A group of unique misfits based in Los Angeles, the Night Shift were originally brought together by the Shroud as a front for his crime-fighting vigilante ways, and later worked with the Hangman in a plot by Satannish to gain more souls. Various members of the Night Shift have reformed the team over the years, always with one goal – money!
Membership: Brothers Grimm III, Dansen Macabre, Digger, Gypsy Moth, Needle, Shroud, Tatterdemalion, Tick Tock, Werewolf II, Misfit, Hangman II, Waxman,
First Appearance: Captain America (1st series) #330
- Jason Roland was a handsome Hollywood actor who struggled to get his break in the industry. He eventually made a deal with a make-up artist who claimed to be an emissary of the devil – his soul in exchange for success. The make-up artist created a monstrous design for Jason to wear in the film “The Demon that Devoured Hollywood,” which led to Jason's increased popularity. Jason threatened to break off the deal but, on the final day of shooting, he discovered that he was unable to remove his costume, effectively trapping him in a monstrous form. Distraught, he fled the set never to be seen again. [Tower of Shadows #5]
- Stella Houston was a Hollywood actress who had an affair with Jason Roland while Jason was still married to another woman. She waited for him after he finished shooting one day, but he would not come out of his room. She was apparently unaware that he left the studio in his monster “costume” and never saw from him again. [Avengers West Coast #99, #76, Tower of Shadows #5]
- When he was ten years old, Maximiliian Coleridge witnessed his parents gunned down. He dedicated his life to fighting crime, gaining a law degree and studying the Cult of Kali. During his studies, he developed mystical perception and the ability to manipulate aspects of the Darkforce. He became the Shroud and used this costume identity to take down criminals in a very covert manner. He encountered the Fantastic Four and Captain America, and later established a club in Los Angeles called the Cat's Jazz Club, where he could keep watch over the criminal underbelly. It was there that he encountered Spider-Man, Tatterdemalion, Werewolf by Night and Dansen Macabre. [Super-Villain Team-Up #5-12, Spider-Woman (1st series) #13-15, Marvel Team-Up (1st series) #93-94]
- Roderick Krupp was a grave digger in Los Angeles who encountered the dangerous, haunted mansion called the House of Shadows. He soon moved into the house and from there hosted several late night horror television shows, taking the name “Digger.” After his television shows were cancelled, Roderick started to go insane, believing everyone alive was actually dead. He started to bury people alive, but was apprehended by Jessica Drew and taken into custody. [OHOTMU Update '89, Marvel Monsters: From the Files of Ulysses Bloodstone #1, Tower of Shadows #1-3, Spider-Woman (1st series) #47]
- Dansen Macabre was a skilled dancer and priestess of Shiva who visited the Shroud's club in an attempt to kill him because he was empowered by Shiva's rival Kali. This led to an encounter with Spider-Man. [Marvel Team-Up (1st series) #93-94]
- Jack Russell (true name Jacob Russoff) inherited his father's werewolf curse [Marvel Spotlight (1st series) #2] and had many adventures with the criminal and super human communities as the Werewolf by Night before he was captured by Locksmith.
