The complete history and origin of Edward Lavell has yet to be revealed, including the circumstances in which he found the original Eel’s costume or otherwise duplicated it. It is presumed that he was a long-standing member of the Maggia crime family and came to don the Eel identity through them.

His activities as the Eel first led to a clash with the heroes Power Man and Iron Fist while he tried to break Hammerhead, head of the Maggia crime family, out of prison. Although he was thwarted, Lavell continued to perform numerous criminal acts as the Eel, at one point running up against Iron Fist while in the employ of the criminal Nightshade.

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