EEL

Real Name: Edward Lavell

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Criminal

Group MembershipSerpent Squad (King Cobra (Piet Vorhees), Sin, Viper (Leon Murtaugh) ), Maggia (T.B. Smithson, Shigeru Ichihara, Madame Masque (just another clone), Caesar Cicero, and Pierre Fresson (Cyclone));
formerly Thunderbolts army (Ajaxis, Aqueduct, Batroc the Leaper, Beetles (3 in new armor), Blacklash (new), Bloodstrike, Boomerang, Bushmaster, Coronary, Dr. Octopus, Ironclad, Killer Shrike, King-Cobra, Mongoose, Over-Mind, Ox (Ronald Bloch), Porcupine, Pretty Persuasions, Quicksand, Rattler, Red Ronin, Slyde, Smiling Tiger, Tatterdemalion, Texas Twister, Unicorn (Milos Masaryk), Vapor, Vector, Vermin, Whiplash (new), Whirlwind (David Cannon), X-Ray), Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil (Aqueduct, Bison, Blackwing, Boomerang, Cardinal, Constrictor, Crimson Cowl (Justine Hammer), Cyclone (Fresson), Dragonfly, Flying Tiger, Icemaster, Joystick, Klaw, Lodestone, Man-Ape, Man-Killer, Quicksand, Scorcher, Shatterfist, Shockwave, Slyde, Sunstroke, Supercharger, Tiger Shark), Enforcers (Fancy Dan, Hammer Harrison, Montana, Ox (Ronald Bloch)), New Enforcers (Blitz, Controller, Dragon Man, Dreadnaught, Fixer (Norbert Ebersol), Madame Menace, Mentallo, Mr. Fear (Alan Fagan), Plantman, "Super-Adaptoid", Tangle, Thermite, Vanisher)

Affiliations: Advanced Idea Mechanics, Arcade, Boomerang, Caesar Cicero, Constrictor, Crimson Dynamo, Crossbones, Crossfire, Deadly Nightshade, Discus, Dr. Doom, Dragon Man, Dreadnaughts, Goldbug, Grim Reaper, Hobgoblin, King Cobra, Lady Octopus, Mad Dog, Man Mountain Marko, Mentallo, Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), Scorcher, Scorpion (Mac Gargan), Shocker (Schultz), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Slayer Mark 20, Stiletto, Stilt-Man, Thunderball, Thunderbolts (Atlas (Erik Josten), Baron  Helmut Zemo, Blizzard (Don Gill), Fixer (Norbert Ebersol), Joystick, MACH-IV, Radioactive Man, Smuggler (Conrad Josten), Songbird, Swordsman (Andreas Strucker)), Tinkerer, Trapster, Lucia van Bardas, Vanisher
formerly Hammerhead

Enemies: Avengers (Goliath (Hank Pym), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Triathlon, Vision, Warbird, Wasp), Bloodrose (Richard Fisk), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Captain America (James Barnes), Carmelo, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Falcon, Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura), Thing), Nick Fury LMD, Hammerhead, Iron Fist (Daniel Rand), Joey, Mister Hyde, Angela Parrish, Power Man (Luke Cage), Punisher, Sal, SHIELD, Spider-Man (Parker), Thunderbolts (Atlas (Erik Josten), Charcoal, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Jolt, Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Songbird), Toad, Lucia van Bardas, Vito, Louis Wilson

Known Relatives: None known

Aliases: "Snake" Marston

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Power Man and Iron Fist#92 (April, 1983)

Powers/Abilities: Edward Lavell is a skilled contortionist. The Eel suit he dons has been upgraded several times allowing him greater control and greater power. His costume contains devices that generate large quantities of electricity, and natural insulation to protect himself from said electricity. He can fire electrical bolts, generate bright lights, form electrical fields around himself that will protect him from danger and warn him of impeding attacks, maintain an electric current that knocks out or shocks anyone that touches him, and set up outward electric fields to do the same. Eel coats his costume with a silicon grease that makes him slippery. Eel can naturally swim through water.

History: (Power Man and Iron Fist#92 (fb) - BTS) - Under unknown circumstances, Edward Lavell obtained the armor of the original Eel, Leopold Stryke, who was deceased.

