Real Name: Klaus Voorhees
Identity/Class: Human mutate
Occupation: Leader of a criminal organization,
formerly scientific research assistant
Group Membership: Savage Six (Rhino/Aleksei Sytsevich, Scorpion/Mac Gargan, Stegron, Tarantula/Anton Rodriguez, Vulture/Adrian Toomes), Serpent Society (aka Serpent Solutions)
Black Mamba/Tanya Sealy,
Black Racer/Ariana Saddiqi,
Death Adder/Theodore Scott,
Princess Python/Zelda DuBois,
Puff Adder/Gordon Fraley,
formerly Hydra, Thunderbolts Army (Ajaxis, Aqueduct/Peter Van Zante, Atlas/Erik Josten, Baron Helmut Zemo, Batroc the Leaper/Georges Batroc, Beetle/Gary Quinn, Beetle/Joaquim Robichaux, Beetle/Elizabeth Vaughn, Blacklash (new), Black Mamba/Tanya Sealy, Blizzard/Don Gill, Bloodstrike, Boomerang/Fred Myers, Bushmaster/Quincy McIver, Coronary/James Sharp, Dr. Octopus/Otto Octavius, Eel/Edward Lavell, Fixer/Paul Ebersol, Ironclad/Mike Steel, Joystick/Janice Yanizeski, Killer Shrike/Simon Maddicks, MACH-4/Abner Jenkins, Mongoose, Overmind/Grom, Ox/Raymond Bloch, Porcupine/Roger Gocking, Pretty Persuasions/Heidi Franklin, Quicksand, Radioactive Man/Chen Lu, Rattler/Gustav Krueger, Red Ronin, Slyde/Jalome Beacher, Smiling Tiger/Conrad Mack, Smuggler/Connie Josten, Snake Marsten, Songbird/Melissa Gold, Swordsman/Andreas Strucker, Tatterdemalion/Arnold Paffenroth, Texas Twister/Drew Daniels, Unicorn/Milos Masaryk, Vapor/Ann Darnell, Vector/Simon Utrecht, Vermin/Edward Whelan, Whiplash (new), X-Ray/James Darnell, Zaran the Weapons Master/Maximilian Zaran), Serpent Squad (Eel/Leopold Stryke, Precious, Princess Python/Zelda DuBois, Viper/Ophelia Sarkissian), Serpent Squad (Eel/Leopold Stryke, Viper/Jordan Dixon)
Affiliations: A.I.M., Angel, Batroc
the Leaper (Georges Batroc),
Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Boomerang (Fred Myers),
Mr. Burroughs, Mrs. Burroughs, Chester,
Cobra (Piet Voorhees),
Constrictor (Frank Payne),
(Brass Bishop, Dark
Crossfire (William Cross),
Doctor Doom (Victor von Doom), Dragon Man,
Eel (Edward Lavell),
Electro (Max Dillon),
Enchantress (Amora), Executioner
(Russell Broxtel), Gaston,
Goldbug (Matthew Gilden), Grim Reaper (Eric Williams),
Hydro-Man (Morrie Bench), Jester
(Jonathan Powers), Joe, Keener, Warlord Krang, Lady Octopus,
Llyra, Loki (Loki
Laufeyson), Madame Masque (Whitney Frost), Mad
Thinker, Mentallo, Mister Fear (Alan Fagan), Mr. Hyde
Mr. Negative (Martin Li), M.O.D.A.M., M.O.D.O.K. (George Tarleton), "Nose" Norton,
(Alex Gentry), Puppet Master (Phillip Masters), Purple
Man (Zebediah Killgrave),
Red Skull (Johann Shmidt), Ringmaster
(Maynard Tiboldt), Scorcher, Scorpion (Mac Gargan), Shocker (Herman Schultz), Spider-Slayer Mark 20, Tinkerer (Phineas Mason), Trapster (Peter Petruski), Tyrus the Troll,
Lucia von Bardas,
Whirlwind (David Cannon), Wizard, Wilburn, Geoffrey Wilder, Zarrko the
Tomorrow Man (Artur Zarrko), Arnim Zola;
formerly Death Adder (Roland Burroughs), Diamondback (Rachel Leighton), Sidewinder (Seth Voelker), Slither (Aaron Salomon), Viper (Madame Hydra/Ophelia Sarkissian)
Enemies: Al, Alpha Flight
(Guardian/Heather Hudson, Nemesis, Puck/Eugene Judd,
Wildheart/Kyle Gibney), Dr. Andrews, Anole (Victor
Borkowski), Arcade, Arnie, Auric
(Zhao Tang), Black Ant, Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff),
(Steve Rogers), Captain America/Falcon (Sam Wilson), Peggy Carter,
Charlie, Choshin, Dave
Cox, Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Diamondback LMD, D-Man
(Dennis Dunphy), Sonny Diperna, Eel of Blessed Waters,
Four (Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Sue Richards, Mr.
Fantastic/Reed Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Jack Flag, Force
Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Spider-Woman/Julia Carpenter,
USAgent/John Walker), Jane Foster, Lemuel
Frye, Nick Fury, George, Heather Glenn, Guardsmen,
H.E.R.B.I.E., Initiative (Annex/Alexander
Santini, Butterball/Emery Schaub, Constrictor/Frank Payne, Gorilla
Rourke, Taskmaster, War Machine/Jim Rhodes, /Criti Noll),
Iron Fist (Daniel
Rand), Iron Man (Tony Stark), Marla Jameson, Kangaroo (Brian Hibbs), Lt. Kris Keating, Kraven
Hunter (Al Kravinoff), Mr. Klein, Misty Knight, Kraven the Hunter, Ned Leeds, Len, Mallory, Marty, Master Matrix, Maxie, Ms.
(America Chavez), Mysterio/Cage McKnight (Quentin Beck), "Foggy" Nelson, Nomad (Jack Monroe), Paladin, Karen Page, Rat
of 12 Plagues, Redwing, Rockslide, Bill Rotsler,
Sabretooth (Victor Creed), Scourge
Underworld, Screwball, Sharman,
Ezekiel Shecktor, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Daisy Johnson, others), Silver
(Jimon Tang), Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus/Otto Octavius, Electro/Max Dillon, Kraven the Hunter, Lizard, Mysterio/Quentin Beck, Sandman/William Baker),
Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Superior Foes (Boomerang/Fred Myers, Hydro-Man/Morris Bench, Overdrive/James Beverly, Shocker/Herman Schultz, Speed Demon/James Sanders), Syndicate (Beetle/Janice Lincoln, Electro/Francine Frye, Ana Kraven, Lady Octopus/Carolyn Trainer, Scorpia/Elaine Coll, Trapstr, White Rabbit/Lorina Dodson), Taskmaster, Thor (Thor Odinson), Thor Corps (Beta Ray
Bill, Thor/Dargo Ktor, Thor/Eric Masterson), Toxin (Pat Mulligan),
Vagabond (Priscilla Lyons), Mary Jane Watson, Wild Pack (Black Ant/Eric O'Grady LMD, Chance/Nick Powell, Foreigner, Jack O'Lantern, Slyde, Taskmaster/Tony Masters), Greg Williamson;
formerly Mr. Hyde (Calvin Zabo), M.O.D.O.K. (George Tarleton)
Known Relatives: Piet Voorhees (Cobra, nephew)
Aliases: Cobra, the Human Cobra, "Cobey"
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: (as Cobra/Human Cobra):
Journey into Mystery I#98 (November, 1963);
(as King Cobra): Captain America I#367/2 (February, 1990)
Powers/Abilities: After being bit by a radioactive cobra, Klaus Voorhees developed the powers of enhanced strength and agility, as well as the ability to slither up walls. His bones became pliable and malleable, allowing them to bend, contract and compress without any injury, ultimately making him very flexible and pliant and thus able to squeeze into tight spaces such as drain pipes and through small holes in walls or into/through any place with about 4 inches of width. Some reports state that it was impossible for Cobra to break a bone or tear a muscle. Cobra also developed the ability to slither along the ground or up walls at speeds reaching up to 50mph (a speed that could be maintained for several seconds at a time) simply by contracting his muscles for movement. The bite also enhanced his strength, making him capable of lifting up to 500 lbs.
