Mysterio is the name of three fictional character, all of which are supervillain and enemies of Spider-Man in the . The original Mysterio (Quentin Beck) was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appears in Amazing Spider-Man #13, although it was later retconned that the aliens seen in Amazing Spider-Man #2 had been Mysterio and his men in disguise; it was revealed that he had been hired by the Tinkerer to disguise himself as an extraterrestrial and uncover military and industrial secrets.
In 2009, Mysterio was ranked as IGN's 85th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.
Debuting in Amazing Spider-Man #13, Mysterio is Quentin Beck, a special effect wizard and stunt man working for a major Hollywood studio with dreams of making a name for himself in the film industry. However, he came to see his career in special effects as a dead-end job, but realized that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective supervillain.
In his first battle with Spider-Man, Mysterio obstructs the hero's spider-sense with gas and dissolves his webbing with a chemical abrasive. He later joins the Sinister Six in an attempt at revenge on Spider-Man. Mysterio later creates the alias of world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Ludwig Rinehart, using technology and hypnosis in an attempt to make Spider-Man lose his mind. Mysterio then establishes a brief partnership with the Wizard in a plot to kill Spider-Man and the Human Torch on a Hollywood movie set. He goes on to convince Spider-Man he is tall using a post-hypnotic suggestion.
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