Real Name: Aaron Salomon
Identity/Class: Human Mutant
Group Membership: Mutant Force, (formerly) the Fangs, the Serpent Society, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants
Affiliations: Bludgeon, Cloud, Harridan, Heat-Ray, Leviathan, Mad Dog, Magneto, Mandrill, Professor Power, Razorblade, Secret Empire, Seraph, Serpent Society (certain members: Anaconda, Black Racer, Boomslang, Coachwhip, Cobra, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Puff Adder, Rattler, Rock Python), the Viper
Enemies: Asp, Battlestar, Black Mamba, Bushmaster (Quincy McIver), Captain America (Steve Rogers), a Chlorite, Defenders (Angel, Beast, Gargoyle, Hellcat, Hulk, Iceman, Nighthawk, Son of Satan, Valkyrie, Wasp, Yellowjacket), Demolition Man, Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Falcon, Guardian (James Hudson), Iron Monger, Manta, Mister One and Mister Two, New Warriors (Aegis, Bolt, Namorita, Nova, Speedball, Turbo), Nomad (Monroe), a Sentinel, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention and Espionage Logistics Directorate), Sidewinder (Seth Voelker), Silver Sable, Vagabond (Rachel Leighton), Joshua and Beatrice Walker, Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett)
Known Relatives: None known
Aliases: None known
Base of Operations:
(formerly) Secret Empire headquarters in upstate New York;
(formerly) Magneto’s New York base
First Appearance: Captain America Annual#4 (1977)
Powers/Abilities: "Slither greatly resembles a large snake with arms and legs, and has scaled skin. Slither can wrap his flexible body around an opponent as a snake can, and constrict himself, exerting suffocating pressure upon his victim." (the previous quoted from Slither's OHOTMU entry) Slither appears to have some level of super-strength. Slither once used a jet-pack and energy gun of some sort.
Height: 6'9'' Weight: 210 lbs Eyes: Green Hair: None
History: Little is known about the background of Aaron Salomon.
(Captain America Annual#4 (fb)) - Salomon was recruited, alongside four other mutant men (Burner, Lifter, Peeper, and Shocker), to serve in Magneto’s new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
(Captain America Annual#4) - Wanting to exploit a tiny spaceship he had found, Magneto sent the Brotherhood to apprehend the diminutive Mister One, who controlled the large Mister Two. The villains attacked One and Two, and Captain America, in a park. During the battle, Salomon wrapped himself around Captain America, stating, “Slither is my name! And strangling is my game!” When SHIELD arrived, the Brotherhood fled back to headquarters, and Magneto captured Mister One. The Brotherhood was shocked to learn the plot involved the tiny spaceship. When Captain America and Mister Two attacked, Salomon constricted around Two until Two threw Salomon against Lifter. As he prepared to crush Captain America, Two threw Salomon around Lifter, incapacitating him. When Mister One exploded the tiny spaceship, the villains were forced to flee.
(Defenders I#78) – The five mutants, abandoned by Magneto, were hired by the Mandrill and given the team name of the Mutant Force, a name they kept in the following years. They attacked a Coloradan Air-Force base with an army of female warriors (under the control of the Mandrill). When the Defenders (Hellcat, Valkyrie, Wasp, Yellowjacket) attacked, Salomon constricted around Valkyrie, until Yellowjacket zapped him. When things got out of hand, Burner, Lifter, and Peeper were able to escape with a pile of gold and an unconscious Yellowjacket, leaving Salomon and Shocker behind.
(Defenders I#79) – The three villains battled the Defenders alongside the women warriors again and rescued their teammates. During the battle, the Wasp hit Salomon with a blast, then Burner’s flames kept Salomon from attacking for a time. Salomon constricted around a fallen Hellcat. After capturing Valkyrie, Hellcat, and the Wasp, they returned to the base, where Mandrill put the women under his control and put Valkyrie in charge of the Mutant Force. The mutants caroused with the controlled women, and Salomon made out with one. After the Wasp escaped, the Mandrill ordered his forces to attack the Air Force again.
(Defenders I#80) – In their battle with the army, Salomon wrapped himself around individual soldiers. All the surviving soldiers were rounded up in one building and held under an electrical field created by the Shocker. Nighthawk attacked, and soon the field was shorted out and the Mutant Force was quickly defeated.
(Defenders I#83) – The Mutant Force, still in custody, was brought before a special United States Intelligence Services branch. They agreed to become special government operatives in exchange for full presidential pardons.
(Defenders I#87 (fb)) – After the Hulk invaded a baseball stadium, the Mutant Force was sent in with the army to stop him, and the stadium was evacuated. During the battle, Salomon tried to suffocate the Hulk by constricting around his head, but was thrown aside into Shocker. Valkyrie and Hellcat attacked, and Valkyrie knocked a structure down on the mutants, the Hulk escaped.
(Defenders I#87) – The Mutant Force was called to testify against the Defenders in what they thought was a government inquisition (but was actually the alien Tribunal). Lifter testified about their recent battle with the Defenders.
