Alias










Scorpion I

Venom III


Nick Name
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Civilian ID
MacDonald "Mac" Gargan
Occupation

Criminal

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
Height
6' 2"
Weight
220 lbs.
Eye Color
Brown
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.


Accessories

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)
Creator
Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
Origin

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.