:This article deals with the Scarecrow of Marvel Comics. For the DC Comics supervillain, see Scarecrow (comics). For the supernatural Marvel Comics hero of the same name, see Straw Man (comics).
The Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton) is a 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. His first appearance was in Tales of Suspense #51.
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. In his first appearance as the Scarecrow, he was defeated by Iron Man. He joined Count Nefaria's short-lived team of super-mercenaries (which included the Eel, the Porcupine, the Plantman and the Unicorn), and participated in Count Nefaria's attempt to hold Washington, D.C. for ransom before being defeated by the X-Men. He later worked for the Cowled Commander, but was defeated by Captain America and the Falcon. He then clashed with Captain America once more. Eventually, however, from breaking out of prison so many times his mind snapped, and Laughton became criminally insane, willing to kill people wantonly. He began murdering supporters of the Coalition for an Upstanding America, and disrupted a telethon, but was defeated by Captain America.
It was revealed in Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin that Laughton was motivated in part to become a supervillain by agents of the Mandarin who supplied him with his first costume and trained crows. He was allured by the idea of becoming the number one in the growing field of industrial espionage.
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