Real Name: Hellen Feliciano
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Wrestler, criminal
Group Membership: Masters of Evil;
formerly Grapplers (Poundcakes, Screaming Mimi/Lanie, Screaming Mimi/Melissa Gold, Titania (Davida DeVito) ); Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation (Auntie Freeze, Battleaxe, Butterball, Cowgirl, Gladiatrix, Magilla, Sushi, Vavavoom), Deadly Dozen (Basilisk, Bird-Man, Cyclone (André Gerard), Death Adder, Firebrand (Gary Gilbert), Hijacker, Human Fly, Lascivious, Megatak, Miracle Man, Mirage)
Affiliations: Bird-Man, Brand Corporation, the Hood, Lascivious, Poundcakes, Power Broker Inc., Roxxon Oil, Titania (Mary "Skeeter" MacPherran), Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation;
Enemies: Captain America (Steve Rogers), Dazzler, Punisher (Frank Castle), Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), Scourge of the Underworld, Secret Avengers (Black Ant, Black Widow/Natasha Romanova, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde, Venom/Eugene "Flash" Thompson), Secret Avengers (Black Widow, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury Jr., Hawkeye, Mockingbird), Songbird (Melissa Gold), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), John Steele, Taskmaster, Thing (Ben Grimm), Thundra, US war veterans self-help group, X-Men (Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Storm, Wolverine)
Known Relatives: None
Place of Birth: Medina County, Ohio, USA
Base of Operations: Mobile;
formerly New York City, USA;
Los Angeles, California, USA
First Appearance: Marvel Two-in-One I#54 (August, 1979)
Powers/Abilities: A dominant personality, Letha was granted cybernetic enhancements by Roxxon Oil's subsidiary, Brand, and subsequent superhuman strength and durability from the Power Broker. While under Roxxon Oil’s employ, Letha carried various weaponry within her special leather belts and straps. Post resurrection, she was able to open the part of the brain that regulates aggression, making her victims go berserk with rage.
Weight: 145 lbs.
(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#5: Grapplers) - Poundcakes, Screaming Mimi, Letha and Titania became protégés of Auntie Freeze. They became famous wrestlers, but despite Auntie Freeze's promotion, they didn't earn as much money as their male counterparts. A Roxxon operative saw them wrestle and offered them the chance at some extra money.
(Thunderbolts I#21 (fb) / All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe#9: Roxxon) - At some point, along with the other Grapplers, Letha received cybernetic enhancements from Roxxon's subsidiary, Brand.
(Marvel Two-in-One I#54) – After witnessing Poundcakes’ defeat in a wrestling match with Thundra, Letha and her teammates joined in the battle, only to be quickly tossed aside.
(Marvel Two-in-One I#56) - The Grapplers, along with Thundra, infiltrated Project: PEGASUS. After they finished the mission Thundra thought they were sent on, Letha and the others took off and split up. Letha and Screaming Mimi ran into Quasar, but Screaming Mimi’s voice disoriented the hero. He eventually managed to regain his senses, and defeated the pair of women with an energy wave. They were later taken into custody.
(Dazzler I#13 - BTS) - After their mission with Thundra, the Grapplers were imprisoned at Ryker’s Island. They made the best of their time in prison by ruling the women’s wing with an iron fist, with Titania as the leader.
(Dazzler I#13) - Letha, along with Poundcakes and Screaming Mimi, entered Dazzler’s room at night while in prison and brought her to Titania. They planned to punish her for supposedly killing the villain Klaw, and ruthlessly beat her. Dazzler eventually fought back and knocked all of the Grapplers out by using Screaming Mimi’s voice against them.
(Marvel Two-in-One I#96) - Having somehow escaped prison, Letha and the Grapplers waited outside the hospital the Thing was a patient in until the appropriate time to attack. However, Captain America intervened, and defeated Letha with his shield. She and the others soon recuperated and prepared to attack once again. Fortunately for Captain America, the X-Men showed up and held off the Grapplers. Later, Letha and the other Grapplers joined a super-villain army on their way to attack the Thing, and they participated in the battle against several superheroes.
(Thing I#33 - BTS) - Some time after their stint with villainy, the Grapplers became assimilated into the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation, and they were completely willing to give up a life of crime for a higher paying (legal) gig as wrestlers. They were also granted superhuman strength from the Power Broker.
(Thing I#33) - Letha witnessed Titania’s loss against Battleaxe, and later participated in attacking the Thing after he was blamed for Titania’s murder.
(Captain America I#319) - Letha was contacted by Firebrand to attend a meeting at the “Bar With No Name” to discuss the threat posed by the assassin Scourge. Wanting to avenge Titania’s death, Letha agreed. However, the Scourge was disguised as the bartender, and murdered Letha and the other criminals attending the meeting.
(Punisher VII#5) - Aided by Dormammu's dark magic, the Hood resurrected Letha along with several other of Scourge's victims to fight the Punisher.
(Punisher VII#6) - The Hood addressed the assembled resurrected villains (including Letha) warning them that failure to kill the Punisher would leave them dead again after 30 days, but lying to them that it was the Punisher disguised as Scourge who had killed them. Each one resurrected had been augmented, armed and costumed by the Hood. After the Hood left, Letha tried to rally her fellows together.
