Real Name: unrevealed; possibly Skinner or John
Occupation: Predator, Warrior
Group Membership: Lilin (Bad Timing, Blackout, Bloodthirst, Carver, Creed, Dark Legion, Doc, Fang, Girth, Infinks, Meatmarket, Nakota, Outcast, Parasite, Pilgrim, Pixil, Short Circuit, Sister Nil, Skitter, Spitfire)
Enemies: Darkhold Redeemers,
Midnight Sons (Blade, John Blaze, Frank Drake, Dr. Strange, Ghost Rider/Dan Ketch/Noble Kale, Hannibal King, Morbius, Vengeance); Dr. Keene, Mr. Wright, and Spook (Black Hole)
Known Relatives: Lilith (mother), Lilin (brethren), Louise (wife, deceased) and son (unnamed, deceased)
Base of Operations: currently unknown; formerly Chatham, New York; the Vault, the Black Hole
First Appearance: Spirits of Vengeance#3 (October, 1992)
Powers: Skinner is an extremely savage
warrior. He possesses great superhuman strength (Class 25) and
durability. He is immune to the effects of aging and conventional
disease. It is possible that even were he destroyed, he could be
resurrected by Lilin or another powerful sorcerer.
His true form is that of skeletal creature, with razor-sharp projections protruding from virtually every surface. He uses his own body as a weapon, slashing through flesh, concrete, and even solid steel. He uses the flesh of his victims to cover himself, allowing him to take on a human appearance.
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 230 lbs.
History: (Spirits of Vengeance#3 - BTS) - Skinner is the child of the demonqueen Lilith, in millennia past, he was one of her greatest and fiercest warriors. He enjoyed the thrill of the hunt, and was more than willing to slay human, mutant, or even other Lilin. After Lilith's defeat unknown ages ago, Skinner began to gradually mellow. He eventually took a human form, and in the modern era, he had a wife and family. He was happy in this role.
(Spirits of Vengeance#3) - Lilith, alongside the Lilin
Pilgrim and the half-breed Blackout, located Skinner and
commanded him to join her anew. Skinner reluctantly agreed to do
as he had been commanded, but also realized that his family could
become pawns in this struggle as well (his son would grow up to
be a half-breed Lilin). To prevent this, Skinner killed his own
family, adding their flesh to his own as a momento.
Skinner was quick to transfer the blame to Lilith's enemies, reasoning that if they had not fought Lilith, he would not have needed to be taken from his previous life (he did have plans of gaining revenge on Lilith once he had fulfilled his obligations to her). Skinner confronted John Blaze, and then used hostages to force him to flee so that he could then hunt him. When Skinner caught up to him, Blaze blasted him with hellfire gun, which served only to strip him of his fleshy covering (including the flesh of his family). The Ghost Rider then arrived, and the two blasted Skinner repeatedly until he was "nothing but ashes." However, after they left, Skinner crawled from the smoldering ruins of their battle.
(Spirits of Vengeance#14) - Skinner slew a man and re-covered his body with his skin. He pursued Blaze, hoping to take his skin as well. He ran down Blaze and Ghost Rider in a truck, but after a short battle he left alongside Centurious and the Lilin.
(Nightstalker#14, Ghost Rider III#44,
Marvel Comics Presents I#143, Darkhold#15, Morbius#16,
Dr. Strange III#60 - all BTS), Spirits of Vengeance#17, (Nightstalkers#15, Ghost Rider III#45, Marvel Comics Presents I#145/4, Darkhold#16, Marvel Comics Presents I#146/3, Dr. Strange III#61, Spirits of Vengeance#18, Midnight Sons Unlimited#4 - all BTS)-During the events known as "The Siege of Darkness", Skinner, alongside an army of Lilin, participated on the onslaught on the heroes known as the Midnight Sons.
BTS-Skinner was captured and imprisoned in the superhuman detention and research facility known as the Black Hole, deep within the Appalachian Mountain Range.
(Ghost Rider III#62-64) - Despite
repeated escape attempts, Skinner remained a captive at the Black
Hole. The Spook, one of the heads of the facility, enjoyed
taunting him while he remained bound and helpless.
The Ghost Rider was imprisoned in the Black Hole, but his vigorous struggles resulted in regions of power disruption within the facility, allowing Skinner to escape. Skinner attacked the Ghost Rider, who attempted to subdue him with his "Penance Stare." While Skinner was incapacitated by its effects, the Stare somehow reflected back on the Ghost Rider as well. Ghost Rider left Skinner in the facility, which blew up a few minutes later.
(Over the Edge#9) - A government clean-up team poured through the wreckage of the Black Hole, and Skinner burst forth, slew them, and took their flesh. Lilith had been seemingly slain during the Siege of Darkness, and Skinner decided that the only thing left for him to do would be to fulfill his original mission--kill Blaze and the Ghost Rider. He cut a bloody path across the country as he tracked them. After a short struggle, Ghost Rider managed to bind Skinner with his chain, and drug him behind his cycle for two hours until he surrendered. Skinner was then sent to the Vault.
Comments: Created by Howard Mackie and Adam Kubert.
Not to be confused with:
Spirits of Vengeance#3 (October, 1992) - Howard Mackie (writer), Adam Kubert (pencils), Chris Warner (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Spirits of Vengeance#14 (September, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Mike Manley (pencils), Tom Palmer, Jeff Albrecht, Ralph Cabrera & Tim Tuohy (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Spirits of Vengeance#17 (December, 1993) - Howard Mackie (writer), Henry Martinez (pencils), Keith Williams (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Ghost Rider III#62-64 (June-August, 1995) - Howard Mackie (writer), Salvador Larroca (pencils), Sergio Melia (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Over the Edge#9 (July, 1996) - Bruce Sakow (writer), Robert Brown (pencils), Mike Witherby (inks), James Felder (editor)
First Posted: 04/13/2002
Last updated: 05/03/2004
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