Copperhead (DC)(01 - Unknown)
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The original Copperhead's contortionist skills allow him to fit himself into incredibly small spaces (such as chimneys). He originally wore a snake-themed costume. The suit was a weave of metallic and elastic fibers coated in vulnerable points (such as the chest) with Kevlar, making it bulletproof and impenetrable to almost any cutting edged weapon. The costume had been treated with a highly slippery water- and heat-proof silicon gel, allowing Copperhead to slide along any surface and slip out of tight spots. The tail could be stretched several feet and was strong enough to snap bone and shatter stone. The suit's helmet contained two seven-inch-long fangs which were capable of piercing human skin, and were coated in a potent neuro-toxin derived from copperhead snakes. The toxin could paralyze a person almost instantly, and death would follow within 30 minutes.
Later, the original Copperhead sold his soul to the demon Neron and was transformed into a human-snake hybrid. His reflexes and agility were greatly increased, and he gained venomous fangs, a forked tongue, claws, and a prehensile tail.
The criminal known as Copperhead first appeared in Gotham City in a snake costume. He committed numerous thefts before finally being apprehended by Batman and the first Batgirl. Copperhead then turned to more deadly pursuits as a super-assassin, constricting victims to a suffocating death with his costume's tail. During this time, he would become obsessive about his target and think of nothing until the target was dead, which proved to be a weakness at times as he would ignore anything he did not consider immediately relevant.
Copperhead used the travel opportunities his freelance career afforded him to pursue his hobby of collecting transistor radios.
Although a master contortionist, Copperhead was largely powerless without his snakeskin costume. He later sold his soul to the demon Neron in exchange for more power, being transformed into a deadly Snake/Man hybrid. He was later killed by Manhunter, Kate Spencer.
The Blackest Night "Director's Cut" issue reveals Copperhead's true name to be "John Doe", but it's unknown if that is the case.
First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold (1955) #78
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Adventures of Superman (1987)
Batman: Arkham Unhinged (2011)
#27 Batman: Arkham Unhinged (2012)
- 'Chapter 27: Operation: Kill Joker (Part 2)'
Birds of Prey (1999)
Blackest Night (2009)
HC Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
- 'Blackest Night'TPB
- 'Blackest Night'#3#4
#2 Chase (2011)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
#5 Damage (1994)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#5 (UPC)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#9
- 'War Zone'
DC Special Series (1977)
#11 Elongated Man (1992)
- 'Flash Spectacular'
#1 Green Lantern (2005)
- 'Europe '92: Part One: Concorde to Discord!'#2
- 'Europe '92 Part Two: The Sounds of Science'#3
- 'Europe '92 Part Three: From Bad to Wurst!'
#50 Hawk and Dove (1989)
- 'Parallax: Rebirth'
#8 Hawkman (2002)
- 'M.A.C. Attack!'#9
- 'Sharper than a Serpent's Tooth'
#1 JLA: Incarnations (2001)
- 'First Impressions'#2
- 'Into the Sky'#3
- 'Lost in the Battlelands'#4
- 'Beasts of Burden'#15
- 'The Thanagarian, Part One'
Joker: Last Laugh (2001)
#2 Justice League Europe (1989)
- 'Joker: Last Laugh, Part Two: Siege Mentality'#4
- 'Joker: Last Laugh, Part Four: Everyone Knows This is Nowhere'
#49 Manhunter (2004)
- 'Red Winter, Part 5: Hard Ground'#50
- 'Red Winter, Part 6: The Ice Breaks'
#94 Robin (1993)
- 'Road to Nowhere: Part One'#95
- 'Road to Nowhere: Part Two'
#95 Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
- 'Joker: Last Laugh: Book of the Dead'
#1 Starman (1994)
- 'Attend - - or Die!'#3
- 'War for Earthdeath!'#6
- 'Captains Cataclysmic!'#8
- 'Let the Villain Fit the Crime'#12
- 'The Plunder Plan!'#15
- 'The Wizard's War of the Worlds!'
#31 Steve Ditko Omnibus (2011)
- 'Infernal Devices, Part 2'#32
- 'Infernal Devices, Part 3'
Suicide Squad (1987)
#67 Superboy (1994)
- 'Danse Macabre, Part 1'
#11 Superman (1939)
- 'Reality Bites!'#12
- 'Compound Troubles!'#38
- 'Meltdown, Part 1'
#3 The Brave and the Bold (1955)
- 'The World's Finest, Part Three: Running Wild'
#78 The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
- 'In The Coils Of Copperhead!'#116
- 'Grasp Of The Killer Cult'
HC Underworld Unleashed (1995)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'
#1 Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear (1995)
- 'Underworld Unleashed'
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
#6 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Adam Strange To Wildcat II'
- 'Chronos to Cyclotron'#20
- 'Rubberduck to Shining Knight'
Black Lantern Corps
Secret Society of Super-Villains (01-Original)
Suicide Squad (DC)(03 - Post Legends)
Suicide Squad (DC)(Interim Squads)
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