(Punisher VII#7) - Letha and Lascivious walked into the room where Mirage, Firebrand, Mind-Wave and Cyclone were playing cards. The two women derided the others, Letha asserting herself by triggering Cyclone to be violent to Mind-Wave. Letha then declared that their group of resurrected villains had the advantage because others would underestimate them.
(Punisher VII#8) - Mirage facilitated the disguise of Letha and various resurrected villains to appear like (1980s era) Avengers as part of an elaborate masquerade to engage the Punisher, but the vigilante saw past the ruse and fought back. Letha survived the grenade trap the Punisher left with Mind-Wave's body, soon after taking the blast from another grenade jammed into Mirage's mouth. Furious at those who had left the fight, Letha ordered Bird-Man to take Mirage and Black Abbott away from the field of battle. Letha and Lascivious then rode atop Hijacker's tank, taking the fight to the Punisher.
(Punisher VII#9) - The Punisher managed to incapacitate Letha using an electric whip.
(Punisher Annual II#1) - To attract the Punisher's attention and exact revenge, Letha and Lascivious went to a US war veterans self-help group, forcing them to brutally kill each other. The Punisher tracked the two down and resisted Letha's mind manipulations and fought her back, aiming a gun at Letha's head only to be saved by Spider-Man. Ripping off Spider-Man's webbing, she used her powers again to make him hunt down the Punisher, then chased them down in a car. The Punisher destroyed the car, Lascivious then using her powers to make Spider-Man hold the Punisher while she and Letha escaped using Bird-Man.
(Women of Marvel#2/2 (fb) - BTS) - Letha, Lascivious and Poundcakes reunited as the Grapplers and took in runaway Lanie as the new Screaming Mimi, outfitting her with the same technology Melissa Gold originally used. They had their new Mimi to contact Melissa Gold, who was now the heroine Songbird.
(Women of Marvel#2/2) - The three villainesses offered Songbird to rejoin them for a bank robbery, but Songbird denied their offer. They sent the new Mimi against her, but Songbird defeated the Grapplers, holding them in check with her light constructs, and took off Mimi's technology, telling her to go back home, which she did. Songbird handed over Letha, Lascivious and Poundcakes to the police. Letha promised they would come back for Lanie.
(Secret Avengers I#29) - Letha joined the Masters of Evil alongside hundreds of members in Bagalia. They attacked John Steele on behalf of Max Fury; Steele later died.
(Secret Avengers I#30) - The Masters of Evil were taken over by the Abyss, who sought to spread them to the outside world.
(Secret Avengers I#31) - The Abyss-possessed villains moved to Bagalia's borders as the Secret Avengers tried to stop them.
(Secret Avengers I#32) - The Abyss was vanquished and the Avengers let the villains go free, having no authority in Bagalia.
(Secret Avengers II#2) - Letha was among the villains of Bagalia who battled the Secret Avengers, who sought to free Taskmaster.
(A+X#12/1) - Titania brought Letha and Poundcakes to a bar to meet up with Wonder Man and Beast. Letha dismissed Wonder Man's acting career.
(Avengers Undercover#2) - Back in Bagalia Letha and Lascivious hung out at "The Hole". They hit on Murderworld survivor Chase Stein when he entered the bar and played Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who would leave with him. Lascivious won.
Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writers), John Byrne (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker).
Letha received a two-page handbook entry in the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition#18.
Update by Markus Raymond: Secret Avengers & others.
Profile by Nyssane.
Letha has no known connections to
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Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#18, pg 21 (main image)
Dazzler I#13, pg 16 (closeup)
Marvel Two-in-One I#56, pg 8 (battling Quasar)
Marvel Two-in-One I#54 (August, 1979) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writer), John Byrne (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Roger Stern (editor)
Marvel Two-in-One I#56 (October, 1979) - Mark Gruenwald & Ralph Macchio (writer), George Perez (penciler), Gene Day (inker), Roger Stern (editor)
Dazzler I#13 (March, 1982) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Frank Springer (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Jim Shooter (editor)
Marvel Two-in-One I#96 (February, 1983) - Tom Defalco (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Linda Grant & Lance Tooks (editor)
Thing I#33 (March, 1986) - Michael Carlin (writer), Ron Wilson (penciler), Kim DeMulder (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Captain America I#319 (July, 1986) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (pencils), Dennis Janke (inks), Michael Carlin (editor)
Thunderbolts I#21 (December, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Scott Hanna (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher VII#5 (July, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Jerome Opena (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher VII#6-9 (August-November, 2009) - Rick Remender (writer), Tan Eng Huat (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher Annual II#1 (2010) - Rick Remender (writer), Jason Pearson (art), Axel Alonso (editor)
Women of Marvel#2 (February, 2011) - Jim McCann (writer), Michael Ryan (artist), Michael Horwitz (editor)
Secret Avengers I#29-32 (September-December, 2012) - Rick Remender (writer), Matteo Scalera (penciler/inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Avengers II#2 (May, 2013) - Nick Spencer (writer), Luke Ross (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
A+X#12/1 (November, 2013) - Christos Gage (writer), David Williams (art), Jordan D. White & Nick Lowe (editors)
Avengers Undercover#2 (June, 2014) - Dennis Hopeless (writer), Kev Walker (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
Last updated: 09/26/13
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