Lee Franks was a mutant operative of Black Air in England. Nicknamed Scratch, he long held enmity with Peter Wisdom before his involvement with Excalibur in his turnaround with the team. Scratch was despised by Peter Wisdom for his indifference for human life and sadism through the intelligence ranks for sociopathic behavior.[2]

In later years, Scratch would become Black Air's liaison to the Hellfire Club. In exchange for some files, he recovered a mystical codex from Sebastian Shaw to release a demon consecrated in London's underground sewer lines. The British faction of the Hellfire Club intended to harness the demon as a weapon.[3]

Scratch successfully abducted Douglock to use his bio-technological body and computerized mind to hack through a super-computer and exercise counter-spells from the codex. These spells allowed the Club to release the demon of London with assistance of London's Margali Szardos as the appointed Red Queen.[4]

Peter Wisdom would contend to a battle the demonized mob on the streets against a fleeing Scratch in London that would leave Scratch injured for legal authorities to capture him on his war crimes after Excalibur would consecrate the demon in London once more, overthrow Black Air and lead to a temporary dismantled crippling of the Hellfire Club.[5]


Scratch is able to emit bio-thermal heat blasts from his body and fly.[6]

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