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|First appearance||The Spectacular Spider-Man #24 (Nov. 1978)|
|Created by||Bill Mantlo|
|Alter ego||Antoine Delsoin|
|Team affiliations||The Mercy Killers|
|Abilities||Hypnosis via specialized guitar|
Knockout gas projection
Retractable knives in the soles
The Hypno-Hustler is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe. Created by Bill Mantlo and Frank Springer, the character first appeared in The Spectacular Spider-Man #24.
Fictional character biography
Antoine Desloin is the lead singer of the Mercy Killers going by the name of Hypno-Hustler. He and his band were scheduled to perform at a nightclub called "Beyond Forever." When the club's manager catches Hypno-Hustler robbing his safe, Hypno-Hustler used his hypnotic equipment on the manager. When it came to perform, Hypno-Hustler and his band used their hypnotizing equipment on the audience in a plan to rob them as well. Peter Parker was at the club at the time and changed into Spider-Man. During the fight, Spider-Man discovered that Hypno-Hustler's headphones protected him from his own hypnotic music. Spider-Man managed to remove them from Hypno-Hustler causing him to become a victim of his own hypnosis. When the audience was free of the hypnosis, Hypno-Hustler and his Mercy Killers were webbed up and left for the police.
During the "Origin of the Species" storyline, Hypno-Hustler comes into the police station wanting help as Spider-Man is on a rampage against the villains ever since Menace's baby was stolen from her by the Chameleon.
Powers and abilities
The Hypno-Hustler can perform hypnosis with the aid of his guitar, and when teamed with his backup band, The Mercy Killers, can perform mass hypnosis. His boots can emit knockout gas on demand, and have retractable knives in the soles.
House of M
In the alternate future Spider-Man: Reign as conceived by Kaare Andrews, in which many superheroes had grown old and retired, Hypno-Hustler is an aged supervillain, now sympathizing with Spider-Man. Realizing that Spider-Man is coming out of retirement and the Reign will be challenged, he attempts to help by using his old hypno-music from a boombox to distract Reign officers and encourage citizens to revolt. However, his boombox loses power and the Reign officers swiftly retaliate with deadly force, killing him immediately.
In other media
Hypno-Hustler appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. In "Some Assembly Required", his head can be seen as part of the escaped criminals that are supposed to be hunted down by the Avengers. In "This Hostage Earth", Hawkeye tries to remember Chemistro's name, and mentions Hypno-Hustler, along with Paste Pot Pete, as one of his likely names.
- Hypno-Hustler is mentioned in the console versions of Spider-Man: Friend or Foe. When Spidey faces Rhino, he says "They're really scraping the bottom of the villain barrel now. Who's next, Hypno-Hustler?" Rhino then comments "I'll Hypno-Hustle you."
- Hypno-Hustler made a physical appearance in the PlayStation 2 and PSP versions of Spider-Man: Web of Shadows. He is an assist character who will vanquish all of the enemies in the area by his guitar.
The Hypno-Hustler has received negative reviews as a supervillain. Sometimes being ranked as one of the worst supervillains in comic books due to its outdated 1970s camp factor. ShortList ranked Hypno-Hustler as the second worst supervillain of all time. Meanwhile, heavy.com listed him as one of the 20 worst supervillains. CraveOnline put Hypno-Hustler at number three of the five Spider-Man villains you will never see in theaters describing him as "a recurring joke in the Marvel Universe for decades". Tony Wilson of Dorkly referenced him as one of Spider-Man's "Dumbest Forgotten Villains" in his "Today in Nerd History" sketch comedy video.
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- Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #19.HU. Marvel Comics.
- House of M: Avengers #1. Marvel Comics.
- Spider-Man: Reign #2. Marvel Comics.
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- Bibbiani, William. "Five Spider-Man Villains You Will NEVER See in Theaters". craveonline.com. CraveOnline. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
- Wilson, Tony. "Spiderman villains we hope don't show up in the next movie". Dorkly. CollegeHumor. Retrieved 20 June 2015.