Personal Info:
Real Name: Tilda Johnson
Also Known As:
Place Of Birth: Harlem, New York City
First Appearance: Captain America Vol.1 164
Known Associates:
Group Affiliation: Former member of MODOK's 11 and the Femizons
Base Of Operations: New York City
Grudges: Captain America, Black Panther, Power Man and Iron Fist
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Nightshade is an extraordinary genius, and extensively self-taught in genetics, biochemistry, cybernetics, robotics and physics. She has constructed a number of formidable weapons and devices to aid her in her criminal activities including: humanoid robots, a chemical serum to transform normal humans into werewolves and pheromones to control men through her allure. Nightshade is also an accomplished street fighter and an above-average athlete.
Body Armour: Nightshade sometimes wears protective battle armour that gives her some protection from physical attacks.
Tilda Johnson was born into poverty, the only child of a family living in the Harlem district of New York City. At an early age, she discovered that she was gifted with a natural aptitude for science, and she chose to develop it in secret, hiding a brilliant mind behind a facade of childish behaviour. By the time she was sixteen, Johnson had accumulated an extensive knowledge of genetics, cybernetics, and physics, and using her knowledge she began a career of crime, believing that this would be her fastest and most lucrative way out of the ghetto.
Johnson's activities as a budding young criminal mastermind brought her to the attention of the villainous Yellow Claw, who was at the time looking for allies. Johnson and the Yellow Claw developed a costumed identity for her as "Deadly Nightshade," and the Yellow Claw helped finance her first large-scale criminal venture.