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|Full name:||Ebenezer Laughton|
|First Appearance:|| Tales of Suspense #51
|Created by:||Stan Lee; Don Heck|
|Place of Birth:||Rhinebeck, New York|
|Base:||New York City|
|Powers/Abilities:||Gifted contortionist and amateur escape artist|
Ebenezer Laughton (of Earth-616), also known as The Scarecrow, is a Marvel Comics fictional character, a supervillain in the Marvel Comics Universe, in which he is an enemy of Captain America, Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, and Iron Man.
Ebenezer Laughton was born in Rhinebeck, New York. Raised by an abusive mother who was alternately viciously cruel and extremely kind to him, Laughton became a circus escape artist and contortionist, and while working as a carnival performer once helped Iron Man apprehend a fleeing culprit. However, he decided to make his profit in crime and became an accomplished burglar and professional thief. He mostly worked alone, except for a flock of trained crows which served as carriers and killers.
Powers, abilities and weapons
He has trained himself to have the agility of a professional contortionist, to be able to escape from conventional locks and chains, and to perform various acrobatic stunts. Scarecrow is also a trained acrobat, escapologist and tumbler. He often carries a pitchfork as a weapon. He has a flock of two dozen pet crows, which he has taught to kill on command.
The Scarecrow is assisted in his crimes by crows whom he has trained to perform a variety of actions in response to his hand gestures and tones of voice. At his command the crows will attack and kill the victims he designates. The crows have been trained to attack anyone who rushes at the Scarecrow or points a gun at him. They are trained to carry off jewels, valuables, and anything else at which the Scarecrow points. As a result of surgical implants given to him by doctors employed by the Firm, the Scarecrow's body produces a mutated pheromone that affects the adrenal glands of people and higher animals (even crows) within twenty feet of him, causing a sensory overload which triggers a panic attack.
The same pheromone affects the Scarecrow's own adrenal system, giving superhuman strength and stamina.When the Scarecrow was raised from the dead by the sorcerer Stern he was able to induce fear in his victims, and could survive and quickly recover from any injury he sustained when in the presence in the fear of others, even injuries that would be fatal to normal human beings.
Marvel vs. DC
In Marvel vs. DC, Scarecrow briefly teamed up with DC's Scarecrow in an attempt to kidnap Lois Lane. They were thwarted by Ben Reilly.
- Scarecrow appears in the Ghost Rider video game based on the feature film voiced by Dave Wittenberg. In the game, Ghost Rider enters a church and fights Scarecrow's crows and then fights Scarecrow himself. Scarecrow attacks Ghost Rider but retreats to a pillar. After Ghost Rider knocks the pillar over, Scarecrow falls from a great height, and then battle continues. This cycle repeats until the Scarecrow is defeated.
- Scarecrow also appears as a boss in the Ghost Rider GameBoy Advance game.