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vermin

small animals collectively, esp insects and rodents, that are troublesome to man, domestic animals, etc.
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Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #131 © 1987 Marvel Comics. COVER ART BY MIKE ZECK AND BOB MCLEOD.

Vermin

(pop culture)
Throughout his tormented life the repulsive Vermin has been surrounded by rats. Created by writer J. M. DeMatteis and artist Mike Zeck, traumatized young Edward Whelan is a street urchin, scurrying from his sexually abusive father. Two late-twentieth- century Nazi criminals, Baron Zemo II and Arnim Zola, make Whelan a human guinea pig in their perverse genetic experiments, turning him into the cannibalistic Vermin, a 6-feet-tall, fanged and furred rodent-man with superhuman strength and agility and a feral instinct of self-preservation. Engineered to attack their foe Captain America Vermin sics an army of obedient rats on the Star- Spangled Sentinel. Zeck's cover to Captain America #272 (1982), Vermin's first appearance, evokes memories of the 1971 horror film Willard, with the hero being eaten alive by rats—but Cap crushes the vermin of all sizes. The mentally ill Vermin is childlike in thought and open to suggestion, yet when cornered or threatened will strike with lethal force with his razor-sharp teeth and claws. Vermin's most famous storyline was “Kraven's Last Hunt,” DeMatteis and Zeck's six-part 1987 Spider-Man opus, in which yet another manipulator—Kraven the Hunter—used the rat-man in his personal vendetta against the wall-crawler. DeMatteis teamed with artist Sal Buscema to produce “The Child Within” in The Spectacular Spider-Man #178–#184 (1991–1992), in which Vermin attempted to kill his father but was netted into another gambit against Spidey, this time by the Green Goblin II. Whelan's psyche struggled for dominance over Vermin's savagery, and with the help of psychologist Dr. Ashley Kafka he nearly succeeded in purging his rodent mutation. Yet tragedy and creative whims reverted Whelan to Vermin, and in the 2000s he has scampered in and out of the limelight, in scrapes with Wolverine and the Punisher. When not spreading pestilence throughout the Marvel Universe, Vermin is caged at Ravencroft, the maximum-security asylum for deranged supervillains.
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Many of us have the flying dream, the pursuing-monster dream, color dreams, suffocation dreams, and the reptile and vermin dreams.
They were well cared for, as were all animals at Cedarwild, receiving frequent scrubbings and being kept clean of vermin.
If not one head of game were shot during the next twenty years in England, and, at the same time, if no vermin were destroyed, there would, in all probability, be less game than at present, although hundreds of thousands of game animals are now annually killed.
I ask your pardon, sir," says Thwackum: "it is no such slight matter for a man of my character to be thus injuriously treated, and buffeted by a boy, only because I would have done my duty, in endeavouring to detect and bring to justice a wanton harlot; but, indeed, the principal fault lies in Mr Allworthy and yourself; for if you put the laws in execution, as you ought to do, you will soon rid the country of these vermin.
All the swarming vermin of the "cultured," that--feast on the sweat of every hero
I've never seen exquisite fallen beings, and I never shall see them, but such creatures as that painted Frenchwoman at the counter with the ringlets are vermin to my mind, and all fallen women are the same.
Such men," he declared, "are only fit to be crushed like vermin under foot.
That was all the chamber held, exclusive of rats and other unseen vermin, in addition to the seen vermin, the two men.
HALF a million rented homes have been infested with vermin in the last year.
THERE would seem to be more than a degree of softness by the court regarding the street vermin who stole a PS35,000 Mercedes and sold it for peanuts.
THE council does have a duty to control rats living on their land and to make sure property owners comply with the rules on controlling vermin.
There is more than one story behind the recent vermin plague that is ailing Jeddah nowadays, but many are pointing to Indian vessels and ships docked at the city's port as the main culprits.