Cobra had also used self-designed technology in
including Cobra Darts (fired from wrist, coated with venom), Cobra Gas
in grenade form, spreads a cloud of snake venom), Cobra-Cord
of wire), flashing vials of light, vials of nerve gas, a nerve gas
pellets filled with deadly poison and a Cobra Convulsion Pistol. Cobra
designed weapons for his allies in the Serpent Squad, including an Eel
and a Venom Firer. As King Cobra, Voorhees sometimes used a large green
batter at his opponents. Cobra had at times kept a Cobra-Coil (50-foot
cable) coiled up in his costume's chest cavity. He also treated his
with a silicon and graphite dust compound that made his costume
the touch. In addition, he kept suction devices on his fingers and
allowing him to stick to walls. The venom in his darts had various
potency, sometimes having a tranquilizing effect and sometimes being
deadly to humans, killing them within minutes of delivery.
For a brief time, Cobra's powers were doubled by Loki, allowing him to slither at nearly superhuman speed and to compress his body into tighter spaces. Cobra and Hyde once set up a headquarters with mechanical booby traps of all kinds. On at least one occasion, Cobra shed his old snake skin, leaving it behind in jail and his skin appeared thick with scales for a time afterward.
Weight: 160 lbs.
History: (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe I#2 (fb) – BTS) – Klaus Voorhees was born in Rotterdamn, Holland but eventually became an America citizen. He spent time in prison for unrevealed reasons.
(Journey into Mystery I#98 (fb) – BTS) – After getting out of prison, Klaus was given a job as a research assistant by Professor Ezekiel Shecktor, who sought to rehabilitate him.
(Journey into Mystery I#98) – In remote India with Shecktor, Klaus grew bitter about his measly pay and lack of recognition. As Shecktor perfected a cure for the snake bite, Klaus developed the plan to have a cobra bite them both then he could use the antidote, which would allow him to take full credit for the discovery as Shecktor died. Klaus provoked the snake into biting both of them but didn't know the cobra had been experimented on and was radioactive. As Shecktor lay dying, Klaus used the antidote then surprisingly developed super-powers. He later created a costumed identity for himself as the Cobra (also called the Human Cobra). Thor, who came to investigate, sought out Cobra, pursuing him all the way to the United States, where Cobra was seeking to take over a chemical manufacturing plant so he could create a serum that would create an army of men just like him. When Thor attacked, Cobra used his self-designed offensive weaponry, including Cobra Darts (fired from wrist, coated with venom), Cobra Gas (thrown in grenade form, spreads a cloud of snake venom) and a Cobra-Cord (tightening spiral of wire). Despite his enhanced speed, strength and slithering ability, Cobra was blinded when a machine exploded and he rushed to a random doctor's office for help. Demanding aid from Dr. Andrews, Cobra was furious when Nurse Jane Foster summoned Thor for help and Cobra tried taking Jane hostage but Thor stopped him. Cobra escaped.
(Journey into Mystery I#105) – While committing robberies in costume, Cobra evaded Thor by using his Cobra-Cable and three flash bulbs of light then he snuck into a random apartment, planning to steal from a scientist, Calvin Zabo. Zabo turned into Mr. Hyde and the two villains briefly sparred, Cobra using vials of nerve gas until they agreed to team up against Thor. Hyde developed a Time Reversal Ray and they used it on Thor to track his actions back to the office of Dr. Don Blake. Cobra and Hyde attacked Blake, kidnapping Jane Foster and demanding that Blake summon Thor. Blake changed to Thor while the two villains looked out the window then he fought them in the office, in a junkyard and then in a machine exhibition, where Cobra briefly separated Thor form his hammer with a hydraulic lift. The two villains began to close in.
(Journey into Mystery I#106) – After pulling out the floor from beneath the villains, Thor managed to escape before reverting to his human form. As the police closed in, Hyde threatened to harm the crowd if Thor didn't reveal himself. Don Blake said he would help them if they got his cane out of the machine where Thor's hammer had been taken so Cobra slithered within to try to retrieve it then Hyde tore the machine apart. Blake fled into the crowd with the stick then returned as Thor and easily defeated Cobra, tossing him into Hyde. Cobra was soon arrested, yelling that Hyde would come back for him but Hyde was soon apprehended as well.
(Journey into Mystery I#110) – Loki bailed Mr. Hyde and Cobra out of jail for a half million dollars then he cast a spell that doubled the powers of the two villains. Wanting revenge, Cobra kidnapped Jane Foster then Thor attacked but he let the men escape when they threatened Jane, promising to meet them in 24 hours. Thor soon found the headquarters of the villains, who had prepped the house with a series of booby traps, including spiked enclosing walls, a tear gas grenade set by Cobra and explosives, one of which badly wounded Jane. As Thor cast a time warp over the house, Hyde and Cobra closed in.
(Journey into Mystery I#111) – Protecting Jane, Thor continued to evade booby traps (including robotic tentacles, falling slabs and blast rays) while fighting Hyde and Cobra. Continually arguing, the two men sparred during the fight, Cobra throwing Hyde into Thor. When Thor threw Cobra's Cobra Darts back at him, Cobra escaped through an air conditioning duct. Thor got Cobra out by electrifying the vent then tied him up. Thor narrowly saved Jane's life.
(Thor I#440) – Cobra was briefly pulled into the future by Zarrko the Tomorrow Man to battle the Thor Corps. During the short fight, he threw Thor/Dargo Ktor into Tyrus the Troll.
(Fantastic Four I Annual#3) – Influenced by Dr. Doom's Emotion Charger, Cobra and several other villains swarmed the wedding of Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Girl. Cobra attacked Captain America but Cap threw Cobra into the attacking Executioner and Enchantress.
(Daredevil I#30 (fb) – BTS) – Cobra brought Mr. Hyde the chemicals he needed to transform again and the two became a partnership, using their combination of stealth and strength to commit mysterious robberies.
