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| base_of_operations = [[Hydra Island]]
| base_of_operations = [[Hydra Island]]
| debut = Strange Tales #135 (1965)
| debut = Strange Tales #135 (1965)
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| significant_issues = Vs Leatherneck Raiders & Samurai Squad (Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders #2-4, 1968); attempted creation of atomic bomb, vs Invaders (Marvel Universe #1-3, 1998); vs Mystique (X-Men Forever #3-4, 2001); sought Nazi gold, vs Charles Xavier & Magnus (Uncanny X-Men #161, 1982); encountered young Remy LeBeau (Gambit #6, 1999); [[Fixer (Paul Norbert Ebersol)|Fixer]] joined (Thunderbolts #-1: Distant Rumblings, 1997); Silver Fox attempted attack on Logan (Wolverine #-1, 1997); base raided by Cable's Wild Pack (X-Force #8, 1992); Imperial Hydra threatened Earth with betatron bomb, thwarted by Fury, Imperial Hydra killed (Strange Tales #135-141, 1965-1966); attacked wedding of Mr Fantastic & Invisible Girl (Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965); Fixer & Mentallo attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strange Tales #142-143, 1966); hired Batroc to capture Sharon Carter (Tales of Suspense #95, 1967); led by Strucker, attempted to set off Death Spore bomb, Hydra Island sunk (Strange Tales #150-158, 1966-1967); Madame Hydra first appeared (Captain America #110-111 & 113, 1969); Kraus & Rickard caused Fury to hallucinate, sent Bull's-Eye to assassinate him (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #12 & 14-15, 1969); attempted to brainwash Hulk, failed (Incredible Hulk #132, 1970); Las Vegas Hydra defeated (Captain America #145-147, 1972); plague rats defeated by Hulk (Incredible Hulk #154, 1972); led by Grim Reaper & Space Phantom (Avengers #106-108, 1972-1973); vs Tigra & Werewolf (Giant-Size Creatures #1, 1974); led by Silvermane, vs Daredevil (Daredevil #120-123, 1975); vs Thing & Shang-Chi (Marvel Two-In-One #29, 1977); Spider-Woman quit (Marvel Spotlight #32, 1977); allied with Baron Karza (Micronauts #26-28, 1981); led by Baron Strucker LMD (Captain America #273-274, 1982); investigated Team America (Team America #1-2 & 11-12, 1982 & 1983); Strucker LMD obtained armor from Department H (X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2, 1998); manipulated by Deltite (Nick Fury vs S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, 3-4, 1988); supplied drugs for Viper (Iron Man Annual #10, 1989); allied with A.I.M vs the Maggia (Iron Man #247/Incredible Hulk #361, 1989); Madame Hydra-6 & Yellow Claw led Hydra (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #12-14, 1990); Strucker revived, Hydra purged, destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. Central (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #20-23, 25-26, 1991); sent bounty hunters after genetic experiments (Daredevil Annual #7/Punisher Annual #4/Captain America Annual #10, 1991); attempted to claim Vladivostok (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27-29, 1991); vs Kingpin (Daredevil #297-299, 1991); helped orchestrate death of Mariko Yashida with the Hand (Wolverine #56-57, 1992); vs Leader (Incredible Hulk #400, 1992); participated in division of Kingpin's empire (Daredevil #307-309/Nomad #4-6/Punisher War Journal #45-47, 1992); Wolverine vs Whale (Wolverine: Inner Fury, 1992); Strucker's existence revealed (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #42-47, 1992-93); D.O.A vs Nightstalkers (Nightstalkers #2-4, 1992-1993); attacked Somalia (Silver Sable & The Wild Pack #16-17, 1993); vs Iron Fist for anomaly (Marvel Comics Presents #129-131, 1993); attacked Deathlok with virus (Deathlok #30, 1993); with A.I.M. & War Machine, vs Hate-Monger & Sons of the Serpent (Marvel Comics Presents #153-155, 1994); attempted takeover of Carpasia (Wolverine/Nick Fury: Scorpio Rising, 1994); Number 16 vs Fury (Marvel Comics Presents #157, 1994); vs Sub-Mariner & Leviathan (Namor Annual #4, 1994); Wolfen vs Fury (Marvel Comics Presents #171, 1995); vs Skrull Kill Krew (Skrull Kill Krew #2-3, 1995); Kitty Drake attempted to set off neutron bomb (Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-3, 1995); Pearl Sect defeated by New Warriors (New Warriors #72, 1996); allied with Fortunato, vs Spider-Man & SHOC (Spider-Man #73-74/Peter Parker: Spider-Man #79-80, 1996/1997); Catalyst defeated by Sabretooth & Mystique (Sabretooth & Mystique #1-4, 1996-97); sent Growing Man against Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts #5, 1997); led by Sensational Hydra (Captain America #2-7, 1998); Horst Eisele attacked Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts #0, 1998); hired Crossbones & Absorbing Man to set off bomb (Captain America #24, 1999); Scylla vs Iron Man (Iron Man #36, 2001); attempted to spread nanites (Citizen V & the V-Battalion #2-3, 2001); dealt with Power Broker (U.S.Agent #1, 2001); vs Elektra in Iraq (Elektra #1-5, 2001-2002); recruitment offer turned down by Parker Robbins (The Hood #1, 2002); Gerald Richter's base invaded by Shepard & Mystique (Mystique #19, 2004); cybernetic Hydra destroyed by Hercules (Hercules #3, 2005); attempted to coerce Jessica Jones (The Pulse #7-8, 2005); Gorgon became leader, brainwashed Wolverine & army of super-villains, brought down by Wolverine when he overcame control (Wolverine #20-31, 2004-2005); bankrolled Thunderbolts, attacked New York (New Thunderbolts #1-6, 2005); Spider-Woman revealed to be double agent for Hydra (New Avengers #11-14, 2005-06); led by Edgar Lascombe, attempted to set off biological attack (Amazing Spider-Man #519-524, 2005); Strucker released from Hydra by Zemo (New Thunderbolts #17, 2006)
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| significant_issues = Vs Leatherneck Raiders & Samurai Squad (Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders #2-4, 1968); attempted creation of atomic bomb, vs Invaders (Marvel Universe #1-3, 1998); vs Mystique (X-Men Forever #3-4, 2001); sought Nazi gold, vs Charles Xavier & Magnus (Uncanny X-Men #161, 1982); encountered young Remy LeBeau (Gambit #6, 1999); [[Fixer (Paul Norbert Ebersol)|Fixer]] joined (Thunderbolts #-1: Distant Rumblings, 1997); Silver Fox attempted attack on Logan (Wolverine #-1, 1997); base raided by Cable's Wild Pack (X-Force #8, 1992); Imperial Hydra threatened Earth with betatron bomb, thwarted by Fury, Imperial Hydra killed (Strange Tales #135-141, 1965-1966); attacked wedding of Mr Fantastic & Invisible Girl (Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965); Fixer & Mentallo attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strange Tales #142-143, 1966); hired Batroc to capture Sharon Carter (Tales