(Power Man and Iron Fist#92) - Eel and Man-Mountain Marko teamed up to free Hammerhead from his prison transport van in upstate New York. A silent helicopter deposited them on the van top, where they found Power Man and Iron Fist. Eel dodged Iron Fist's kicks and Iron Fist dodged Eel's. Eel tried sending an electric current through the van, but only succeeded in shocking Marko. Power Man cornered Eel and knocked him out, and Eel was soon arrested.

(Power Man and Iron Fist#110) - Deadly Nightshade hired Marko and Eel and mesmerized Stiletto and Discus into aiding her in robbing a debutante ball. Eel set an electric field around the building that would knock anyone who tried to leave unconscious. While they raided the party, Eel demonstrated his power's new capabilities, his electric bursts capable of hurting Power Man now, also using an electric forcefield around himself, which would allow him to detect incoming attacks. After trading blows with Iron Fist, he was knocked aside by Marko's thrown unconscious form. When Stiletto shook off his mesmerization, he threw a knife at Eel that overloaded his system. Eel switched to a secondary system, but not before Iron Fist knocked him out.

(Fantastic Four I#335) - Influenced by a mood stabilizer designed by Dr. Doom, Eel attacked a courthouse where the Fantastic Four (Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura), Thing) were at a trial about the Super-Hero Registration Act. He rushed the heroes at the same time as Thunderball, Mad Dog, and Vanisher. Eel fired a blast at Mister Fantastic and knocked out Human Torch, but was soon short-circuited by a water hose wielded by Mister Fantastic. He was soon arrested.

(Avengers Spotlight#29/2) - Eel was transported to the Vault alongside many other villains.

(Marvel Collectors Edition#1) - Spider-Man ran across Eel as the villain was attempting to rob a jewelry store in the middle of the night. Though Spider-Man's webbing had little effect on the Eel, he finally caught him by knocking him into a giant web the hero had created high above the ground. Spider-Man told Eel that while the webbing didn't stick to him, the webbing also only lasted an hour, and would soon dissolve. With no choice, Eel removed his slippery costume, and Spider-Man handed him over to the authorities.

(Web of Spider-Man#99) - As part of the New Enforcers team, Eel, with his electric powers enhanced for greater control and stronger forcefields, and new teammate Blitz were sent to destroy any evidence in the Foreigner's office of the new team. There, they attacked Spider-Man, who quickly maneuvered Blitz into Eel's electric field. Soon teammates Dragon Man, Vanisher, Super-Adaptoid, and Dreadnaught attacked.

(Web of Spider-Man#100) - Vanisher teleported Eel and Blitz back home while the others fought off Spider-Man. Later, joined by fellow enforcers Plantman, Tangle, and Thermite, Eel and Blitz attacked Blood Rose, making short work of their foe until Spider-Man attacked them, sporting new steel armor. He shrugged off Eel's blasts and knocked Eel out with a web-ball. The New Enforcers plans were soon derailed, though the inner-circle (Controller, Fixer, Madame Menace, Mentallo, Mr. Fear) remained free.

(Captain America I#411-414) - At the AIM Weapons Expo on Boca Caliente, Eel was among dozens of villains who watched Crossbones fight several villains on stage. When Crossbones was revealed to be Captain America in disguise, the villains rushed the stage and fought the hero and his ally Falcon.

(Daredevil I#357 (fb)) - Posing as "Snake" Marston, who was believed dead, Eel joined the Enforcers (Fancy Dan, Hammer Harrison, Montana, Ox), seeking to turn the villains into major players to his credit. Mr. Hyde tried to hire the Enforcers, but "Marston" had the team refuse. Hyde vowed revenge, but Eel decided to act first, killing a woman named Angela Parrish, framing Hyde for it, and escaping through the tunnels, using his contortionist skills to do so.

(Daredevil I#356) - Daredevil followed the tunnels to the Enforcers' lair and fought the villains, knocking "Marston" aside with a nerve pinch. Eel put on his costume, defeated Daredevil, and revealed himself to his teammates.

