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Lady Lark (Linda Lewis), later named Skylark, is a character in the Marvel Comics series Squadron Supreme and hails from Earth-712. She first appeared in Avengers #85 (February 1971), and was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. She is based on Black Canary and later on Hawkgirl in DC Comics.
Linda Lewis was a singer before an enemy of the Squadron Supreme, Doctor Decibel, surgically implanted synthetic vocal cords into her throat, giving her the ability to generate a "sonic cry" which could incapacitate opponents. A reluctant hero at best, Linda often wished to return to her singing career.
She often partnered in crime-fighting, and later romantically, with the character Golden Archer (mirroring the relationship between the modern Black Canary and Green Arrow); however, she refused his marriage proposal.[volume & issue needed] The Archer then used a mind-altering device to literally change her mind, but this had the unintended side effect of altering her personality to an air-headed, vapid persona that put her feelings for the Archer above all other priorities.[volume & issue needed] This led to the two of them leaving the Squadron Supreme for a time.[volume & issue needed]
When the Archer died under his later identity of the Black Archer,[volume & issue needed] Lady Lark seemed to slowly shake off the effects of the mental modification, and returned to active status with the Squadron.[volume & issue needed] Feeling she needed to increase her abilities to stand beside teammates that she perceived as more powerful, she began using the artificial wings that once belonged to deceased teammate Blue Eagle to gain the power of flight, and renamed herself Skylark.[volume & issue needed] With this new ability came greater confidence, and Skylark became far more aggressive in combat than she had been as Lady Lark.[volume & issue needed]
When returning to her native dimension with the team, she is injured and remanded to hospital care.[volume & issue needed]
Lasher is the name used by a symbiote in Marvel Comics. The symbiote, created by David Michelinie and Ron Lim, first appeared in Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (May 1993), and was named in Carnage, U.S.A. #2 (March 2012). The Lasher symbiote is one of five symbiote "children" forcefully spawned from the Venom symbiote alongside four other symbiotes (Riot, Agony, Phage and Scream).
Lasher's first host was Ramon Hernandez, a mercenary hired by the Life Foundation in San Francisco. Carl is one of the employees to be bonded with symbiotes alongside Scream (Donna Diego), Agony (Leslie Gesneria), Riot (Trevor Cole) and Phage (Carl Mach). Lasher and his four symbiote "siblings" are defeated by Spider-Man and Venom. The symbiotes "siblings" later kidnap Eddie Brock out of prison in an attempt to communicate with their alien symbiotes in Chicago. When Eddie refused to aid, Ramon was killed with a sonic knife after Leslie, Carl and Trevor; the others were mislead into thinking Brock was picking the group off but Scream, having snapped from Donna's schizophrenia and the Scream symbiote's influence, was the killer.
Lasher's second host was Marcus Simms, a Lieutenant assigned the Lasher symbiote within the Mercury Team special force. When Carnage is loose in Colorado, Marcus trained for months with specific tasks alongside Riot (Howard Odgen), Phage (Rico Axelson) and Agony (James Murphy). Unfortunately, Marcus and his teammates were later killed by Carnage in their secret base.
Lasher in other media
- Lasher (Carl Mach) appeared as a boss character in Spider-Man and Venom: Separation Anxiety.
- The Lasher symbiote appears as an alternate design for Hybrid (Scott Washington) in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Lasher (Carl Mach) appears as a playable character in Spider-Man Unlimited.
Petra Laskov is a female Syrian mutant appearing exclusively in the Marvel Comics' Ultimate Universe. The character, created by Mark Millar and Brian Hitch, first appears as the supervillain Swarm in Ultimates 2 #9 (January 2006), and later as the superhero Red-Wasp in Ultimate Comics: Avengers #3 (December 2009).
As Swarm, Petra is a member of the supervillain Liberators group that invades the United States to kill many in order to put a stop to perceived American aggression. During a showdown with the Ultimates, Laskov is apparently killed after being stomped by the giant-sized Janet Pym. However, she is later rebuilt as the Red-Wasp. Petra serves as a member of the Avengers led by Nick Fury and Gregory Stark. The character's past is also revealed: she was the wife of Georgian activist Nikolai Laskov, and the couple together had a child. The couple's child is held at gunpoint, forcing Petra to kill her husband to save her own child. She does so, only for Petra's child to be killed anyway, and then Petra was raped by thugs. When the Avengers fight the Red Skull, she is tormented until Captain America and Hawkeye save the team. Afterwards, Petra (disguised as a nurse) shoots her family's executioner in the head in a hospital. During a fight with vampires, Petra confides with ex-teammate Perun that's also added to the Avengers. She continues to serve with the Avengers.
As the inhuman-esque Swarm, Laskov has powers to control insects (albeit fully corporeal) with Margali Szardos's similar features of grey skin and horns. As the human-looking Red-Wasp, Petra is an aggressive variation of the Wasp.
The Laughing Mask (Dennis Burton) is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is a Timely Comics Golden Age superhero which appeared in Daring Mystery Comics #2, 1941, and reappeared in The Twelve. He was a deputy district attorney who took to murdering criminals in the vein of Marvel's later The Punisher, although the Laughing Mash used a phosphorescent mask to scare his victims prior to the kill.
