Carnage is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #360. Carnage was created by writer David Michelinie and artist Mark Bagley. The character belongs to a race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites known as the Symbiotes. The Carnage symbiote is usually depicted as an offspring of Venom. The symbiote has taken many hosts. The original and most notable host is serial killer Cletus Kasady. Other hosts include Karl Malus and Norman Osborn.