- A mutant with the ability to control natural fibers, Sybil Dvorak was brought to the United States from her native Rumania by the actor Jason Reed, who promised her fame and fortune, but instead kept her effectively a prisoner in his mansion. Bored, Sybil created a costume and wove delicate wings to become Gypsy Moth. She became hedonistic, seeking pleasure and adventure, and when Reed died, his wealth was left to her. She also became an American citizen and encountered Jessica Drew on two occasions. [Spider-Woman (1st series) #10, 48. OHOTMU Update '89 #5]
- Josef Saint was an elderly tailor who was attacked by hoodlums and lost an eye in the process. He grew enraged by this, and developed the ability to paralyze people with a stare. He encountered Jessica Drew once, and was taken into custody. [Spider-Woman (1st series) #50]
- Under the alias Michael Wyatt, Arnold Paffenroth was an average-looking, bit-part Hollywood actor who could never really catch a break. He eventually became homeless and bitter towards the upper class, which led him to being mind-controlled by Sarnak, who gave him the ragged costume which he would wear as a low-level criminal. Influenced by Sarnak, he was sent to capture the Werewolf by Night. He would later encounter Spider-Man, Ghost Rider and Dazzler. [Werewolf by Night #9-10, Marvel Team-Up (1st series) #93, Ghost Rider (1st series) #55, Dazzler #36]
- Shroud, Werewolf II, Gypsy Moth, Dansen Macabre, Needle, and Tatterdemalion were among the many super-beings in Los Angeles, including Jessica Drew, (the first Spider-Woman), captured by the insane Locksmith and his assistant, Tick Tock. Locksmith was jealous of the publicity other super beings were getting, which made his own efforts seem pathetic. Spider-Woman eventually rallied several of the other prisoners to rebel against the Locksmith. [Spider-Woman (1st series) #50]
- When the Shroud learned of the Avengers opening a West Coast branch in Palos Verdes, California, he went to investigate this new team, concerned that they might interfere in his plans to take down the criminal underbelly of California. After a misunderstanding at their Compound in which he fought them to ascertain their abilities, he later assisted them in a mission against Graviton and the Blank, forming an uneasy alliance with the new team of Avengers. [West Coast Avengers (1st series) #1-4]
- The Shroud realized that it could be fruitful to fight criminals with the assistance of a team to assist him with his vigilantism. Although many of the former prisoners of the Locksmith had been taken to real prisons, he able to recruit Werewolf II, Gypsy Moth, Dansen Macabre, Needle, Tatterdemalion and Tick Tock into a group called Night Shift, who would take on other criminal threats, secretly preventing harm coming to innocents. Only Werewolf II was told of this true plot, the others simply believed they did what they did for personal gain.
- Percy and Barton Grimes were corrupt realtors who purchased an old theater in Los Angeles, where they discovered the long-abandoned Brothers Grimm costumes which had been imbued with magical powers. Taking the costumes for themselves as the Brothers Grimm, they fought Iron Man. [Iron Man (1st series) #187-188]
- Waxman was a scientist who encountered Jessica Drew, but was not among those Los Angeles based super beings imprisoned by Locksmith. [Spider-Woman (1st series) #17-18]
The Night Shift established themselves within the old Tower of Shadows and would use the sewers to move about Los Angeles with ease. Around this time, the Power Broker was dumping failed experiments in the sewers – horribly mutated men who did not take to the Power Broker's augmentation serum. The Night Shift would capture the mutated men and take them back to the Tower of Shadows. On one such occasion, the Night Shift encountered Captain America in the sewers, as he was searching for the Power Broker. Gypsy Moth, the Brothers Grimm, Needle and Tatterdemalion were able to apprehend this group of mutated men, although Captain America did not understand what was going on. The Shroud, Dansen Macabre, Tick Tock, Digger and Werewolf encountered Captain America a few tunnels away and the Shround contained himself and Captain America in his Darkforce, where he revealed to him the truth about his team, and their involvement in rounding up the mutated men. Realizing their work was linked, the Shroud and Captain America devised a plan that would enable them to work together, while not letting the Night Shift know. Once they returned to the sewer, the Shroud instructed Dansen Macabre to use her abilities to bind Captain America's will to hers. The Power Broker's associate Dr. Malus, whom the Night Shift had captured, then gave up the Power Broker's location and the Night Shift regrouped.