of Suspense #95, 1967); led by Strucker, attempted to set off Death Spore bomb, Hydra Island sunk (Strange Tales #150-158, 1966-1967); Madame Hydra first appeared (Captain America #110-111 & 113, 1969); Kraus & Rickard caused Fury to hallucinate, sent Bull's-Eye to assassinate him (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #12 & 14-15, 1969); attempted to brainwash Hulk, failed (Incredible Hulk #132, 1970); Las Vegas Hydra defeated (Captain America #145-147, 1972); plague rats defeated by Hulk (Incredible Hulk #154, 1972); led by Grim Reaper & Space Phantom (Avengers #106-108, 1972-1973); vs Tigra & Werewolf (Giant-Size Creatures #1, 1974); led by Silvermane, vs Daredevil (Daredevil #120-123, 1975); vs Thing & Shang-Chi (Marvel Two-In-One #29, 1977); Spider-Woman quit (Marvel Spotlight #32, 1977); allied with Baron Karza (Micronauts #26-28, 1981); led by Baron Strucker LMD (Captain America #273-274, 1982); investigated Team America (Team America #1-2 & 11-12, 1982 & 1983); Strucker LMD obtained armor from Department H (X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2, 1998); manipulated by Deltite (Nick Fury vs S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, 3-4, 1988); supplied drugs for Viper (Iron Man Annual #10, 1989); allied with A.I.M vs the Maggia (Iron Man #247/Incredible Hulk #361, 1989); Madame Hydra-6 & Yellow Claw led Hydra (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #12-14, 1990); Strucker revived, Hydra purged, destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. Central (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #20-23, 25-26, 1991); sent bounty hunters after genetic experiments (Daredevil Annual #7/Punisher Annual #4/Captain America Annual #10, 1991); attempted to claim Vladivostok (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27-29, 1991); vs Kingpin (Daredevil #297-299, 1991); helped orchestrate death of Mariko Yashida with the Hand (Wolverine #56-57, 1992); vs Leader (Incredible Hulk #400, 1992); participated in division of Kingpin's empire (Daredevil #307-309/Nomad #4-6/Punisher War Journal #45-47, 1992); Wolverine vs Whale (Wolverine: Inner Fury, 1992); Strucker's existence revealed (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #42-47, 1992-93); D.O.A vs Nightstalkers (Nightstalkers #2-4, 1992-1993); attacked Somalia (Silver Sable & The Wild Pack #16-17, 1993); vs Iron Fist for anomaly (Marvel Comics Presents #129-131, 1993); attacked Deathlok with virus (Deathlok #30, 1993); with A.I.M. & War Machine, vs Hate-Monger & Sons of the Serpent (Marvel Comics Presents #153-155, 1994); attempted takeover of Carpasia (Wolverine/Nick Fury: Scorpio Rising, 1994); Number 16 vs Fury (Marvel Comics Presents #157, 1994); vs Sub-Mariner & Leviathan (Namor Annual #4, 1994); Wolfen vs Fury (Marvel Comics Presents #171, 1995); vs Skrull Kill Krew (Skrull Kill Krew #2-3, 1995); Kitty Drake attempted to set off neutron bomb (Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-3, 1995); Pearl Sect defeated by New Warriors (New Warriors #72, 1996); allied with Fortunato, vs Spider-Man & SHOC (Spider-Man #73-74/Peter Parker: Spider-Man #79-80, 1996/1997); Catalyst defeated by Sabretooth & Mystique (Sabretooth & Mystique #1-4, 1996-97); sent Growing Man against Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts #5, 1997); led by Sensational Hydra (Captain America #2-7, 1998); Horst Eisele attacked Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts #0, 1998); hired Crossbones & Absorbing Man to set off bomb (Captain America #24, 1999); Scylla vs Iron Man (Iron Man #36, 2001); attempted to spread nanites (Citizen V & the V-Battalion #2-3, 2001); dealt with Power Broker (U.S.Agent #1, 2001); vs Elektra in Iraq (Elektra #1-5, 2001-2002); recruitment offer turned down by Parker Robbins (The Hood #1, 2002); Gerald Richter's base invaded by Shepard & Mystique (Mystique #19, 2004); cybernetic Hydra destroyed by Hercules (Hercules #3, 2005); attempted to coerce Jessica Jones (The Pulse #7-8, 2005); Gorgon became leader, brainwashed Wolverine & army of super-villains, brought down by Wolverine when he overcame control (Wolverine #20-31, 2004-2005); bankrolled Thunderbolts, attacked New York (New Thunderbolts #1-6, 2005); Spider-Woman revealed to be double agent for Hydra (New Avengers #11-14, 2005-06); led by Edgar Lascombe, attempted to set off biological attack (Amazing Spider-Man #519-524, 2005); Strucker released from Hydra by Zemo (New Thunderbolts #17, 2006); Defeated by Initiative team, Rangers (Avengers: The Initiative #2); Commander Woodman discusses Hardball's recruitment (Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1); the Initiative's Shadow team goes after Hardball (Avengers: Initiative #22-24); the reformation of HYDRA (read Secret Warriors TPB for story & HYDRA Hierarchy, Assets, Bases & an introduction to Leviathan)  
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| current_members = [[Baron Strucker|Baron Wolfgang von Strucker]]; [[Viper (Madame Hydra)|Madame Hydra]]; [[Gorgon (Tomi Shishido)|Gorgon]]; [[Commander Kraken]];
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| current_members = [[Baron Strucker|Baron Wolfgang von Strucker]], [[Viper]](Madame Hydra; [[Gorgon (Tomi Shishido)|Gorgon]], [[Kraken], {{Madame Hydra]], [[the Hive]], [[Commander Woodman]]
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| former_members = [[Brown, Lara|Lara Brown]];  [[Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew)]]; [[Fixer (Paul Norbert Ebersol)|Fixer]]; [[Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)]]; [[Kingpin]]; [[Lascombe, Edgar|Edgar Lascombe]]
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| former_members = [[Brown, Laura|Laura Brown]];  [[Spider-Woman I (Jessica Drew)]]; [[Fixer (Paul Norbert Ebersol)|Fixer]]; [[Red Skull (Johann Shmidt)]]; [[Kingpin]]; [[Lascombe, Edgar|Edgar Lascombe]], [[Mentallo]], [[Anton Trojak]], [[Robert Rickard]] (deceased, [[Viper II]] (Madame Hydra), the [[Schemer]] (Richard Fisk), [[Kingpin]] (Wilson Fisk), [[Number 72]], [[Chameleon]], [[Silvermane]] (Silvio Manfredi), [[Blackwing]] (Joseph Manfredi), [[Jackhammer]], [[El Jaguar]] (deceased), [[Commander Kraken]] (deceased), the [[Fox]], [[Man-Killer]], [[Space Phantom]], [[Grim Reaper]] (Eric Williams), [[Bull's-Eye]], [[Count Otto Vermis]], [[Jared Kurtz]], [[William Darvin]], [[James Winderfield]], [[Nacy Winderfield]], [[Elsie Carson]], [[Ralph Sanzetti]]
Brainwashed agents- [[Elektra]]; [[Northstar]]; [[Wolverine (James Howlett)|Wolverine]]
Brainwashed agents- [[Elektra]]; [[Northstar]]; [[Wolverine (James Howlett)|Wolverine]]
