Real Name: Unrevealed, possibly Russell Daboia
Identity/Class: Demon (Serpent Men)
Occupation: Demon lord;
former Sons of the Serpent leader, executive in charge of resort management for Patsy-Hedy Entertainment
Group Membership: Devil's
Advocacy (Adversary, Asmodeus, Asmodiar, Asteroth,
Basilisk, Big Mother, Blackheart,
"Brood Satan," Chaos,
Cyttorak, Dagon, Damballah,
demons of Muspelheim, Dormammu, D'Spayre, Kazann, Malonch,
formerly the Sons of the Serpent (ranked member)
Advocacy, Salem's Seven (Brutacus, Gazelle, Hydron, Reptilla,
Thornn, Vakume, Vertigo), Nicholas
Scratch ("Mayor Nicholas"), Sons of
the Serpent, Mickey
possible agent of Dormammu (see comments)
Enemies: Avengers (Captain
America/Steve Rogers, Iron Man/Tony Stark,
Moondragon/Heather Douglas, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff), Hawkeye
(Clint Barton), Hellcat
(Patsy Walker), Songbird (Melissa Gold), Hedy Wolfe
Known Relatives: Set
Aliases: "Great Leader" (title within Sons of the Serpent); "Russell Daboia" may have been an alias itself
Base of Operations: Centerville, California,
First Appearance: Avengers III 2000 Annual
Powers/Abilities: A Serpent Man, Russell
Daboia can transform into human form (losing several feet in height in
the process) and also is a fairly decent
mystic, able to summon minions (even superhuman ones such as Salem's
Seven) and perform various mystical ceremonies.
Hair: None (although in his human disguise, he had brown hair)
History: (All-New Official
Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z I#9 - Nicholas Scratch entry -
BTS/All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z I#10 - Sons of
the Serpent entry - BTS) - Daboia was a demonic Serpent Man, descended
from the spawn of the Elder god Set.
(Avengers III 2000 Annual (fb) - BTS) - Working under
the warlock Nicholas Scratch, the Serpent Man Daboia was tasked with
spreading demonic influence throughout the land. In order to do so, the
Serpent Man took human form as Russell Daboia and apparently applied
for the position of resort management in Centerville, California. Head
of Patsy-Hedy Entertainment, a management company for the assets
related to teen idol Patsy Walker, Hedy Wolfe noticed that Daboia came
(Hellcat I#1 (fb) - BTS) - Impressed by Daboia's references, Hedy Wolfe hired Russell Daboia to be the executive in charge of resort management for Patsy-Hedy Entertainment in Centerville, unaware of his true nature as a demonic leader. Spreading his demonic influence throughout Centerville, Daboia was intended by Nicholas Scratch to be merely a sacrificial pawn meant to trick Hedy Wolfe into believing the evil had left Centerville once Daboia was ultimately defeated so that Scratch could continue his own work unabated.
(Avengers III 2000 Annual (fb) - BTS) - Daboia took
notice of the racist Sons of the Serpent organization and sought to
manipulate the group for his own purposes, uncaring about the skin
color of his human victims.
(All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z I#10 - Nicholas Scratch entry - BTS) - Russell Daboia secretly and officially allied with the racist Sons of the Serpent organization and schooled them in the mystic arts before setting them up a base in Centerville, where they performed rites to summon demons.
(Avengers III Annual (fb) - BTS)
- After Daboia had Hedy Wolfe possessed by a demon along with much of
Centerville's population, he became instrumental in transforming
Centerville into a resort town themed to "America's Heartland
Next-Door" and continued placing demons into more and more of the
(Avengers III 2000 Annual) - After Patsy
Walker was brought back to life by the Thunderbolts,
she appeared on the All-New "It's Amazing", talking about her new book,
"Gidget Goes to Hell." As Mac
discussed her past, her early days in
Centerville were brought up, along with her comic series and
television show. Mac then surprised Patsy with a visit from her old
friend Hedy Wolfe. Hedy took Patsy to her old hometown of Centerville,
fully transformed into an amusement park town, with everyone in town
seemingly signed under contract to
portray that image. Hedy then introduced Patsy to "Mayor Nicholas"
(Nicholas Scratch) and
Daboia kissed Patsy's hand and greeted Patsy, though Patsy noted
how cold Daboia's lips were.