The Night Shift stormed the Power Broker's mansion, with each of the unique members using their skills to keep the Power Broker's henchmen busy, enabling the Shroud, Tick Tock and Captain America to locate the Power Broker – who was holding an associate of Captain America's prisoner. While the Night Shift secured the entire estate, Captain America liberated his associate and another prisoner. With the assistance of the Shroud, Captain America apprehended the Power Broker. In the aftermath, Captain America wondered whether any of the Night Shift had outstanding warrants for arrest. He was torn between his duty to do what was right and the newfound loyalty he had with the Shroud. Fortunately for him, the Night Shift disappeared into the night, freeing Cap of his moral conundrum. [Captain America (1st series) #330-331]
When Moon Knight became the newest member of the West Coast Avengers, the Shroud arranged to test the new Avenger, as he wanted to invite him to join the Night Shift. Moon Knight was subjected to several booby traps and other obstacles throughout the Tower of Shadows. The rest of the Night Shift team were on hand, but did not fight Moon Knight. Afterward, the Shroud secretly revealed to Moon Knight his true plan take down the criminal underbelly. Unfortunately for the Shroud, Moon Knight did not want to leave the Avengers, so he departed, though he also decided to keep watch on the Shroud. [Solo Avengers #3]
The Night Shift soon added a new member to their team, a man dubbed Misfit, who had been one of the Power Broker's mutated men who was unable to be cured of the mutation. When the Shroud became involved in personal matters, Dansen Macabre was left in charge as deputy leader of the team. It was during this time that Digger apprehended the Calamari Brothers and buried them up to their heads on a Los Angeles street. Unfortunately for him, the ex-Avenger Mockingbird saw him and took him into custody. Gypsy Moth discovered this and reported it back to the rest of the Night Shift, who decided to pay a visit to the West Coast Avengers – not realizing that Mockingbird was no longer a member of that team. The Night Shift used two hearses to travel to the West Coast Avengers Compound and found themselves fighting three very experienced Avengers – Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch and the Vision. Despite the Avengers' power and experience, the Night Shift's tenacity enabled them to capture the Avengers. Unfortunately for this, this only lasted until Wonder Man arrived and freed his teammates, after which the Night Shift were quickly rounded up.
The Shroud, meanwhile, returned to the Tower of Shadows to find Mockingbird and two other former Avengers, Moon Knight and Tigra, waiting to talk to him. The three former Avengers also discovered the cash and jewels that the Night Shift profited from. The Shroud didn't speak with the ex-Avengers, and instead arrived at the West Coast Avengers Compound, where he rescued his teammates. Afterwards, the Shroud met with Hawkeye, who suggested to him that he might be losing his touch with his own team, despite the Shroud assuring Hawkeye that he still had use for the Night Shift. [West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40]
- Although the Night Shift continued to live and operate from the Tower of Shadows, in the months that followed some of the team began operating individually, separate to the rest of the team.
- Gypsy Moth and Dansen Macabre both joined the large army of female super villains known as the Femizons, where they once again encountered Captain America. [Captain America (1st series) #387-392]
- The Brothers Grimm were particularly active during this time, taking part in Crossfire's attack on Hawkeye to obtain a bounty. The two fought Hawkeye and Mockingbird, but were later apprehended. [Avengers Spotlight #22-25] During the “Acts of Vengeance,” the Brothers Grimm worked alongside other super powered criminals to take out Spider-Man. [Spectacular Spider-Man (1st series) #159, Web of Spider-Man (1st series) #64-65]
- Digger remained incarcerated for many months [Avengers West Coast #77]
The Shroud took a particular interest when a number of elderly were targeted by a gang who were setting up a racketeering ring. The Shroud visited one survivor in her hospital bed and vowed to bring her attackers to justice. He tracked the group to a warehouse and, with the help of Werewolf, one of the Brothers Grimm and, oddly, Mockingbird, defeated the gang who were taken into custody. Sadly, when he returned to visit the old woman in hospital, she died shortly thereafter. [Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #87]
- After years of being stuck in his demonic form, Jason Roland finally had enough and cried out for the emissary who transformed him. That demon responded and revealed itself as Satannish. The powerful demon gave Jason a second chance and restored his handsome human form to exactly how he appeared before his transformation in the monstrous form. In return, Satannish required Jason's assistance with a plot against his foe Dr. Strange. [Avengers West Coast #77]
- When Jason learned that a Hollywood studio was going to finish his old film “The Demon that Devoured Hollywood,” he decided to put a stop to that and, as the Hangman, ventured to the Tower of Shadows, where he revealed to the Night Shift the truth about the Shroud's manipulation of them to serve his own purpose. The Shroud was then forced out of the team he founded. The Hangman sent the Werewolf away, as well, either not having any purpose for him, or possibly because the Werewolf knew of the Shroud's true plans. [Avengers West Coast #77, 76]
- Both the Shroud and Werewolf by Night would go on to maintain a fairly prominent presence throughout the horror and underbelly areas of the Marvel Universe.
