Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Human, mutant or mutate
Group Membership: The Assassin Nation (Contract, Kickback, Troubleshooter), Corporation;
formerly the (New) Defenders, the Dragon
Affiliations: Coldfire, (New) Defenders (Andromeda,
Angel, Beast, Gargoyle,
Valkyrie), Doctor Strange, Dragon Circle
Bowen, Dafydd ap
Mr. Ozu, the Vishanti
of the Moon, Erlik Khan, General
Fist, James Lucas, Sheriff Garvin Macken, Nightmare, Dakota North,
Sassafras, the Spirits of Air, Earth, and Water; (formerly) the (New)
Known Relatives: None known
Base of Operations: Currently unknown;
the Land of the Dead;
(New) Defenders I#133 (July,
Manslaughter has limited
telepathic powers that enable him to perceive the functions and current
activity of the nervous systems of other people. He
uses this ability to influence other’s peripheral vision and hearing,
effectively making himself invisible unless looked at straight on. He has demonstrated the ability to transfer
emotions and pain through psychic links. Manslaughter
shares a form ("host body") with Roger Loomis, whose form he controls
almost all the time. Manslaughter has
demonstrated impressive skills with electronics, laying traps, with
various types of weapons, and is also very agile. Oh,
and he’s stark-raving mad, baby, yeah.
Height: 5' 7" Weight: 115
lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Red-blond
is known about the early history of Manslaughter, including the source
of his powers and abilities. He may possibly
be a mutant.
((New) Defenders I#151 (fb)) -
Manslaughter grew up on the streets in poverty. At
some point, he used his latent psychic abilities to track down
the Eternal, Interloper, in the Siberian wilderness, and learned
fighting skills from him.Interloper also
trained Manslaughter in the use of his psychic abilities, but kept some
things secret because he sensed that Manslaughter was potentially
dangerous.Because Manslaughter was the
only human to find Interloper in centuries of time, Interloper was
willing to overlook Manslaughter’s madness.Eventually,
Manslaughter left and decided to become an assassin-for-hire.
((New) Defenders I#135
(fb)) - Manslaughter gained a reputation as a deadly villain. He took his jobs seriously and used careful
planning and execution, but he thrived on the joy he found in trapping
and killing his victims rather than in the money. Though
caught several times, he reportedly had broken out of prisons "from San
Quentin to Dannemora."
((New) Defenders I#133) - After
the Defenders helped expose Mr. Ozu’s drug-running business, Ozu hired
Manslaughter to kill the Defenders. Manslaughter
agreed, feeling that killing some superheroes might be fun.
((New) Defenders I#134
(fb)) - After carefully studying and planning the demise of each
Defender, Manslaughter left several messages at Defenders Mansion over a three-day period
taunting them with death.He arrived at
the Mansion and began setting elaborate traps for individual members of
the team that would shake their confidence.He
slipped a lei of flowers around Cloud’s
neck while she relaxed by the pool, and stuffed the lei with garter
snakes and a threatening note.He taped
another such note to Angel’s back while Angel flew through the house. When Iceman was working out on the chest
press, a trap was sprung that branded the words "The Heat is On" on his chest.Valkyrie’s
sword, Dragonfang, was stolen and replaced with another threatening
Defenders I#134) - As the Defenders related to the Beast the pranks
that had been played, Manslaughter finally revealed himself, holding
Dragonfang.Valkyrie threw a blade at
Manslaughter, but he caught it in air.After
he confessed he was after them only for the fun of it, a preset bomb
exploded on the TV when Manslaughter snapped his fingers, then he used his powers to
‘vanish’ before their eyes.Later in the
evening, the Defenders were all huddled together, determined not to
give Manslaughter the chance to catch them alone, but eventually Cloud
went to use the restroom.Manslaughter
jumped out at her and slit her throat.The
rest of the Defenders split up to search the house. Manslaughter attacked Iceman and broke his neck; he shot Angel
with a laser gun and with a deadly nerve gas, and left the Angel to
fall to his death; he sliced Valkyrie’s leg with Dragonfang, which he
had soaked in a deadly poison which worked with the sword’s magic to
defeat Valkyrie.When Manslaughter boasted
of his telepathic powers to Moondragon, she hit him with a telepathic
blast that unwittingly linked their minds.Manslaughter
purposefully sliced his own hand so that Moondragon would feel the pain
through the link.Cloud hit Manslaughter
with a lightning bolt, then Iceman froze
him in an ice-block.The Beast revealed
that the Defenders had laid a trap for Manslaughter (Cloud’s neck had
been vapor and couldn’t be slit, and the dead Iceman had been a
vaporous Cloud in an ice-shell).They had
rescued the wounded Angel and Valkyrie.Beast
promised to turn over Manslaughter to the authorities.
