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Real Name
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William Flint Marko
Current Alias
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Aliases
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Flinty, Flint Baker, Marcus, Flint and Sand, Sandbag, Sylvester Mann, The Sandstorm, Subject 1257310, Darude


Alignment
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Affiliation
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Relatives
Floyd Marko (father), Mrs. Marko (mother), Marcy Alverado (ex-wife), Penny Alvarado (daughter)

Universe
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Base Of Operations
Mobile

Characteristics
Gender
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Height
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6' 2"
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Weight
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450 lbs (205 kg)
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Eyes
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Hair
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Unusual Features
Looks like the appearance of a living sand

Status
Citizenship
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Marital Status
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Occupation
Former criminal and mercenary

Education
College graduate

Origin
Origin

Place of Birth

First appearance

Modern Comics: Spider-Man Vol 1 3
(cameo)
Modern Comics: Spider-Man Vol 1 17
(first full appearance)


History

Quote1 Web-Slinger, ya' always put me in the stir once too often, huh?! Quote2
-- Sandman

Early Years

William Flint Marko was born in Queens, New York. He was a member of of a criminal mobster crew in New York City, before realizing that he should stop all of his criminal doings, leaving the mob eventually. He finally got to live a very normal and a happy life and even got the chance to marry Marcy Alverado, his long-time high school crush. They later had a daughter named Penny, but their happy lives was short-lived when the mob came back for him, threatening to kidnap her wife and daughter if he doesn't rejoin the crew.

Flint agrees and rejoins the crew for the sake of his family's safety, but with Marcy finding about his recent criminal actions, she and him had an argument. Flint tried to explain the whole truth, but she ignored it, believing that Flint had rejoined the crew for the sake of his own personal gain. The two eventually got divorced, with Marcy gaining the rights to take Penny with her. Their divorce and his separation from him daughter had resulted into him losing his job, seguing into a life of crime.

The Experimentation

Eventually, he left the crew and Flint became a lone petty crook in the streets of New York City, known by many under the alias of William Baker. At one point in his life, Justin Hammer have him get arrested by the N.Y.P.D., but the truth is that he only wanted to arrest Flint is that so he could take him into his organization and experimented on him, being one of the results of an attempt to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum. Instead, the experiment led him to contact with sand that had been irradiated by the experimental reactor. His body and the radioactive sand bonded and changed Marko's molecular structure into sand. Since the experiment on Flint was a failure, he was locked in his containment unit for more than a month.

Encountering Spider-Man

Shortly after Hammer was almost killed by Doctor Octopus, S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltrated Hammer's factory to take care of any experiments Hammer had been working on. Marko used this opportunity to escape and wreak havoc upon New Jersey and followed Hammer, who was still recovering in an ambulance so he can finally get his revenge on him for ruining his life. S.H.I.E.L.D., but with the help of Spider-Man, contained him and imprisoned him in a S.H.I.E.L.D. holding facility, but later escaped along with other imprisoned illegal super-soldiers including the Green Goblin, after Hydra had infiltrated the facility. After escaping S.H.I.E.L.D., he returned to his life as a petty crook and a criminal and now as a hired mercenary. From that point on forward, the infamous Sandman would eventually become one of Spider-Man's known strongest long-time foes from time to time.

Joining the Sinister Seven

Sandman continues his life of crime and eventually joined the Sinister Seven when he was recruited by none other than Norman Osborn, the Green Goblin (whom he had also seen escaping earlier during the prison assault), so they can team up with each other in order to take down their most hated enemy. Sandman would join the criminal group on-and-off again after dealing with his various encounters with other superheroes and super-villains whom he had fought before.


Powers and Abilities

Powers

Sand Conversion: The Sandman possesses the superhuman ability to convert his body into sand by mental command. The sand functions identically to, and appears to be, normal flesh. However, he can convert all or parts of his body into animated sand at will. His brain has attained subliminal awareness of all granulated particles of his body. Through conscious effort, he can affect the degree of molecular cohesion between the numerous adjoining surfaces of his particles and thus cause locomotion of discrete volumes, down to the individual grains.

  • Superhuman Strength
  • Density Control
  • Shape-Shifting
  • Sand Blasts
  • Glass Generation
  • Reformation

Abilities

None known.

Strength level

Class 20+

Weaknesses

  • Water
  • Heat
    • Soul Molecule
  • Subtle Psychological Manipulation
Power Grid [1]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
Speed*
 2
Durability
Energy Projection
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Fighting Skills
* Speed varies on the way he travels with the wind in sand form


Paraphernalia

Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.


Notes

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  1. Modern Comics: Superior Spider-Man Vol 1 17


Trivia

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