The Night Shift made a dramatic entrance onto the set of the “Demon that Devoured Hollywood,” where the Hangman attacked the actor portraying the character he once played as the final footage of the film was being recorded. Luckily, Avengers West Coast members Wonder Man, Living Lightning and Julia Carpenter, the current Spider-Woman, were on the set and were able to protect the cast and crew from Gypsy Moth and the Brothers Grimm. Spider-Woman was new to the Avengers but had done her research in the Avengers files, and knew who the Night Shift were. The Night Shift escaped, but not without leaving behind a note that demanded 90% of the profits from the film. The actor playing Jason Roland's character in the new footage quit, and Wonder Man offered to take his place. The Night Shift members attended a meeting at the Tower of Shadows, where Misfit acted quite hostile to the team's new leader. The Hangman asserted his dominance over the team and convinced them that they would be able to achieve their goals and gain greater power if they submitted themselves to a ritual. The Night Shift agreed and were sucked into a glowing portal of light, unaware that they would pay for this with their souls.
The Night Shift returned shortly after. Imbued with enhanced powers, they attacked Spider-Woman, Hawkeye and USAgent who were investigating the Hangman and the history of the “Demon that Devoured Hollywood” by meeting with Jason Roland's old flame, Stella Houston. The Night Shift demonstrated their increased abilities against USAgent after Hawkeye was rendered unconscious and Spider-Woman was electrocuted. USAgent eventually fell too and the trio woke to find themselves chained to a platform. They were surrounded by the Night Shift, who speaking some demonic language as they broke through mystic barriers, allowing Satannish to come to Earth.
Digger, meanwhile, had remained incarcerated since Mockingbird handed him over to the authorities. By happenstance, the night that Iron Man and Living Lightning arrived at the prison to question him about his teammates, Digger made his escape and returned to the Tower of Shadows unaware that the Avengers had followed him. Upon their arrival, the heroes were puzzled to see Satannish, who raged at the Hangman for not securing the mansion. During the battle that followed, the Avengers freed their imprisoned teammates and together fought against the Night Shift and their enhanced abilities. Fearing they were to lose to the heroes, Dansen Macabre performed perhaps her most impressive feat of all by weaving her dance into a space between space and teleported herself, her teammates, Satannish and the entire Tower of Shadows away, leaving the Avengers with just as many questions as before.
Dansen Macabre, Tatterdemalion, Misfit and Tick Tock returned to the studio where Wonder Man was on a break from filming. They attacked and captured him, escaping before the Scarlet Witch could stop them. Hangman held Wonder Man prisoner as he informed him that he was going to take over the filming of the “Demon” film and that Wonder Man must help them. It was then that the Hangman revealed his true identity and history to Wonder Man and the Night Shift. Wonder Man had a plan of his own and agreed to help Hangman. Before long, they recorded footage of Hangman and Wonder Man introducing the new film “The Night Shift Takes Hollywood.” As filming began, the Night Shift were not entirely professional and, to complicate matters, USAgent took Wonder Man's role on the “Demon that Devoured Hollywood” so that film could be completed, annoying the Hangman. After the Night Shift stormed the studio and took out USAgent, Hangman recorded an announcement inviting the Avengers West Coast to challenge the Night Shift. If they didn't, he would film the funerals of USAgent and Wonder Man.
