), originally known as Paste Pot Pete
, is a fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe.
The Trapster is one of the first supervillains who became active during the "Silver Age" of Marvel Comics.
Peter Petruski was born in Gary, Indiana. Originally calling himself Paste-Pot-Pete
, the villain and professional criminal clashed with the Human Torch during his efforts to sell a new American missile to the Soviets.
Following failed solo efforts against the Torch, Pete teamed with the Wizard in efforts to trump his youthful foe. Pete later provided the Avengers with a solvent to dissolve Baron Zemo's Adhesive-X, and was paroled from prison. He adopted a new costume and weaponry, and battled the Human Torch and the Thing. The Wizard and Pete would eventually team with the criminal Sandman and the Inhuman Medusa as the Frightful Four to battle the Fantastic Four. It was shortly after the formation of the Frightful Four that Pete abandoned his old alias and assumed the more intimidating Trapster (the "Spider-Man/Human Torch" miniseries depicts the catalyst of the name change to be Spider-Man being unable to stop laughing when Paste Pot Pete introduced himself). The Frightful Four would clash time and again with the Fantastic Four, often enjoying some measure of success in their efforts. Over the years, the membership of the Frightful Four would vary, but the man once known as Paste-Pot-Pete would serve in virtually every incarnation in which Wizard served as well, loyal to his longtime boss.
He changed his nom de crime to The Trapster
and appeared with new weaponry in Fantastic Four
#38, with the second appearance of the Frightful Four, in an attempt to make himself sound more formidable. In this encounter, the Frightful Four was able to defeat the Fantastic Four. Over the years, a running gag in Marvel comics involved heroes and villains alike reminding Trapster of his earlier name of "Paste-Pot-Pete" — which would inevitably send him flying into a rage.[volume & issue needed
] A chance encounter with Balder once prevented the Frightful Four's takeover of Fantastic Four headquarters. With the Frightful Four, he soon battled the Fantastic Four again, and then battled Daredevil. He was hired by the Red Skull to acquire information from Sharon Carter., and battled Captain America. Alongside the Wizard and Sandman, he later battled Medusa. Together with the Wizard, Sandman, and Medusa as the Frightful Four again, they once again battled the Fantastic Four.