When Patsy Walker noticed demons possessing the townspeople of Centerville, she psychically contacted her old ally Moondragon who, in turn, summoned the Avengers for help. Upon their arrival in Centerville, the Avengers found Patsy now possessed as well and Scarlet Witch used her hex power to exorcise the demons from both Patsy and Hedy Wolfe. As Hellcat, Patsy then tracked the source of the demons to a local amusement park, where the Avengers found the Sons of the Serpent performing a mystic ceremony to place demons within more townsfolk. One of the Sons of the Serpent agents soon discovered the Avengers' infiltration of their base and informed the Sons' leader, revealed as Russell Daboia. Daboia yelled for the Serpent agents to kill the Avengers, but they were quickly taken out by the team. Daboia then decided to take matters into his own hands and transformed into his serpent form, using his magic prowess to teleport Salem's Seven into the fray. While the Avengers were distracted with the Serpent agents and Salem's Seven, Russell Daboia began to question whether or not victory was assured and decided to begin a mystical ceremony that caused the smoke emanating from a brazier to take a snake-like form and attack the Avengers, hoping to prevent severe punishment for failing in his mission. Soon, the Avengers were overwhelmed and Hedy Wolfe grabbed the brazier and tipped it over, stopping the ceremony and firing Daboia. Upon tipping the brazier, the ceremony was reversed and the forces that Daboia called forth turned on him and both he and the Salem's Seven disappeared in a smell of sulfur and carrion. The Sons of the Serpent surrendered and Scarlet Witch theorized that now that Daboia and the Salem's Seven were gone, his demons would also disappear, freeing the town. As the Avengers began to head home, Hellcat decided to stay in Centerville and start a new life, while being watched ominously by "Mayor Nicholas."
(Hellcat I#1 - BTS) - Following
another appearance on "It's Amazing," Patsy Walker returned home to
Centerville, briefly greeting "Mayor Nicholas" before discussing the
recent demon invasion of Centerville at the hands of Russell Daboia
with Hedy Wolfe. Hedy insisted that Daboia had impeccable references
but Patsy revealed that Daboia was nothing more than a pawn for
Nicholas Scratch, who was posing as Centerville's "Mayor Nicholas."
(Journey Into Mystery I#627 (fb)) - Daboia attended the Devil's Advocacy to talk about the Serpent (Cul)'s actions on Earth.
Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek, Norm Breyfogle and Richard Howell.
I'm truly shocked that this profile
does not mention Set, the supreme Serpent God/Demon. There's got to be
connection. I'd expect Daboia to be a descendant of Set--Snood.
"surprisingly" Daboia was revealed to be a member of the Serpent Men in OHotMU 2006#10.
I believe that Elder God Set was mentioned in that particular Avengers Annual (albeit, indirectly). The Sons of the Serpent--as part of another attempt to "ethnically cleanse" America--apparently VOLUNTEERED to be used as host-bodies for the spirits of Lemurian Serpent-Men! And, it was Daboia who did the channeling, or whatever--Carycomix
Technically, Hawkeye was not officially an Avenger at that time - much like Songbird, whom he brought along mostly out of unconscious memories of the events of Avengers Forever and may or may not become an Avenger in the future of main Earth-616 continuity. Even so, even the villains regard him as an Avenger anyway, so I include him in the Avengers membership. - Daevanator.
We found out in the 2000 Hellcat mini-series that Nicholas Scratch
was serving Dormammu and Daboia, in turn, was serving Nicholas Scratch.
Therefore, it's possible Daboia was also serving Dormammu but we never
see any actual indication of that.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Russell Daboia has no known connections to:
images: (without ads)
Avengers III 2000 Annual, p35, pan1 (Daboia in serpent form, main image)
Avengers III 2000 Annual, p9, pan1 (Daboia in human form)
Avengers III 2000 Annual, p25, pan5 (Daboia transforming from human to serpent form)
Journey into Mystery I#627, p11, pan5 (Daboia attending the Devil's Advocacy)
Avengers III 2000 Annual (2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Norm Breyfogle, Richard Howell (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Hellcat I#1 (September, 2000) - Steve Englehart (writer), Norm Breyfogle (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z I#9 (2006) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer, coordinator), Mark O'English, Chad Anderson, Ronald Byrd, Sean McQuaid, Michael Hoskin, Al Sjoerdsma, Stuart Vandal, Anthony Flamini, Eric J. Moreels, Chris Biggs, Madison Carter (writers), Valentine DeLandro (Nicholas Scratch entry art), Pond Scum (art reconstruction), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z I#10 (2006) - Jeff Christiansen (head writer, coordinator), Michael Hoskin, Sean McQuaid, Stuart Vandal, Mark O'English, Anthony Flamini, Chad Anderson, Eric J. Moreels, Mike Fichera, Ronald Byrd, Al Sjoerdsma, Rich Green, Madison Carter (writers), Steve Epting (Sons of the Serpent entry art), Pond Scum (art reconstruction), Jeff Youngquist, Jennifer Grunwald (editors)
Journey into Mystery I#627 (November, 2011) - Kieron Gillen (writer), Richard Elson (art), Ralph Macchio (senior editor)
First Posted: 01/20/2004
Last updated: 03/07/2021
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