The Avengers West Coast arrived at the filming location and engaged the Night Shift in battle, while Satannish watched over them, delighting in the chaos. Stella Houston arrived and confronted the Hangman, begging her former lover not to murder the Avengers. The Hangman, however, merely pushed her aside. The crisis continued to escalate until the Scarlet Witch and Dr. Strange confronted Satannish, freeing the Night Shift's souls. Their souls restored, the Night Shift agreed to help the Avengers to stop Satannish from his master plan – to collect the souls from everyone who watched him on television. With the television link between the cameras filming the battle and the television station severed, Satannish slinked back into his demonic realm – but not without taking Hangman's soul with him, leaving Jason Roland a mindless shell, that Stella Houston grieved over. Afterward, the Night Shift were rounded up by the Avengers West Coast. [Avengers West Coast #76-79]
- In another plot, Satannish revived the Hangman so that he can lead a new Lethal Legion comprised of some of the deadliest murderers stolen from the realm of Mephisto. During this time, Stella Houston was murdered by one of the Lethal Legion. The Avengers West Coast defeated Satannish and Mephisto, while Hangman apparently remained a prisoner of Satannish. [Avengers West Coast #98-100]
- At some point, the Night Shift were either released or escaped from prison. Gypsy Moth, Dansen Macabre, Tatterdemalion and Tick Tock apparently had enough of the Night Shift and went into hiding or back to what was left of their lives.
Needle, the Brothers Grimm, Digger and Misfit, however, remained together as the Night Shift and resumed operating out of Los Angeles. One night, the Digger encountered the Blazing Skull and the two fought, with Digger believing the Blazing Skull to be some sort of demon. Just as the Blazing Skull took down the Digger, Captain America arrived on the scene, intending to question the connection between the Blazing Skull about the Red Skull. The inquiry led to argument which led to battle. This fight was joined by the arrival of the Brothers Grimm, Needle and Misfit joined, who were seeking vengeance as they believed one of them had harmed the Digger. The Night Shift put up quite a good fight against the Blazing Skull and Captain America, but were ultimately defeated. When the Digger came to, he also surrendered. [Captain America (1st series) #420]
- Gypsy Moth took up a career running sex clubs, but eventually joined Justine Hammer's Masters of Evil. Afterward, taking the codename Skein, she joined the Thunderbolts – but only because she wanted to have sex with a super hero, preferably Hawkeye. It was during this time that she revealed herself to be bisexual. [Thunderbolts (1st series) #64-75] When M-Day struck, the mutant Gypsy Moth was one of the identified mutants who retained her powers. [X-Men: The 198 Files]
- Tatterdemalion moved to New York where he got caught up in a fight between Daredevil and the Taskmaster, and was returned to prison. [Daredevil (1st series) #317-318] However, much later, found himself as part of the Thunderbolts army of villains as retribution for his criminal activities. [Thunderbolts (1st series) #104, 107-108]
- The Brothers Grimm began operating without the rest of the Night Shift, mainly encountering various teams of Avengers and eventually joined the Hood's army. [Avengers Unplugged #4, New Avengers (1st series) #1, Avengers: the Initiative Annual #1, New Avengers (1st series) #35, New Avengers Annual (1st series) #2]
At some point, Dansen Macabre, Digger, Needle, Tatterdemalion reformed as the Night Shift, and were made a part of the Hood's army, apparently separate to the Brothers Grimm. [Dark Reign Files]
The Night Shift's first assignment for the Hood came about when the Hood bargained with Dormammu to secure a deadly zombie virus that came from the head of an alternate-reality Deadpool. Dansen Macabre, Digger, Needle and Tatterdemalion accompanied the Hood to Taino Island to retrieve the virus. Problem was, the Midnight Sons – Mobius, Hellstrom, Jennifer Kale and the Night Shift's old teammate, Werewolf – were already on the island, attempting to destroy the zombie virus. The Night Shift took the Midnight Sons by surprise and were at first able to get the upper-hand. The tables soon turned and the Midnight Sons brutally defeated the Night Shift and, when no one was looking, the Night Shift were infected by the zombie virus when it became airborne. The Midnight Sons and the Hood were forced to fight the zombiefied Night Shift, until eventually the zombie virus was contained and the Night Shift reverted to their true selves. They were saved by the Midnight Sons and quickly departed the island with the Hood. [Marvel Zombies 4 #2, 4]
- The Night Shift remained inactive following the zombie incident and were not seen working for the Hood again.