(Daredevil I#30) – Cobra and Hyde continued working together, though they argued frequently. Hyde and Cobra soon saw Thor sparring with Daredevil and when Thor left, they attacked DD directly, soon luring him into an abandoned barn they were using as a base and Hyde gave DD a potion meant to take away his sight but it took away his powers.
(Daredevil I#31) – Cobra and Hyde, still arguing about who was better, committed another robbery. Fighting with cops, including Len, they were shocked to see Daredevil there with his powers back and the villains fled with Len firing after them. Cobra soon saw DD again, and knocked out "Foggy" Nelson to get close.
(Daredevil I#32) – Threatening to pinch a nerve to paralyze Daredevil, Cobra successfully kidnapped the blind hero, taking him to Mr. Hyde, who drove them to their new lab in a lighthouse. Arguing with Hyde, Cobra wanted to throw DD overboard from their boat but conceded to Hyde's plan to bind and electrocute DD. As the villains argued, DD escaped, turning off the power to the place during a storm, then he evaded both villains until he got the antidote. The villains struck each other in the darkness and DD managed to apprehend Cobra while Hyde escaped. Cobra was taken away by helicopter.
(Daredevil I#61 (fb) – BTS) – Mr. Hyde freed Cobra from prison.
(Daredevil I#61) – Cobra and Mr. Hyde, still arguing, prepared to rob the Guggenheim, overpowering the only guard there. They stole antique toys, planning on giving them to their new ally, Jester. The three criminals rented a full carnival for a day from Lemuel Frye and planted several booby traps. When Frye saw them, the criminals threatened him then Frye sent a warning message to Daredevil, who soon arrived. Cobra trapped DD under a parachute then he placed Frye in a booby-trapped bumper car but DD rescued him. Cobra was defeated when Hyde collided with him. Karen Page then arrived with the police.
(Captain America I#163) – When criminal brothers the Eel (Leopold Stryke) and the Viper (Jordan Dixon) broke out of prison, Cobra (calling himself the Human Cobra) helped them over the wall to escape, wondering if they were worthy to be his allies. The trio formed the Serpent Squad, deciding to target Captain America through a negative ad campaign then they went to Virginia to fight Cap and his ally, Falcon. During the battle, Cobra was tossed through the window by Falcon. The three villains fled briefly, retrieving large guns of Cobra's design, including an Eel-Cannon, a Venom-Firer and a Cobra Convulsion Pistol (which simulated a cobra bite). After firing on Cap, Cobra cruelly fired on pacifist one-armed veteran Dave Cox as Peggy Carter watched then Cap easily defeated Cobra and the others.
(Captain America I#180) – Princess Python, with her pet python Precious, broke Cobra and Eel out of prison to join a new Serpent Squad led by the new Viper, formerly Madame Hydra. Wearing the former Viper's costume, their new leader told them that Jordan Dixon had died valiantly and proclaimed herself the new leader of the team. Cobra challenged her but acquiesced when she proved herself against him in combat. Later, the Squad kidnapped a civilian at a movie theater, battling Nomad (formerly Captain America) and escaping when Nomad tripped over his own cape. Viper then revealed the kidnapped man was the president of Roxxon, as well as her alliance with Warlord Krang and plans for world domination with the Serpent Crown.
(Captain America I#181) – Warlord Krang placed the Serpent Crown on the Roxxon executive's head and put out demands for all Roxxon assets. The Serpent Squad went to a drilling platform and roused employees, including Joe and Chester, with the plan to use the Crown to raise the sunken continent of Lemuria. Nomad attacked and used his super-strength to defeat the villains but the Viper and Cobra escaped together.
(Avengers I#131 – BTS) – Nomad got word that the Serpent Squad was in Los Angeles.
(Captain America I#182) – Cobra cried, overwhelmed, as the police closed in on he and Viper and they were soon in a stand-off, trading gunfire for hours. He began to realize how in over his head he was with Viper, who he saw was mad as she donned the Serpent Crown herself. Concussive grenades went off and Cobra screamed, thinking he saw Mr. Hyde hiding in the shadows and taunting him. Viper struck Cobra then Nomad attacked. Cobra initially fought back but he couldn't breathe after inhaling gas and he begged Nomad for help. When Cobra tried to flee, Viper shot him in the back then the house collapsed and Nomad got Cobra to safety then to the hospital.
(Daredevil I#142 (fb) – BTS) – Realizing his other partnerships hadn't worked out, Cobra reconsidered teaming back up with Mr. Hyde. While in prison, the two men became determined to escape and they plotted a mission, agreeing to stop bickering.
(Daredevil I#142) – Cobra slipped through his bars into a laundry cart and out a vent, where he met Mr. Hyde in a car outside. The duo changed to their costumes and found themselves automatically bickering as they snuck into the Jewel Emporium. When Hyde showed off in a fit of strength, a guard notified the police and the villains had to fight their way free. Daredevil attacked but Hyde threw Daredevil into the police then followed Cobra into the sewers. Over the following hours, Hyde used the emerald they had stolen to enhance his serum, one which would double Hyde's powers. Needing a particular book, Hyde led Cobra to attacking Bill Rotsler and his girlfriend Sharman, the two civilians dressed in jungle garb and playing in their self-established jungle paradise on a New York roof. Daredevil attacked and sparred with Cobra until the villains knocked him out with sleeping gas from Cobra's grenade then staked him to the roof to be hunted by Rotsler's pet lion.
(Daredevil I#143) – Frustrated with Hyde's demands, Cobra snuck into the apartment of Rotsler to steal a rare book by Cagliostro for Hyde's serum, one which could transform Hyde into a god, but inside, Cobra was overwhelmed by a laser security system and when one struck Cobra, he fled back to the roof, saying it was impossible to get the book. Hyde struck Cobra in a fury. Before they could break back in, Daredevil confronted the villains and they threw him off the roof and then fled.
(Daredevil I#143 – BTS) – Hyde and Cobra returned, attacking Sharman and Rotsler and forcing them to give the villains the Cagliostro book. They knocked out Rotsler and Sharman. Hyde and Cobra broke into a lab, knocking out the guards, then Hyde began making the god potion.
(Daredevil I#143) – Cobra and Hyde stole the final components of the potion but Daredevil attacked before they could finish it. In the final battle, Cobra tightly held Daredevil against the bars until Daredevil head-butted him then the hero destroyed the potion before Hyde could use it.
(Daredevil I#154 (fb) – BTS) – Purple Man secured the services of Mr. Hyde and Cobra.
(Daredevil I#152) – Mr. Hyde and Cobra waited in Heather Glenn's apartment in the shadows.
(Daredevil I#153) – Daredevil burst into the apartment and Mr. Hyde and Cobra fought back hard. Hyde knocked Daredevil out the window and on to the pavement beneath. Daredevil nearly defeated Hyde then Cobra used the hero's billy club (which he later snapped in two) and his own Cobra Darts to subdue Daredevil then Hyde knocked DD out by throwing him into the wall. As the police arrived, Cobra and Hyde escaped with the unconscious hero into the sewers.
