Spyder was a slave trader whom wanted to collect his 'belongings', including the pop-singer Lila Cheney, who was also the girlfriend of Sam Guthrie, the New Mutant known as Cannonball. Spyder had won Lila's ownership when he bankrupted her previous caretaker and thus assumed everything the owner had was now his, including human beings. He sent out a group of demons to get Lila. Sam and his New Mutant teammates, however, fought off the demons, but could not prevent Lila from being taken by Spyder's creatures. When Spyder saw the New Mutants and their abilities when they tried to save Lila, he wanted them for himself. He made sure that the New Mutants, along with one of his slaves, Gosamyr, could find him. They where then captured by him. The New Mutants managed to free themselves and save Lila and Gosamyr. However, when the team wanted to attack and defeat Spyder, the New Mutant called Magik signaled her friends that they had to leave then or perhaps could never again leave because her teleport powers were fading. The New Mutants left and returned to Earth, leaving a baffled Spyder alone. He has not been heard from since.