- Gypsy Moth was intermittently active as Skein during this time. Registering with the Initiative, she was assigned to Delaware (along with other female super beings of questionable motives – Asp, Black Mamba, Diamondback and Quicksand) as the state's super team, Warrior Women. [Avengers: The Initiative #26, 29, 31, Siege #1] During the “Spider Island” debacle, Sybil spun herself a hard armor and, as Gypsy Moth, worked for the Spider Queen to capture Alicia Masters. [Spider Island: Spider-Woman #1]
- The Brothers Grimm and Needle both on separate occasions encountered the young super hero called Armory. [Avengers: The Initiative Annual #1]
- Dansen Macabre began a criminal plot of her own in France, but was stopped by a team of Avengers. [Mighty Avengers (1st series) #32]
Dansen Macabre, Digger, Needle and Tatterdemalion were joined once again by Misfit and Tick Tock when the crime boss Snapdragon, under orders from Count Nefaria, were hired to capture someone with whom they had brief dealings many years ago – Moon Knight. The Night Shift found Moon Knight talking with the woman called Echo on a park bench. Tick Tock tried to convince Moon Knight to come with them, peacefully. Naturally, that did not work and a fight followed, during which Dansen was shot and Misfit was impaled. The Night Shift recovered from their injuries and were summoned to meet with Snapdragon and her employer, Count Nefaria. During the meeting, Count Nefaria reminded them that they only had one job to do and told them that he had heard about people like them – inept and bumbling – but had never had the opportunity to meet them until now. The Night Shift were unable to prevent what happened next, as Nefaria used his powers on them blasting them to ashes. [Moon Knight (6th series) #3-4, 6]
- Skein joined the Menagerie, an animal-themed criminal group led by the White Rabbit. Bizarrely, the White Rabbit still thought Skein went by “Gypsy Moth,” which led to a lot of arguments between the two. The group attempted to steal valuable antiques and diamonds, but were thwarted by Spider-Man on both occasions. [Amazing Spider-Man (3rd series) #1, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (2nd series) #1] She later became caught up in the Pleasant Hill debacle, imprisoned there along with many other super-powered criminals. [All-New, All-Different Avengers #8]
- In unrevealed circumstances, Dansen Macabre and Digger were both brought back to life, although apparently Needle, Tatterdemalion, Tick Tock and Misfit remain dead.
- The Hangman eventually escaped Hell, but was blackmailed by Bloodbath into collecting souls for him. It was during this time that Hangman discovered from Bloodbath that his ex-wife had actually been pregnant with his child when they separated. Bloodbath killed Hangman's ex-wife and kidnapped his son. With the help of X-Factor Investigations, the Hangman was able to save his son and was seemingly restored to life. [X-Factor (1st series) #224.1, 226-228] He has maintained a low profile since.
