Tanya Sealy was born in Chicago. While working as a call girl, Roxxon Oil Company hired her, Anaconda, Death Adder and Sidewinder to form a new Serpent Squad and go on a covert operation to retrieve the mystical Serpent Crown. Tanya was given a cerebral implant that granted her low-level telepathy as well as the ability to manipulate the energy known as darkforce. Now known as Black Mamba, she would combine these abilities to telepathically pluck the image of an opponent's loved one out of their mind and then manifest a darkforce illusion which would lure her opponent in and suffocate them. Black Mamba proved herself to be a dangerous foe, facing off against heroes such as the Thing and Iron Man.
Black Mamba first appeared in Marvel Two-In-One #64 in June 1980 and was created by Mark Gruenwald and Ralph Macchio.
Major Story Arcs
Although the Thing, Stingray and Triton managed to defeat the Serpent Squad, Sidewinder escaped with the Serpent Crown and Anaconda was able to free Black Mamba and Death Adder. Noting her talents, Sidewinder invited Black Mamba to join his organization, the Serpent Society. Black Mamba immediately accepted - prior to working with Roxxon she had been a call-girl and, while the money was good, it was not steady and she was intrigued by the opportunity to make a lot of money with the Society. Black Mamba thrived in the Serpent Society, forming close friendships with fellow members Diamondback and Asp as well as becoming romantically involved with Sidewinder. Because of this, she remained loyal to Sidewinder when Viper managed to infiltrate and seize control of the Serpent Society, something that almost cost Black Mamba her life.
Cobra would take a job from Ghaur and Llyra to obtain four objects containing arcane mystic powers. Cobra would split up members of the Serpent Society and send them to various locations to retrieve these objects. Anaconda, Rock Python, Coachwhip and Black Mamba would come into conflict with Colossus, Rogue and Havok of the X-Men over a magical totem located inside a shopping center in Lima, Ohio. Black Mamba uses her dark force to form the image of Polaris on Havok. The dark force image begins to constrict but Havok fires a plasma blast that causes a huge amount of canned goods to explode. Black Mamba is covered in goo and loses control of her dark force. Havok then plants Black Mamba inside a huge can filled with gunk.
Bad Girls Inc
When Diamondback reformed from her criminal ways it affected Black Mamba. She, alongside Asp and Diamondback formed B.A.D. Girls Inc., a mercenary group. (B.A.D. being derived from the first letters of their respective code names.)
Black Mamba was also part of Superia's Femizons, but betrayed that group to help Captain America and Paladin. Despite her heroic turn, she was not above committing morally questionable acts, as she led a drugged Hercules to an ambush. She would also later join Crimson Cowl's Masters of Evil, lured in by the temptation of a large profit. For a short time she worked with the Serpent Society again, but eventually found her way back to her friends Diamondback and Asp and rejoined B.A.D. Girls Inc. During one mission with B.A.D. Girls Inc. she severely embarrassed Deadpool when she revealed his darkest fantasy - to be given a back rub by his partner, Cable.
During the events of Civil War, Black Mamba joined Captain America's anti-registration group alongside Asp and Diamondback. She was later taken into custody by the Avengers, though she escaped and was most recently seen with several other villains in the Bar With No Name.
During Dark Reign, Black Mamba joined The Hood's Army as a member of the Women Warriors, alongside Diamondback, Asp, Quicksand, and Skein. They participated in the attack on Asgard, and escaped when the battle ended.
Sex & Violence
Black Mamba later appears as a member of the Assassins Guild and Belladonna calls upon all her specialist in the United States to drop their other assignments to come after Wolverine and Domino. Black Mamba is in Miami strangling a man with her darkforce powers when she receives the phone call. Black Mamba arrives in New Orleans and meets up with fellow members of the Guild including Bullet, Boomerang and Nakh. Belladonna tells her assassins to kill Wolverine and bring Domino to her once they arrive to New Orleans. During the battle, X-Force appears and Black Mamba battles X-23, who promptly stabs her in the chest with her foot-claw. Elixir quickly heals Black Mamba, ensuring her survival.
Powers & Abilities
Black Mamba possesses the ability to project an inky cloud of extradimensional energy known as the Darkforce. This energy is manifested by Black Mamba as a limited quantity of viscous semi-solid matter. It is not known how far Black Mamba can project this energy manifestation, but her control over it seems limited by her line of sight. It is also not known how much of it she can manipulate at once: so far she has not been observed using it against more than one person at a time. Black Mamba uses the Darkforce (a process she refers to as "shedding her skin") to surround, constrict, and suffocate her opponents. The maximum amount of pressure she can generate through her Darkforce-projection is not known. However, the superhumanly strong Thing seemed unable to break its grip when he was encompassed by it. During the Superia crisis, after a suggestion by Captain America, Black Mamba discovered that she could surround herself (or someone else if they remained within her line of sight) with a cloud of darkforce, she could alter its appearance to disguise herself as someone else.
Black Mamba also possesses some form of hypnotic ability, enabling her to mesmerize her opponents into perceiving her Darkforce projection in the image of someone they love or trust. It is not known how irresistible this ability is, but the Thing, Iron Man, and Captain America have proven susceptible to it. As part of the hypnotic illusion, her opponent imagines him or herself in the embrace of his or her self-chosen loved one, and the implausibility of the loved one's sudden materialization and provocative behavior is overwhelmed by the sensation of euphoria she triggers in most human brains, if one remains in the grip of her illusory Darkforce projection for too long, he or she will succumb to suffocation. The amount of time this takes varies according to the stamina and breath control of her opponent. The victim dies, however, overwhelmed by ecstasy. Black Mamba may need to be within line of sight of her opponent not to direct the Darkforce, but to use it in conjunction with her hypnotic power.
Black Mamba appears in the Ultimate Universe as a member of the Serpent Squad, a group of female mercenaries. After having the Serpent Crown stolen from them, they battle the Fantastic Four. Black Mamba was knocked out of the fight by The Thing early on, and was taken into custody. After the Thing called the Serpent Squad freaks in passing, Black Mamba retaliated in anger by saying he would die alone because he is so sickening.