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Silvermane was an elderly crimelord who once admired the Kingpin, but came to despise him as he continued to fail to destroy Spider-Man, the biggest threat to New York City's crime cartel. He was kidnapped by the Kingpin's Insidious Six after Silvermane announced war on the Kingpin for once again failing to destroy Spider-Man. Spider-Man, who was unaware that the old man was a crimelord, saved him, and defeated the Six.[1]

Silvermane was obsessed with the secret of youth and immortality. Silvermane got the Tablet of Time. He then used his daughter Alisa to infiltrate Dr. Curt Connors' research; she did so using the alias of Alisa Silvers, and then she managed to kidnap Connors and his wife. The Tablet was not a formula for a bio-chemical compound, but a radioactive artifact that, when activated by the proper sunlight, bathed Silvermane in green light and transformed him into a young man who fought the Lizard (Connors' alter ego) and then, transformed into a baby. The Lizard's body reacted differently to the radiation and he became human again.[2]

Soon afterwards, Hammerhead, working for the Kingpin, stole the Tablet (although Connors wanted to use it to stabilize Spider-Man's mutations), but Kingpin, due to personal problems, orders Hammerhead to get rid of the Tablet. Hammerhead then sold the Tablet to an old man,[3] who used the Tablet and transform back and forth in age uncontrollably.[4]

It turned out that "Baby" Silvermane had retained his adult intellect and, working alongside Alisa, hired Alistair Smythe to kidnap Spider-Man's friend and associate the Black Cat and then blackmailed Spider-Man to kidnap the Scorpion. "Baby Silvermane" wanted to use the genetically-mutated Scorpion to combine his genetic structure with that of a scorpion, and then swap bodies with Spider-Man.

However, the Scorpion was trying to go straight alongside the Vulture, one of the originators of his own mutations. The Vulture wanted to use Silvermane's lab to become young again and forever. During the neo-genic transfer, the Vulture attacked and this allowed Spider-Man, the Black Cat, and Scorpion to escape. Silvermane and the Vulture fought in an energy exchange in the neo-genic transfer. As a result, the Vulture became young full time, but Silvermane reverted to his elderly self (much to his chagrin).[5]

Silvermane as a baby.

Powers and Abilities


Seemingly those of the Silvio Manfredi of Earth-616.




  • In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Silvermane was voiced by Jeff Corey in his old form, Townsend Coleman in his youth form, Matthew McCurley in his child form, and Cannon Young in his baby form.

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