Returned to life, Dansen Macabre and Digger reconnected with former teammates the Brothers Grimm and Skein, along with the monstrous Waxman reformed the Night Shift. They once again established themselves on the West Coast, with the intention of returning San Francisco to its former glory. To achieve this, they held up a bus and demanded cash, credit cards and jewels from the passengers. This attack was countered, however, by the arrival of Dr Otto Octavius, who had moved to San Francisco to be the Superior Octopus. He warned the Night Shift that the city was under protection and, rather than them committing crimes and he having to stop them, he offered to pay them not to commit crimes and to report any crime to them – promising them more money than they could ever hope to steal. The Night Shift seemed fine with this offer, although one of the Brothers Grimm did query whether this made them heroes now. [Superior Octopus #1]
The Night Shift actually did what Octavius asked of them and, even when Octavius became the Superior Spider-Man, they continued to work for him, with Dansen Macabre and Digger infiltrating a cult that was attempting to resurrect the sorcerer Master Pandemonium. Superior Spider-Man joined the two in attacking the cult, but it was Dansen who finished the job off by mesmerizing the cult members and hypnotically suggesting they hand themselves into the police. Afterwards, Dansen made a proposition to Octavius that the two of them have dinner. Her suggestion was rejected, Octavius deeming it inappropriate given he was her employer. [Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #1]
When the cosmic being called Terrax launched an attack on San Francisco with the intention of another world take-over attempt, Superior Spider-Man was on hand to confront him. Dansen Macabre, Skein, Digger, Waxman and the Brothers Grimm arrived to assist but, when Terrax cut Digger in half, they realized they were way out of their league and ran from the battle, telling Octavius that they quit. Skein and the Brothers Grimm, however, arrived at Horizon University where Octavius worked and collected a device which Octavius' bots were constructing that could defeat Terrax. Skein and the Brothers Grimm returned to the battle and gave the device to Octavius, who continued to fight Terrax. Eventually, the cosmic being was defeated, although a lot of damage was done to the city. [Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #2-3]
The Night Shift responded when Superior Spider-Man summoned them all to the site of the battle, as his sensors had detected survivors under the rubble. Waxman was able to use his malleable form to move beneath the rubble and locate a young survivor underneath. However, when Superior Spider-Man learned that Waxman was a serial killer, he grew concerned and berated the Night Shift for telling him this. After Skein pointed out that they didn’t know everything about each other, Superior Spider-Man killed Waxman and told the Night Shift to get away from him. [Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #4]
- The Brothers Grimm were appearing on television being interviewed about their time working for the Superior Spider-Man when news became public that he was actually Doctor Octopus. [Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #10]
- Skein returned to working with the Menagerie. The group stormed a nightclub one night, demanding the money of the club's patrons – unaware that Nadia van Dyne the Wasp and several of her heroic friends were celebrating Nadia's birthday there that night. A fight followed, during which Skein battled Wiccan. [Unstoppable Wasp (2nd series) #7]
Brothers Grimm III (Percy & Barton Grimes)
First Appearance: Spider-Woman (1st series) #3
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #87, Avengers West Coast #76-79, Captain America (1st series) #420, Superior Octopus #1, Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #2-4
Powers: Chthonic death-fetish costumes able to conjure novelty items through sleight-of-hand, including toy jacks that pop like flashbangs, fake explosive hands, binding gold threads, flame jets, electrical blasts, "twinkie dust" to paralyze others, fast-growing beanstalk beans, expanding jumping beans, corrosive eggs, adhesive dough, sneezing powder, various gases, and aerial transport such as tangible clouds or flying trapeeze stars
First Appearance: Marvel Team-Up (1st series) #93
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Avengers West Coast #76-79, Marvel Zombies 4 #2, 4, Moon Knight (6th series) #3-4, 6, Superior Octopus #1, Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #1-2, 4
Powers: Disciple of Shiva who conducts supernatural effects through dancing, allowing her to teleport herself and others, mask herself from perception, hypnotically paralyze people who look upon her, force them to submit to her commands, or even kill those exposed to a prolonged "death dance"
Digger (Roderick Krupp)
First Appearance: Tower of Shadows #1
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Avengers West Coast #77-79, Captain America (1st series) #420, Marvel Zombies 4 #2, 4, Moon Knight (6th series) #3-4, 6, Superior Octopus #1, Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #1-2, 4
