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WHIPLASH


Real name: Mark Steele
Occupation: Professional adventurer
Identity: Secret
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record
Other aliases: None
Place of birth: New York City
Place of death: New York City
Marital status: Single
Known relatives: None
Group affiliation: Former member-in-training of the Protectors
Base of operations: New York City
First appearance and origin: Protectors #42
Final appearance: Protectors #47
History: Frequently in trouble as a youth, foster child Mark Steele got into his share of fights. Although not afraid to let his fists do the talking, he was usually armed with a weapon of some sort. Pretty much anything was fair game, be it brass knuckles, hunting knife, or switchblade. Steele was far from a hardened criminal but petty crime was not out of the question. Eventually, he came to know a decent man who took an interest in his life. That man was a physician by the name of Dr. Righteous. With Dr. Righteous as a positive role-model, Steele began to turn his life around. He finished high school and decided to join the United States Army. There, he trained as a helicopter pilot and served with distinction.

Unbeknownst to Mark Steele in his early years was the fact that he possessed latent mutant abilities. While in the Army, these powers started to emerge. He found himself growing a prehensile tail. This unwanted development was difficult to hide and caused him a great deal of stress. Thankfully, he had a confidante in his best friend, Corporal Yo, with whom he shared his secret. Their strong friendship helped Steele through the difficult times while he completed his tour of duty.

Upon returning to civilian life, Mark Steele accepted and embraced his unique abilities. When he stopped trying to repress his mutant nature, his powers began to flourish. With great relief, he discovered that he could control a complete transformation of his body. That meant that he no longer had to live life with a tail! In fact, his transformative powers went far beyond that. After sufficient practice, he developed the ability to transform himself into various animal forms. However, he never really felt comfortable in a non-human body and practiced it less and less over time. Steele also learned that he had developed incredible leaping ability, far beyond that of a normal human.

A couple of years later, Mark Steele met the mysterious Omar Slayvon. Little is known about Slayvon except that he apparently became a spiritual advisor to Steele. There were always rumors that Omar Slayvon was associated with the occult but to what extent no one was quite sure. It was during this time that Mark Steele decided to fight crime as a super-hero. While physically transformed with a prehensile tail, he assumed the name Whiplash. That way, Mark Steele could live a somewhat normal life and Whiplash could dish out justice with his combat tail. He felt comfortable with his decision and met with the Protectors, a super-hero group headquartered in New York City. The Protectors were impressed with Whiplash's enthusiasm and accepted him as a member-in-training.

Whiplash was with the Protectors during the "Gang Wars" against Hammerhead. He showed his versatility at various times during combat. However, his greatest contribution may have been when he was transported to the nether realm. Perhaps it was his association with Omar Slayvon that provided Whiplash with the strength to survive there. He was instrumental in bargaining with the rulers of the nether realm and returning the heroes' souls back into their bodies. Whiplash was killed in a battle against the Si Fan, a secret criminal organization built by the nefarious Fu Manchu.
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 157 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
Strength Level: Whiplash possessed the strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engaged in moderate regular exercise.
Known superhuman powers: Mark Steele had the ability to physically transform himself into the persona of Whiplash and back again. While in his Whiplash form, he had a tail that he used effectively in combat. Whiplash was also able to transform into various animal forms, although he rarely practiced this except privately. Whiplash had incredible leaping ability. He was able to jump up to 40 feet, even straight upward. His mutant senses were hardier than a normal human being. For example, his sight and hearing were not as vulnerable to bright lights or loud sounds, respectively.
Abilities: Mark Steele was a capable helicopter pilot, trained by the U.S. Army. Thanks to his combat training, he had extensive knowledge of first aid procedures. Whiplash was skilled with practically any type of weapon used in hand-to-hand combat.

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