((New) Defenders I#135) -
Beast held Manslaughter in a kitchen overnight while Angel and Valkyrie
got medical attention.He was released
into the custody of Sheriff Garvin Macken, who would later turn him
over to General Argyle Fist.
((New) Defenders I#135 - BTS) - Fist turned Manslaughter over to SHIELD for special holding facilities they had for metahumans.
Months later, Manslaughter returned to Defenders Mansion and shut off their security
system.He picked up Sassafras (the
Beast’s dog) and waited for the team to return.
((New) Defenders I#151 (fb)) -
Southern returned to the Mansion, Manslaughter dressed her
in a costume, gave her a codename of
Southern Belle, and tied her on the bed.He
set up several traps for the Defenders’ return.
((New) Defenders I#151) -
Manslaughter greeted the team disguised as a hologram of Candy Southern. He kissed the Angel and knocked the Angel
unconscious before revealing himself, stating that he was so impressed
with the team that he wanted to join them.He
used hologram covers to get away, then attacked the team individually,
like before.Iceman and Candy Southern got
folded up in a bed; desiccant tape on Andromeda’s mouth inhibited her
breathing; Gargoyle got stuck to the wall with Andromeda’s trident. Manslaughter laid a trap he was particularly
proud of by planting empty chicken buckets and potato chip bags (from
places nowhere conveniently near) full of deadly spiders.
As the Beast fought the spiders, Manslaughter parried with
Valkyrie and fled again after the team surrounded him.
He set fire to the mansion and threatened to let the Angel burn
unless they granted him membership, and was appalled when they refused. Interloper arrived and put out the flames. He told them of Manslaughter’s origins,
and stated that Manslaughter must join the team despite his madness. Then the Dragon of the Moon attacked.
((New) Defenders I#152) -
The Dragon of the Moon (an alien entity possessing Moondragon) was
pleased to be able to kill Manslaughter and the Defenders together, as
Moondragon hated them both.As Interloper
battled the Dragon, Manslaughter fed Gargoyle’s demon blasts and his
own madness into his still present psychic link with Moondragon,
causing her to lose control and shift into reptilian form. Manslaughter kissed her and Moondragon fled, fearing his madness. Manslaughter sensed the Dragon returning, and
watched as the Gargoyle’s body was possessed by the Dragon as well. In the final battle, Interloper and Valkyrie
used Manslaughter and Andromeda as mortal foci for their immortal
powers, to beat the Dragon of the Moon once and for all. They gave up their lives willingly and defeated the Dragon of
the Moon in a mighty blast of power.The
surviving Defenders later saw the carbonized forms of the presumed
deceased members, including Manslaughter.
(Doctor Strange III#3 (fb)) - Manslaughter, with Andromeda, Interloper,
and the Dragon of the Moon, did not die, but entered a dimension of
spirits called the Borders of the Land of the Dead. The Dragon of the
Moon quickly gained sway over the spirits, and the four Defenders spent
a long period of time battling against the spirits and the Dragon.
(Strange Tales III#5-7) -
The souls of the four deceased Defenders were summoned by Doctor
Strange to help battle Erlik Khan They also helped Strange battle Nightmare
before returning to the spirit dimension.
