Real Name: Piet Voorhees
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Group Membership: Hydra High Council (Armadillo/Antonio Rodriguez, Baron Blood/John Falsworth, Barzon Zemo/Helmut Zemo, Batroc the Leaper/Georges Batroc, Crossbones/Brock Rumlow, Sin/Sinthea Shmidt, Taskmaster/Tony Masters, Viper/Ophelia Sarkissian);
formerly Serpent Squad (Eel/Edward Lavell, Sin, Viper/Leon Murtaugh)
Affiliations: Chaeyi, Crossbones, Eddie, Hydra Queen (Grace), Lucas, Yakuza (Sano Orii)
Enemies: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Luke Cage, Captain America (Sam Wilson), Captain America (James Barnes), Sharon Carter, Daredevil/Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Deadpool, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Misty Knight (Mercedes Knight), Nomad (Ian Rogers), S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man (Peter Parker), White Tiger (Angela Del Toro)
Known Relatives: Klaus Voorhees (King Cobra, uncle)
Aliases: King Cobra
Base of Operations: Variable
First Appearance: White Tiger#1 (January, 2006)
Powers/Abilities: The Cobra, due to his injection of irradiated snake venom, is able to contort his body into small spaces, possessing a certain amount of elasticity. He also has enhanced senses, a bite that injects venom that can kill others within minutes, and the ability to project his venom through spit. He wears body armor that can protect him from some injury.
Weight: 200 lbs.
(White Tiger#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Cobra, Klaus Voorhees, injected his nephew, Piet, with irradiated venom and turned him into the new super-powered Cobra. Cobra, with his powers of poisonous venom, flexible bones, restricting squeezes, and an enhanced sense of smell, hired himself out as an high level mercenary. He worked in southeast Asia, Bosnia, Central Asia, and Chechnya, where he delivered weapons to the rebels in exchange for diamonds. Cobra was hired by the Chaeyi to aid them in setting up American holdings. Working under Karlson, Cobra was sent with Eddie and others to secure authentic green cards and passports from Sano Orii, of the Yakuza.
(White Tiger#1) - The transfer was interrupted by fledgling hero the White Tiger (Angela Del Toro), who made off with a portion of the documents before bounding off with Daredevil (Danny Rand). Karlson and Cobra confronted Sano, blaming him for the failure. Karlson assigned Cobra to find the woman assailant and test her out, and ordered Sano to bring in another shipment without failure. Cobra staked out Eddie's garage until the White Tiger, in a new costume, arrived. He eagerly battled her and they traded several blows, White Tiger even managing to evade his poisonous spit. After a time, Sano called Cobra to come with him for their mission. White Tiger jumped on the car, breaking a window with a crowbar, but Sano threw her off while driving.
(White Tiger#2) - While Cobra watched, Sano sparred with Eddie, furious with him about another loss to White Tiger. He agreed to give Eddie another chance, but beheaded one of Eddie's friends as payment. Sano, with Cobra behind, later went to the Genosha Club and flirted with Amy. The dance was interrupted by Angela Del Toro, former partner of Driver. The two of them briefly sparred before Del Toro left. Cobra wondered if he smelled White Tiger in the room, but couldn't tell because of all the perfume.
(White Tiger#3 (fb)) - Sano watched from his car, with Cobra, as several of the Yakuza were arrested. He had some costumed cops cover up the battle scene, and grew furious when NYPD cops, including Adam, started investigating. In revenge, he had Adam transferred to another unit through his connections.
(White Tiger#3) - Cobra attacked White Tiger outside of Club Tokyo and managed to wrap himself around her and burn her shoulder with venom during their fight. She knocked him off a building, but he wrapped himself around a ladder easily. He ran off when he was summoned by the Chaeyi.
(White Tiger#4) - Sano and Cobra went to collect the documents from Jessup Tyne when White Tiger attacked again. Sano killed Tyne then fired on White Tiger, but Cobra demanded that Sano leave with the documents, promising to attack him if they were lost. White Tiger threw dirt in Cobra's eyes and they kept battling. When Cobra found out she knew about the Chaeyi, he bit her, intending for his poison to kill her within minutes, then he fled when the police arrived.
(White Tiger#5) - Sano and Cobra delivered guns to Eddie that evening as part of their bargain. Cobra was annoyed at the smell of Eddie's cigar.
(White Tiger#6) - Cobra stood by while Sano and Kenzo Orii prepared to collect the completed Chaeyi documents from Eddie and his gang. White Tiger, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Power Man (Luke Cage), Iron Fist (Danny Rand), and Black Widow (Natasha Romanova) then attacked. Cobra traded blows with White Tiger, hit Power Man with his venom, then fled. Karlson and Cobra later hired Omega Red to take down White Tiger.
