Silvermane (01 - Silvio Manfredi)
Real Name: Silvio Manfredi
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None in his human form.
Superhuman strength, speed, stamina and durability.
As a teenager, Silvio Manfredi joined a criminal organization known as the Maggia. With his his cunning and superior fighting skills, Manfredi rose in to the top of the Maggia's ranks. Manfredi later became the head of a "family" (a group of people belonging to Maggia and related to Manfredi not by blood or marriage, but by loyalty). By creating gang wars, he increased the power of the Manfredi family. In the process, he also increased the power of Maggia as a whole, which pleased Manfredi's superiors.
When he was middle-aged, Manfredi's hair became white, which led to the nickname "Silvermane."
After years of successfully running his crime family, Silvermane realized that he had grown old. Fearing for his life, he began to look for a means to recover his youth.
He heard of an ancient tablet that held the key to create a mystic youth serum. Silvermane found the tablet and then kidnapped Dr. Curt Connors. By threatening Connor's family, Silvermane manipulated him into preparing the serum. Silvermane drank the serum but it had the unintended side-effect of de-aging him into non-existence. Silvermane then mystically aged until he was thirty nine.
Representatives of Hydra with bases in the United States were trying to reform Hydra into a less ideological and more business-oriented organization. They asked Manfredi to become their new Supreme Hydra. He agreed, but only if could retain control of his Maggia family. Silvermane used Hydra resources against his Maggia enemies and turned his Hydra group into a well-organized and well-equipped fighting force.
Later, Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. defeated Silvermane and dismantled his branch of Hydra. Hydra decided to get rid of Silvermane; but they could not execute Silvermane because of his contacts with Maggia. Thus, Silvermane returned to the Maggia.
When he returned to New York, Silvermane tried to organize all of the city's criminal gangs under his leadership. He found opposition in Green Goblin (Barton Hamilton), who also wanted to gain control of the New York underworld. Silvermane and the Green Goblin fought, but Spider-Man suddenly appeared. Due to Spider-Man's interference, Silvermane fell from a great height, and, apparently, died.
However, Silvermane survived. Shortly after this, Silvermane was shot by another criminal, the Rapier. Silvermane survived this attempt on his life, but was confined to a bed and a life support system. Also, the shock he had received from his wounds caused a bio-chemical reaction that expelled the serum, turning Silvermane back into an old man. But Silvermane was such a feared leader, that he still managed to keep control of his gang, even in his weakened state.
Crime fighters Cloak and Dagger decided to take down Silvermane because of his role in illegal drug trafficking in New York City. Dagger attacked Silvermane and almost killed him using her powers. However, doctors saved Silvermane's life by transporting his brain, most of his head, and his other vital organs to a robotic body that would also provide him with super-human strength.
Silvermane, with the use of his newfound strength, began looking for Cloak and Dagger to get revenge. Silvermane found and fought Cloak and Dagger who were aided by Spider-Man again. Dagger's powers short-circuited Silvermane's cyborg body and made her absorb his life force. Silvermane was dead.
The cyborg body had a special mechanism that kept Silvermane alive long enough for doctors to revive him. Kingpin, Silvermane's old enemy, managed to get the body and made a scientist in his employ erase Silvermane's memory. Silvermane was revived, but he was only a mindless, obedient, robotic killer.
However, Silvermane had a psychic bond with Dagger, which allowed Silvermane to retain energy from his lost life force. With this connection, Silvermane could resist Kingpin's orders, and he searched for Dagger. To stop Silvermane, Dagger gave him back his life force. Silvermane, having recovered his memories, escaped from the Kingpin's control.
Silvermane also tried to boost his powers by harvesting parts from super-human bodies, including Spider-Man's, but has always failed. He is still an active boss of the Maggia.
It was revealed that Silvermane's head was still alive at a scrapyard after a gang war with The Owl. His head was found, and taken home, by a young boy who was building a robot.
First Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #73
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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2006)
Amazing Spider-Man: Extra! (2008)
#31 Daredevil (1964)
- 'And So It Begins...'
#121 Dark Reign: Mister Negative (2009)
- 'Foggy Nelson, Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D.!'#122
- 'H.Y.D.R.A. - And - Seek!'#123
- 'Holocaust In The Halls Of H.Y.D.R.A.!'#307
- 'Part 2: Blind Openers'#308
- 'Part 5: Dealing From The Bottom'
#3 Deathlok (1991)
- 'Negative Reinforcement'
#6 Hammerhead: Death of a Wise Guy (2008)
- 'Father's Anguish'#7
- 'Men or Machines?'
#1 John Romita's The Amazing Spider-Man Artist's Edition (2011)
- 'Death of a Wise Guy'
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
New Warriors (1999)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
#73 Spider-Man [GER] (2007)
- 'Last Of The Heroes'
Spider-Man Family (2007)
Spider-Man: Lifeline (2001)
Spider-Man: Made Men (1998)
Spider-Man: Power of Terror (1995)
#1 Spider-Man/Deadpool (2016)
- 'Beneficial Alliances'#2
- 'Division of Power'#4
- 'From the Inside Out'
#12 The Amazing Spider-Man (1963)
- 'The Spider-Man/Deadpool Ho-Ho-Holiday Special!'
The Incredible Hulk (1968)
#404 The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
- 'Disarray Thataway'
HC The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'The Marvel Encyclopedia'
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
- 'K-M: From Kang to Man-Bull'#10
- 'S: From Shi'Ar to Sub-Mariner'
#6 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
- 'Human Torch to Ka-Zar'#7
- 'Khoryphos to Magneto'#12
- 'Sif to Sunspot'
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man: Back In Black Handbook (2007)
The Punisher War Journal (1988)
#45 The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976)
- 'Dead Man's Hand, part 3: The Vegas Idea'#46
- 'Dead Man's Hand, part 6: Hot Chrome And Cold Blood'
Annual 02 The Superior Foes of Spider-Man (2013)
- 'Vengeance is Mine ... Sayeth the Sword'#69
- 'In Darkness Seldom Seen!'#70
- 'The Great Cloak & Dagger Hunt!'#93
- 'A Hot Time in the Old Morgue Tonight!'#94
- 'How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down At the Morgue After They've Seen N.Y.C.?'#95
- 'The Dagger at the End of the Tunnel!'#96
- 'The Final Answer!'#97
#3 Underworld (2006)
- 'A New Sheriff In Town'#5
- 'The Foes Are Back!'#6
- 'Trapped Like Rats!'#8
- 'Trapped Like Rats!'#9
- 'Hammerhead of the Family'#13
- 'Supposed to Be Art'#14
- 'Clean Getaway!'#15
- 'Down Time'#16
- 'How To Get a Head in Bad-Guyvertising'#17
- 'Goodbye, Farewell, and Good Riddance'
Web of Spider-Man (1985)
#79 Wolverine (1988)
- 'First Blood...'#80
- 'This Blood is My Blood'
- 'The Hunted, Part Three'
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