(Daredevil I#154) – Purple Man, with Heather Glenn as hostage, introduced Daredevil into an arena then sent Mr. Hyde, Cobra, Jester and Gladiator in to kill the hero. During the fight, Cobra fired darts at Daredevil but the hero diverted them into Gladiator. When Cobra was cornered, he called out to Mr. Hyde for help. Soon, Paladin entered the mix and helped defeat the villains, sealing himself off from Cobra's poisons with an air-tight mask.
(Spectacular Spider-Man I#46 (fb) – BTS) – Cobra was imprisoned in Cell Block 8 at Ryker's Island. He spent months working to get a metal grate loose in his cell, sometimes leaving his fingers raw and scraped.
(Spectacular Spider-Man I#46) – Cobra finally loosened the metal grate and slithered through the opening. Mr. Hyde, sedated, called out for help but Cobra was eager to begin his new life on his own and he told Hyde he was dissolving their partnership. Cobra tried robbing a jewelry store but Spider-Man attacked and Cobra tried escaping up a wall and down a chimney, and fighting back by wrapping himself around the hero and using Cobra-Gas and Cobra-Darts. When the police arrived, led by Lt. Kris Keating, Spider-Man punched Cobra and handed him over but Cobra punched two cops, Al and Marty, then escaped into the sewers.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#231 (fb) – BTS) – Cobra committed more robberies, including taking confiscated loot from police precincts (gaining five million in one caper) and he set himself up in a posh New York City apartment, buying off a criminal to get it with the five million.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#232 (fb) – BTS) – Cobra grew to love his new apartment in the Brojess building on Park Avenue, though he had to wear a false beard when coming or going to protect his identity.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#231) – Avoiding cops including George, Cobra stole a stash of rare jewels from the police station and escaped through the sewers. Back at his apartment, he stashed his loot in his secret compartment in the fireplace. Later, at Maxie's, he saw "Nose" Norton talking to reporter Ned Leeds and his friend Marla Jameson, and Cobra assumed "Nose" was informing on him. He attacked "Nose" but Spider-Man attacked. Cobra tossed gas at the civilians, though Spidey saved them. Spider-Man blocked Cobra from leaving the alley with webs and, cornered, Cobra fired darts at "Nose" but Leeds intercepted them. Cobra rushed inside, where he threatened the civilians, including Maxie, and tried escaping out the window and up the wall. Spider-Man snagged Cobra with a web, flipped him into a wall and knocked him out. Cobra awakened as Spider-Man swung him through the city. Mr. Hyde attacked, throwing a massive structure at them, wanting revenge on Cobra.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#232) – As Mr. Hyde tossed live wires and massive objects at Spider-Man, who was towing Cobra by the neck, Cobra demanded to be let go. Finally, Spidey tossed Cobra into Hyde but there was sticky webbing on his neck and Cobra became stuck to Hyde's hand. Hyde finally chased Spider-Man away then he punched Cobra in the face, knocking him out upon learning about Cobra's apartment. As Calvin Zabo, Hyde (still stuck to Cobra) dressed them both in disguises and walked past the doorman into Cobra's apartment, claiming Cobra was drunk. Inside, he switched back to Hyde then freed himself from being stuck. He put Cobra back in costume and planned to beat him to death but Spider-Man intervened, defeating Hyde. Cobra tried to escape but cops, including Arnie, intervened. When Spider-Man prepared to attack Cobra again, Cobra surrendered to the police, bleeding, beaten and unable to take anymore.
(Iron Man Legacy#7) - Geoffrey Wilder hired Sidewinder and hist first attempt at an Serpent Society including Anaconda, Cobra, Diamondback, Puff and Rattler to kill Tony Stark in Los Angeles. They attacked him at a scrapyard, but Stark escaped their first attack and quickly put together some weapons.
(Iron Man Legacy#8) - The Serpent Society surrounded the hut Stark was hiding in and were surprised when Stark blew it up, knocking out all but Anaconda and Sidewinder. The latter threatened Stark while the former tried to crush him only to get knocked out by an electrical charge released from Stark's chestplate.
(Captain America I#291 (fb) - BTS) - At some point in the past Klaus Voorhees took out a life insurance policy from the Guardian Life Insurance Company.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#88 (fb) – BTS) – When Mr. Hyde was placed in the same program as Cobra, Cobra protested to the warden, telling him that Hyde would come after him but they didn't listen.
(Spectacular Spider-Man II#88) – Hyde broke free and Cobra, placed in a metal binding suit, was surrounded by guards. Hyde shook off gas and concussive attacks as the warden loaded Cobra in a helicopter but Hyde threw debris and knocked it out of the air. He seized Cobra, ripped his metal suit off and Cobra slithered free. Hyde tossed Cobra from the roof and into rocks then into the East River and Cobra survived due to his malleable bones, though he was badly injured. Hyde pursued Cobra, who begged Spider-Man and Black Cat for help then he escaped through a drain pipe as they fought Hyde. Cobra entered one of his old hideouts and put on his costume then he took a stand against Hyde, hitting him with darts and potent gas to defeat him but Black Cat crashed a wall on both villains, ending the fight.
(Code of Honor I#3) – While many of the world's heroes were off the planet in the Secret Wars event, Cobra joined other villains in fighting heroes on the streets but he was kicked away by Black Widow.
(Captain America I#309) – In jail, Cobra was contemplating escaping when Sidewinder teleported in, freeing him and saying he had need of him.
(Captain America I#310) – Sidewinder assembled prospective members of the Serpent Society, proposing a formal organization with benefits and protections, and everyone present except Constrictor signed up. Sidewinder split the team into groups and sent them on assignments. Anaconda, Rattler and Cobra went to the old Brand Corporation to steal machinery, returning it to Sidewinder after a brief battle with Captain America.
(Captain America I#311) – Sidewinder assembled the Serpent Society, showing them their new Serpent Citadel headquarters. He divided them into teams of two to begin finding business opportunities.
(Captain America I#313) – Cobra and Anaconda were on assignment searching for M.O.D.O.K. when they were summoned back by Sidewinder. The team congregated in a wooded area near a mall in New Jersey, hunting M.O.D.O.K. Captain America intervened, knocking out Cobra, but the others nonetheless successfully killed their target.
(Captain America I#315) – Cobra, Anaconda, Asp and Black Mamba retrieved the body of M.O.D.O.K. from the morgue then they delivered it to A.I.M. for payment. There, Porcupine asked Cobra for a favor, seeking to sell his villain suit, and Cobra gave him a business card to the Serpent Society. The Society reassembled, seeing butler Wilburn, so Sidewinder could distribute the money. When Porcupine called the Society, Sidewinder was annoyed with Cobra for giving Porcupine the number.
(Captain America I#319) – Sidewinder found the corpse of Death Adder and he sent the Society to find the killer. Cobra and Bushmaster attacked A.I.M. then Cobra interviewed Death Adder's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs.
(Captain America I#320) – Cobra found Diamondback as she was being treated in a hospital and they discussed the mounting threat of the Scourge of the Underworld. He checked her out of the hospital and they boarded the ship, flying away with seconds to spare as the Scourge opened fire on them.
