Real Name: Slade Wilson
First Appearance: New Teen Titans #2 (December, 1980)
Powers: Enhanced Strength, Agility, Intelligence, and is a Trained Mercenary
Affiliation: The Injustice League, Tartarus, The Society
Love Interests: Adeline Kane
Enemies: Teen Titans
Did You Know: Slade Wilson was created before his Marvel counterpart, Deadpool.
A Little Back History…
At a very young age, Slade Wilson faked his age so that he could join the army. While in the army, he was sent to and remained in Korea for awhile. Eventually, he was shipped over to Camp Washington and it was in Camp Washington that he met and married the love of his life, Adeline Kane.
While out once again serving his country, Slade was offered the chance of a lifetime. He was offered a program that would augment his adrenal glands to resist a truth serum. Unbeknownst to Slade, the program had a hidden agenda. At its core, it was a program developed to create the Ultimate Super Soldier.
However, instead of growing larger as a Super Soldier should, Slade was left in a coma. When he awoke, he realized that he was imbued with increased strength, speed, durability. The army, feeling that the program was a failure, pulled back its desire to continue and refused let Slade re-join. Unable to join the army again, Slade was left with a bout of deep depression. The depression, coupled with the side effects of the experiment took him down the mercenary path that he is now known for.
While establishing himself as a mercenary, Slade (Deathstroke) took notice of another man in town, the Jackal. The Jackal, looking for a way to pull information from Slade (who wouldn’t give it up because of his honor code) took Slade’s son captive. In the battle that followed, The Jackal slit his son’s throat, leaving him a mute.
While in the hospital caring for her son, Adeline took out her frustration on Slade and shot him in the eye with a gun.