(Doctor Strange III#3) - In the final battle in the spirit dimension,
was able to vanquish the last of the corrupted spirits when the Dragon
of the Moon found a way to reenter Earth.As
a reward, the Vishanti asked them what they wanted, and Manslaughter
claimed he wanted to live as there were no good burritos in the spirit
dimension.Granting their wish,
Manslaughter manifested as a sly fox and took over the form of Roger
Loomis.Roger and Manslaughter would now
share the forms, taking it over at different times. With the other resurrected members, ap Iowerth, and Doctor Strange, Manslaughter battled the Spirits of Air,
Earth, and Water.
(Doctor Strange III#4) -
The group tracked the Dragon of the Moon spoor to Manchester, England, which had been corrupted and
ruined.They fought against men powered by
the Dragon until ap Iowerth drove the
Dragon influence out of the men.They used
the radio in Manslaughter/Loomis’ pocket and heard of further damage,
leading them to a nuclear plant where the Dragon had corrupted other
humans.Ap Iowerth drew the Dragon of the
Moon out in the open and the heroes finally physically attacked. Doctor Strange had the 5 heroes join hands and
then cast a spell that granted them the power of a previously destroyed
talisman that kept the Dragon off of Earth.The
heroes, now known as the Dragon Circle, watched as ap Iowerth crushed the Dragon’s remaining essence
between his fingers.
(Cage I#13 (fb) - Manslaughter,
apparently in control of Loomis’ form, was recruited by Karl Malus
and the Corporation to become part of
their covert group, the Assassin Nation.As
the Corporation’s private army, Manslaughter and agents Troubleshooter,
Kickback, and Contract were very successful.The
Assassin Nation " achieved a 92.7%
termination success rate" in their assignments.
(Cage I#13-15) - Malus tried recruiting new agents for the Corporation, including Coldfire and
the Agent, and kidnapped James Lucas (Coldfire and Luke Cage’s father)
to use as fodder.During a training
session, Manslaughter decapitated one possible new agent. Later, Luke Cage and Dakota North broke in and battled the
Assassin Nation, leading to Coldfire turning against them.
After the battle was over, Coldfire returned to destroy the
Created by Peter B. Gillis,
Don Perlin, and Kim DeMulder.
Manslaughter sits in one of the stranger corners of Marvel
obscurity. He's crazy (but there's crazier), he's ruthless (but
there's, er, ruthlesser), and he's obscure (but there's others more
obscure). His powers are bizarre, but he has a striking track record
against powerful characters like the Valkyrie. And he's been on three
teams, though he really doesn't have much to show for it. Consider the
Roger Loomis side of him ancient history, likely, even if Manslaughter
ever does show up again.
Manslaughter MAY have another appearance:
(Marvel Comics Presents I#37/3) (Late December, 1989) - When
Devil-Slayer entered the Borders of the Land of the Dead battling
demons, he saw the carbonized forms of the four Defenders there.
One of the demons destroyed the forms of Interloper and Manslaughter
during the battle.
However, since this appearance of his carbonized form took place after
his resurrection, it may be nothing more than a demonic ploy.
This character has no known
- Manslaughter Marsdale, enforcer
for Madame Fang, @Amazing Spider-Man I#271
- any other "man" or "slaughter" characters
OHotMUME, Manslaughter profile
(New) Defenders I#151, p9, pan4 (head shot)
(New) Defenders I#151,
cover (body shot)
(New) Defenders I#134-135 (July-August, 1984) - Peter Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
(New) Defenders I#150-152 (November, 1985 - February, 1986) - Peter Gillis (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Dell Barras (151-152), Alan Kupperberg (#150), Randy Emberlin (#150) (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Strange Tales II#5/2 (August, 1987) - Peter Gillis (writer), Larry Alexander (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Strange Tales II#6/2-7/2 (September-October, 1987) - Peter Gillis (writer), Terry Shoemaker (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Dr. Strange III#3-4 (March, May, 1989) - Peter Gillis (writer), Richard Case (pencils), Randy Emberlin (#3) & Tony DeZuniga (#4) (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Cage I#13-15 (April-June, 1993) - Marc McLaurin (writer), Scott Benefiel (#13, 15) & Paris Cullins (#14) (pencils), Frank Turner (inks), Chris Cooper (editor)
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