(America I#7 (fb)) – The Serpent Society (Cobra, Asp, Bushmaster) tried kidnapping a young America Chavez.
(Captain America I#341/3) – Cobra attended a meeting where Sidewinder proposed adding four new recruits to the Serpent Society, including Fer-de-Lance, Puff Adder, Copperhead and Black Racer, unaware they were secretly working for Viper. Viper attacked with her allies Coachwhip, Slither and Boomslang.
(Captain America I#342 (fb) – BTS) – Viper and her allies captured most of the Serpent Society and convinced them to join her as the new leader while the ones who refused were poisoned and imprisoned. Cobra joined her.
(Captain America I#342) – Cobra and the others were put to work unloading canisters of poison. Captain America and his allies, including D-Man, Vagabond, Nomad, Falcon and Redwing, attacked and apprehended many of the Serpents.
(Captain America I#343) – Cobra, Copperhead and Boomslang were sent by Viper to poison Washington DC's water supply with snake venom and Cobra argued that he should be in charge of the mission while wondering if this criminal caper was worth it. They shot down security agents, including Dan, then dumped the venom in the water.
(Captain America I#344) – Returning to the ship, Cobra, Boomslang and Copperhead found civilians transformed into snake-men and Cobra wondered at the madness of Viper's plan. They found Captain America and Diamondback waiting on the ship. Diamondback attacked Cobra but fired her diamonds high, seemingly to spare him. After claiming he was still loyal to Sidewinder, Cobra escaped through a torpedo tube and into a second ship but there he found D-Man and Nomad had captured Viper and Slither. Cobra fired a dart at Viper to kill her but Nomad deflected it then he fled from the heroes in the ship. Cobra saw Nomad being beat up by mutated men and started worrying that Viper would come after him or that he would be arrested and given the death penalty. He began to realize that the Serpent Society had kept him out of prison and that he now had to face his criminal career alone again. Instead of running away, Cobra went to the White House and apprehended the Viper when she tried to escape. He agreed to turn her over to Captain America if Cap promised to give the Serpent Society 24 hours to clear out of their headquarters before the heroes raided it. Cap made no promises but Cobra slithered away.
(Captain America Annual I#10/3 (fb) – BTS) – Sidewinder willingly entered retirement and let Cobra take over the Serpent Society. In exchange, Sidewinder would receive 25 percent of all of the group's future earnings.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual I#13 (fb) – BTS) – Cobra welcomed Diamondback back to the team on a trial basis. Later, he took payment from Llyra and Ghaur to collect items of arcana power for them and he broke the Society up into teams to collect them.
(Uncanny X-Men Annual I#13) – Sidewinder and Diamondback betrayed the Society by stealing the artifacts then sent Cobra a promise to send ten percent of the overall payment to them.
(Captain America I#365/2) – Cobra heard news that Hyde had escaped prison again. A mysterious man in white (secretly the Asgardian Loki) appeared in his room and Cobra initially thought he was Sidewinder. The man invited the Serpent Society to attack foes unfamiliar to them but Cobra was disinterested with no promise of payment. Cobra put Bushmaster in charge of the Society for a few days then went off on a personal quest, realizing that the reason the Society wasn't garnering enough profit was because of his lack of confidence in himself. He blew up all of Mr. Hyde's labs but one then waited. When Calvin Zabo appeared, Cobra triggered his change to Hyde, wanting to triumph over his foe when fully-powered.
(Captain America I#366/2) – Cobra was initially frozen in fright as Hyde raged and threatened him, destroying the lab, but Cobra found his courage and attacked Hyde from behind. Hyde smashed Cobra into the ground then grabbed his throat but Cobra spit directly into Hyde's mouth, claiming it was deadly venom that he'd hidden in a false tooth and stating that Hyde only had one minute to live.
(Captain America I#367/2) – Cobra made Hyde beg for his life then he tossed him an "antidote," actually a powerful sedative. Hyde collapsed as Cobra laughed, realizing he had outwitted and humiliated his opponent. After notifying the police to Hyde's whereabouts, Cobra returned to the Serpent Society with newfound energy. He assembled the team and pledged to be a more powerful leader. He took on the new codename King Cobra and updated his costume.
(Captain America I#368 (fb) – BTS) – King Cobra used a more aggressive approach as leader and began bringing in contracts and money.
(Captain America I#368 – BTS) – King Cobra took a contract from the Red Skull and ordered Black Mamba and Asp to go after Magneto.
(Quasar I#9) – King Cobra attended an A.I.M. Expo hosted by Alessandro Brannex. When Madame Masque asked about the whereabouts of M.O.D.O.K., Brannex said the former leader had been retired and King Cobra recalled the Serpent Society hunting him down. Brannex then introduced M.O.D.A.M.
(Captain America I#380 (fb) – BTS) – King Cobra got word that Diamondback was dating Captain America, which he saw as a betrayal on her part.
(Captain America I#379/2 – BTS) – King Cobra orchestrated the kidnapping of Diamondback.
(Captain America I#380) – King Cobra told Diamondback, in her cell, that she was being accused of treason and he explained that despite his liking her, he needed to enforce the rules. He ordered Anaconda and Puff Adder to bring her to the trial. Black Mamba was appointed as Diamondback's defense counsel and Coachwhip to act as prosecution. At the trial, the full Serpent Society assembled in costume and listened to the questioning of Diamondback. In the end, the majority found her guilty and King Cobra said her penalty would be death by lethal injection. He offered her the chance to escape death if she would reveal everything she knew about Captain America but she refused. King Cobra was flirting with Coachwhip when Black Mamba and Asp threatened to quit if Diamondback was killed. He warned that if they aided Diamondback in any way they would also face trial. That night, near midnight, Puff Adder prepared to execute Diamondback as King Cobra watched but Sidewinder teleported in and saved her. Furious, King Cobra vowed revenge.
(Captain America I#381) – King Cobra screamed orders at the team to hunt down and kill Diamondback and Sidewinder, offering double salary to the successful party. He then took Bushmaster to confront Asp and Black Mamba, providing proof that they'd called Sidewinder. The women attacked but King Cobra knocked them both out, determined to execute them as well. When Paladin and Diamondback attacked, Bushmaster and Cobra fought back and Cobra hit Paladin repeatedly with his tail before poisoning Diamondback and forcing Paladin to surrender.
(Captain America I#382) – Using his aid Keener, King Cobra called the members of the Serpent Society, ordering their return but when he heard that Anaconda, Bushmaster and Rock Python had battled Captain America, he ordered them to not return for 24 hours, worried the hero would return. Cobra then checked on his prisoners, laughing about how he had promised Diamondback the antidote to her poison but had no intention of actually giving it. Captain America arrived to free the prisoners and King Cobra savagely attacked, threatening to kill the prisoners unless Cap surrendered but Cobra rushed outside to investigate when Cap claimed the Avengers and Thor were outside. Cobra returned with Black Racer, Rattler and Coachwhip, and found Cap had indeed successfully freed the prisoners. During the fight, Cobra had tried boasting that the Serpent Society were the "Avengers of the Underworld" but he was defeated when he took an accidental blast from Rattler while being hit by Cap's shield. Later, as the Serpents were arrested by the Guardsmen, Cobra vowed revenge.
