John Jameson (Marvel)
John Jameson is a male comic character that features in Marvel Comics.
John Jonah Jameson III or John Jameson was the son of J. Jonah Jameson and his first wife Joan Jameson with their child being born in New York. His father was the publisher of the Daily Bugle and watched proudly as his son matured to become one of the youngest applicants of NASA's astronaut program. John piloted a shuttle in his first mission into orbit but during re-entry to Earth the Forward Guidance Package of the capsule broke off casing it to spin out of control. During the descent, the newly operating superhero known as Spider-Man was present on the scene where he saved the younger Jameson by attaching a replacement guidance module to the craft. With it, John was able to steer the capsule on a controlled landing and was safe as a result. As the public praised Spider-Man, Jonah Jameson resented the attention to what he perceived as a vigilante was getting instead of his son and make his first editorial denouncement of the hero. On a further space mission, Jameson was contracted by an unknown form of virus during a space walk. Following his return to Earth, he began to exhibit superhuman strength as a side effect of the exposure. Unable to control his strength, he was provided a special body suit by scientists at NASA who designed it. to keep his power under control. During this time, it appeared that Spider-Man was behind a bank robbery and J. Jonah Jameson managed to convince his son to use his strength to subdue the web-slinger and reasoned that John could be declared a public hero for the service. John agreed but was defeated by Spider-Man during their first encounter. It was only later that Jonah learnt that Spider-Man was innocent and tried to convince his son not to engage the hero in a fight. However, John Jameson was eater for a rematch as he resented his earlier defeat at the hands of Spider-Man. During their second fight, Spider-Man managed to neutralize the virus that was within John's body through a high dosage of electricity which turn the younger Jameson back to normal.
Colonel Jameson came to accept Captain America's offer to join the support staff of the Avengers as a pilot.(Captain America v1 #358)
He was later selected for a flight mission for the new Horizon Labs designed Vertex shuttle that was to be launched from the Andru Air Force Base. His father and grandfather both were present to witness the launch when it came under attack from Alistair Smythe and his Insect Army who were seeking revenge against J. Jonah Jameson. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #652)
During the attack, Marla Jameson was killed at Smythe's hands with a funeral held for her. John Jameson was unable to attend the funeral due to him still being on his mission at Apogee-1 station. Unknown to him, hundreds of Octobots arrived where they took over the station. Jameson had managed to evade capture and remained on the run on Apogee-1. He later saved Spider-Man and Johnny Storm from Octobots that swarmed the pair when they had come to the station to save the crew. (Amazing Spider-Man v1 #680)
Colonel Jameson was part of the task force that sought to bring Carnage into custody. (Carnage v2 #1)
Despite this, he remained as the Man-Wolf and came to be recruited by King T'Challa's Agents of Wakanda who were a support crew for the newest incarnation of the Avengers that were based at Avengers Mountain. Agent Jameson was tasked with space operations where he was sent to help recover the broken shards of the Bifrost bridge for Odin so that it could be reassembled. (Avengers v8 #12)
He was next dispatched to investigate the town of Doverton a year after its experience with Carnage after learning a number of deaths occurring in the area. Jameson was sent by the organization where he discovered people formerly possessed by the Carnage Symbiote the year prior had been turning up dead with their spines ripped from their body. There was a connection to a new faith called the Church of the New Darkness where Jameson discovered it to be a group that was led b Carnage who were seeking the return of the dark god [[Knull (Marvel)|Knull]. As Man-Wolf, he was possessed by the Carnage Symbiote but upon awakening he was discovered with partial amnesia ia by Misty Knight who had been sent to find out Jameson's findings when he briefly disappeared. (Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage v1 #1)
Jameson was commanded to kill Misty where he resisted long enough to allow other heroes to save her. Knight then managed to get Jameson to fight the Carnage virus in him and turn against the Demagoblin. This allowed Cloak then to teleport all the heroes along with Jameson to safety. He was then given treatment to cure him of the Carnage infection with him returning back to normal. (Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors v1 #3)
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- John Jameson was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko where he made his first appearance in the Amazing Spider-Man v1 #1 (March, 1963).
- He would feature as the Man-Wolf in Amazing Spider-Man v1 #124 (September, 1973).
- In Spider-Force v1 #2 (2018), an alternate version of John Jameson was shown in the Multiverse on a world designated as Earth-3145. This version was on a space launch mission when the radioactive spider entered his space suit and bit him turning him into Astro-Spider. His world faced a great cataclysm that left its surface irradiated and most of the population dead with Jameson along with a few survivors operating from a space station in orbit.
- In Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider v1 #6 (2019), an alternate reality version of John Jameson who was shown to inhabit the world of Spider-Gwen in the Multiverse that was designated as Earth-65. This version was a crime lord who could transform into a werewolf with him engaging in a plot to take down Spider-Woman.
