This is part eight of a series examining the original Scourge storyline in the 1980s to 1990s, in which an organization devoted to the assassination of super-villains, typically with a modified submachine gun with explosive shells went into action, usually uttering the catch-phrase "Justice is served!"
after killing the villain. Adapted from material previously written in the 1990s on an older website, it was put together from memory, but in 2014 I purchased the Scourge of the Underworld trade. Along with the most recent Marvel Index volumes, I am therefore editing this series accordingly. This series covers Iron Man #194 (May 1985) to USAgent #4 (June 1993). It does not cover subsequent appearances of characters called Scourge as all subsequent appearances deviated in key ways from the original concept. On the other hand, hits that were considered unsuccessful even at the time are included. For successful hits, postmortem uses of victims are noted.
DEADLY FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1-4
by Danny Fingeroth (writer) and Al Milgrom #1-4, Kerry Gammill #1-2, Mike Machlan #1-4, Harry Candelario #4 (artists) LETHAL FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1-4
by Danny Fingeroth (writer); Scott McDaniel #1-2, Brad Vancata #1-2/4, Frank Turner #2, Keith Pollard #3, David Boller #3-4, Ian Akin #3-4, Keith Aiken #3-4, Jim Amesh #3-4, Mike DeCarlo #4 (artists) Victim/Disguise:
No Scourge is actually present.Synopsis:
Deadly foes of Spider-Man:
The Shocker has recurring nightmares about Scourge and is obviously extremely scared about being killed by him. Taking advantage of the Shocker's fears, the Kingpin send a Scourge imposter to kill Shocker but Shocker survives. The Ringer's wife, Leila Davis, becomes the villain Hardball in tribute to her husband who was apparently killed by Scourge.Lethal Foes of Spider-Man:
Hardball's grief-stricken plot is finally ended when the Ringer, now Strikeback, shows up and explains how he survived Scourge's massacre.Is it a key part of the overall Scourge storyline?
Not really. No Scourge actually appears in this stories, but we do get to see the effect Scourge has on other villains, more so in the first limited series.Does it tie into the main story in these issues?
Only indirectly: Scourge's past activities are felt throughout both mini-series but he is not an active player.Other comments:
Both limited series are about the Sinister Syndicate. Because Scourge's involvement is only indirect, these mini-series only get a barebones coverage in the Scourge Files. The first limited series happened before the next actual appearance of a Scourge (Captain America #394)
and the second one after that. Since the first limited series had a greater Scourge influence, this coverage is placed accordingly. Strikeback finally dies later from the Scourge shooting when his Strikeback suit runs out.