Scorpion I

Venom III

Nick Name
Civilian ID
MacDonald "Mac" Gargan


Former Private Detective

Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with a criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
United States
Group Affiliation
Masters of Evil
Base of Operations
New York, New York
6' 2"
220 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Brown - Now Bald
Known Powers

Genetically altered and mechanically augmented normal human with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability capable of scaling sheer heights, leaping great distances and using a cybernetically controlled mechanical tail as both an offensive and defensive weapon.

Note: The process that altered Gargan's genetics has inhibited his ability to distinguish between right and wrong moral behavior.


Scorpion Armor: Battle suit equipped with a cybernetically controlled prehensile tail which can be used as a bludgeon or equipped with an array of offensive weapons including spikes, poison gas emitters or laser weapons.

Common Enemies

J. J. Jameson

Ms. Marvel

Spider-Man I

Regularly Appearing
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1
First Appearance
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 #20 (Jan. 1965)
Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

MacDonald Gargan was a private investigator hired by Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson to discover how freelance photographer Peter Parker acquired his pictures of Spider-Man. While Gargan was on the case Jameson read a press release about Dr. Farley Stillwell, who had developed a means to endow animals with various uncharacteristic features. Jameson arranged and financed for Stillwell to develop a way to give a person superhuman abilities that could defeat Spider-Man- offering Gargan money to undergo the process.

Stillwell subjected Gargan to a battery of chemical and radiological treatments which empowered him with superhuman strength. Equipped with a special cybernetic costume Gargan battled Spider-Man.

Dr. Stillwell noticed began to notice that many of his test animals began to become violently psychotic. Stillwell conclude that Gargan would eventually lose his ability to determine right from wrong - and the scientist worked on an antidote, but he perished attempting to administer the serum.

Tragically Gargan became more and more psychotic and vowed revenge upon Spider-Man for his defeat and Jameson for his mental condition as the deadly Scorpion.