So for today's edition of WTFWTT, I picked this guy:
yep, The Trapster, a.k.a. Paste Pot Pete.
Yeah, don't ask me what the hell Stan and Co. were thinking when they came up with this guy's name. Maybe the middle name's a clue;)
He'd be a perfect villain for Spider-Man if that show the Electric Company was still on.
First appearing in Strange Tales#104( Jan '64), Ol' Petey's origins, according to marvel.wikia.com is this:
"Peter Petruski was working as a research chemist in New York City when he invented an extremely adhesive "multi-polymer" liquid. Creating a paste-gun and calling himself Paste-Pot Pete, he decided to use his invention to commit crimes. Each time he was defeated by the Human Torch-- from his initial attempt at stealing a top-secret army missile"
Yep, that was and is his big ticket to fame: Developing really strong glue paste. Uh Petey Pete....they already have that. It's called Gorilla Glue. Sticks to anything. No, really, it does.
After getting his ass handed to him by the Human Torch and The Thing on two separate occasions, Pete changed his name to the Trapster in the hopes of probably not being laughed at too much and because he specialized in making traps. Didn't work apparently, nor has various stints with the evil opposite of the FF, The Frightful Four.
Even then all he got for his troubles were a knuckle sandwich from the Thing and an all-paid, expense free(well taxpayers pay for his stay) trip to the big house.
Personally, I think the guy should quit the villain racket and go legit. Either patent and sell his paste formula, or work for a corporation or firm that could use his trap-building expertise. Much like he did during Jeph Loeb/Carlos Pacheo's FF run, when he worked the Gideon Corporation.
Either that or work for the feds. God knows they'd love to have a freak like that on the payroll.