Real Name: Sylvester Marston

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Professional criminal

Identity: Publicly known

Legal Status: Citizen of Canada with a criminal record

Group Membership: Enforcers (Fancy Dan, Hammer Harrison, Montana, Ox/Raymond Bloch), Satan Squad, Thunderbolts

Affiliations: Arranger, Baron Brimstone, Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Crime-Master (unidentified imposter), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)

Enemies: Arcade, Black Ant, Roberto Cassada, Duke Dawson, Eel (Edward Lavell), Hunter-Bots, Kraven the Hunter (Sergei Kravinoff), Machine Man, Pamela Quinn, Sandman, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Taskmaster, Wraith (Yuri Watanabe)

Place of Birth: Ontario, Canada

Marital Status: Single

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Baron Zemo's Folding Castle, Germany
formerly New York City

First Appearance: Machine Man I#16 (August, 1980)

Powers/Abilities: Marston is a contortionist who can entwine his body around objects and other people.

Height: 6'3" Weight: 180 lbs. Eyes: Blue Hair: Black

History: (Machine Man I#16) - Snake Marston joined Hammer Harrison as the top two lieutenants for Baron Brimstone as he sought to control the underworld of New York. He and Harrison were present with Baron Brimstone as he confronted local gang members and announced that they would now be his servants, the Satan Squad. When some of the criminals resisted Brimstone's leadership bid, he had Hammer and Snake demonstrate their abilities by striking down a couple of them. Brimstone then vanished with Hammer and Snake.

Snake and Hammer then helped lead the Satan Squad in a series of crimes that would enable him to mass-produce the Sol-Mac weapon. When Satan Squad member Duke Dawson tried to rat out Brimstone to Pamela Quinn of Delmar Insurance, Snake and Hammer confronted them, and Snake wrapped his body around Dawson, crushing him to death. They turned Pamela over to Baron Brimstone.

Later, Hammer and Snake led the Satan Squad in an attempt to steal the golden bell of the cathedral St. Gabriela of the Highlands, only to be confronted by Machine Man. Snake tried to wrap himself around the robot, but Machine Man spun himself at a terrific speed, hurtling Snake into the Satan Squad. Machine Man went on to defeat Baron Brimstone.

(Marvel Team-Up I#138) - Hammer and Snake were recruited into the Enforcers by the Arranger, the Kingpin's top man. The original Enforcers were initially hesitant to accept them, but they proved their abilities in a brief scuffle with the others, and then they were formally welcomed by Fancy Dan, Montana and Ox. The Arranger charged the Enforcers with the task of maintaining the Kingpin's extortion rackets, and the team made good on that in the days that followed, threatening and beating store owners and burning down property. When one of their targets was candy store owner Roberto Cassada, they provoked the ire of the Sandman, who was renting a room from Cassada's family. The Enforcers happened to run into Spider-Man, and managed to defeat him with their superior numbers. They chained him up and brought him to their hideout so that he could be turned over to the Kingpin, but Sandman came to Spider-Man's rescue. Snake was knocked out by Spider-Man.

(Daredevil I#356 (fb) - BTS) - At some point Snake was impersonated by the Eel (Edward Lavell) so that he could infiltrate the ranks of the Enforcers.

(Thunderbolts I#53) - Marston was seen imprisoned in Seagate's super-villain cell block.

(Thunderbolts II#104) - In order to enforce the Superhuman Registration Act, Snake Marston was recruited into the Thunderbolts alongside his teammate the Ox, and attended a practice session held by the Swordsman (Andreas von Strucker).

(Thunderbolts II#107) - Marston joined Thunderbolts army recruits Aqueduct, Killer Shrike, Slyde and Ox in battling citizens of Sydney, Australia who had been overcome by the energies unleashed by the Universal Wellspring.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#18.1) - Working for Crime-Master (actually one of Mr. Negative's Inner Demons pretending to be Crime-Master) the Enforcers helped Black Cat in an attempt to break out Hammerhead and Tombstone from Ryker's Island. They were stopped by Spider-Man and Wraith.


(Amazing Spider-Man V#19 (fb) - BTS) - Snake Marston was among the animal-themed villains captured by Taskmaster and the Black Ant on behalf of Arcade and Kraven the Hunter, then placed inside Central Park after being in stasis for a time.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#19) - Hunted by Hunter-Bots controlled by Arcade's clients at the Plaza Hotel advanced on the villains in Central Park some of the villains, including Marston, were hiding from them.

(Amazing Spider-Man V#19/20.HU) - Marston and other villains soon joined forces with Vulture to fight back against the Hunter-Bots.

(Devil's Reign: Moon Knight#1) - While imprisoned at the Myrmidon Marston ate at the same table as the other members of the Enforcers. They wanted nothing to do with 8-Ball.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco and Steve Ditko.

Marston received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#4's coverage of the Enforcers. Strangely, the province of his birth was given, but not the town/city.

In Daredevil I#356, Daredevil remarked that he thought Snake Marston was dead, and it was made to sound as though the Eel had killed him, but with his reappearance in Thunderbolts, obviously that's not what happened.

Thanks to G Morrow for adding Thunderbolts I#53.

He was probably one of the many unidentifiable villains seen at the end of Amazing Spider-Man V#16 (April, 2019) trapped in energy cages on a mountainside in South Africa, but we don't know for sure.

Profile by Prime Eternal. Update by Markus Raymond.

Snake Marston should not be confused with:

Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition#4 - Enforcers entry (main)
Machine Man I#16, p17, pan1 (numbered)

Machine Man I#16 (August, 1980) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Steve Ditko (artist), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#138 (February, 1984) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Greg LaRocque (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Thunderbolts I#53 (August, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts II#104 (September, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts II#107 (December, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#18.1 (August, 2015) - Gerry Conway (writer), Carlo Barberi (pencils), Juan Vlasco (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#19 (June, 2019) - Nick Spencer (writer), Gerardo Sandoval (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#20.HU (July, 2019) - Nick Spencer (writer), Cory Smith (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Nick Lowe (editor)
Devil's Reign: Moon Knight#1 (May, 2022) - Jed MacKay (writer), Federico Sabbatini (artist), Martin Biro (editor)

First Posted: 03/25/2007
Last updated: 03/14/2023

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