The Lizard

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The Lizard (Dr. Curt Connors) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe and enemy of Spider-Man. The Lizard first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #6 (November 1963), and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. In 2009, the Lizard was named IGN's 62nd Greatest Villain of All Time.

Curtis Connors was born in Coral Gables, Florida. He was a gifted surgeon who enlisted in the army and was sent off to war. He performed emergency battlefield surgery on wounded GIs, but his right arm was injured in a blast and had to be amputated. After his return to civilian life as a research technologist, Connors became obsessed with uncovering the secrets of reptilian limb regeneration and studied reptilian biology extensively. From his home in the Florida Everglades, and the help of war buddy Ted Sallis, he finally developed an experimental serum taken from reptilian DNA. He successfully regrew the missing limb of a rabbit and then, despite the warnings of his wife Martha, chose to test it on himself. Connors ingested the formula and his missing arm did indeed grow back. The formula had a side effect; Connors was subsequently transformed into a reptilian humanoid monster. Spider-Man discovered this situation during a trip to Florida to investigate newspaper reports of the Lizard. Spidey was then able to use Connors' notes to create an antidote to restore him to his human form and mentality.

Later, Curt Connors relocated to New York City. He was able to repay Spider-Man by developing a formula to save May Parker's life after Peter Parker had given his aunt his radioactive blood during a transfusion, unintentionally putting her in mortal peril. It later became clear that the success of Connors' apparent cure from the Lizard persona was short-lived. A repeating pattern occurred, with stress or a chemical reaction turning Connors into the Lizard, Spider-Man fighting him, and then forming some kind of temporary cure to reverse the transformation until the next time. A second personality had formed with the Lizard, one with the familiar goal shared by many villains of taking over the world. The Lizard envisioned a world where all humans had been transformed into (or replaced by) super-reptiles like himself. Despite the Lizard's overall hatred of humans, he was often shown to be unwilling to harm his wife Martha or young son Billy.

As Connors, he aided Spider-Man in defeating the Rhino by developing a formula to dissolve the Rhino's costume, but accidentally transformed himself into the Lizard due to exposure to the chemicals needed to create the formula- some of which had been used to create the Lizard serum- and was restored by Spider-Man. Connors was later kidnapped and forced to create a rejuvenation serum for Silvermane. However, the stress from this caused Connors to transform, the Lizard battled Spider-Man and the Human Torch, and was then restored to normal once again by Spider-Man.

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Result Opponent A Score   B Score
Win Killer Croc 63 to 46
Tie Kraven the Hunter 56 to 56
Win Man-Bat 74 to 27
Loss Daredevil 23 to 60
Win Prince Zuko 70 to 25
Loss Iron Man 22 to 83
Loss Sabretooth 34 to 47
Loss Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter 48 to 55
Loss Donatello (TMNT) 41 to 42
Win Killer Croc 55 to 25
Win Wolf Predator 19 to 15
Loss Killer Croc 11 to 18
Loss Scarface Predator 14 to 19
Loss Killer Croc 12 to 14
Loss Captain America 8 to 15
Loss Batman & Robin 9 to 19
Win Man-Bat 21 to 5
Loss Elder Predator 17 to 20
Win Bane 19 to 12
Win Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter 12 to 7
Win The Scorpion (Mac Gargan) 17 to 6
Loss Black Panther 15 to 16
Loss Killer Croc Alien 8 to 11
Loss Deathstroke 13 to 34
Loss Frosty The Snowman 12 to 15