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SCORPIA

Real Name: Elaine Coll

Identity/Class: Human technology user

Occupation: Assassin, mercenary;
    former mental patient

Group Membership: Hell's Kitchen mob;
    formerly "Rogues" (Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Boomerang (Fred Myers), Jack O'Lantern (Steve Levins), Shocker (Herman Schultz));
    formerly Sinister Seven (Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Electro (Max Dillon), Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale), Mysterio (Quentin Beck), Shocker (Herman Schultz), Vulture (Adrian Toomes))

Affiliations: Caesar Cicero, Hydro-Man (Morris Bench), Manuel Ortega;
    formerly Mainframe (Ian Wajler), Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi)

Enemies: Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Deathlok (Michael Collins), Kaine, Mainframe (Ian Wajler), Mr. Brownstone (Francis Klum), Pro, Punisher (Frank Castle), Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Man (Ben Reilly)

Known Relatives: Vincent Coll (grandfather, deceased)

Aliases: Scorpion, "Kitten"

Place of Birth: New York City, New York

Base of Operations: Hell's Kitchen, New York City

First Appearance: Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#2 (February, 1995)

Powers/Abilities: Scorpia's costume enhances her speed and strength five hundred percent, and projects a micro-thin force field around her body.  The claws and tail contain energy blasters capable of projecting any combination of electric, laser, microwave, or plasma blasts.  The claws and prehensile tail can also be used as melee weapons.  During her tenure with the Sinister Seven, Scorpia wielded a number of additional firearms.

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 140 lbs. (in armor) 17b lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red, dyed black

History: The early history of Elaine Coll is largely unrevealed.  An affiliate of the Hell's Kitchen mob, she claimed that the Coll family "has a certain lust for ending life", and her late grandfather, Vincent Coll, was apparently an acquaintance of Silvermane's.

(Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#2 (fb)) - Elaine Coll sang as she drew and quartered several policemen.  Captured by Daredevil, she was incarcerated in the mental ward of Bellevue Hospital for some time before she was released, completely cured.

(Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#1 - BTS) - Silvermane commissioned his engineers to build a new suit of Scorpion armor, and planned to give it to a member of the Hell's Kitchen mob (which he had recently formed an alliance with) to replace the then-retired Mac Gargan.

(Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#2) - Coll tried out her new armor on a number of dummies at Silvermane's mansion in upstate New York, and listened as Silvermane explained its capabilities to her.  He dubbed her the Scorpion, but she insisted that he call her "Scorpia", and left to carry out her mission.  Catching up with fellow Silvermane operative Hydro-Man in a subway tunnel, she ensnared him with her tail and Frenched him (ew).  Ambushing Deathlok, who had come to the rescue of a wrecked train, Scorpia used Hydro-Man as a conductor for her electrical blasts, stunning him.  The two criminals were soon joined by the Beetle, who had been followed by Spider-Man.  While trying to blast the web-slinger, Scorpia accidentally shot Hydro-Man, and was subsequently webbed-up and punched out.

(Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#3) - After a battle with Spider-Man, Deathlok went with Scorpia, Hydro-Man, and the Beetle to Silvermane's estate, where the crimelord promised to call off his attacks on New York in return for Deathlok's body.  After the cyborg attacked Silvermane's ally Caesar Cicero, Scorpia subdued him so Mainframe, Silvermane's Deathlok expert, could examine him.  Later, when Spider-Man and Daredevil invaded the compound, Scorpia battled them until she was knocked out by Deathlok, whose body now housed Silvermane's mind.

(Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#4) - Waking up several hours later, Scorpia swore vengeance on Silvermane, and came across the unconscious forms of Spider-Man and Daredevil.  When they awoke, she covertly followed them to the Wesely Foundation, a secret government research facility.  Arriving there, she attacked Silvermane's forces until Mainframe seized control of her armor and set her against Spider-Man.  Freed when Mainframe was knocked out by Daredevil, Scorpia launched another attack on the Silvermane-possessed cyborg, but was knocked over a ledge by one of the newly-arrived Punisher's missiles.  Although Deathlok's true personality took over his body and saved Scorpia from plummeting to her death, Silvermane's consciousness soon re-emerged and threw her at the Punisher.  In the subsequent confusion, Scorpia escaped.

(Spider-Man Unlimited I#9) - To protect herself from Kaine, who had recently murdered two of Spider-Man's foes, Scorpia joined Hobgoblin's Sinister Seven.  During a meeting in their headquarters, Scorpia proclaimed her distaste for her teammates, and took some extra weaponry from the Hobgoblin's personal armory, much to the disdain of the Vulture.  The Seven subsequently spread across the city for Operation Kaine-Kill, periodically checking in with the Hobgoblin.  Scorpia consistently reported her position, as well as that of the Vulture, as he refused to do so.  Led by Mysterio to Kaine, who had already found and engaged Hobgoblin, Scorpia and the rest of the Seven descended upon him.  During the ensuing battle, Scorpia accidentally stung the Shocker, cursed out her teammates for hitting Electro with friendly fire, and was finally punched out by Spider-Man.

