PIT-VIPER

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Subversive agent, double for the Viper

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Nick Fury, Nomad (Jack Monroe), Punisher (Frank Castle);
    formerly Viper

Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Chainsaw, Crippler, Fenris (Andrea and Andreas von Strucker), the Praetorians, Secret Empire, Viper

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Viper, Pit-Viper Number 12

Base of Operations: Mobile, including Las Vegas, Nevada and the Bronx, New York

First Appearance: (as the Viper) Punisher War Journal#45 (August, 1992);
    (as Pit-Viper) Silver Sable and her Wild Pack#15 (August, 1993)

Powers/Abilities: The Pit-Viper carried various automatic weapons. She dressed to look exactly like the Viper, but did not have the Viper's trademark scar over the right side of her face.

History: (Punisher War Journal#45) - Posing as the Viper, the Pit-Viper contacted the Punisher and tested him by sending some of her flunkies to fight him. She then informed him that many criminal organizations would be meeting in Las Vegas to divide the Kingpin's empire, among them his enemies the Secret Empire. When he came to Las Vegas, she met up with him in his hotel room, offering him a folder full of information on which criminals were in town. He questioned her motives, but she claimed that they were a lot alike. They were interrupted when Chainsaw and the Praetorians attacked the hotel to kill the Punisher.

(Punisher War Journal#46) - The Pit-Viper helped the Punisher fight off Chainsaw and the Praetorians, then departed.

(Punisher War Journal#47) - The Pit-Viper provided a helicopter for the Punisher, Daredevil and Nomad to pursue the criminals who were leaving town. Fenris fired at their craft, but she survived their crash-landing. She helped them fight the Secret Empire's forces, and offered to help supply the Punisher with weaponry for his war against crime, but he turned down her offer. She then left the scene.

(Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#45 - BTS) - The Pit-Viper informed on the real Viper's attempt to steal nuclear weapons from Moscow, alerting Nick Fury in time to stop her.

(Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15) - The Pit-Viper was trying to build up her criminal empire in the Bronx, but Captain America and Crippler of the Wild Pack were both on the scene trying to find her, the Wild Pack having been hired by a supposed UN Security Council member (actually the Red Skull) to capture the real Viper and hoping to find Viper by targeting the Pit-Vipers. Captain America managed to capture Pit-Viper, but the real Viper appeared and put a bullet in her head to keep her from talking, angered at the Pit-Viper for behaving independently and for selling her out to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Comments: Created (as the Viper) by Chuck Dixon, John Hebert and Fred Fredericks. Pit-Viper identity established by Gregory Wright.

Pit-Viper's involvement in the events of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#45 was revealed in Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15.

    Next time you read a story with the Viper that you don't like, remember that there's always an "out"-- it could be a Pit-Viper.
    Cool! Now I can explain every single Viper story since Captain America I#419!!!
--Snood

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Pit-Vipers should not be confused with:


PIT-VIPER

 

 

    Another Pit-Viper served in the Viper's stead to capture an ambassador in Italy, but Silver Sable and the Wild Pack rescued him and exposed her as a mere Pit-Viper because she didn't have the real Viper's facial scars. Yet another Pit-Viper was operating from a facility in Kentucky, but was captured by Silver Sable's team the Intruders, led by Sandman. This Pit-Viper also lacked the facial scars.

 

--Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15













 


Images taken from:
Punisher War Journal#45, page 4, panel 1
Pit-Viper- Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15, page 3, panel 4


Punisher War Journal#45-47 (August-October, 1992) - Chuck Dixon (writer), John Hebert (penciler), Fred Fredericks (inker), Don Daley (editor)
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. II#45 (March, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), John Heebink (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Silver Sable and the Wild Pack#15 (August, 1993) - Gregory Wright (writer), Steven Butler (penciler), Pam Eklund (inker), Craig Anderson (editor)


Last updated: 10/12/12

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