Oscorp

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Oscorp
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAmazing Spider-Man #37
(June 1966)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Type of businessCorporation
Owner(s)Norman Osborn (former)
Employee(s)Mendel Stromm, Harry Osborn (former)
 
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Oscorp
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAmazing Spider-Man #37
(June 1966)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
In-story information
Type of businessCorporation
Owner(s)Norman Osborn (former)
Employee(s)Mendel Stromm, Harry Osborn (former)

Oscorp, also known as Oscorp Industries, is a fictional multi-billion dollar multinational corporation owned and run by scientist and businessman Norman Osborn, also known as the Green Goblin. The company appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. It first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #37. According to Forbes 25 largest fictional companies it had an estimated sales of $3.1 billion, ranking it at number 23.[1][2]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Oscorp is a multinational corporation based out of the Oscorp Tower in New York. It was created and run by its CEO Norman Osborn. Norman studied chemistry and electrical engineering in college. He also took a number of courses in business administration. Norman Osborn's teacher, Professor Mendel Stromm, formed the business partnership. Since Norman put up the bulk of the financing, they called their company the Osborn Corporation, or Oscorp.

Proto-Goblin[edit]

Dr. Nels Van Adder, a research assistant, helped Dr. Stromm at Oscorp developed a performance enhancing formula which would later be known as the “Goblin Formula”. Arthur Stacy, the head of security, had his brother George Stacy brought in to investigate and track down a mysterious serial killer. Van Adder used the formula on himself, becoming a red goblin-like beast. The mutated researcher confronted Norman Osborn, and tried to explain what happened, and now that he used himself as a guinea pig he can never return home to his beloved wife. The Proto-Goblin reveals that he killed the two men by mistake and regretted his action, blaming it on the transformation. Arthur tried to do his own research into the scientist and noticed that there were never any termination papers filed for a Dr. van Adder. Captain Stacy and his brother traveled to Oscorp to confront Osborn, but they found the Proto-Goblin about to attack him. The two brothers tried to stop the creature, but bullets did not seem to have an effect on its tough hide. Arthur finally tried to knock the Proto-Goblin through a window where he fell into the nearby river. After the brother left and Osborn looked through the wreckage he found Dr. Stromm's hidden notes, which would later be used to create the "Goblin Formula" that mutated him into the Green Goblin.[3]

Mendel Stromm[edit]

Mendel Stromm's early research was on a chemical that would provide enhanced strength in its test subjects and would eventually turn Osborn into the Green Goblin. Osborn, wanting the formula for himself, discovered that Stromm had been embezzling funds from Oscorp. Stromm explained that he was merely borrowing but Osborn turned him over to the police. After several years in prison, Stromm was released and tried to kill Osborn for revenge using evil robots. He was stopped by Spider-Man and seemingly died of a heart attack when he was nearly shot.[4]

Alchemax[edit]

The company was created after Liz Allan's company "Allan Chemical" was merged with her son's Normie Osborn's stocks from Oscorp and the last remaining properties of Horizon Labs after its destruction, establishing it under the new name of "Alchemax".[5]

It was later revealed that Norman Osborn, under the guise of "Mason Banks," created the corporation in order to leave a strong empire for his grandson and establish an empire for the Osborn legacy. Their headquarters, Oscorp Tower, was the former headquarters of Oscorp.[6]

By 2099 Alchemax would eventually control most aspects of daily life in a possible future.

Fictional staff members[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

Other versions[edit]

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Oscorp is much the same as in the Earth-616 version. Company owned and operated by Norman Osborn. Developed the Oz serum and the spiders who gave Peter Parker,[9] and later Miles Morales,[10] spider-powers.

After an incident in which Osborn injected himself with Oz serum, a big portion of the main building was left in ruins, and numerous scientist died [11] Osborn Industries had been mentioned to still produce technologies.[12]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Noer and David M. Ewalt (2007). "In Pictures: The 25 Largest Fictional Companies: #23 Oscorp". Forbes. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Noer, Michael (2011-03-11). "The 25 Largest Fictional Companies". Forbes. 
  3. ^ Spider-Man #-1 (July, 1997)
  4. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #37 (1966)
  5. ^ Superior Spider-Man # 19 (June, 2013)
  6. ^ Superior Spider-Man # 31 (December, 2013)
  7. ^ Avengers Vol 3 #0 (August, 1999)
  8. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #572
  9. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man # 1
  10. ^ Ultimate Comics Spider-Man # 1
  11. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man # 4
  12. ^ Ultimate Comics Ultimates # 26
  13. ^ "How Spider-Man Was Almost In ‘The Avengers,’ Sort Of". Latino Review. June 11, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2013.