Personal Info:
Real Name: Rachel Leighton
Also Known As: Ray, Snapdragon
Place Of Birth: Austin, Texas
First Appearance: Captain America Vol.1 #310 (1985) Bronze Age Villain
Known Associates: Anaconda, Asp, Black Mamba, Black Racer, Boomslang, Bushmaster, Coachwhip, Cobra, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Eel, Fer-de-Lance, Princess Python, Puff Adder, Rattler, Rock Python, Sidewinder, Viper, Death Adder
Group Affiliation: The Posse; formerly Serpent Solutions, S.H.I.E.L.D., B.A.D. Girls, Inc., Femizons, Women Warriors , Secret Avengers
Base Of Operations: Mobile
Grudges: Crossbones
Creators: Mark Gruenwald and Paul Neary
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Diamondback has no superhuman powers however she is an Olympic level gymnast and trained in hand-to-hand combat. Diamondback is also an expert at throwing her diamonds.
Diamonds: Diamondback has a number of 4 inch diamond shaped throwing spikes. These are concealed about her costume and in her gloves and boots. Some of Diamondbacks’ diamonds are special and contain: lethal fast-acting snake venom, an impact-detonated, a highly corrosive concentrated hydrochloric acid, and a fast-acting sleep-inducing narcotic.
Raised in Austin, Texas, the Leighton family eventually moved to New York City. Growing up on the streets of New York was rough. Rachel got involved with the wrong crowd and ended up joining a local gang called the Savage Crims. The leader, Brock Rumlow (Crossbones) eventually brutalized Rachel to the point her two brothers assaulted Rumlow.
Years later Rachel would join one of Taskmaster’s academies to receive training in order to find a purpose in her life. There she met Anaconda for the first time and eventually learned that one of the instructors was Brock Rumlow.
After her training was complete Rachel took the name Diamondback and was contacted by Sidewinder to join the Serpent Society.
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