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|Full name:||Peter Ross|
|First Appearance:||Marvel Versus DC #3 (April, 1996)|
|Created by:|| Karl Kasel|
|Place of Birth:||Unknown; Laboratory|
Peter Parker was a head scientist at Project Cadmus, who also doubled as the Superhero, Spider-Man. While attempting to create a clone from the DNA of Super-Soldier (an individual possessing all of the powers, and some elements from both Captain America & Superman), Peter was killed in a lab accident, and the ensuing explosion damaged the cloning technology. The Cloning Apparatus fell on top of Peter's corpse, and as a result, a 12 year old clone of Peter emerged from the wreckage.The head of the project, General Thunderbolt Ross, felt sorry for the clone, and responsible for the boy's welfare. Ross legally adopted him (giving the boy the last name of Ross) and names him Peter (after his genetic template). Peter and his "Uncle Gen" were a happy family until General Ross is killed by a mugger. Peter swears that he will face danger and make himself the center of attention so others wouldn't have to be, feeling he had been dismissed as just a boy during the incident. Inspired by his spider-like abilities, he fashions a costume and called himself Spider-Boy.
Spider-Boy later returns to Project Cadmus. As a Cadmus agent, Spider-Boy is assigned to battle genetic monstrosities. Spider-Boy faces many perils, such as giant reptilian killers and alien Symbiotes.
Powers & Abilities
Spider-Boy's primary power is the ability to redirect his own personal gravity, allowing him to shift the pull of gravity sideways and walk on walls. He can redirect it inward and boost his strength to superhuman levels, or lower his own gravity to leap higher and farther than a normal human. As Peter Parker's clone, Ben Reilly possesses powers identical to those of Spider-Man. Like all of Peter's other clones, he does not set off Peter's or any of Peter's other clones' Spider-Sense's, and they also do not set his Spider-Sense off.
- Web-Shooter Gun: A pistol that fires streams of synthetic webbing for the purposes of entangling enemies, or firing web-lines to swing from.
- The character not only combines attributes of Spider-Man and Superboy (Pre and Post-Crisis), but his secret identity of Peter Ross is a reference to Superboy's best friend in Smallville. The name also name reflects Ben Reilly's fashion of naming himself, being a composite name inspired by the two most significant influences in his life. Both clones also alter their hair color to distinguish themselves from Peter.