In other media
- In Spider-Man: The Animated Series, the character made an appearance in the episode "The Alien Costume" where he was voiced by Michael Horton. He was shown as an astronaut that was onboard a space shuttle that explored a passing asteroid. They exploration led to the discovery of Promethium X and the Venom Symbiote that snuck onboard the shuttle causing it to crash into New York. The Rhino was dispatched to acquire the Prometheium X with Spider-Man saving Jameson for recovery with him being taken to a hospital. John's father J. Jonah Jameson would see his son who disoriented mention Spider-Man fighting 'a guy in a rhino suit'. Shocker would later abduct John Jameson from the hospital to draw Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson to an abandoned church. Whilst there, Jonah would manage to take his son to safety where he recovered allowing him to visit the Daily Bugle in a wheelchair where he was welcomed by the staff.
- In Spider-Man Unlimited, the character made an appearance in a supporting role during the series where he was voiced by John Payne though the vocal effects as the Man-Wolf were made by Scott McNeil. He was shown as the astronaut selected to pilot the shuttle Solaris-1 after the discovery of Counter-Earth where Jameson was sent to explore the other world. His ship would crash on Counter-Earth where he was captured by the Beastials and taken to the High Evolutionary. Once there, he was tagged for tracking and the High Evolutionary conducted experiments that filled him with Beastial fluids to turn him into a werewolf-style creature named the Man-Wolf. However, before the process could be completed, the Human Revolution arrived and freed him whereby he quickly became the leader of this resistance force though his experiences made him colder and more bitter. When Spider-Man arrived on Counter-Earth, Jameson would seek him out as an ally and refuse to return to Earth until he had overthrown the High Evolutionary who had kept mankind on this world as second-class citizens.
- In Spectacular Spider-Man, the character made an appearance in a number of episodes where he was voiced by actor Daran Norris. He was shown as being an Air Force Colonel and a shuttle astronaut. His father J. Jonah Jameson planned on writing an article on how John saved New York City by finding the bomb planted by the Green Goblin though his son would say that any investigation would pull him from the coming space mission. On the mission, his shuttle malfunctions after being hit by an asteroid and it nearly crashes though John was able to safely land it though was unaware that the alien Symbiote was onboard the craft. This incident also led to J. Jonah Jameson being angry that the news headlines were more focused on Spider-Man's battle with the Green Goblin than his son's survival which led him to declare Spider-Man a menace. In the episode "Growing Pains", it was shown that the Symbiote contained alien spores possibly native to a high gravity world similar to Jupiter that had infected John Jameson. This caused his transformation into a much larger, heavier and stronger being as the spores multiplied despite attempts by Dr. Curt Conners to find a means to eradicate the spores. It was discovered that there was limited success in destroying some spores with electricity but they were not eliminated. For the now superhuman John Jameson, Conners gave a special suit that regulated his strength. At the time, Venom was masquerading as Spider-Man and framing him with J. Jonah Jameson offering to put his son as the hero to defeat the wall crawler and styled him as a superhero named Colonel Jupiter. He would move to help innocents trapped within a burning building and attempt to get Spider-Man arrested though the wall crawler escaped. At this point, the spores had begun to affect John Jameson mentally causing him to fixate on Spider-Man. Venom, as Spider-Man, would attack Jameson sending him into a age to pursue Spider-Man. During the fight, Spider-Man learnt that a high amount of electricity would destroy he spores and he tricked John Jameson into being hit by 2,000,000 volts of electricity that destroyed the alien infection returning him physically to normal. John Jameson was later admitted to Ravencroft where he was craving the power given to him by the spores and led to him being sedated by the staff.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, John Jameson made an appearance in the episode "The Man-Wolf" where he was voiced by actor Nolan North. He was the astronaut son of J. Jonah Jameson where he went to supervise the construction of a Daily Bugle Communications space station on the Moon. During this time, the construction crew uncovered evidence of a highly advanced civilization that once resided on the Moon where a study of the remains uncovered strange jewels left behind. One of these jewels came to embed itself into John Jameson's chest and transformed him into the feral Man-Wolf.
- In Spider-Man, John Jameson appeared in the animated television series where he was voiced by actor Josh Keaton. He was shown as being a young scientific student at the Osborn Academy where he discovered a lunar crystal that could emit radiation and trigger a persons transformation into the Man-Wolf. Norman Osborn tasked Jameson with testing of the crystal but told him to leave out his laboratory partner Harry Osborn. Jameson conducted his experiment where he bonded with the crystal and transformed into the Man-Wolf but lost his faculties as he went feral and sought out Harry in an attempt to cure him. This brought him into conflict with both Spider-Man and the Hulk where the Man-Wolf was shown to be able to absorb the latter's gamma radiation. Scratches from the Man-Wolf were also shown to be able to transform others into werewolf-like creatures.
- In Spider-Man 2, John Jameson made an appearance in a supporting role where he was played by actor Daniel Gillies. He was shown as being the son of J. Jonah Jameson who was an astronaut that was notable for being the first an to play football on the Moon. John managed to develop a quick relationship with actress Mary Jane Watson following a strain in her friendship with Peter Parker. Afterwards, he would propose to her and she would accept leading to their wedding day being set. However, she would not marry Jameson and instead left him in the altar for Peter Parker after she learnt that she did not love John but instead loved Parker
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