(Daredevil I#357) - The Enforcers accepted Eel to their ranks, though they didn't know why he'd used such a ruse. Later, Eel bragged of his plans and his superiority over the Enforcers to Daredevil, not realizing the Enforcers overhead him. He knocked all four of them out, though Ox gave him a difficult time, then fled through the tunnels. Pursued by Daredevil, Eel was knocked out and delivered to the authorities for the murder.

(Thunderbolts I#25 (fb)) - Eel was recruited by the Crimson Cowl to join her Masters of Evil.

(Thunderbolts I#33 (fb)) - The Masters set up base at Mt. Charteris near Burton Canyon, Colorado.

(Thunderbolts I#24-25) - The Cowl revealed her plan to manipulate the weather systems of the world, blackmailing the world's leaders for money. The Thunderbolts (Atlas, Charcoal, Hawkeye, Jolt, Moonstone, Songbird) attacked and made short work of all 25 Masters. During the fight, Eel blasted Atlas.

(Avengers III#31) - Eel, representing the Gulf Coast based Maggia, attended a meeting alongside Maggia men T.B. Smithson, Shigeru Ichihara, Madame Masque, Caesar Cicero, and Pierre Fresson, called to New York by Grim Reaper, who sought to solidify the Maggia. As they talked, the Avengers (Goliath (Pym), Iron Man (Stark), Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Triathlon, Vision, Warbird, Wasp) attacked and Madame Masque summoned Dreadnaughts to defend them. Eel changed to his costume and ran for it, but was stopped by Triathlon.

(Spider-Man: Lifeline#2 (fb) - BTS) - Cesar Cicero represented Eel and Man-Mountain Marko in court, getting them free to work for him.

(Spider-Man: Lifeline#1) - At Cicero's instruction, Marko stole the Lifeline Tablet and passed it on to Eel (with a new green mask), and both returned it to Cicero just before Boomerang, working for Hammerhead, broke in and stole it after gluing Eel to the wall.

(Spider-Man: Lifeline#2) - Eel promised to retrieve the tablet, and drove off in an Eel-themed car to do so. He took down Hammerhead's guards, Joey and Sal, but was then defeated by Spider-Man.

(Spider-Man: Lifeline#3) - Two more guards, Vito and Carmelo, prepared to take Eel to Hammerhead, but Spider-Man knocked these guards aside and took Eel to the  police.

(Wolverine II#167) - Eel participated in a Bloodsport competition in Madripoor, and fought Toad in an arena-style fight. Eel lost the fight and was seemingly killed.

(Secret War#5 (fb) - BTS) - Eel was given an armor by the Tinkerer, bankrolled by Latverian Prime Minister Lucia von Bardas.

(Secret War#3) - Eel was among a group of super-villains--including Boomerang, Constrictor, Crimson Dynamo, Crossfire, Eel, Grim Reaper, Hobgoblin, King Cobra, Lady Octopus, Mentallo, Mister Fear, Scorcher, Scorpion, a Spider-Slayer, Trapster, Wizard--who ambushed Nick Fury, Captain America, Daredevil, and Spider-Man--all of whom had been involved in Nick Fury's secret war on Latveria.

(Secret War#4) - The above battle continued, even after the Fantastic Four arrived to assist the heroes. Eventually some armored chick (von Bardas) showed up and caused all of the villains' armors' energies to join together in a chain reaction that would've caused a massive explosion.

(Secret War#5) - The chain reaction was broken up by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Daisy Johnson when she killed Lucia von Bardas by blowing her up from the inside. Eel and all the other villains survived and were taken to hospitals (and after their recovery into the next prison capable to hold them).

(Thunderbolts II#104) - Members of the Thunderbolts army, MACH-IV and three operators of his prior Beetle armors, attacked Eel and the new Porcupine in San Francisco. The operator of the oldest Beetle armor wrapped Eel up in stretchable tentacles. They were returned to Baron Zemo's interspatial headquarters, then inducted into the Thunderbolts army in Desert Flats, New Mexico, to train, their only other option being jail.

(Thunderbolts II#107) - Eel fought alongside Boomerang, Doctor Octopus, Porcupine, Quicksand, Unicorn, Whirlwind and X-Ray against dozens of humans in Chicago who had been powered by the Wellspring of Power. Eel and his allies quickly grew overwhelmed and looked to Doctor Octopus for leadership, and he ordered them to retreat.

