Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Forgotten One is a fictional comic book character appearing mainly in American comic books produced by Marvel Comics. He was first introduced in The Eternals Annual #13 and was written by Jack Kirby. He is part of the race known as the Eternals, which are mentioned in the Ultimate Universe comic book. In this continuity, he is an enemy of Thanos, the future Marvel supervising super villain.
The Forgotten One made his comic debut in the Amazing Spider-Man comic book series. There he was a member of a team called the Sinners, which included another member, Ghost Rider. He was later recruited by Dr. Curt Connor, who believed that the Sinners were part of a secret league of super villains called the Sinestro Corps. In this comic he uses two silver knives, which have the power to teleport him to any location. This makes him an enemy of Spider-Man, and is one of the more interesting members of the Sinners.
He went on to join several other super villains of the time including Green Lantern, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men. In the Secret Invasion series he is briefly shown as one of the X-Men sent from Earth to attack the Savage Land. In this appearance, he battles the X-Men (with his mind controlled by the Mad Thinker), and also battles Spider-Man. This series ended after Secret Invasion, but he returned to the background for many years, most notably in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics.
The forgotten one is featured in a number of different Spider-Man related comics over the years. He appears as a supporting character in one story, and in many others. His least memorable feature is his encounter with a mysterious person he calls "Spider". Spider is the common name for the villain Vulture, who was a member of a street gang called the Vultures. The two fight constantly, but are usually broken up when Spider realizes that his murder victim was in fact his own niece.
After Spider realizes who his niece was, he tracks her down and tries to stop her from committing suicide. Eventually she's recaptured and begins to help Spider-Man. In one issue, he finds out he is not the only one with webbed fingers. Several other superheroes are discovered with webbed fingers, which is referred to as spider-speak. Spider-Man then joins the comic book industry.
Other than his time as a member of the X-Men, Jack Samson has never been depicted as part of any Spider-Man storylines. He also did not have his own series, nor has any of his villains ever be depicted in the same way as he does. There are several possible reasons for this. One, he may have been cast out of the starring role, or due to time constraints, or due to a deadline. No matter why he never got a TV show or a comic book series, he has always been a popular part of Marvel Comics.
One of the most important things to note about Spider-Man is his trademark web-swinging gauntlets. He uses them constantly throughout the comic, and his fellow Marvel characters even reference his use of these items frequently. Peter Parker refers to them as "the sticky fingers".
A notable event in the history of Spider-Man, after he is bitten by a poisonous spider, causes him to lose his left eye. However, he quickly gets it replaced using his new spider reflexes. The story behind this incident is that his life is saved after a plane crashes, and he was bitten by a radioactive spider. The comic talks about the radiation leaving a scar on his face, and how he has to wear a yellow eye band to help him see well. It is possible that this is the start of his wearing of the yellow eye band, which is also mentioned in the next comic book issue.