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Hydra has never since achieved the power it has under Strucker. The bulk of the organization, including its most brilliant and capable members, was wiped out on Hydra Island. All that remained were fragments of the organization which had either been meant to hide out from the Spore in smaller shelters, or had been left to their fate. Those who arose to lead the various Hydra factions were usually mediocrities, each of whom pretentiously referred to himself as Supreme Hydra. A.I.M. seceded from Hydra, and the Secret Empire was later revived independently from Hydra. The remnant of Hydra in New York City area was led by first by Madame Hydra, and then by the [[Grim Reaper]] and [[Space Phantom]]. A western European faction was led by Count Otto Vermis. Another Hydra remnant centered in Las Vegas came under the control of the Red Skull, who managed it through the [[Kingpin]] and his son, although neither knew of the Skull’s role. Since Strucker’s demise, however, there has not yet been a leader of sufficient skill and power to return Hydra to greatness.
Hydra has never since achieved the power it has under Strucker. The bulk of the organization, including its most brilliant and capable members, was wiped out on Hydra Island. All that remained were fragments of the organization which had either been meant to hide out from the Spore in smaller shelters, or had been left to their fate. Those who arose to lead the various Hydra factions were usually mediocrities, each of whom pretentiously referred to himself as Supreme Hydra. A.I.M. seceded from Hydra, and the Secret Empire was later revived independently from Hydra. The remnant of Hydra in New York City area was led by first by Madame Hydra, and then by the [[Grim Reaper]] and [[Space Phantom]]. A western European faction was led by Count Otto Vermis. Another Hydra remnant centered in Las Vegas came under the control of the Red Skull, who managed it through the [[Kingpin]] and his son, although neither knew of the Skull’s role. Since Strucker’s demise, however, there has not yet been a leader of sufficient skill and power to return Hydra to greatness.
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The first major attempt to rebuild HYDRA was made by surviving HYDRA members based on the United States East Coast, who decided to turn HYDRA into a less ideological organization, which would still seek world domination, but would be structured along the lines of organized crime.  In keeping with this idea, these HYDRA leaders recruited [[Silvio "Silvermane" Manfredi]], the leader of a Maggia "family", as the new Supreme Hydra.  Silvermane quickly built this East Coast based HYDRA into a large, well-organized & well-equipped fighting force.  He established a large secret HYDRA base in NYC, & recruited numerous costumed criminals to serve as HYDRA division leaders, including his own son [[Blackwing (Joseph Manfredi)]], [[Commander Kraken]], the [[Fixer]], the [[Fox]], [[Jackhammer]], [[El Jaguar]], [[Man-Killer]], & [[Mentallo]] ( the Fixer & Mentallo previously worked for Strucker's HYDRA).  Silvermane & his recruits from the American criminal underworld, however, were ultimately out of their depth in running a major subversive organization like HYDRA, & new East Coast HYDRA was easily defeated by Fury & SHIELD.  This HYDRA organization thereupon also fragmented.
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Next, HYDRA was reorganized under radically different lines by unknown criminals, presumable American.  Although this new HYDRA had worldwide influence, it seemed centered in the US to a far greater extent than Strucker's HYDRA ever was.  As always, this HYDRA was dedicated to world domination, but it had abandoned the traditional fascist HYDRA ideology entirely.  The only clear link between this HYDRA & Strucker's HYDRA is the fact that the new HYDRA continued the traditional HYDRA uniforms.  Women were allowed in the organization in large numbers & could hold important positions.  Agents were often addressed by their names & HYDRA officials often appeared unmasked before their colleagues & subordinates.
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Although HYDRA had rebuilt itself, its power & reputation were far below what they were during the height of the Strucker period.  Even Strucker's own children, Andrea & Andreas, had nothing to do with HYDRA, instead founding their own organization, [[Fenris]].  HYDRA had launched no formidable assault on SHIELD or the world since Strucker's death, or since his demise, has it produced a weapon comparable to the [[Overkill Horn]] or [[Betatron]] & [[Death Spore bombs]], or even HYDRA's [[Dreadnaught robots]].
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Since the Super-powered [[CIVIL WAR]], a HYDRA Terror-Carrier was defeated by Texas-based [[Initiative]] team [[Rangers]]; [[Living Lightening]], [[Firebird]], [[Texas Twister]], [[Armadillo]], [[Red Wolf]], [[Phantom Rider]] & [[Shooting Star]], over Crawford Texas.
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In Washington, D.C., [[Commander Woodman]] has worked to recruit Initiative member, [[Hardball (Roger Brokeridge)]], who's Woodman purchased from the [[Power Broker]], a mysterious man who sells powers to normal humans.  When his defection from the Initiative had been confirmed, the [[Shadow Team]]; [[Bengal]], [[Komodo]], [[Constrictor]], [[Mutant Zero (Typhoid Mary)]], & led by [[Taskmaster]], went after him in Madripoor, where [[Viper]] had ruled until [[Iron Man]] & [[Tyger Tiger]] deposed her.  Through Hardball, HYDRA had taken the Initiative's S.P.I.N. (Super Power Inhibiting Nanobots) technology & he uses is to defend himself & his partner, [[Scorpion]] (Carmilla).  [[Bloodscream]] & [[Roughhouse]] were also present & working for Hardball.  Scorpion later revealed herself to be opposed to HYDRA & Hardball quickly surrendered under the combined powers against him. 
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After the SECRET INVASION, HYDRA was no more.  But one man knew that in this new climate, his ideas once again had fertile ground in which to grow.  His ideas could even flourish.  He knew that no government, country or corporation could stop him, & no longer are heroes or vigilantes willing to do what is necessary, to do what it would take to stop him.  He is Baron Strucker, & he has returned.  He begins to assemble the pieces, the players - HYDRA will be reborn...cut off a head & six more will take its place.
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From the endless depths, Strucker gathers the [[Kraken]]; from the outer dark, the new [[Madame Hydra]]; from unknown regions, the [[Hive]].  [[Viper]] has rejoined him & he has had the [[Gorgon]] resurrected.  [[Nick Fury]] has reformed his [[Howling Commandos]] & a new team of [[Secret Warriors]] to stop them. 
