Real Name: Elizabeth Rawson
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: Femme Fatales (Bloodlust/Beatta Dubiel, Mindblast/Danielle Forte, Snake Whip/Leeann Foreman (formerly Whiplash) );
formerly Superia's Femizons
Affiliations: A.I.M., Chameleon (Dmitri Smerdyakov), Scorpion (Mac Gargan), Soteira, Superia (Dr. Deidre Wentworth), Tarantula (Luis Alvarez), Stenya Ubacowits, Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian);
formerly Sapphire Styx
Enemies: Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Domino (Neena Thurman), Jubilee (Jubilation Lee), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Paladin, Kitty Pryde, Psylocke (Elizabeth Braddock), Rogue (Anna Marie), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Storm (Ororo Munroe)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Viper's headquarter in Madripoor;
formerly Femizonia Island
First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#340 (October, 1990)
Powers/Abilities: She was the mutant strongman...strongwoman, and the leader, of the group. She possessed superhuman strength (Class 50) and durability. While she originally wore a metal armor she later switched to use two cestus as her weapon of choice to increase the impact of her punches.
Weight: 197 lbs.
(All-New Official Handboon of the Marvel Universe#4) - Elizabeth Rawson was born in Kissimmee, Florida.
(Amazing Spider-Man I#340, , 342, 343) - Employed by the Chameleon (who was posing as Dr. Turner), the Femme Fatales attacked the plane of the ambassador of a newly freed Baltic country. They did this in order to make him question his powers, so he would return to Turner for further studies. They destroyed the ambassador's plane, and then caused a major explosion that Spider-Man narrowly escaped (having already saved the ambassador, of course). Spider-Man, chock full of angst (as always), decided to have Turner remove his powers, so that he would no longer risk his life, so he could be with his family. Turner successfully removed his powers.
Turner then hired the Scorpion and the Tarantula and sent them to draw out the now powerless Spider-Man. Turner and his four female assistants (not to be confused with the Femme Fatales) quickly moved out of Turner's lab/apartment to escape Spider-Man's discovery. The powerless Spider-Man, assisted by the Black Cat, managed to fight off the Scorpion, and tagged him with a Spider-Tracer. Spidey and the Cat, using his old Tracer tracking device, traced the Scorpion (and the Femme Fatales, and Turner) to Turner's new base in the Botanical Gardens. Turner revealed himself to be the Chameleon, and the Black Cat broke in, hoping to cause a distraction so that Spidey could use the machine to regain his powers. The Black Cat accomplished her mission, but took quite a beating in the process. Spidey, back to his old self, rushed in and quickly fought off all seven of the villains, and destroyed the machine to prevent it from ever being used again. The Femme Fatales, and everyone else, escaped capture.
(Captain America I#387-388-BTS, 389-392, ) - All four of them were present on the S.S. Superia, and later Femizonia Island, after responding to Superia's invitation to join her army of Femizons. They participated in the initial capture of Captain America and Paladin when the two tried to sneak aboard the ship.
(Captain America I#411-413,) - Knockout was present on A.I.M.'s island, Boca Caliente, for their Weapon Expo. When Captain America was revealed to be posing as Crossbones to infiltrate the Expo, Knockout was part of the crowd that rushed to unsuccessfully clobber him.
(Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6) - The Femme Fatales attended the auction in which the Venom symbiote was sold.
SECRET WARS III HAPPENED
(Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#1 (fb) - BTS) - The Femme Fatales became employees of Madripoor crimelord Viper.
(Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#2 (fb) - BTS) - The Femme Fatales and Viper captured Magneto.
(Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#1) - - Lured to the King's Impresario Restaurant in Madripoor at 10 PM by Mindblast the X-Women were attacked by Viper and the Femme Fatales. Knockout knocked out Storm with a punch to the head from behind and then smashed Rogue's head through a table to knock her out as well. Despite Pryde, Jubilee and Domino escaping into the sewers Viper still considered the Femme Fatales' assault a success because they had easily defeated half the team were facing.
(Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#2) - At Viper's headquarter Knockout carried Rogue to the dungeon and cuffed Rogue her to a wall.
(Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#3) - In the dungeon while Mindblast kept playing with Magneto Knockout was just bored because she was not allowed to beat up any of the captured X-Women, who were all going to be delivered to Soteira. Moments after leaving the dungeon Knockout and Mindblast were attacked by Jubilee and Kitty Pryde. When Kitty Pryde fried the technology, enhancing Mindblast's powers, Magneto escaped and ripped apart the dungeon, knocking out Knockout and Mindblast.
(Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#4) - When Knockout attacked Jubilee she was quickly knocked her to the ground. Still groggy, but back on her feet Knockout took a knockout blow from Rogue, ending her involvement in this battle for good.
Comments: Created by David Michelinie (writer), Erik Larsen (pencils), Randy Emberlin & Mike Machlan (inks).
Even though it was never mentioned it is pretty apparent that she was not a mutant anymore and like Bloodlust relied on weaponry and her fighting skills.
There was a giant crowd of people at the A.I.M. Weapon Expo, and not everyone could have been seen, so the other three Femme Fatales could have been there, too (maybe they were in
the bathroom at the time?).
Robert McKinney tells me the Femme Fatales are a parody/homage/whatever to DC's Female Furies, of whom there are five. I can see Knockout as Big Barda, Whiplash would be Lashina, and Bloodlust would be Mad Harriet. Mindblast is definitely not Stompa, so that would make her Bernadeth, who used a fahren-knife to barbecue her foes, from the inside out. The analogy kind of falls apart on that one, but the rest definitely fit pretty well.
Profile by Snood & Markus Raymond.
Knockout should not be confused with:
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Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#1, p20, center (main)
Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#1, p16, pan3 (head shot & weapon)
Amazing Spider-Man I#340, p14, pan2 (full body, old)
Amazing Spider-Man I#340, p19, pan5 (full body, backside old)
Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#3, p14, pan4 (causing some destruction)
Amazing Spider-Man I#340 (October, 1990) - David Michelinie (writer), Erik Larsen (pencils), Randy Emberlin & Mike Machlan (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#341-343 (November, 1990 - January, 1991) - David Michelinie (writer), Erik Larsen (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Captain America I#389-392 (August-September, 1991) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Captain America I#411-414 (January-April, 1993) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins & M.C. Wyman (#414) (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Marvel Knights Spider-Man#6 (November, 2004) - Mark Millar (writer), Terry Dodson (pencils), Rachel Dodson (inks), Axel Alonso (editor)
Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#1-3 (July-September, 2018) - Jim Zub (writer), Thony Silas (artist), Jordan D. White & Mark Paniccia (editors)
Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor#4 (October, 2018) - Jim Zub (writer), Thony Silas & Leonard Kirk (artists), Jordan D. White & Mark Paniccia (editors)
First Posted: 11/25/2001 (as sub-profile)
Last updated: 06/01/2019
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