Powers: Corpse-like zombie physiology gives imposing size, increased strength, endurance, and resistance to physical injury, high tolerance for pain with the ability to reattach severed limbs or regenerate from mortal harm, carries a shovel
Gypsy Moth (Sybil Dvorak)
First appearance: Spider-Woman (1st series) #10
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Avengers West Coast #76-79, Superior Octopus #1, Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #2-4
Powers: "soft touch" psychokinesis enables her to manipulate any matter through the power of her mind, but she has an affinity for controlling soft substances such as fibers, organic tissue, and plant matter, so she uses her powers to levitate and direct any of these materials, weave fiberous matter to design and alter clothing, fly under her own power with the help of silken wings on her back, and assault people directly by causing muscle cramps, skin lesions, and rupturing of blood vessels
Needle (Josef Saint)
First appearance: Spider-Woman (1st series) #9
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Avengers West Coast #76-79, Captain America (1st series) #420, Marvel Zombies 4 #2, 4, Moon Knight (6th series) #3-4, 6
Powers: Paralytic gaze forcibly immobilizes anyone who makes eye contact with him, carries an enlarged needle like a fighting staff and smaller needles for assaulting his paralyzed victims
Shroud (Maximillian Coleridge)
First appearance: Super-Villain Team-Up #5
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #87
Powers: Darkforce control allows him to summon extra-dimensional masses of intangible shadow, flooding a room with darkness, casting shadowy decoys of himself, or even creating pinpoint dark spots on someone's eyes to blind them, ritual blinding by the Cult of Kali led him to "see" through extra-sensory perception, a psychic awareness that can perceive through darkness and solid objects, even mentally read printed words if they are within his zone of perception
Tatterdemalion (Arnold Paffenroth)
First appearance: Werewolf by Night #9
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Avengers West Coast #76-79, Marvel Zombies 4 #2, 4, Moon Knight (6th series) #3-4, 6
Powers: Employs an eccentric set of paraphernalia including a strength-enhancing exoskeleton, foul-smelling rags and cloths which absorb impact and are greased to make him difficult to hold, a weighted scarf, chloroform capsules to incapacitate victims, and chemically-treated gloves that dissolve paper and fabric
First Appearance: Spider-Woman (1st series) #50
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Avengers West Coast #76-79, Moon Knight (6th series) #3-4, 6
Powers: Able to perceive several possible timelines, enabling him to anticipate events before they occur and pre-emptively act or direct his associates to counter attacks
Werewolf by Night (Jack Russell / Jacob Russoff)
First appearance: Marvel Spotlight #2
All Night Shift appearances: Captain America (1st series) #330-331, Solo Avengers #3, West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #87
Powers: Hereditary curse from the Darkhold gives him lycanthropy, the ability to transform into a secondary werewolf form with superhuman strength, speed, agility, endurance, reflexes, hyper-keen senses, and razor sharp fangs and claws
Notes: During his time with the Night Shift, Jack Russell had two distinct lycanthropic forms. One form he could assume at will, day or night, and retain his intelligence. A second, more powerful form emerged under the light of the full moon, but was controlled only by its own bestial instincts or Dansen Macabre's hypnosis.
Misfit (Mitchell Godey)
First appearance: West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40
All Night Shift appearances: West Coast Avengers (2nd series) #40, Avengers West Coast #76-79, Captain America (1st series) #420, Moon Knight (6th series) #3-4, 6
Powers: Distorted physiology from the Power Broker process gives him an assymetrical level of superhuman strength, endurance, and durability
Hangman II (Jason Roland)
First appearance: Tower of Shadows #5
All Night Shift appearances: Avengers West Coast #76-79
Powers: Demonic pact gives him superhuman strength, endurance, and durability, continued youth, and an enchanted noose that responds to his commands, can become unbreakable, and conduct an electrical charge
Note: As the "Demon that Devoured Hollywood", Roland was previously bonded to the costume and special effects makeup of the role, making him appear like a real demon.
First appearance: Spider-Woman (1st series) #17
All Night Shift appearances: Superior Octopus #1, Superior Spider-Man (2nd series) #2, 4
Powers: Skin composed of uni-celled independent living organisms, giving him liquid flesh that can reshape itself at will, separate into smaller controllable masses, change physical dimensions, assume the appearances of others, and reform after being dispersed
Note: Waxman's living flesh was forcibly separated from his skeleton back in Spider-Woman (1st series) #18. Rather than killing him, he apparently reformed himself independently of his skeleton or any internal organs or support.