom and Rhino threatened to destroy New York City. Spider-Man and Hulk were eventually able to reason with Rhino, causing him to give up his evil ways and join the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
Mind Control & De-powereing
While attending the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Rhino was somehow overcome by Ock's control, and was later forced to join the new 'Superior Sinister Six'. Spider-Man later saves and cures Rhino, through a de-powering serum created by Ock that was originally used to de-power Spider-Man. Despite being de-powered, O'Hirn was still able to continue his S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy training, even if he was not able to graduate along with his former New Warriors teammates.
- 'O'Hirn' is an anagram of Rhino.
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