His one Golden Age story was reprinted in The Twelve #0.
For unknown reasons he became The Purple Mask (Daring Mystery Comics #3,4) and was the cover feature on Daring Mystery Comics #3. The first Purple Mask story was reprinted in Daring Mystery 70th Anniversary Special.
Michael J. Vasallo identifies The Falcon (appearing in Daring Mystery Comics #5-6) as a revamp of The Purple Mask. That character was also a deputy district attorney, but his name was Carl Burgess and was, in terms of continuity, a distinct character. The Falcon appeared on the cover of Daring Mystery Comics #5. The Falcon did not kills his foes per se, but he allowed them to be killed by their own actions.
Morgan le Fay
Gene Lorrene is a BDSM obsessed individual who answered an ad left in the paper by Mister Immortal to join his team the Great Lakes Avengers as Leather Boy. When they discovered that he did not have any superpowers (he misread the ad), he was immediately booted off the team. Much later, Leather Boy, now donning a Doctor Doom-inspired version of his outfit, learned of Squirrel Girl's indoctrination into the team and set out to take revenge. He broke into their base and snapped Mister Immortal's neck, though clearly he did not die, and killed Squirrel Girl's companion Monkey Joe. However, he was immediately stopped by Big Bertha who had just returned from a modeling session, and was defeated by being sat on by her. The rest of the team returned home and interrogated him where he revealed that Doctor Doom had battled the Fantastic Four in Greenwich Village hence why he was wearing a Doom inspired costume, it had been "all the rage" in his area. Leather Boy was dropped off at the police station shortly afterwards.
Leather Boy once again tried to take revenge on Squirrel Girl by kidnapping Tippy-Toe at a Deadpool cosplay contest she was hosting. The real Deadpool, who had at that point gained total sympathy for her, caught Leather Boy and proceeded to allow the local squirrels to take revenge for their fallen comrade.
Left Hand (Diego Casseas), is a member of the supervillain group, the Folding Circle. Diego Casseas' wife was one of the brides of the Dragon's Breadth cult that Diego's military unit, the "Half-Fulls", encountered in Cambodia during the Vietnam war. The cult had been breeding superhumans for centuries, hoping to tap into the vast power of the Well of All Things, a mystic portal in an ancient temple. The Half-Fulls became part of this breeding program, each member fathering a child with a cult member. Diego's wife died and their daughter was left comatose after the fall of an elevator. Diego, having studied sorcery, stole his daughter's powers ten years later and became the Left Hand. The Left Hand had the ability to access and manipulate the energy of the Darkforce dimension. He used this ability to project blasts of extreme concussive force (sufficient to kill a human being with little effort), and to teleport himself and others over long distances.
The character subsequently appears in Marvel Two-in-One #70 (December 1980), and then as a member of the Circus of Crime in Ghost Rider #72-73 (September–October 1982).
Rance Preston was born in Houston, Texas. His weapon is an electrified lariat of which he is a master. He also has various skills that he learned working on a ranch as a cowboy, such as horseback riding. He was once an agent of the Psycho-Man. Live Wire later teamed up with Shellshock, another former agent of the Psycho-Man.
Live Wire frees the Circus of Crime from a prison wagon on its way to the penitentiary, and he then joins the group. The group captures Power Man, but with the help of Black Goliath, Power Man defeats the Circus. Live Wire also fights the original Ghost Rider as part of the Circus of Crime.
Live Wire has an electrified cable that he uses as a lariat. Anyone ensnared by it suffers damage from the electricity. He wears insulated gloves and clothing that protects him from electricity.
Llan the Sorcerer
Llyron is the son of Llyra, and was genetically accelerated in age by Llyra so that he might take the crown of Atlantis. His mother Llyra was a Lemurian/human hybrid and a foe of Namor. She decided to conceive a child with Namor and introduce him as a successor to the Atlantean throne. After discovering that Namor was sterile, Llyra instead seduced a human named Leon McKenzie to create Llyron. Leon's father Lawrence was Namor's half-brother via their father Leonard, thus making Leon Namor's nephew and by extension Llyron is Namor's great nephew. The Atlantean Council voted Namor off the throne, and declared Llyron to be his rightful heir. However, the sorceress Morgan le Fay raised Atlantis from the ocean floor, and in the resulting chaos Llyron left with a number of Atlantean refugees to find a new home.[volume & issue needed]
Llyron is named after his maternal grandfather Llyron who was Lemurian. His maternal grandmother was a human named Rhonda Morris.[volume & issue needed]
He has resurfaced in the Thunderbolts series, as the leader of Fathom Five, a militant Atlantean splinter group determined to destroy humanity. Llyron was defeated and nearly killed by The Radioactive Man. He escaped and returned to Atlantis, only to discover that he had radiation poisoning, and furthermore had spread the poisoning among the Atlantean population. Radioactive Man was able to reverse the poisoning.
