Dr. Octopus

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Cover to Spectacular Spider-Man #78 (May 1983), showing a "classic" Doctor Octopus. Art by Al Milgrom.

Doctor Octopus is the super villain stage name of singing legend Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), whose nickname was the "Big O." Orbison was an influential American singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll, whose recording career spanned more than four decades until he faked his own death in 1988 after designing four powerful mechanical appendages.


Doctor Octopus, who prefers to be called "Doc Ock," was born to his same-sex parents, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. After becoming Doc Ock, the artist formerly known as Orbison turned to crime in an effort to disprove the old adage that such activity does not pay, amassing a fortune in ill-gotten gains and incurring the enmity of Spider-Man, his arch-enemy, who, despite great power and responsibility, a fabulous costume, and a gorgeous wife named Mary Jane, never accumulated a fortune as either a freelance photographer or a webheaded crimefighter.

Matricidal Heterosexual[edit]

Highly intelligent, Doc Ock was a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, inventor, lecturer, and heterosexual (he had a girlfriend whom he wanted to marry). When his mother disapproved of his intended bride, Doc Ock committed matricide by causing her to suffer a fatal heart attack.

Brilliant Inventor[edit]

As a comic book scientist, he invented mechanical arms to help him handle radioactive materials during experiments he conducted regarding atomic physics. An explosive accident caused the tentacles that had been attached to a harness that fit around his body to meld with his abdomen and the radiation (or possibly his own latent mutation) mutated his brain so that he could control the movement of the arms using his thoughts. The tentacles were later surgically removed from his body, but he retained the power to control them telepathically from a great distance. All he lacked now was an aquarium to serve as his home.


Between crimes, Doctor Octopus makes cameo appearances in motion pictures and animated films and has been caricatured in comic books online and in print, as this partial filmography indicates:

  • As Professor Squid, in the webcomic The Wotch, by Anne Onymous and Robin Ericson
  • As an adolescent, in the web comic Boy Genius, with his teenage friend, Spider-man
  • In a Dead Ringers sketch
  • In a humorous appearance as a cartoon character in the South Park episode "Krazy Kripples", as a member of Christopher Reeve's Legion of Doom
  • On the episode of Archie's Weird Mysteries' "Supreme Girl vs. Dr. Arachnid" as the source of inspiration for Dr. Arachnid
  • As Gorgon of DC Comics' The Extremists
  • In the flash animation cartoon The Ultimate Showdown
  • In Alan Moore's Top Ten, as an octopus wearing a doctor's uniform
  • In the Italian cartoon Winx Club, as a pixie Doc Ock impersonator
  • As Robot Dick, in Channel 101's superhero comedy Laser Fart
  • In the cartoon Spongebob SquarePants as a supervillain named "Doctor Octofish"
  • In an episode of Codename: Kids Next Door, as a parody of himself, named Scarves, who uses her scarves in the same manner Octavius uses his tentacles.