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| base_of_operations = Hydra Island | debut = Strange Tales #135 (1965) | significant_issues = Vs Leatherneck Raiders & Samurai Squad (Captain Savage and his Leatherneck Raiders #2-4, 1968); attempted creation of atomic bomb, vs Invaders (Marvel Universe #1-3, 1998); vs Mystique (X-Men Forever #3-4, 2001); sought Nazi gold, vs Charles Xavier & Magnus (Uncanny X-Men #161, 1982); encountered young Remy LeBeau (Gambit #6, 1999); Fixer joined (Thunderbolts #-1: Distant Rumblings, 1997); Silver Fox attempted attack on Logan (Wolverine #-1, 1997); base raided by Cable's Wild Pack (X-Force #8, 1992); Imperial Hydra threatened Earth with betatron bomb, thwarted by Fury, Imperial Hydra killed (Strange Tales #135-141, 1965-1966); attacked wedding of Mr Fantastic & Invisible Girl (Fantastic Four Annual #3, 1965); Fixer & Mentallo attacked S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strange Tales #142-143, 1966); hired Batroc to capture Sharon Carter (Tales of Suspense #95, 1967); led by Strucker, attempted to set off Death Spore bomb, Hydra Island sunk (Strange Tales #150-158, 1966-1967); Madame Hydra first appeared (Captain America #110-111 & 113, 1969); Kraus & Rickard caused Fury to hallucinate, sent Bull's-Eye to assassinate him (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #12 & 14-15, 1969); attempted to brainwash Hulk, failed (Incredible Hulk #132, 1970); Las Vegas Hydra defeated (Captain America #145-147, 1972); plague rats defeated by Hulk (Incredible Hulk #154, 1972); led by Grim Reaper & Space Phantom (Avengers #106-108, 1972-1973); vs Tigra & Werewolf (Giant-Size Creatures #1, 1974); led by Silvermane, vs Daredevil (Daredevil #120-123, 1975); vs Thing & Shang-Chi (Marvel Two-In-One #29, 1977); Spider-Woman quit (Marvel Spotlight #32, 1977); allied with Baron Karza (Micronauts #26-28, 1981); led by Baron Strucker LMD (Captain America #273-274, 1982); investigated Team America (Team America #1-2 & 11-12, 1982 & 1983); Strucker LMD obtained armor from Department H (X-Men/Alpha Flight #1-2, 1998); manipulated by Deltite (Nick Fury vs S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, 3-4, 1988); supplied drugs for Viper (Iron Man Annual #10, 1989); allied with A.I.M vs the Maggia (Iron Man #247/Incredible Hulk #361, 1989); Madame Hydra-6 & Yellow Claw led Hydra (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #12-14, 1990); Strucker revived, Hydra purged, destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. Central (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #20-23, 25-26, 1991); sent bounty hunters after genetic experiments (Daredevil Annual #7/Punisher Annual #4/Captain America Annual #10, 1991); attempted to claim Vladivostok (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27-29, 1991); vs Kingpin (Daredevil #297-299, 1991); helped orchestrate death of Mariko Yashida with the Hand (Wolverine #56-57, 1992); vs Leader (Incredible Hulk #400, 1992); participated in division of Kingpin's empire (Daredevil #307-309/Nomad #4-6/Punisher War Journal #45-47, 1992); Wolverine vs Whale (Wolverine: Inner Fury, 1992); Strucker's existence revealed (Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #42-47, 1992-93); D.O.A vs Nightstalkers (Nightstalkers #2-4, 1992-1993); attacked Somalia (Silver Sable & The Wild Pack #16-17, 1993); vs Iron Fist for anomaly (Marvel Comics Presents #129-131, 1993); attacked Deathlok with virus (Deathlok #30, 1993); with A.I.M. & War Machine, vs Hate-Monger & Sons of the Serpent (Marvel Comics Presents #153-155, 1994); attempted takeover of Carpasia (Wolverine/Nick Fury: Scorpio Rising, 1994); Number 16 vs Fury (Marvel Comics Presents #157, 1994); vs Sub-Mariner & Leviathan (Namor Annual #4, 1994); Wolfen vs Fury (Marvel Comics Presents #171, 1995); vs Skrull Kill Krew (Skrull Kill Krew #2-3, 1995); Kitty Drake attempted to set off neutron bomb (Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-3, 1995); Pearl Sect defeated by New Warriors (New Warriors #72, 1996); allied with Fortunato, vs Spider-Man & SHOC (Spider-Man #73-74/Peter Parker: Spider-Man #79-80, 1996/1997); Catalyst defeated by Sabretooth & Mystique (Sabretooth & Mystique #1-4, 1996-97); sent Growing Man against Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts #5, 1997); led by Sensational Hydra (Captain America #2-7, 1998); Horst Eisele attacked Thunderbolts (Thunderbolts #0, 1998); hired Crossbones & Absorbing Man to set off bomb (Captain America #24, 1999); Scylla vs Iron Man (Iron Man #36, 2001); attempted to spread nanites (Citizen V & the V-Battalion #2-3, 2001); dealt with Power Broker (U.S.Agent #1, 2001); vs Elektra in Iraq (Elektra #1-5, 2001-2002); recruitment offer turned down by Parker Robbins (The Hood #1, 2002); Gerald Richter's base invaded by Shepard & Mystique (Mystique #19, 2004); cybernetic Hydra destroyed by Hercules (Hercules #3, 2005); attempted to coerce Jessica Jones (The Pulse #7-8, 2005); Gorgon became leader, brainwashed Wolverine & army of super-villains, brought down by Wolverine when he overcame control (Wolverine #20-31, 2004-2005); bankrolled Thunderbolts, attacked New York (New Thunderbolts #1-6, 2005); Spider-Woman revealed to be double agent for Hydra (New Avengers #11-14, 2005-06); led by Edgar Lascombe, attempted to set off biological attack (Amazing Spider-Man #519-524, 2005); Strucker released from Hydra by Zemo (New Thunderbolts #17, 2006); Defeated by Initiative team, Rangers (Avengers: The Initiative #2); Commander Woodman discusses Hardball's recruitment (Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1); the Initiative's Shadow team goes after Hardball (Avengers: Initiative #22-24); the reformation of HYDRA (read Secret Warriors TPB for story & HYDRA Hierarchy, Assets, Bases & an introduction to Leviathan) | current_members = Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Viper(Madame Hydra; Gorgon, [[Kraken], {{Madame Hydra]], the Hive, Commander Woodman | former_members = Laura Brown; Spider-Woman I (Jessica Drew); Fixer; Red Skull (Johann Shmidt); Kingpin; Edgar Lascombe, Mentallo, Anton Trojak, Robert Rickard (deceased, Viper II (Madame Hydra), the Schemer (Richard Fisk), Kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Number 72, Chameleon, Silvermane (Silvio Manfredi), Blackwing (Joseph Manfredi), Jackhammer, El Jaguar (deceased), Commander Kraken (deceased), the Fox, Man-Killer, Space Phantom, Grim Reaper (Eric Williams), Bull's-Eye, Count Otto Vermis, Jared Kurtz, William Darvin, James Winderfield, Nacy Winderfield, Elsie Carson, Ralph Sanzetti

