When he was taking them to a secure place to question them they were both shot by a guy that looked like Scourge of the Underworld. Jack O'Lantern and Blacking decided to join the Skeleton Crew, but were reluctant to go save Mother Night from the police station.
Mother Night managed to get herself out of jail by paying her own bail, and they left to the Red Skull's new base in Colorado. The Red Skull provided Levine and Blacking upgraded versions of their weapons and equipment.
He worked for the Red Skull until Captain America and Falcon came to rescue Diamondback who was kidnapped by Crossbones. They fought for a while Falcon took care of Jack O'Lantern and Blacking and Captain America took down Crossbones and Mother Night with the help of Diamondback.
The auction was interrupted when Alpha Flight and Spider- Man crashed the party and Levine quietly slip away in the confusion. He teamed with Beetle, Boomerang, Scorpio and Shocker to get the prize money offered for a skeleton wearing a Spider- Man outfit that Ben Reilly had found in a smokestack.
Some time later he was hired with Shocker and Constrictor by Dennis Golembuski a crime lord who mainly focused on diamond smuggling. They ran into a problem when young low-level criminal the Hood stole some diamonds and even managed to beat the trio.
After this Levine has seen working with Constrictor and Armadillo fighting heroes like Spider- Man and Hercules, but with little success. He, Jackhammer and Shock wave were ordered to flood the Thames Tunnel, but their plans were foiled by Union Jack's intervention.
Levine' body was transported to his hometown Sleepy Hollow to be buried but shortly after his burial a fragment of Lucifer's soul, who Ghost Rider accidentally freed from hell, possessed his corpse. Posing as Jack O'Lantern, Lucifer wrecked havoc in the small town of Sleepy Hollow, slaying Levine' father in the process.
Hated and feared for powers given to them by an X -gene in their chromosomes, the X -Men were assembled by Charles Xavier, with the dream that one day Mutants and Humans could live together in peace. X -Men members come from all over the world in all shapes and sizes with the likes of Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Kitty Pride, Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee, Locke and others joining in addition to the original five (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman, and Marvel Girl).
Over the years, the team has faced all kinds of threats from misguided mutants such as Magneto, Mystique and the Brotherhood of Mutants to gods such as Apocalypse to anti-mutant bigots such Gray don Creed and William Stryker and even cosmic beings such as the Dark Phoenix and Mojo as well as facing extinction numerous times but nevertheless the X -Men stand out and have through thick and thin. The X -Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in X -Men #1 (1963).