First incarnation was Anton Miguel Rodriguez appearing in Amazing Spider-Man #134 (July 1974). Meant to be a South American version of Captain America, he went up against Spidey and the Punisher with his band of hijackers. With his razor steel tip feet, he proved to be a dangerous opponent. He has even faced off with Captain America.
Eventually mutating into a monstrous arachnid creature due to an experiment to augment his power, he committed suicide in a hail of police bullets. Several others have taken the mantle of TARANTULA and the name lives on but the original has been captured in the Marvel Spider-man figure collection here.
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