(Captain America I#385/2 – BTS) – Cobra was held in jail without bail pending trial.
(Captain America Annual I#10/3 (fb) – BTS) – King Cobra was placed in the Vault. The authorities planned to hold his trial at the Vault as he had such a long history of successful escapes.
(Captain America Annual I#10/3) – Cobra was standing trial at the Vault, watched over by Guardsmen with Captain America on a remote monitor, when Sidewinder teleported in and helped Cobra escape. Sidewinder took a shot to the shoulder, however, and, hoping this made him even with Cobra for having come to the rescue of Diamondback, teleported away, leaving Cobra without his costume on the cliffs outside the prison. Cobra realized that the Society would hate him for fleeing and so turned himself back in to the Guardsmen, stating he'd been teleported out against his will.
(Fantastic Four I#358) – King Cobra was kept in the Vault in metal restraints to stop him from using his powers. Puppet Master seized control of the Cobra from far away, forcing him to ask Mad Thinker, one cell over, a few questions.
(Marvel Comics Presents I#97/4) – At the Bar with No Name, Cobra played cards with Ringmaster, Whirlwind, Electro and Hydro Man. A bar fight broke out with Cobra getting knocked out by Batroc the Leaper.
(Alpha Flight I#121) – Alongside dozens of villains, King Cobra attended an auction for the powerful bodies of Silver and Auric held by the Chess Set. When Spider-Man and members of Alpha Flight attacked, King Cobra was not involved in the fight.
(Captain America I#434 (fb) – BTS) – Under King Cobra's direction, the Serpent Society relocated to Sandhaven, Arizona, where they began manipulating the community to support themselves.
(Captain America I#435 (fb) – BTS) – Content in their new paradise headquarters, King Cobra began to realize he might like to retire and find someone to take on his identity. He began having bad dreams that his newfound peace wouldn't last.
(Captain America I#434) – Jack Flag defeated Fer-de-Lance and Rock Python during a bank robbery but when King Cobra and the others showed up, Flag claimed it was because he was trying to audition for the Serpent Society. Cobra had Flag knocked out and brought to their airship. Jack Flag awakened over Reno, Nevada, where Cobra told him someone had stolen a painting of his and that if Jack Flag could get it back within 12 hours, he could join their team. Flag jumped from the ship then Cobra called to warn Mr. Hyde that someone was robbing his hideout. Relaxing back in Sandhaven, King Cobra was shocked when Jack Flag showed up with the paintings, having defeated Mr. Hyde.
(Captain America I#435) – King Cobra had Jack Flag dress in the Cobra costume, stating that he was auditioning heirs as he was contemplating quitting the criminal game while he was ahead. He ordered Flag to run the gauntlet of the entire Society to prove his worth. Flag battled the full team and ended up nearly crushed beneath them but his powers allowed him to survive. When Cobra got notice there was an intruder on the grounds, he sent the team to investigate, including Jack Flag, who was granted a provisional membership. The intruder was Mr. Hyde, who took down a few of the Serpents (Puff Adder and Anaconda) before revealing himself to Cobra. He'd followed Flag back to the base and wanted revenge for Flag being sent in the first place. Cobra tried making Flag comfortable by ordering Gaston to get a drink and inviting Hyde to come and stay there to honor their longterm partnership. Flag and the others revealed they had captured Captain America, who was then wearing enhancement gear. Cobra and Hyde held Cap underwater for two full minutes to interrogate him and were getting ready to dismember him when Free Spirit attacked, having disguised herself as Coachwhip. Cobra activated a drain hole at the bottom of the pool that would deposit Mr. Hyde, Cap and himself into the desert, where they could finish him while the Serpent Society took care of Free Spirit.
(Captain America I#436) – Captain America managed to put on his battle-vest and when King Cobra, out of his costume, was subsequently choking Cap, a temporarily blinded Hyde accidentally hit Cobra, who felt briefly like his back was broken. Cap then put escape-proof handcuffs on Cobra, who felt like Hyde was crushing his hands when Hyde tried to free him. When Hyde was defeated with gas, Cobra tried choking Cap again but ended up trapped in tight wires fired from the vest. Cobra laid there whining, wondering why nothing good ever happened for him. Cap tried dragging Cobra to safety but soon collapsed in the desert with a heart attack.
(Captain America I#437 – BTS) – The entire Serpent Society was defeated and arrested by Force Works, who then went to pick up King Cobra and Hyde in the desert.
(Captain America III#15) – King Cobra teamed up with Mr. Hyde again and they robbed the Diamond Exchange but Captain America and Iron Man defeated them.
(Captain America III#50/6) - King Cobra and Mister Hyde worked at the quarry in prison. Hyde mocked Captain America's seeming death and got a stone thrown at his head by another prisoner.
(Spider-Man: Get Kraven#1) – Spider-Man and the son of Kraven the Hunter (Alyosha Kravinoff) defeated King Cobra and Mr. Hyde in Central Park.
(Captain America IV#30) – Hearing about Diamondback being with Captain America, King Cobra led the Serpent Society to attack and apprehend them both.
(Captain America IV#31) – King Cobra planned to torture Diamondback before killing her and planned to sell Captain America to the highest bidder. Six hours later, King Cobra had assembled bidders (M.O.D.O.K., Baron Blood, Arnim Zola, Dragon Man, Baron von Strucker, Mr. Hyde) for Cap but the hero broke free and knocked Cobra out then defeated the Society.
(Secret War I#5 (fb) – BTS) – King Cobra was given a suit of armor by the Tinkerer, bankrolled by Latverian Prime Minister Lucia von Bardas.
(Secret War I#3) – Cobra was among a group of super-villains 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 I#4) – The battle continued, even after the Fantastic Four arrived to assist the heroes. Eventually Lucia von Bardas caused all of the armors worn by the villains to join together in a chain reaction that would build to a massive explosion.
(Secret War I#5) – S.H.I.E.L.D., led by Agent Daisy Johnson, seemingly killed von Bardas, interrupting the chain reaction. King Cobra and the other villains were taken to hospitals for treatment.
(New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (fb) - BTS) -
King Cobra was sent to the Vault.
(New Avengers: Most Wanted Files – BTS) – King Cobra was among the escapees in a mass breakout from the Raft.
(Toxin I#1 (fb) – BTS) – Cobra was apprehended again and imprisoned on Ryker's Island. Cobra soon escaped from Ryker's Island, leaving Mr. Hyde behind again. Before he left, he molted and left his old cobra skin behind and his skin appeared scalier, with his limbs become more serpentine.
(Toxin I#1) – Cobra donned a new costume, slithered up a building, and burst through a window to steal diamonds from a Mr. Klein then he shacked up with Angel, a woman who'd witnessed his crime. Using some of the skin Cobra had left behind, Toxin tracked Cobra to his hotel room and Cobra attacked with his slithering limbs but Toxin swiftly defeated him and returned him to Ryker's.
