Blacklash, Mark Scott
Place of Birth
Tales of Suspense #97 (1968)
Unfortunately for Mark, his lack of patience and bad temper often got the best of him, and soon he was back in his Blacklash costume. This time he was an operative for Justin Hammer, another rival of Tony Stark. Hammer called on Scarlotti for various reasons even if he had to turn him against another Hammer employee. One such situation happened when the Scorpion double-crossed Hammer. The Scorpion received upgraded weaponry in exchange for abducting an army General. Scorpion changed his mind and wanted to trade the General for one of his enemies, J. Jonah Jameson instead of delivering the package to his employer. Justin Hammer sent Blacklash and the Rhino after his rogue agent which led to a confrontation with Spider-Man. In the end, Rhino and Blacklash fulfilled their mission by retrieving the upgraded costume leaving the Scorpion and Spider-Man behind.When an ancient being called the Architect was looking for an assassin to kill him, he called upon Blacklash and many others to converge on New York to compete against one another. Scarlotti, now back in Ohio and married with a son, continued to have a difficult time accepting the life he was forced to live. Still looking for a way to make some real money, he decided to take one last job and traveled to New York. Upon his arrival in a run down hotel, he was ambushed by the assassin called Bullet and had to be hospitalized. Scarlotti called his wife, Trudi, confessed that he was up to his old ways, and asked her to come to New York so that he could do this one last job and put his life of crime behind them. She did as he said and went to the hospital he was laid up in. Mark asked her to go to his hotel and pick up his Blacklash costume because he didn’t want to be ambushed again. She hesitantly agreed. Shatter-head. He was the last person she ever saw. Scarlotti went back to his hotel worried sick why Trudi hadn’t returned to the hospital yet, and he found her body along with a taunting Bullet who described the torment Shatter-head put her through. Bullet didn’t stand a chance as Scarlotti put him down for the count. Meanwhile, Shatter-head found himself another target in Elektra, but he didn’t get to land one punch. Blacklash had hunted him down and attacked him from behind snapping Shatter-head’s neck with his whip. Now face-to face with Elektra, Scarlotti broke down in tears as he grieved for his wife. Elektra let him live and Scarlotti left New York.
Tony Stark, now back from another dimension with other absent heroes after the battle with Onslaught, was tracking a mystery man that had been haunting him since his return, and his search led him to France. This unknown antagonist was one step ahead and hired an old foe of Stark’s. Mark Scarlotti was back with a new costume, new weapons, but with his old moniker. Whiplash had returned, even more ruthless, and determined to bury his past as Blacklash forever. Whiplash clashed with Iron Man briefly, but left after he told Iron Man that he was hired to kill Stark and not his bodyguard. Whiplash returned to help Iron Man bring in the New Year with a little murder and mayhem. During a fireworks display, Whiplash attacked an unsuspecting Iron Man once more. The two fought and Whiplash had the advantage until one of his whips got struck by lightning, and the resulting explosion knocked both of them unconscious. Whiplash returned once more with a cybernetic battle harness that allowed him to wield a half a dozen whips at one time. However, sometime after the last brawl between him and Iron Man, Iron Man’s armor became sentient and was faster and more efficient than before. Whiplash couldn’t even lay a hand on Iron Man this time, and the armor remembered Scarlotti’s last assault on them. Once Iron Man got a hold of Whiplash, the armor proceeded to viciously beat him despite the protests of the man inside it. Whiplash tried to tell his foe that he was only doing this to get his son back since he was taken away from him, and he couldn’t even see him anymore. Whiplash did everything he could to stop the thrashing even to the extent of telling Iron Man who it was that hired him, a man named Trevor Donohue. The armor continued to pound Whiplash until he was no longer moving. Iron Man’s armor inadvertently killed Mark Scarlotti, but didn’t show any remorse once it realized what it had done. The armor left the area dropping Whiplash into the river below.