(Thunderbolts II#108) - Eel was with many of the world's superheroes and villains who surrendered their powers to the Over-Mind, who passed them to Baron Zemo in order to balance out the Wellspring. The situation was soon resolved and the superpowers returned.

(Punisher: War Journal II#4) - Eel and Dragon Man attended together the wake of Stilt-Man, who had been killed by the Punisher. The wake was held in a bar, and was attended by many current and former criminals. Several attendees started feeling sick, and the villains and ex-villains realized too late the Punisher had been there disguised as the bartender, and had poisoned their drinks. A brief bar-room brawl broke out during which Eel traded electric blasts with the Shocker, but it was broken up by Spider-Man. As the Punisher walked away from the bar, it blew up.

(Captain America V#28) - Eel was recruited by Sin (daughter of the Red Skull) to serve in the new Serpent Squad alongside Cobra and a new Viper. They attacked a stock market facility in Chinatown, killing everyone they came across (Eel with electric blasts). Eel fried the servers on Sin's command, then they fought their way out. 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) - The Serpent Squad hit Captain America with multiple power blasts, including Eel's electric discharge, but the hero soon managed to down Eel with his thrown shield. Captain America then opened fire on them and Eel was shot through the abdomen. He was later apprehended by SHIELD along with Viper and questioned about the Red Skull's plots.

(Avengers Arena#7 (fb)) - Eel attended Arcade's birthday party.

Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek, Denys Cowan, and Mel Candido.

Eel had an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#4 and Master Edition#2.

Thanks to Markus Raymond for adding the Secret War issues. Thanks to Madison Carter for adding Charleston Chew's Marvel Collectors Edition#1 and Eel's Punisher: War Journal appearance.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Eel is the successor of:

But he has no known connections to:


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#356, p22, pan1 (main image)
Avengers III#31, p14, pan4 (head)
Web of Spider-Man#99, cover (VS Spider-Man)
Daredevil I#356, p17, pan2 (as Snake Marston)


Appearances:
Power Man and Iron Fist#92 (April, 1983) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Denys Cowan (penciler), Mel Candido (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Power Man and Iron Fist#110 (October, 1984) - Tony Isabella (writer), Greg LaRocque (penciler), Jerry Acerno (inker), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Fantastic Four I#335 (October, 1989) - Walter Simonson (writer), Rich Buckler (penciler), Romeo Tanghal (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Avengers Spotlight#29/2 (February, 1990) - Dwayne McDuffie (writer), Dwayne Turner (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Greg Wright and Mark Gruenwald (editors)
Marvel Collectors Edition#1 (1992) - Tony Isabella (writer), Alan Kupperberg (artist), Glenn Herdling (editor)
Web of Spider-Man#99-100 (April-May, 1993) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Alex Saviuk (penciler), Joe Rubinstein (inker), Rob Tokar (editor)
Daredevil I#356 (September, 1996) - Karl Kesel (writer), Sal Buscema, Cary Nord, Rick Leonardi (pencilers), Matt Ryan (inker), James Felder (editor)
Daredevil I#357 (October, 1996) - Karl Kesel (writer), Cary Nord (penciler), Matt Ryan (inker), James Felder (editor)
Thunderbolts I#24-25 (March-April, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#33 (December, 1999) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#31 (August, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (penciler), Al Vey (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Man: Lifeline#1-3 (April-June, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Steve Rude (penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Wolverine II#167 (October, 2001) - Frank Tieri (writer), Dan Fraga (penciler), Norm Rapmund (inker), Mike Marts (editor)
Secret War#3 (October, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Gabrielle Dell'Otto (artist), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Secret War#4 (May, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Gabrielle Dell'Otto (artist), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Secret War#5 (December, 2005) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Gabrielle Dell'Otto (artist), Andy Schmidt (editor)
Thunderbolts II#104, 107-108 (September, November-December, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Molly Lazer (editor)
Punisher: War Journal II#4 (April, 2007) - Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato (artist), Axel Alonso (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)
Avengers Arena#7 (2013) - Dennis Hopeless (writer), Alessandro Vitti (penciler/inker), Bill Rosemann (editor)


Last updated: 03/22/14

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