Brainwashed agents- Elektra; Northstar; Wolverine | other_members = Hydra Super-Agents- Hammer (Hydra); Bowman (Hydra); Militant (Hydra) }}


Hydra is a world-wide subversive organization dedicated to global domination. At its height, Hydra was the most extensive, powerful, and dangerous such organization in history. Hydra is almost entirely composed of men, with some notable exceptions, such as former member Lara Brown, the daughter of a Supreme Hydra, and so-called Madame Hydra, who later became known as the Viper. Hydra agents wear green costumes with cowls concealing the entire head except for the mouth and chin. Their organization takes its name from the many-headed serpent-like monster known for its ability to grow two heads immediately to replace any head that was severed. Hydra prides itself on its ability to regroup and rebuild itself, allegedly mightier than before, after any major defeat. Indeed, the organization has now endured for four decades.


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Hydra Foot Soldiers
The man most responsible for the creation of Hydra was Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, the Prussian aristocrat who served as wing commander of Nazi Germany’s infamous Death’s Head Squadron, and later as leader of its Blitzkrieg Squad of commandos. Infuriated by Strucker’s defeats by American commando Sgt. Nicholas Fury, and by Strucker’s refusal to execute the entire population of a French village, Adolf Hitler ordered the Gestapo to find and assassinate him. Strucker escaped Germany with the help of some of its men, and more importantly, with that of the Third Reich’s second most powerful leader, the Red Skull. The Skull eventually intended to challenge Hitler himself, and assigned Strucker to build a power base for him in the Far East. The embittered Strucker had no intention of serving anyone but himself, however, and severed ties with the Skull on becoming the Supreme Hydra.

