Gordon Fraley's early history is unknown. He became a costumed criminal after his mutant abilities manifested and, as Puff Adder, joined the second incarnation of the Serpent Society as part of Viper's infiltration of the group.[1]

Along with Black Racer, Copperhead, and Fer-de-Lance, Puff Adder took part in a series of casino robberies in Las Vegas in order to get the attention of the Society's leader Sidewinder. The foursome battled Captain America (then known as The Captain), and his allies Nomad, Demolition-Man, and Falcon and were jailed, but their plan worked and they were offered membership in the Society, which they accepted.[2]

When Viper made her move, Puff Adder battled the rest of the Society, and later The Captain and his allies once again.[3]

Puff Adder remained with the Society when its leadership was taken over by King Cobra. As a member of the Serpent Society, he developed a romantic relationship with his teammate Anaconda. He also served briefly with Doctor Octopus' Masters of Evil.[4]

After the Serpent Society broke up, Puffy harassed Black Mamba for a time trying to "get the band back together". He got into a fight at a party with her date, Jack Truman.[5]


Puff Adder retained his mutant powers after M-Day.[6]


Puff Adder and the Serpent Society were one of the many villains the X-Men took down while protecting San Francisco. They were robbing a bank until they were defeated by Hope Summers.[7]


Puff Adder and the Serpent Society battled Gambit.[8]


Puff Adder has the mutant ability to enlarge, or "puff up," his body to make himself stronger and more massive in build. He also has the ability to breathe a corrosive, toxic gas that is strong enough to melt through metallic objects.

Strength level

Puff Adder possesses superhuman strength, to an unknown degree.

Gordon Fraley (Earth-616) from Captain America Vol 1 434 and Deathlok Vol 3 7 0001

The depiction of Puff Adder's race varies from artist to artist. In his first appearance, he was depicted as Caucasian, but a few issues later, he was depicted as African-American.

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