Article is a stub. This means that it is short and needs more information, or should be expanded with up to date information, if there is any new information. You can help the Spider-Man Wiki by expanding it. Remember users, remove this template ONLY if the article has been expanded enough. After being empowered by volunteering to be bonded to an experimental exoskeleton by Norman Osborn , Rhino is directed to kidnap Colonel John Jameson. Rhino, however, betrays Norman and goes on a rampage, eventually being defeated by Spider-Man. Eventually approached Norman once again, Rhino agrees to find and kidnap Bruce Banner the alter ego of the Hulk.
Seduced by promises of wealth and power, Aleksei underwent a life-threatening series of chemical and radiation treatments throughout several months to transform him into an agent with superhuman strength for a collective of professional spies. In part, this was to support his family. Aleksei's powerful armor, permanently bonded to his form, was modeled after the hide of a rhinoceros. Two scientists named Igor and Georgi  chose this form, both for its visual impact and in recognition of the fact that the rhino was the result of countless generations of evolution towards the ultimate form for armored assault. They selected Aleksei for his muscular physique and low intelligence, which they believed would ensure his loyalty.
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He has also come into conflict with the Hulk. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books , Rhino has been featured in other Marvel-endorsed products, including animated television series , video games , and merchandise such as action figures and trading cards. Rhino returned in Hulk , vol. The character achieved significant exposure in the s and s, appearing in both a solo capacity and as a villain for hire in over a dozen titles. Aleksei Sytsevich was a thug who worked for Eastern Bloc scientists. The scientists subjected him to a process that gave him an artificial skin covering, which granted him superhuman strength. He is subsequently hired to kidnap Colonel John Jameson in order to obtain extraterrestrial spores to which Jameson has been exposed during a space mission. Jameson is rescued and Rhino defeated by the superhero Spider-Man. Rhino is imprisoned and kept there with sedation but soon breaks out and continues to try to kidnap Jameson.