On arriving in Japan, Strucker made contact with Japanese subversives who informed him that they were forming a secret society bent on world conquest. Strucker rapidly became the mastermind behind this society’s rise to power. He planned and led raids on major war plants and military equipment storehouses throughout the world. Although the Hydra uniforms bear something of an oriental look, Hydra’s organization along fascist lines attests to Strucker’s role in shaping the society. Hydra’s very name is the clear mark of a Westerner, and its salute, “Hail Hydra!” is an obvious variation on “Heil Hitler!” Upon building Hydra’s army and arsenal to what he judged to be a maximum strength, Strucker blew the original Supreme Hydra, who was Japanese, and became Supreme Hydra himself. He soon began construction of a fortress on a small Pacific island, which became Hydra’s principal base upon its completion a year later. While building Hydra’s arsenal, Strucker had also recruited a staff of brilliant scientists, who would later become the nucleus of the Hydra branch called Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.). Hydra was close to obtaining nuclear weaponry, and thus achieving the means to conquer Earth, when Hydra Island was invaded by Capitan Simon Savage’s U.S. Marine commandos and their Japanese counterparts, the so-called Samurai Squad. Hydra Island was destroyed, but Strucker escaped.

Strucker slowly and quietly rebuilt Hydra in the years following World War II, this time using its nucleus the best remaining men of the Nazi Schutz-Staffel (S.S.). However, after nearly being killed in an encounter with the young Charles Xavier and Magneto, Strucker decided to remain behind the scenes from then on. He moved Hydra’s principal base to America, and created a new core organization code-named THEM, which would supervise operations of Hydra and its sister societies. Strucker made himself Grand Imperator of THEM, its highest position, and masqueraded under a number of aliases in public life, most prominently, the multimillionaire Don Guy Antonio Caballero. Only a small fraction of Hydra knew of the Grand Imperator’s existence.

