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Blacklash

Real Name: Mark Scarlotti
Occupation: Professional criminal, former weapon designer and special agent for the Maggia
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with a criminal record
Identity: Publicly known
Former Aliases: Mark Scott, Whiplash
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Anthony (father), Barbara (mother)
Group Affiliation: Former agent of the Maggia, former partner to the Melter, Man-Bull, and the Wraith, associate of Justin Hammer
Base of Operation: Mobile
First Appearance: (as Whiplash) TALES OF SUSPENCE #97, (as Blacklash) IRON MAN #146

History: Mark Scarlotti was contracted by the Maggia crime syndicate while working for a degree in Engineering at Rennselaer Poly-Tech. Upon graduation; he went to work for the Maggia as a weapons designer. With Maggia funds, he developed several technological weapons, the greatest among which was a steel-fiber whip capable of penetrating virtually any substance short of Adamantium. A natural athlete, Scarlotti practiced with the whip until he became an expert at it. Then, craving more excitement and money than weapons design afforded, Scarlotti asked to use his whip as a special costumed agent. He dubbed himself Whiplash and served the Maggia well, his reputation established early on by battling Iron Man to a stalemate. Eventually, Scarlotti was assigned to go undercover for the Maggia, and under the name Mark Scott, he infiltrated Stark International's Cincinnati plant and became its head of research. There, he again encountered Iron Man and escaped the battle unscratched.

Quitting the undercover assignment without his superiors' permission, Whiplash joined forces with the Melter and the Man-Bull to vie for the Golden Globe of Power offered by the mysterious extradimensional being, the Black Lama. It was then that Whiplash was decisively defeated by Iron Man for the first time, he was taken to jail, and his identity was learned by the authorities. The Maggia paid his bail and took him on once again as a contract agent. On assignment, Whiplash encountered the Wraith, whose mental powers drove Whiplash to the brink of insanity.

Upon recovery, he was sent to Ryker's Island Prison to serve time for his various crimes. He was freed by criminal financier Justin Hammer, who was getting a small army of costumed criminals to finance their operations in exchange for a share of the profits. Hammer provided Scarlotti with the funds and facilities to totally revamp and update his arsenal. Scarlotti renamed himself Blacklash, and went back to the Maggia as a freelance mercenary to look for an assignment. The Maggia contracted Blacklash for a job, but despite his new arsenal was soundly defeated by Iron Man before he could complete it. Demoralized by his recent string of defeats, troubled by family problems stemming from the public revelation of his criminal activities, and shunned by the Maggia, Blacklash has been trying to make ends meet by taking any mercenary work that comes his way.

Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Weight: 215 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blond

Strength Level: Blacklash possesses the normal human strength of a man his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise.

Known Superhuman Power: None

Abilities: Blacklash is an expert at using the whip as an offensive weapon. He is also skilled with the nunchaku, and has a fair knowledge of hand-to-hand combat.

Weapons: Blacklash wields a number of weapons, chief among which are his two cybernetically controlled whips, composed of woven boron-filament-impregnated sapphire strands plus steel braid. These whips can be snapped by a person with nomal human strength with the tip reaching twice the speed of sound, whereas a normal leather whip barely reaches the speed of sound. It can be spun so fast that it deflects bullets. The tip is capable of piercing 3-inch steel.

Besides its use as a simple whip, the weapon can retract partially into its handle and be converted into a nunchaku or be extended to its full length and stiffened to become a pole for vaulting. The whip is detachable from its handle and contains a remote control concussion charge. The entire whip and handle can be stored in a special sheath in Black lash's gauntlets.

Blacklash carries a pouch with other, special weaponry including a bola with discs that generate an artificial gravity field. He also wields a "necro-lash" throughwhich he can channel all the electrical energy his gauntlets can generate.

Blacklash wears a battlesuit woven out of steel mesh and his cloak is capable of stopping medium caliber bullets.

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