Llyron has super-human strength, agility, endurance, and some resistance to physical and energy attacks. He also possesses gills, allowing him to breathe underwater as well as on land, and can swim incredibly fast compared to humans. Llyron is resistant to cold, presumably another adaptation to undersea life.
Lord Dark Wind
Lorna the Jungle Girl
James Leonard Lucas (legally changed to James Greary), is a fictional retired police officer in Marvel Comics. The character, created by Marcus McLaurin and Dwayne Turner, first appeared in Cage #3 (June 1992).
James Lucas joined the police force at a young age and rose in the ranks, eventually becoming a detective. During the 70's, Lucas teamed up with reporter Constance Molina, Blue Marvel, Kaluu, Blade, and the mysterious woman known as The Bear and formed The Mighty Avengers. They disbanded after their first and only mission.
James settled down with his wife Esther and they both had two sons, James Jr. and Carl, the latter of whom would grow up to become Luke Cage. James had a rough relationship with Carl who was always getting arrested due to the gang he was in. When his wife died, James and Carl's relationship was strained even more. Years later, James Jr. joined The Corporation which did not settle well with James Sr. due to its racist history. Carl, who by then had become Luke Cage, rescues James Sr. from Corporation, but are unable to save James Jr. who had transformed into Coldfire. They reconcile, but are driven apart by the memory of Esther.
Luke asks his wife Jessica Jones to look for James who had remarried and changed his name to James Greary. Though he refuses to speak to Luke initially, he finally sees his son and asks him how life is with the Avengers.
James Lucas in other media
- Luke Cage's father, renamed Walter Cage, appears in Ultimate Spider-Man voiced by Phil LaMarr. He and his wife Amanda are depicted as scientists who created a version of the Super Soldier Serum that gave their son his powers.
- James Lucas appears on the TV series Luke Cage, portrayed by an unknown actor in season one and by Reg E. Cathey in season two as one of his final roles prior to his death in February 2018.. This version is a pastor in Savannah, Georgia, who became unfaithful to his wife and started an affair with his secretary Dana Stryker, with whom he had a son named Willis "Diamondback" Stryker. Luke was born shortly thereafter, and James and his wife loved him dearly. Luke mentions to Claire that while his father is still alive, he cut off all contact with Luke after he was sent to Seagate. He appears in season two where he and Luke meet each other after all their years of separation. Luke wants nothing to do with him, despite James claiming that he wants to reconnect. It is revealed that after Etta contracted cancer, James angrily blamed his son. Since then, he as regreted it and has tried to make amends. In "On and On", the two finally talk about the wedge driven between them. James and Luke finally make peace with each other in "For Pete's Sake" and James presumably returns to Georgia. His voice is heard echoing through Luke's ears as he sits as the new owner of Harlem's Paradise.
Lucy in the Sky
Luis is a fictional character who originated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before appearing in Marvel comics. The character, created by Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay and Paul Rudd, first appeared in the 2015 film Ant-Man.
Luis in film
Introduced in the 2015 film Ant-Man where he was portrayed by Michael Peña, Luis is Scott Lang's best friend and former cell mate at San Quentin State Prison. Luis' reason for imprisonment was due to him stealing two smoothie machines, which he seems unusually proud of. Due to Scott's estrangement from the ex-wife, Luis lets Scott stay with him and his two friends Dave and Kurt (played by Tip "T.I." Harris and David Dastmalchian respectively). However, Luis' primary reason for doing so was so that Scott could help rob Hank Pym's house. With no other choice, Scott helps him leading into a series of events that starts Scott's eventual reformation and acceptance of the Ant-Man mantle. Later, Scott calls upon Luis and his friends into helping break into Cross Technologies. Luis goes disguised as a security guard and expresses uneasiness, yet excitement at being a "good guy" and then reaffirms this by rescuing a guard he had earlier knocked out. He, along with Dave and Kurt, attempt to aid in Scott's final battle with Darren Cross, but are scared away by the abundance of police officers in the area. At the end of the film, Luis informs Scott that he heard that the Falcon was looking for Scott.
In the 2018 sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp where Peña reprised his role, Luis founds X-Con Security Consultants along with Scott, Kurt and Dave. Luis conducts business despite Scott being placed under house arrest (due to the events of the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War), and occasionally takes part in playing with Cassie Lang. When Scott arrives with Hope van Dyne and Hank, Luis happily chooses to work with the three in capturing Ava Starr. Later on, however, Luis, Kurt and Dave are captured by Sonny Burch who injects Luis with truth serum to make him reveal where Scott and Hank are. Through effort, Luis gives up Scott and Hank's location to Burch and Ava. Luis, Kurt and Dave take part in the chase through San Francisco, knocking out Burch and using the truth serum for revenge. After Scott is released from house arrest, Luis works alongside his friend and their company is hired for a new business.
Luis in comics
Luis made his comic book debut in The Astonishing Ant-Man #1 (December 2015), by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas. He is once again Scott Lang's cell mate, but does not have any speaking lines. He does seem to sympathize with Scott, as he looked helpless watching Scott getting beaten up by other inmates.
Luis in other media
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