THEM appointed a businessman named Arnold Brown to Supreme Hydra. Brown’s principal usefulness to Hydra was in draining resources from the corporation he worked for, Imperial Industries International, and in managing Hydra’s day-to-day operations. Under Brown’s leadership, Hydra developed an arsenal of weaponry, submarines, and fighter aircraft greater than those of most nations. Hydra now had agents throughout the globe.

To meet the threat of Hydra, S.H.I.E.L.D. was created. Hydra assassinated S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first Director, who was replaced by Colonel Nicholas Fury of the C.I.A., coincidentally Strucker’s greatest wartime foe. Soon after Fury became Director, Hydra attempted to blackmail the world with its orbiting Betatron Bomb, which could release lethal radiation upon the Earth. While Tony Stark deactivated the bomb, Fury captured Hydra’s New York City headquarters. Brown was murdered by his own man, who seemingly failed to recognize Supreme Hydra without his costume.

Immediately after Brown’s defeat, THEM set into action, directing subversive activities against S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government by its two subdivisions, A.I.M. and the original Secret Empire. While its enemies were thus distracted, Hydra itself regrouped and rebuilt its strength.

With the defeats of A.I.M. and the Secret Empire, Hydra re-emerged as an open opponent of S.H.I.E.L.D and the world. Strucker, posing first as Caballero, then as the Emir Ali Bey and finally as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent John Bronson, reassumed the post of Supreme Hydra. Strucker launched Overkill Horn, which would have set off every nuclear explosive on Earth if not for Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. Then Strucker demanded that the world surrender to Hydra or he would trigger Death-Spore bomb. By now Strucker had build a new Hydra Island, a “synthetic atoll” on the site of the original. Here was gathered Hydra’s leadership and elite guard, since the new fortress’ impenetrable dome would offer protection from the Death Spore. Here Strucker finally revealed his true identity to Hydra. Fury invaded Hydra Island alone and planted the Spore bomb there. The force of explosion virtually sank the island, but none of the spores escaped. Strucker had already been incinerated within a nuclear reactor chamber following a battle with Fury.