(Captain America V#28) - Donning his uncle's costume Cobra was recruited by Sin (daughter of the Red Skull) to serve in the new Serpent Squad alongside Eel and a new Viper. They attacked a stock market facility in Chinatown, killing everyone they came across. They soon breached a SHIELD facility and killed the agents there. They disguised themselves in SHIELD uniforms, using holographic technology to further disguise their appearances. Sin informed them they were there to rescue Crossbones.
(Captain America V#29 (fb)) - The Serpent Squad worked their way through the SHIELD facility, killing several agents. They liberated Crossbones, who greeted Sin with a kiss, and departed.
(Captain America V#35) - Sin led the Serpent Squad in an attack on the White House, while a riot organized by the Red Skull raged outside. They broke in only to be attacked by the new Captain America (James Barnes).
(Captain America V#36) - Captain America defeated the Serpent Squad. Leaving Crossbones behind, Cobra escaped with a heavily injured Sin in a helicopter. He reported the incident to Red Skull, who had a good laugh hearing about the new Captain America.
(Captain America VI#8 - BTS) - Following their release or escape, the Serpent Squad were hired by the Hydra Queen (although they were unaware of the identity of their employer) to use Madbombs to cause a huge riot in New York City. They had been told that Captain America wouldn't be a threat as he had been depowered and they could use the opportunity to loot the city.
(Captain America VI#6) - Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Hawkeye located the Madbomb but before they could try to disarm it, Captain America had his super-soldier serum rendered inert and Hawkeye was stunned by a blast of electricity from the Eel. The Squad then beat down Cap, knocking him unconscious.
(Captain America VI#7) - The Serpent Squad left the defeated heroes and committed robberies across New York City whilst people rioted due to the Madbomb. The following day, another riot broke out in New York City and the Serpent Squad attacked another bank with Cobra attacking the bank manager. As the Squad threatened to set off another Madbomb inside the bank unless the manager opened the safe, Captain America and Sharon Carter arrived with Cap knocking the Madbomb from Cobra's hand.
(Captain America VI#8) - As the Squad attacked, Cobra caught Cap's shield but was knocked out by him anyway soon thereafter. Sharon Carter later interrogated Cobra, but he couldn't reveal his employers because he had never even met them. He was pretty angry at them because they lied to them about how long Cap would be weakened. He also revealed the Serpent Squad were hired to be a distraction.
(All-New Captain America#1 (fb) - BTS) - At some point King Cobra joined Hydra under Baron Zemo's leadership.
(All-New Captain America#1) - Baron Blood was at a meeting in Bagalia with Baron Zemo, Armadillo, Crossbones, King Cobra, Sin, Taskmaster and Viper. They were just discussing the new Captain America (Sam Wilson), when he arrived at their meeting place using Hydra's teleporting Infinite Elevator alongside Nomad (Ian Rogers) and Lucas, whom the duo had just saved from Hydra. Zemo welcomed Cap with his allies assembled behind him.
(All-New Captain America#2) - Baron Blood fought Cap and Nomad alongside the other villains until Nomad told Cap he could take care of the villains himself and Cap should take Lucas to safety. Nomad was captured by Zemo and his crew while Lucas, who turned out to be a Hydra agent himself, returned to Zemo after shooting Cap in the shoulder. Cobra and the others left Zemo's Bagalia base with several canisters of Lucas' blood, taking the Infinite Elevator to bring the blood to locations all over the world as part of their plan to spread the blood through bombs.
(All-New Captain America#4 (fb) - BTS) - Armadillo and King Cobra hid a canister of Lucas' blood in a crop duster somewhere in India.
(All-New Captain America#4) - Captain America (Wilson) found Armadillo in a slum in India and attacked him. During the fight King Cobra attacked Wilson from behind and threatened to break all his bones, but Armadillo turned on King Cobra and knocked him out.
Comments: Created by Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe, Phil Briones, and Don Hillsman.
It was revealed in OHotMU A-Z Hardcover#3 that Piet is the Cobra in Sin's Serpent Squad.
Profile by Chadman.
Cobra has no known connections to
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update#3, p62, pan1 (main)
White Tiger#3, p11, pan2 (2nd)
White Tiger#6, p16, pan4 (3rd)
Captain America V#28, p6, pan3 (as King Cobra)
White Tiger#1-6 (January-June, 2006) - Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe (writers), Phil Briones (penciler), Don Hillsman (inker), Ruwan Jayatilleke (editor)
Captain America V#28-29 (September-October, 2007) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Steve Epting, Mike Perkins (pencilers/inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America V#35-36 (April-May, 2008) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Butch Guice (penciler/inker), Mike Perkins (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America VI#6 (February, 2012) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America VI#7 (March, 2012) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America VI#8 (April, 2012) - Ed Brubaker (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
All-New Captain America#1-2 (January-February, 2015) - Rick Remender (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
All-New Captain America#4 (May-June, 2015) - Rick Remender (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First Posted: 02/27/2008
Last updated: 04/02/2021
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