(Defenders I#125 (fb)) – No longer working for the government, the Mutant Force (minus Peeper) was recruited by the Secret Empire alongside several other operatives. Mad Dog was put in charge of the Mutant Force.
(Defenders I#125) – Mad Dog and the Mutant Force were sent in to attack the Defenders at the wedding of Hellcat and the Son of Satan in Greentown, Ohio. During the battle, Salomon restrained the Beast by constricting around him, but the Beast shortly knocked Slither unconscious. The villains were quickly defeated.
((New) Defenders I#126) – The villains were held in SHIELD null-fields for questioning. Professor Power arranged for their release while Leviathan created a distraction.
((New) Defenders I#128) – Equipped with special strength-sapping devices, Calley fought alongside the other Secret Empire operatives (Mad Dog, Mutant Force, Leviathan, Seraph, and Harridan) against the Defenders, who were quickly captured.
((New) Defenders I#129) – Mad Dog and the Mutant Force fought off the attacking Defenders while the Secret Empire launched a satellite that would start a world war.
((New) Defenders I#130) – The satellite exploded, and the Defenders quickly defeated the villains.
(Captain America I#342 (fb)) - For unknown reasons, Salomon joined up with the Viper, an international terrorist and murderer, and began to act as her lackey. While there, his intelligence seemed far less. He followed her plan to infiltrate the Serpent Society and release a toxin into the water that would turn much of America into human snakes.
(Captain America I#343) - Salomon, with Viper, Coachwhip, and Puff Adder, helped interrogate the villainous members of the Serpent Society to coax them into joining Viper's group. Black Mamba, the Asp, Diamondback, and Bushmaster (with the deposed Sidewinder) refused to join with Viper, but the rest of the villains did. When Captain America, Diamondback, and Nomad attacked and started defeating the villains, Salomon leaped at Captain America and was zapped by one of Coachwhip's whips. Later, Salomon leaped on Demolition-Man (also attacking), but was brutally knocked out on Nomad.
(Captain America I#344) - Salomon was taken captive aboard the heroes ship. Nomad, D-Man, and Diamondback were joined by the Falcon. Nomad interrogated Salomon brutally. The heroes landed the ship and ran out, leaving Salomon tied up aboard.
(Captain America I#419) - As part of Viper's group, the Fangs (with Bludgeon, Heat-Ray, and Razorblade) Salomon assisted Viper in her latest Nihilistic plot, to blind every American who owned a TV set. When Viper got captured, she was tortured by the Red Skull's agent, the Iron Monger, who broke Viper's leg. The Fangs, armed with guns and jet-packs, rescued Viper. Back at the base, Captain America (Steve Rogers), Battlestar, and Silver Sable attacked. Salomon constricted around Sable, who stabbed him with several weapons and left him moaning in pain. The heroes successfully stopped the plot.
(New Warriors II#6) - Back together with the Mutant Force, Salomon attacked an armored truck for money. The New Warriors noticed and attacked. Speedball bounced an unconscious Salomon into the open truck. All the villains were quickly defeated.
(X-Men: Watchers on the Walls: Chapter 14: Exposure (Northern): In British Columbia, Manta pursued a Chlorite alongside a Sentinel, Wolverine, and Guardian. Seeking to catalogue all mutants, they battled and defeated Mutant Force (Burner, Lifter, Peeper, Slither).
(Captain America IX#8) - Slither was among the prisoners held in the Myrmidon prison.
Comments: Created by Jack Kirby.
While there are many other snake-themed villains out there, Slither is unique in the MU. He's got the mutant connection, but very little history despite decades of existence. I have to admit to a special fondness for this under-developed villain, though.
Thanks to Ron Fredricks for the cleaned up main image.
Slither has no known connections to
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe II#9, p21, pan2
Captain America I#419, p15, pan2
Captain America Annual#4 (1977) - Jack Kirby (writer/pencils), John Verpoorten & John Tartaglione (inks), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Defenders I#78-80 (December, 1979 - February, 1980) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Herb Trimpe & Ed Hannigan (#79) (pencils), Mike Esposito (#78-79) & Dan Green (#80) (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#83 (May, 1980) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#87 (September, 1980) - Ed Hannigan (writer), Don Perlin (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Defenders I#125-126 (November-December, 1983) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (#125) & Alan Kupperberg (#126) (pencils), Kim DeMulder (#125) & Paul Becton (#126) (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#128 (February, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Mike Mignola (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Defenders I#129-130 (March-April, 1984) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Don Perlin (#129) & Mike Zeck (#130) (pencils), Kim DeMulder (inks), Carl Potts (editor)
Captain America I#342-344 (June-August, 1988) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralphl Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#419 (September, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
New Warriors II#6 (March, 2000) - Jay Faerber (writer), Jason Armstrong (pencils), Walden Wong (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
X-Men: Watchers on the Walls (May, 2006) - Christopher L. Bennett (writer)
Captain America IX#8 (April, 2019) - Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer), Adam Kubert (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 09/28/2005
Last updated: 05/18/2019
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