(Free Comic Book Day 2007: Spider-Man) – King Cobra hung out with criminals in the Bar with No Name.
(White Tiger I#1 (fb) – BTS) – King Cobra injected his nephew, Piet Voorhees, with irradiated snake venom, turning him into a similarly powered Cobra, and Piet began working as a mercenary.
(Thunderbolts I#104 (fb) – BTS) – After the passage of the Superhuman Registration Act (SHRA), King Cobra was apprehended by the Thunderbolts and given the choice to either join their training program as a team member or go to jail. He chose to join alongside dozens of other villains.
(Thunderbolts I#104) – In New Mexico, King Cobra, Ox and Unicorn trained with the new Swordsman (Andreas Strucker). Baron Zemo watched over the army, pleased with its progress.
(Thunderbolts I#107) – When civilians all over the globe began manifesting super powers from the Universal Wellspring, the Thunderbolts Army was sent out in squads to contain the chaos. King Cobra was placed in "Epsilon Squad" along with Batroc the Leaper, Blacklash, Whiplash, Tatterdemalion, Zaran and Bushmaster and sent to Tokyo.
(Avengers: the Initiative I#13) – King Cobra, Mr. Hyde, Firebrand (Russell Broxtel) and M.A.U.L.E.R. fought the trainees and teachers from the Avengers Initiative, trying to get at Taskmaster.
(X-Men: To Serve & Protect#3/1 (fb) – BTS) – Mr. Negative hired the Serpent Society to kill new heroes Anole and Rockslide, and he wanted proof of their deaths.
(X-Men: To Serve & Protect#2/1) – King Cobra led the Serpent Society (Anaconda, Rattler, Death Adder, Bushmaster) to find Rockslide and Anole, planning on killing them.
(X-Men: To Serve & Protect#3/1) – King Cobra saw Rockslide and Anole battle his team until Mr. Negative intervened directly, taking over Rockslide.
(X-Men: To Serve & Protect#4/1) – King Cobra saw Mr. Negative force Rockslide into fighting Anole. When Anaconda ended up hurt, King Cobra terminated the Mr. Negative contract due to Negative's interference in the fight. Anole hit Cobra with sonics before all of the villains were defeated and rushed away.
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Captain America: Sam Wilson#4 (fb) – BTS) – King Cobra was recruited by Viper to be part of her Serpent Solutions team.
(Captain America: Sam Wilson#3) - Serpent Solutions' leader Viper with Puff Adder and Cobra serving as his bodyguards met with representatives of the cosmetics industry.
(Captain America: Sam Wilson#4) – King Cobra and Puff Adder aided Viper in killing Greg Williamson to prove a point to other American businessmen whom they hoped to recruit to work with Serpent Solutions. The team began incorporating bigger businesses through assignment and acquisition, recruiting some former A.I.M. and Hydra employees. Later, King Cobra sat with the full Serpent Solutions team in front of a captive Captain America (Sam Wilson, then in a werewolf form).
(Captain America: Sam Wilson#5) – After lecturing a temporarily paralyzed Captain America, Viper threw him out of the window but the new Falcon (Joaquin Torres) saved him. Serpent Solutions, including King Cobra, attacked.
(Captain America: Sam Wilson#6) – With Captain America aiding him with combat advice through Redwing, Falcon managed to defeat several members of Serpent Solutions then Misty Knight and D-Man joined the fight. King Cobra was arrested.
(Iron Fist IV#74) – King Cobra and the Serpent
with the new Constrictor (Payne) to arrange a sale of the Book of the Iron Fist
to Choshin. Days later, Choshin attacked with his army, including the
Rat of 12
Plagues and the Eel of Blessed Waters, at the same time as Iron Fist
(Iron Fist IV#75) – After a massive battle, Constrictor abandoned the team and the members of the Serpent Society were left unconscious.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#13 (fb) - BTS) - King Cobra was apprehended by Taskmaster and Black Ant.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#13) - King Cobra was kept in a cage with Stegron, Tarantula, Vulture, and Scorpion.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#16) - King Cobra was introduced as a member of the Savage Six with fellow captives Tarantula, Vulture, Stegron, Scorpion, and Rhino, by Arcade and Kraven the Hunter at a party full of rich men, who were told they could hunt the criminals.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#17) - King Cobra woke up captive in Central Park among dozens of super-villains and Spider-Man, with armed hunters after them all.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#18) - The villains realized they were trapped as the Hunter Bots closed in.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#19) - King Cobra and other villains agreed to follow the Vulture when he had a plan to disable the Hunter-Bots.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#20.HU) - Owl saw Vulture kill the first of the hunters and the villains began attacking directly.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#22) - Owl and the others killed more Hunter-Bots until the system shut down and they were freed; Vulture claimed the victory.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#23) - After the police arrested the surviving villains, the Savage Six chose to stay banded together.
(Amazing Mary-Jane I#1) - King Cobra, with the Savage Six, made plans to attack the movie set of Cage McKnight's new film about Mysterio.
(Amazing Mary-Jane I#2) - The Savage Six attacked the set of the film.
(Amazing Mary-Jane I#3) - King Cobra tossed poison pellets to destroy parts of the set, but Mysterio soon tricked them into marching away, using his illusion technology.
(Amazing Mary-Jane I#4) - After questioning a reporter about the location of the new movie set, the Savage Six waited for days to find the new movie set. They later found actor Charlie, and demanded he reveal the location of the set.
(Amazing Mary-Jane I#5) - The Savage Six attacked the movie set, where Mary Jane Watson managed to hold them off on her own; she unleashed robots of the original X-Men against King Cobra. The rest of the crew attacked, including Cage McKnight (Mysterio), Sonny Diperna, Master Matrix, Kangaroo, Mallory, H.E.R.B.I.E., and Screwball. The Savage Six were overwhelmed and fled.
(M.O.D.O.K. Head Games#2) - King Cobra took members of the Serpent Society (Bushmaster, Rock Python, Cottonmouth, Boomslang, Rattler, Puff Adder) showed up at the Criminal Technology Show, hoping to buy new technology from A.I.M. M.O.D.O.K., wearing an Arnim Zola costume, assaulted the Serpent Society in the bathroom, badly defeating them and leaving them unconscious. King Cobra later woke up and exposed M.O.D.O.K.
(Amazing Spider-Man V#70) - King Cobra remained with the Savage Six.
(Sinister Six I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Kindred put centipedes in the brains of the villains, forcing them to fight Spider-Man and threatening to destroy them if they didn't.
(Sinister War I#1) - The Savage Six attacked the premiere of Mysterio's movie, with Cobra battling Spider-Man directly when the hero arrived. The Sinister Six then attacked and the two groups began sparring.
(Sinister Six I#2) - The Savage Six continued fighting the Sinister Six, with villain groups, the Wild Pack, the Syndicate, and the Superior Foes getting involved.
(Sinister War I#3) - The chaotic battle continued, with King Cobra wrapping himself around Lizard in the fight.
(Sinister War I#4) - The battle ended when Dr. Octopus disrupted the centipedes in the brains of the villains, who all collapsed, and Spider-Man escaped.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.
