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Information-silkReal NameLeopold "Leo" Stryke
Information-silkCurrent AliasEel
Information-silkRelativesJordan Stryke (Viper) (brother, deceased)
Information-silkAffiliationSerpent Squad I, Hydra; formerly Serpent Squad II,Crime Wave, Emissaries of Evil
Information-silkBase Of OperationsMobile
Status
Information-silkAlignmentBad
Information-silkIdentityPublic Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipAmerican
Information-silkMarital StatusSingle
Information-silkOccupationMarine life expert, professional criminal
Characteristics[1]
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight5' 8"
Information-silkWeight180 lbs (82 kg)
Information-silkEyesGreen
Information-silkHairBrown
Origin
Information-silkUniverseEarth-616
Information-silkCreatorsStan Lee, Dick Ayers
First AppearanceAppearance of Death
Strange Tales #112Ghost Rider Vol 2 #21
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HistoryEdit

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Leopold Stryke, the original Eel, was the curator of an aquarium who led a secret life as a costumed criminal.

He was first captured by the police as a result of his battle with Johnny Storm, the Human Torch[2]. He was sent to prison, but returned to his life of crime after his release. After a second defeat by the Torch[3], he worked with Mr. Fear and the Ox as the Fellowship of Fear against Daredevil[4]. He was also amongst the many super-villains assembled by Doctor Doom to attck the wedding of Reed Richards and Susan Storm[5].

The Eel was recruited by Count Luchino Nefaria to assist him in his attempt to hold Washington DC for ransom. Nefaria and the costumed criminals he employed on this venture were thwarted by the original X-Men[6]. The Eel later acted in partnership with three of the other criminals whom Nefaria had hired: the Plantman, Scarecrow, and Porcupine.

Stryke later joined his brother Jordan, the original Viper, as a member of the first Serpent Squad. The Eel was also a member of the second Serpent Squad, although he was unaware on joining that Jordan had been murdered by the new Squad's organizer, the second Viper.

Convinced that they were failures, Stryke and Alex Gentry (Porcupine), sought guidance from the Celestial Mind Control movement, which was secretly masterminded by the alien Nebulon[7]. Nebulon pitted the mind-controlled Eel and the Porcupine against the Defenders, who defeated them both[8].

He was killed by the costumed criminal known as the Gladiator, who stole a disintegrator ray device that was in the Eel's possession.

Crime Wave (Team) (Earth-616)

Plantman, Porcupine, Eel, & Scarecrow


Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

Eel received all of his powers from the suit he had constructed.


Power Grid [9]
Intelligence
 3
Strength
 2
Speed
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
 3
Fighting Skills
 2

Abilities

Leo Stryke was educated as a marine biologist and highly skilled in the field of electronics. He was a fair hand-to-hand combatant.

Strength level

Eel possessed the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.

ParaphernaliaEdit

Equipment

Eel Battlesuit:

  • Insulation: Eel's costume was heavily insulated in order to protect him from the electricity it generated.
  • Greasy Coating: The costume exuded a grease-like substance which made it extremely difficult for opponents to get and maintain a firm grip on him.
  • Electrical Generation: It contained devices capable of generating large quantities of electricity, enough to stun or even kill a human being. He could utilize the electrical energy his costume generated for a variety of effects:
  • Electrical Blasts: The Eel could fire bolts of electricity from his hands.
  • Electrification: The Eel could electrify the outer surface of his costume with enough current to shock anyone who touches him into unconsciousness. This was direct current, so anyone grabbing him would be unable to release their grip.
  • Light Aura: The Eel could generate a glowing electrical aura around his costume capable of illuminating his immediate area.

NotesEdit

  • The Eel battlesuit has been used by a number of succeeding super-villains Eddie Lavell is the current "Eel" that has assumed the mantle.

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