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Information-silkReal NameDaniel "Danny" Leighton
Information-silkCurrent AliasCutthroat
Information-silkRelativesRachel Leighton (Diamondback) (sister)
Willy Leighton (brother; deceased)
Ricky Leighton (brother, deceased)
unnamed father (deceased)
unnamed mother
Information-silkAffiliationSkeleton Crew, Initiative (Hood's Gang)
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationProfessional criminal
Information-silkHeight6' 2"
Information-silkWeight200 lbs (91 kg)
Information-silkHairBrown (balding; Bleached brown when younger)
Information-silkPlace of BirthAustin, Texas
Information-silkCreatorsChris Claremont, Rich Buckler
First Appearance
Marvel Team-Up #89
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Early Life

Daniel "Danny" Leighton was born in Austin, Texas. He was later a member of the Savage Crimes, a New York street gang, as a youth. The leader of the gang was a young man called Brock, who later became the costumed assassin Crossbones. Bing was responsible for beating and possibly raping Danny's sister Rachel when she attempted to join the gang. [2]


Leighton later became an assassin known as Cutthroat. He was hired by Amos Jardine to kill the superhero Spider-Man, in place of the eccentric assassin Arcade. Cutthroat battled the mutant hero Nightcrawler, who had discovered the plan, and Spider-Man, and the heroes defeated him with covert assistance from Arcade himself.[3]

Daniel Leighton (Earth-616)

Skeleton Crew

Many years later, Cutthroat defeated Mangler and Deathstrike in a fight to the death to become the Red Skull's new chief operative in his Skeleton Crew, replacing Crossbones. Cutthroat tried to persuade his fellow Skeleton Crew members Blackwing and Jack O'Lantern to help him free their teammate Mother Night from police custody. Cutthroat soon had a brief affair with Mother Night, despite the fact that she was the Red Skull's mistress. With the Skeleton Crew, he battled Crossbones and Diamondback.Danny soon realized that Diamondback was his sister Rachel, and revealed who he was to her.

When Crossbones returned to the Skeleton Crew, Cutthroat feared he would be usurped by him, and planned to kill Crossbones in his sleep. However, worried about the outcome, Mother Night alerted Crossbones to the plan, and so Crossbones was waiting for Danny and slit Cutthroat's throat. Cutthroat was apparently killed. However, for unknown reasons it transpired that Cutthroat was alive and was an inmate in the super-criminal prison The Raft, where he escaped with a lot of other convicts in a jailbreak, and he was soon recaptured.

Hood's Gang

The criminal the Hood has since hired Cutthroat as part of his criminal gang. Cutthroat helped the rest of the gang battle the New Avengers, but he was defeated by Doctor Strange. As part of the Hood's gang, Cutthroat joined the fight against the Skrulls invasion force in New York.

Dark Reign

Daniel was seemingly killed by Daken[4] However, he somehow survived, and was among the Camp H.A.M.M.E.R. troops teleported to Asgard in the Oklahoma to fight the Asgardians and the Avengers.[5]

Powers and AbilitiesEdit


Power Grid [6]
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills


Cutthroat is skilled in various forms of unarmed combat, having received training from the Taskmaster. He is also highly skilled in throwing bladed weapons.[7][8][9][10]

Strength level

Cutthroat possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in intensive regular exercise. [7][8][9][10]



Cutthroat wears a lightweight suit of body armor, and carries a sword and adamantium-edged knives. He carries a gun that fires rockets that explode on contact - on exploding, some of these rockets trigger a "sonic screamer" that induces pain in nearby victims. He also carries a rocket gun that also fires darts, some of which release blinding magnesium flares upon impact.[7][8][9][10]

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