King Cobra's origin and power set make little sense to me and he takes a lot of explanation. A radioactive cobra bite resulting in bendy bones, slither speeds and extra strength, and most everything else a result of technological weapons with various capabilities. Also, it was just that one time in Toxin #1 when he shed his skin and got all scaly…
Klaus' nephew, Piet Voorhees, had a short career as the Cobra, briefly joining Klaus' Serpent Squad. Other appearances of Cobra could have been Piet and not Klaus but for this profile, assuming all those listed here are Klaus. Piet did have some in canon involvement with the Serpent teams (see his profile for more information).
Thanks to Ron Fredricks for the cleaned up main.
Profile by Chadman.
King Cobra should not be confused with:
(Daredevil I#31) – Len and other police officers prepared to fight Mr. Hyde and Cobra after a robbery but Daredevil scared the villains off. Len fired at the villains as they fled.
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Journey Into Mystery I#98, cover (Human Cobra)
Journey into Mystery I#106, pan1-3 (slithering into pipe)
Daredevil I#30, p11, pan4 (constricting on the cop)
Daredevil I#143, p15, pan4 (restraining Daredevil)
Captain America I#367, p23, pan2 (as King Cobra)
Toxin I#1, p1, pan1 (green costume with goggles)
Toxin I#1, p16, pan1 (scaly skin, vs. Toxin)
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Fantastic Four Annual I#3 (October, 1965) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Daredevil I#30-32 (August-October, 1967) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Gene Colan (penciler), John Tartaglione (inker)
Daredevil I#61 (February, 1970) – Roy Thomas (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Syd Shores (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Captain America I#163 (July, 1973) – Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), John Verpoorten, Tony Mortellaro (inkers), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain America I#180-181 (December, 1974-January, 1975) – Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Avengers I#131 (January, 1975) - Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Joe Staton (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain America I#182 (February, 1975) – Steve Englehart (writer), Frank Robbins (penciler), Joe Giella (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Daredevil I#142 (February, 1977) – Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Bob Brown (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker)
Daredevil I#143 (March, 1977) – Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Bob Brown (penciler), Keith Mooney (inker)
Daredevil I#152 (May, 1978) – Roger McKenzie (writer), Carmine Infantino (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
Daredevil I#153 (July, 1978) - Roger McKenzie (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Tony Dezuniga (inker), Jim Shooter (editor)
Daredevil I#154 (September, 1978) – Roger McKenzie (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Steve Leialoha (inker), Bob Hall (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#46 (September, 1980) – Roger Stern (writer), Mike Zeck (penciler), Bruce Patterson (inker), Denny O’Neil (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#231-232 (August-September, 1982) – Roger Stern (writer), John Romita Jr (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Captain America I#291 (March, 1984) - Bill Mantlo (writer), Herb Trimpe (penciler), Jack Abel (inker), Mark Gruenwald (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#88 (March, 1984) – Bill Mantlo (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Jim Mooney (inker), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Captain America I#309-311 (September-November, 1985) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#313 (January, 1986) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#315 (March, 1986) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#319-320 (July-August, 1986) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Captain America I#341-344 (May-August, 1988) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Kieron Dwyer (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Uncanny X-Men Annual I#13 (August, 1989) – Terry Austin (writer), Mike Vosburg (artist), Bob Harras (editor)
Captain America I#365/2 (December, 1989) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mark Bright (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#366/2 (January, 1990) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
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Captain America I#368 (March, 1990) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Dan Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Quasar I#9 (April, 1990) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Manley (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Howard Mackie (editor)
Captain America I#379 (November, 1990) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Chris Marinaan (penciler), D. Hedd (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#380-382 (December, 1990-February, 1991) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Ron Lim (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#385 (May, 1991) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Mike Bagley (penciler), Dan Panosian (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America Annual I#10/3 (May, 1991) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), James Brock (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Fantastic Four I#358 (November, 1991) – Tom DeFalco (writer), Paul Ryan (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#440 (December, 1991) – Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Frenz (penciler), Al Milgrom (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#97 (March, 1992) – Sholly Fisch (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Alpha Flight I#121 (June, 1993) – Simon Furman (writer), Craig Brasfield (penciler), Frank Turner (inker), Rob Tokar (editor)
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Code of Honor I#3 (April, 1997) – Chuck Dixon (writer), Bob Wakelin, Daerick Gross, Paul Lee, John Marasigan (artists), Kelly Corvese (editor)
Captain America III#15 (March, 1999) – Mark Waid (writer), Andy Kubert (penciler), Jesse Delperdang (inker), Matt Idelson (editor)
Captain America III#50/6 (February, 2002) - Evan Dorkin (writer), Kevin Maguire (artist), Andrew Lis (editor)
Spider-Man: Get Kraven#1 (July, 2002) – Ron Zimmerman (writer), John McCrea (penciler), James Hodgkins (inker), Axel Alonso (editor)
Captain America IV#30-31 (October, 2004) – Robert Kirkman (writer), Scott Eaton (penciler), Drew Geraci (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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New Avengers: Most Wanted Files (December, 2005) – various writers, Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Toxin I#1 (June, 2005) – Peter Milligan (writer), Darick Robertson (penciler), Rodney Ramos (inker), Jennifer Lee (editor)
White Tiger I#1 (January, 2006) – Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe (writers), Phil Briones (penciler), Don Hillsman (inker), Ruwan Jayatilleke (editor)
Thunderbolts I#104 (September, 2006) – Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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Avengers: The Initiative I#13 (July, 2008) – Christos Gage (writer), Steve Uy (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
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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 (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#22 (July, 2019) - Nick Spencer (writer), Humberto Ramos (penciler), Victor Olazaba (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#23 (July 2019) - Nick Spencer (writer), Ryan Ottley (penciler), Cliff Rathburn (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Amazing Mary-Jane I#1-5 (December, 2019 - April, 2020) - Leah Williams (writer), Carlos Gomez (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
M.O.D.O.K. Head Games#2 (March, 2021) - Jordan Blum, Patton Oswalt (writers), Scot tHepburn (artist), Annalise Bissa (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man V#70 (September, 2021) - Nick Spencer (writer), Federico Vicentini (artist), Nick Lowe (editor)
Sinister War I#1 (September, 2021) - Nick Spencer (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Andrew Hennessy, John Dell, Andy Owens (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Sinister War I#2 (October, 2021) - Nick Spencer, Ed Brisson (writers), Mark Bagley, Dioegenes Neves, Carlos Gomez, Ze Carlos (pencilers), Andrew Hennessy, John Dell, Andy Owens (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Sinister War I#3 (October, 2021) - Nick Spencer, Ed Brisson (writers), Mark Bagley, Carlos Gomez, Ze Carlos (pencilers), Andrew Hennessy, Andy Owens, John Del (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
Sinister War I#4 (October, 2021) - Nick Spencer, Ed Brisson (writers), Mark Bagley, Diogenes Neves, Marcelo Ferreira (pencilers), Andrew Hennessy, Andy Owens (inkers), Nick Lowe (editor)
First Posted: 12/20/2018
Last updated: 11/04/2021
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