SKINHEAD

Real Name: Edward "Eddie" Cross

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Neo-Nazi Terrorist, former college student

Group MembershipSons of the Serpent; former leader of an unnamed White Supremacist Group

Affiliations: Unnamed members of his gang (deceased) 

Enemies: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Rocket Racer, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Raymond Washington

Known Relatives: Rabbi Chaim Cross (father)

Aliases: Eddie the Cross, The White Redeemer

Base of Operations: The abandoned 59th Street Bridge auto junkyard in Long Island City, New York; formerly Rego Park, Queens, New York,

First Appearance: Web of Spider-Man I#56 (November, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Skinhead possesses the ability to enlarge and manipulate his cellular structure from his skeleton into a massive amount of amorphous flesh. Resembling a massive unicellular organism, he can dissolve others on contact with his body, but only through a skin to skin contact (Spider-Man has proven capable of resisting him through his complete body-covered costume). Considering the alteration to his cellular form, he now seems to hunger for physical forms in order to regain a humanoid form. It is not known where all this extra mass goes when Skinhead converts to a humanoid condition. His swollen skin structure grants him invulnerability to harm.

Limitations: Skinhead is only vulnerable at his skeletal level and can be knocked cold by a blow to his skull. 

Unusual Features: Eddie has a Nazi swastika brand on the left side of the face. In his humanoid-form, as Skinhead, he has no hair or obvious outer skin and has a cadaverous sort of Freddie Kruger-appearance lacking in external male anatomy.

History:> (Web of Spider-Man I#57 (fb)) - Edward Cross was a straight-A student majoring in Mid-Eastern studies at Empire State University and a fierce Zionist for his Jewish heritage, but he turned against everything and dropped out of college to become a hate-spewing white supremacist.

(Web of Spider-Man I#56 (fb)) - Eddie attended a Watchdogs rally and later called them cowards for not standing up to fight for their extreme screwed-up notion of a white America.

(Web of Spider-Man I#56 (fb)) - Eddie and his gang attacked Robert Farrell (Rocket Racer) for trying to attend Empire State University, but as Eddie's dissent turned to Farrell's sister, Robert rushed to protect her and was beaten to the ground for his effort. 

(Web of Spider-Man I#56) - Eddie and his gang of white supremacists torched a wood cross in front of the Hall for Afro-American studies to show their contempt toward African Americans and was attacked by Rocket Racer rushing to defy their hate-spewing propaganda. Spider-Man interceded to save Rocket Racer, and Eddie quickly cowered as the Racer tried to strike him. Even as the police carted him off, Eddie continued to refer to himself as a patriot irregardless of the violence and dissent he had created. Bailing himself out of jail, Eddie and his gang returned to ESU to cause more trouble. Spider-Man overheard their plans in his civilian identity as Peter Parker and returned to rescue Rocket Racer from Eddie and his goons. With the Racer charging after him, Eddie fled for the science labs and cowered once more as the Racer caught up with him. Eddie eventually realized that Spider-Man wasn't trying to save him but to preserve the Racer's reputation to the public. He seized one of Parker's failed and highly acidic web fluids and lifted it up to kill the heroes, but the Racer basted it, and the shattered fluid doused Eddie and altered his cellular structure. He fled in pain to his 59th Street hide-out where he was finally discovered by his gang calling himself, Skinhead, the White Redeemer.

 (Web of Spider-Man I#57) - As Skinhead, Eddie was now suffering form an intense hunger triggered by his mutation and absorbed his gang into his now swollen and distended body as revenge for deserting him. Stripping the flesh, muscle and tissue from their bodies, he realized his deep revenge on Spider-Man and Rocket Racer and sought them out even as they searched for him. Confronting the Racer at his father's house, Skinhead attacked Rocket Racer and his father, but Spider-Man saved them both.  As Eddie's father, Rabbi Chaim Cross, pleaded for any trace of humanity in his son, Spider-Man noticed the last human vestige left of Eddie left behind at his intact skeletal structure and attacked it. Striking at it, he knocked Eddie unconscious.

(Captain Marvel II#2 (fb) - BTS) - Eddie regained his abilities and joined the racist Sons of the Serpent to continue his hate-mongering ways.

(Captain Marvel II#2) - Eddie joined other Sons of the Serpent in a demonstration at ESU where they threatened a student's group led by Raymond Washington that was trying to form a coalition between minority groups on campus. They soon turned to attacking the students, and Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) joined the fray. Captain Marvel knocked Eddie down, but he shifted into his superhuman form and fought her again as the Skinhead. He attempted to engulf her inside his body, but she managed to blast her way through him. He reacted by toppling rubble on to her and fleeing.

After learning about Skinhead's past from the Rocket Racer, Captain Marvel enlisted his father to help. When the Sons of the Serpent went to a confrontation with the students group, Washington declared that the Sons of the Serpent were the biggest problem on campus, and soon the other Serpents abandoned Eddie. Eddie became the Skinhead again, but his father pleaded to his humanity, and Eddie was able to let go of his hate and emerged from the Skinhead's protoplasm. However, the protoplasm body remained behind, now without a consciousness to guide it. Captain Marvel incinerated the protoplasm, seemingly marking an end to the Skinhead. Afterward she offered to shake hands with Eddie, but he wasn't ready to change that quickly.

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway, Alex Saviuk and Keith Williams. 

It's not known if the Red Skull ever became aware of Skinhead, but if he did, I'd figure he'd be unimpressed by Eddie up until the mutation that changed him.

The 59th Street Bridge near where Eddie's hide-out is - I think that's also known as the Queensboro Bridge.

The swastika, also called a fylfot, contrary to popular belief, was not originally a Nazi symbol. Originally an Eastern symbol, it was first a religious symbol associated with the worship of sun-gods in many parts of the ancient world, most notably Egypt, Greece and Scandinavia. It still survives as a religious emblem among followers of Buddhism and Jainism as well as in the Indian tribes of North America who continue the practice of aboriginal religion and medicine. The fylfot is the ancestor of many decorative motifs including the Greek labyrinth. It was corrupted into the German Hakenkreuz (German for swastika) as a symbol for Anti-Semitism under the Nazi party, but this symbol is a cross with the ends turned clockwise rather than the traditional counterclockwise.

Although the cover of Captain Marvel II#2 shows #1, the imprint state "Captain Marvel vol.2 No.2", a continuation of 1989's Captain Marvel II#1, which seemed like a one-shot until 1994's second issue (the one mentioned in this profile).

"Prejudice and the act of lowering other people by stereotype is the religion of very small people trying to make themselves bigger than they actually are." - William Faulkner 

Maybe this story was inspired by the life of Daniel Burros, an KKK Grand Dragon with Jewish origin.
--John McDonagh

Profile by: WillU and Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:  Skinhead is not to be confused with:  

  • Any other "skin-" anything in the Marvel Universe

 


Images:
Web of Spider-Man I#56, pg 29 (main)
Web of Spider-Man I#56, pg 3 (Eddie)
Web of Spider-Man I#57, pg 16 (mutated)


Issues:
Web of Spider-Man I#56-57 (November-October, 1989)
Captain Marvel II#2 (February, 1994) - Dwayne McDuffie, Dwight D. Coye (writers), Mark Bright (penciler), Mark McKenna, Dennis Jensen, Barbara Kaalberg (inkers), Sarra Mossoff (editor)


Last updated: 09/17/13

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