This is part six 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.
THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE (vol 2) #11, #19 and (vol 4) #33
(October 1986 & December 1987)
by Mark Gruenwald or Peter Sanderson (writer #11), Peter Sanderson (writer #19), Glenn Herdling, Peter Sanderson, or Murray Ward (writer #33), John Byrne & Josef Rubinstein (artists #11), Tom Palmer & Josef Rubinstein (artists #19), Keith Pollard & Josef Rubinstein (artists #33) (credits only for new material) General Comments: Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #11
is subtitled Deluxe Edition
while Official Handbook of the Marbel Universe #19
is subtitled Book of the Dead Deluxe Edition
. Official Handbook of the Marbel Universe #33 (Master Edition)
is strictly speaking beyond the USAgent #4 cut-off point but was published not long after so is an exception to the rule. Handbooks after the 1990s are not covered. The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition
series concluded prior to Scourge's next hit, hence its placement after Captain America #320
. The Master Edition
came later, but I've opted to let it piggy-back on the earlier Handbooks.
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (November 1988)v2 #11 Comments:
Only handbook entry for Scourge noted. This is a rare instance in the Deluxe Edition
where a deceased character appears in the main section and not the Book of the Dead
. Scourge trenchoat/skull cowl/hat are all white, which wasn't the case for the Scourge discussed here (in Captain America #320
he wore a black variant of this) but was the costume most frequently used by his successors. This entry outlines why Scourge could not have been whom he claimed to be (in short, the director he mentioned was Coot Collier while the Enforcer was Charles Delazny). One note suggests that originally every Scourge victim was going to get an entry in the Book of the Dead
, which did not prove to be the case. The retroactive Marvel Fanfare #29
story had not yet been published.v2 #19 Comments:
Only handbook entry of Scourge's Victims noted. This entry summarizes Scourge's history more briefly than in Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #11
, then gives headshots of Scourge's victims to date, including alter ego if known, First Appearance, Final Appearance (at the time). By this time Marvel Fanfare #29
had been published, and Hammer and Anvil are placed between Basilisk and Fly.v4 #33 Comments:
Only Scourge is entry noted. Roman numerals given for many of various Scourges are now considered false for known former members (e.g. Caprice is now considered to be the second or third Scourge due to her hit on Titania), not sixth and at least one hit in the Bibliography is considered to be wrongly attributed (Scourge I is listed as Titania's killer)