Scarecrow (Marvel Comics)
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The Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton) is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.
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Scarecrow's first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #51 (March 1964), in a story created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.
Fictional character biography
Ebenezer Laughton was born in
It was revealed in
Scarecrow embarked on a series of murders, and first battled the second
Laughton's physiology and mentality would fluctuate quite a bit over the years, given his employ/manipulation by various demonic/magical entities, resulting in continuing conflict with Ghost Rider and his allies, even becoming a
Scarecrow was jailed in the Raft prison facility following a failed sexual assault upon hostages who were freed by the Falcon.
Scarecrow is among the army of villains recruited by Zemo and his Thunderbolts to serve as "hero-hunters" during the events of the Civil War storyline.
Scarecrow showed up when
Ebenezer has been identified as one of the 142 registered superheroes who registered as part of the Initiative.
Someone that looks like Scarecrow was among the members of
He is among the villains considered by
Scarecrow has also teamed up with
During the Fear Itself storyline, Scarecrow takes advantage of the chaos in town by attacking with his army of crows only to end up fighting Wolverine.
Weapons, abilities and equipment
The Scarecrow is a highly adept contortionist—extremely flexible and agile due to heavy training. He is double-jointed and can fit his body through any aperture at least one foot wide. He is therefore able to escape from conventional locks and chains, and to perform various acrobatic stunts. He is also a master at training birds. He often carries a pitchfork as a weapon.
He has a flock of two dozen pet crows, which he has taught to perform a variety of actions in response to his hand gestures and tones of voice. At his command, the crows will attack and kill the victims he designates. The crows have been trained to attack anyone who rushes at the Scarecrow or points a gun at him. They are trained to carry off jewels, valuables, and anything else at which the Scarecrow points.
As a result of surgical implants given to him by doctors employed by the Firm, the Scarecrow's body produces a mutated pheromone that affects the adrenal glands of people and animals (even crows) within twenty feet of him, causing a sensory overload which triggers a panic attack. The same pheromone affects the Scarecrow's own adrenal system, giving him superhuman strength and stamina.
When the Scarecrow was raised from the dead by the sorcerer Stern, he became able to directly induce fear in his victims, and could survive and quickly recover from any injury, even typically fatal ones, as long as he was in the presence of the fear of others.
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In other media
- Scarecrow appears in the Ghost Rider video game based on the feature film, voiced by Dave Wittenberg. In the game, Ghost Rider enters a church and fights Scarecrow and his crows. Scarecrow attacks Ghost Rider but retreats to a pillar. After Ghost Rider knocks the pillar over, Scarecrow falls from a great height, and the battle continues. This cycle repeats until the Scarecrow is defeated. Scarecrow also appears as a boss in the Game Boy Advance version.
- Scarecrow appears as an action figure for the Ghost Rider film line by Hasbro. A "comic-styled", five-inch (127 mm) figure including crows and a pitchfork was included as part of a Toys"R"Us exclusive figure-set, "The Spider & The Scarecrow".
- ^ "Exterminators (Spider-Man foes)".
- ^ a b Captain America #279-280
- ^ Tales of Suspense #51
- ^ X-Men #22-23
- ^ Captain America #158-159
- ^ Captain America Annual #6
- ^ Ghost Rider vol. 2 #7
- ^ Ghost Rider/Captain America: Fear
- ^ Ellis, Warren (w), Saltares, Javier (p), Witherby, Mike (i). "Wish for Pain" Ghost Rider Annual v3, #2 (August 1994), Marvel Comics
- ^ The New Avengers #1-3
- ^ Thunderbolts #103
- ^ The Sensational Spider-Man vol. 3 #29-31
- ^ Punisher War Journal vol. 2 #2
- ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1
- ^ Avengers: The Initiative #1 Character Map
- ^ The New Avengers #35 (2007)
- ^ The New Avengers Annual #6
- ^ Secret Invasion #6
- ^ The New Avengers #50
- ^ Ghost Rider vol. 6 #33
- ^ Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire #2
- ^ Ghost Riders: Heaven's On Fire #5
- ^ Vengeance of the Moon Knight #3-5
- ^ Siege #3
- ^ Fear Itself: Wolverine #1
- ^ Ghost Rider Annual #2 (1994)
- ^ "Scarecrow". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 2020-08-26.
- Characters created by Don Heck
- Characters created by Stan Lee
- Comics characters introduced in 1964
- Fictional characters from New York (state)
- Fictional scarecrows
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