Hydra has never since achieved the power it has under Strucker. The bulk of the organization, including its most brilliant and capable members, was wiped out on Hydra Island. All that remained were fragments of the organization which had either been meant to hide out from the Spore in smaller shelters, or had been left to their fate. Those who arose to lead the various Hydra factions were usually mediocrities, each of whom pretentiously referred to himself as Supreme Hydra. A.I.M. seceded from Hydra, and the Secret Empire was later revived independently from Hydra. The remnant of Hydra in New York City area was led by first by Madame Hydra, and then by the Grim Reaper and Space Phantom. A western European faction was led by Count Otto Vermis. Another Hydra remnant centered in Las Vegas came under the control of the Red Skull, who managed it through the Kingpin and his son, although neither knew of the Skull’s role. Since Strucker’s demise, however, there has not yet been a leader of sufficient skill and power to return Hydra to greatness.

The first major attempt to rebuild HYDRA was made by surviving HYDRA members based on the United States East Coast, who decided to turn HYDRA into a less ideological organization, which would still seek world domination, but would be structured along the lines of organized crime. In keeping with this idea, these HYDRA leaders recruited Silvio "Silvermane" Manfredi, the leader of a Maggia "family", as the new Supreme Hydra. Silvermane quickly built this East Coast based HYDRA into a large, well-organized & well-equipped fighting force. He established a large secret HYDRA base in NYC, & recruited numerous costumed criminals to serve as HYDRA division leaders, including his own son Blackwing (Joseph Manfredi), Commander Kraken, the Fixer, the Fox, Jackhammer, El Jaguar, Man-Killer, & Mentallo ( the Fixer & Mentallo previously worked for Strucker's HYDRA). Silvermane & his recruits from the American criminal underworld, however, were ultimately out of their depth in running a major subversive organization like HYDRA, & new East Coast HYDRA was easily defeated by Fury & SHIELD. This HYDRA organization thereupon also fragmented.

Next, HYDRA was reorganized under radically different lines by unknown criminals, presumable American. Although this new HYDRA had worldwide influence, it seemed centered in the US to a far greater extent than Strucker's HYDRA ever was. As always, this HYDRA was dedicated to world domination, but it had abandoned the traditional fascist HYDRA ideology entirely. The only clear link between this HYDRA & Strucker's HYDRA is the fact that the new HYDRA continued the traditional HYDRA uniforms. Women were allowed in the organization in large numbers & could hold important positions. Agents were often addressed by their names & HYDRA officials often appeared unmasked before their colleagues & subordinates.

Although HYDRA had rebuilt itself, its power & reputation were far below what they were during the height of the Strucker period. Even Strucker's own children, Andrea & Andreas, had nothing to do with HYDRA, instead founding their own organization, Fenris. HYDRA had launched no formidable assault on SHIELD or the world since Strucker's death, or since his demise, has it produced a weapon comparable to the Overkill Horn or Betatron & Death Spore bombs, or even HYDRA's Dreadnaught robots.

Since the Super-powered CIVIL WAR, a HYDRA Terror-Carrier was defeated by Texas-based Initiative team Rangers; Living Lightening, Firebird, Texas Twister, Armadillo, Red Wolf, Phantom Rider & Shooting Star, over Crawford Texas.

In Washington, D.C., Commander Woodman has worked to recruit Initiative member, Hardball (Roger Brokeridge), who's Woodman purchased from the Power Broker, a mysterious man who sells powers to normal humans. When his defection from the Initiative had been confirmed, the Shadow Team; Bengal, Komodo, Constrictor, Mutant Zero (Typhoid Mary), & led by Taskmaster, went after him in Madripoor, where Viper had ruled until Iron Man & Tyger Tiger deposed her. Through Hardball, HYDRA had taken the Initiative's S.P.I.N. (Super Power Inhibiting Nanobots) technology & he uses is to defend himself & his partner, Scorpion (Carmilla). Bloodscream & Roughhouse were also present & working for Hardball. Scorpion later revealed herself to be opposed to HYDRA & Hardball quickly surrendered under the combined powers against him.

After the SECRET INVASION, HYDRA was no more. But one man knew that in this new climate, his ideas once again had fertile ground in which to grow. His ideas could even flourish. He knew that no government, country or corporation could stop him, & no longer are heroes or vigilantes willing to do what is necessary, to do what it would take to stop him. He is Baron Strucker, & he has returned. He begins to assemble the pieces, the players - HYDRA will be reborn...cut off a head & six more will take its place.

From the endless depths, Strucker gathers the Kraken; from the outer dark, the new Madame Hydra; from unknown regions, the Hive. Viper has rejoined him & he has had the Gorgon resurrected. Nick Fury has reformed his Howling Commandos & a new team of Secret Warriors to stop them.


Contributors: Ohitsme, Cormacru999 and Acotilletta2