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Billy Connors
Billy Connors as Lizard Jr. as seen in The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #16.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Amazing Spider-Man #6 (Nov. 1963)
Created byStan Lee (writer)
Steve Ditko (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoWilliam Connors
SpeciesHuman Mutate
Team affiliationsNew U Technologies
Notable aliasesLizard Jr.
AbilitiesAs a lizard:
  • Superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability, and reflexes
  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Hardened scale-like skin
  • Razor-sharp claws and teeth
  • 6-foot-long tail capable of shattering concrete

William "Billy" Connors is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is usually depicted as a supporting character of Spider-Man, and the son of Dr. Curt Connors, also known as the Lizard. Much of his character's story deals with the trauma of his father's uncontrollable powers. Billy was later injected with Curt's Lizard Formula to cure him of a deadly virus, which also mutated him into an anthropomorphic lizard.

Publication history

The character was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #6 (November 1963).

Fictional character biography

Billy was born in Florida to Curt and Martha Connors, the former of whom is a biologist. The family moved to New York City so that Curt could continue his research in limb regrowth. The result was that Curt transformed into the Lizard and chased Billy in an attempt to eat him. Luckily, Billy was rescued by Spider-Man who turned his father back to normal with the antidote to the Lizard Formula.[1]

During a major story arc, Martha and Billy were kidnapped by the Maggia branch led by Silvermane who wanted Curt to decipher an ancient tablet. Once again, Curt transformed into the Lizard and it took the combined effort Spider-Man and the Human Torch save Martha and Billy who were happily reunited with a cured Curt.[2]

At one point, Billy was kidnapped by the villain Stegron who demanded that Curt aid him in reviving a dinosaur army. Spider-Man and Lizard fought Stegron and saved Billy from a terrible fate.[3]

Curt eventually chose to leave his family greatly saddening Billy and Martha.[4]

However, Curt came back and turned Billy into another lizard creature dubbed Lizard Jr., but the two were captured and turned back to normal by Spider-Man.[5]

Sometime later, Curt mentions that Martha and Billy contracted cancer. Martha died while Billy survived, but was forced to live with his aunt.[6]

During The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt storyline, Curt lost custody of Billy. Lizard later devoured Billy resulting in Lizard becoming a creature called the Shed.[7]

In a lead-up to the Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy storyline, Billy was revived by Ben Reilly's Jackal appearance, along with Martha, to motivate Curt to work for him.[8] When New U Technologies suddenly breaks out in a melee, Billy and Martha are taken away by Curt, who claims that he can cure them of the Carrion Virus.[9] Billy and Martha are injected with the Lizard Formula, which saves their lives, but also mutates them into anthropomorphic lizards.[10]

While Billy and his family have begun to live peacefully in the sewers, getting occasional friendly visits from Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, he has started to openly talk of his longing to visit the outside world and attend a regular school; adding that kids with unusual appearances and abilities have begun going as well. Despite this, his father angrily rebuffs his pleas and he, in turn, has started to rebel.[11]

During the Hunted storyline, Billy is later captured and used as a hostage by Kraven the Hunter as part of Kraven's efforts to test his cloned "offspring" Last Son of Kraven and provoke Spider-Man into becoming the "hunter" Kraven feels his enemy should be. When trapped in a cage with Curt, Spider-Man learns that Curt took Billy to Doctor Strange after his resurrection, who confirmed that, for reasons he cannot understand (both unaware Reilly's "reanimation" method had restored the souls of all those cloned of the deceased), Billy is not "just" a clone of the original one, but is actually Billy's soul reborn in his cloned body, driving Curt to be willing to take any measures necessary to protect his son.[12]

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, Billy lives with his mother due to her divorcing Curt.[13]

What If?

In an issue of What If? that asks "What If Spider-Man Killed the Lizard?", Billy learns that his father was the Lizard and swears revenge on Spider-Man for murdering him. Billy intentionally amputates his arm to be like his father and is later visited by Calypso who gives him an elixir that transforms him into another lizard monster.[14]

In other media

Television

Film

Billy Connors appears in a deleted scene that was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man, portrayed by Miles Elliot.[17]

References

  1. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #6. Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #74-77. Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #165-166. Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #311-313. Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ The Sensational Spider-Man vol. 2 #23-27. Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Spider-Man: Quality of Life #4. Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #631. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 4 #4. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ The Clone Conspiracy #5. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ The Clone Conspiracy Omega #1. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 5 #14-15. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man vol. 5 #21. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #10. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ What If? vol. 2 #53. Marvel Comics.
  15. ^ Richardson, Bob (director); Gerry Conway, Stan Berkowitz, John Semper (writer) (November 19, 1994). "Night of the Lizard". Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Season 1. Episode 1. Fox Kids.
  16. ^ Bullock, Dave (director); Matt Wayne (writer) (March 15, 2008). "Natural Selection". The Spectacular Spider-Man. Season 1. Episode 3. Kids WB.
  17. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "DR CURT CONNORS AND HIS SON BILLY [DELETED SCENE] THE AMAZING SPIDER MAN". YouTube.