(Spider-Man Unlimited I#12) - After the Daily Bugle posted a $100, 000 reward for information on a mysterious skeleton in a Spider-Man costume (which Spider-Man had been photographed stealing), Scorpia tracked him down (unaware that Ben Reilly had taken on the guise of Spider-Man) and battled him.  Finding that the Beetle, Boomerang, Jack O'Lantern, and the Shocker were also after the reward, they decided to join forces and split it.  Despite their combined efforts, Spider-Man escaped.  The "Rogues" tracked Spider-Man to a Staten Island cemetery, along with the skeleton's current possessor, the assassin known as the Pro.  Scorpia was promptly webbed up and hit with Jack O'Lantern, taking her out of the fight.

(Marvel Encyclopedia 4: Spider-Man) - When Mac Gargan resurfaced, Scorpia lay low for some time.

(Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do#3 (fb)) - Drug kingpin Manuel Ortega hired Scorpia to assassinate rival drug dealer Garrison Klum, a.k.a. Mr. Brownstone.

(Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do#2) - Decked out in a new costume, Scorpia crashed an awards gala in Klum's honor at Carnegie Hall.  She quickly dispatched the security guards and reached Klum, was was attacked by Spider-Man (now Parker once more) and the Black Cat.  She quickly incapacitated the wall-crawler and turned her attention to the Cat.  After a brief battle, the Cat shot a grappling hook into Scorpia's tail and leapt out the hole the villain had blown in the building.  Saved from a long fall and a short stop when her tail broke off, Scorpia was nonetheless thwarted when Spider-Man stepped on her head en route to rescuing the Black Cat.

(Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do#3) - Spider-Man and the Black Cat dropped in to visit Scorpia in her holding cell.  She initially refused to give up the name of her employer, but a barrage of web-balls and the Black Cat's rendition of "Memories" (from Cats, natch) convinced her otherwise.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#562) - Scorpia attended a Bar With No Name in New York City, where she and a number of other supervillains watched the Basher challenge Spider-Man to a fight via YouTube.  She and a number of other villains placed bets with the Bookie that Spider-Man wouldn't show up, and turned on him angrily when an imposter Spider-Man showed up at the fight.  She was still at the bar when the real Spider-Man arrived, following a tip from the imposter.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#563) - Scorpia and the other supervillains in attendance battled Spider-Man, but they stopped when the bartender reminded them that the Bar With No Name was a sanctuary for those being hunted by the law - which currently included Spider-Man.  Spider-Man then pressed the bar's tight-lipped occupants for information on the Bookie, finally extracting some from Deke.

Comments: Created by Gregory Wright, Darick Robertson, Malcolm Jones III, Al Milgrom, & Randy Emberlin.

Scorpia's defining characteristic in her early appearances is her tendency to proposition anything with two legs and a pulse.  She seems to have, uh, cooled down since then.

Scorpia's a redhead in Power of Terror, alternates between red and black hair in Spider-Man Unlimited I#9, and has had consistently dark hair since.  Only her hairdresser knows for sure.

Spider-Man identifies Scorpia's new tail in Evil That Men Do as being made by Silvermane, who Scorpia had a rather messy falling-out with prior to receiving it.  So either Spidey forgot that she wasn't in her original get-up, or he was just trying to look smart for the Black Cat.

Scorpia seemingly changes back to her original costume between Amazing Spider-Man I#562 and 563.  Maybe, uh, she ran off to the ladies' room in the middle of the fight.

Profile by Minor Irritant.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Scorpia should not be confused with...

...but has no known connections to...

 

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Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do#2, p14, pan1 (main image; new costume)
Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#2, p7, pan4 (headshot)
Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#2, p7, pan3 (original costume)


Appearances:
Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#2 (February, 1995) - Gregory Wright (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Malcolm Jones III, Al Milgrom, Randy Emberlin (inkers), and Mark Powers (editor)
Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#3 (March, 1995) - Gregory Wright (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Malcolm Jones III, Lee Sullivan (inkers), Mark Powers, and Tom Brevoort (editors)
Spider-Man: The Power of Terror#4 (April, 1995) - Gregory Wright (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Greg Adams, Jimmy Palmiotti (inkers), and Tom Brevoort (editor)
Spider-Man Unlimited I#9 (May, 1995) - Tom Lyle (writer), Ron Lim, Ron Garney, Tod Smith (pencilers), Tom Palmer, Randy Emberlin, Tim Tuohy, Al Milgrom, Jimmy Palmiotti, Klaus Janson, Sam DeLaRosa, Don Hudson (inkers), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man Unlimited I#12 (May, 1996) - Evan Skolnick (writer), Paris Karounos, Steven Butler, Steve Geiger (pencilers), Randy Emberlin, Derek Fisher, Paris Karounos, Scott Hanna, Al Milgrom, Steven Butler (inkers), Eric Fein and Ralph Macchio (editors)
Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil That Men Do#2-3 (September-October, 2002) - Kevin Smith (writer), Terry Dodson (penciler), Rachel Dodson (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#562 (August, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Andy Lanning (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#563 (August, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Mike McKone (penciler), Marlo Alquiza (inker), Stephen Wacker (editor)


Last updated: 01/01/09

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