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The Iguana has the full power of the Lizard, with a few minor variations. He has superhuman strength, durability, etc.
Curt Connors, aka the Lizard, attempted to use his own invention, the Enervator, to uncover the method by which reptiles are able to regenerate severed limbs. Surprisingly enough, when he used it to experiment on a marine iguana, things backfired. The Enervator transferred the energy of the Lizard persona into the iguana, causing it to take on a humanoid reptillian form, as well as the Lizard's powers and memories.
The Iguana hypnotized Connors to forget what had happened. It would stalk at night and return to is original size and cage by day. However, while in the accompany of some ESU and graduate students to the Bronx Zoo, the Iguana caused Connors to take it into a dark house for reptiles, in which it assumed human form. It encountered Spider-Man, and was driven off by blinding light.
The Iguana knew that Connors, having regained his memories, would try to destroy it. The Iguana traveled to Connors' house on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, to abduct Connors' wife and son to use as insurance to prevent Connors from such attempts. Realizing that the Iguana might try this, Spider-Man traveled to Connors' house as well and fought the Iguana again. However, Connor had deliberately transformed himself into the Lizard to assist Spider-Man and defend his family. The Lizard also traveled to his house and attacked the Iguana.
After some battling, the Iguana and the Lizard decided they both hated Spider-Man more than they hated each other and decided to destroy him before resuming their conflict. However, Spider-Man had retrieved Connors' Enervator and used it against the two reptile men. Spider-Man siphoned the Lizard's power, turning him back to Connors. He fed the additional power into the Iguana, which initially made him more powerful, but caused him to burn with power and explode on contact with a water fountain. A normal sized iguana was seen as in the shadows as Connors and Spider-Man returned to ESU.
First Appearance: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #32
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The Amazing Spider-Man (2014)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man: Back In Black Handbook (2007)
The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'A Zoo Story'#33
- 'Night of the Iguana!'#34
- 'Lizards on a Hot Tin Roof!'#36
- 'Enter: Swarm!'
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