Posted Monday, February 1st, 2021 by Barry

Captain America (1968) 163

Since Eve took some bad advice in Eden snakes have been reviled. Feared. Hunted.

Today they may show their faces. Today they may slither forth from their dens. Today they may bask in the sun – if there is any. Today is their day. Today is National Serpent Day.

Captain America (1968) 163

Captain America (1968) 163

To celebrate, National Day Calendar suggests you go to the zoo and commune with these scaly counterparts you share this Earth with. There are over 3,000 different breeds from four inches in length to J. Lo’s nightmare in Anaconda.

Three of those make up our ambassadors:  Viper, Eel and Cobra. The three original members of the Serpent Squad who first appeared in Captain America 163.

Wait, is an Eel a snake? And, is Viper just a generic term? Just work with us, please.

Cap and Falcon made short work of the new team. They were followed by a second incarnation who were defeated by Captain America’s alter ego Nomad. The team consisted of Madam Hydra as the new Viper and Princess Python in addition to Eel and Cobra.

The Serpent Squad shed its skin once more, this time to battle the Thing and Stingray in Marvel-Two-In-One 64. The latest team consisted of Sidewinder, Anaconda, Black Mamba and Death Adder.

Other squads included Copperhead, Fer-de-Lance, Puff Adder and Black Racer, all normally trounced by Cap.

If you insist on recognizing the real thing, you are encouraged to post with #NationalSerpentDay. That’s what Jeff would do.


I’d prefer to flip some four-color pages as Cap and company open a can of whup asp (ouch).

I don’t normally do this, but I do – highly – recommend Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) 46. It’s just Spidey and Cobra, but I always enjoyed that issue.

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