Circus escape artist and contortionist, Ebenezer Laughton, helped Iron Man stop a criminal with his acrobatics and agility. Ebenezer realized that he had criminal potential. He stole a flock of trained birds from another performer and became "Scarecrow".
After defeats from Spider-Man and Iron Man, he took part in the super-villain attack on Reed and Sue Richards Wedding. He also joined Count Nefaria's super team and battled the X-Men.
With the Cowled Commander and his partners, he helped spread chaos. He was eventually defeated by Captain America. After this defeat he grew a huge hatred towards Captain America. Scarecrow was placed in solitary confinement and he went insane. Now filled with the desire to kill. He broke out and was then defeated again by Captain America.
Ebenezer Laughton was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.
Sure enough, Ebenezer eventually broke out again and started killing innocent people to draw out Captain America, but instead Ghost Rider arrived and Scarecrow was killed by him, by throwing him and making poor Ebenezer land on his own pitchfork. His body was taken by the organization called " The Firm". He came back to life, now with super strength and the ability to instill fear within his foes. He had countless battles against Danny Ketch as Ghost Rider and even faced-off against a Captain America and Ghost Rider who did a team-up to stop him. Even at one point Ebenezer was able to possess the body of Danny Ketch for a short period of time until he was sent back to Hell. He later came back to the world of the living went on to fight the Falcon and Spider-Man.
Major Story Arcs
Acts of Vengeance
The Wizard is placed in the Vault after the Frightful Four are defeated by the Fantastic Four. While in his cell, a mysterious man appears in front of the Wizard and offers him a chance to leave in exchange for a certain favor. The Wizard agrees and his power suit is returned to him. The Wizard is confronted by the Guardsman but he easily defeats him and reaches an access port to the control panel where he opens all the cells inside the Vault. The Guardsman is able to make a distress call with his helmet so Iron Man and Hawkeye respond. Scarecrow sneaks up on Hawkeye from behind and threatens to slash his neck with a shiv but the Avenger flips Scarecrow onto his back. Hawkeye aims a sharply pointed arrow at Scarecrow so he voluntarily returns to his cell and shuts his cell door.
After his battle with Spider-Man, he was hired by the Chameleon to kill webhead during the events of the Civil War story arc where everyone found-out Spider's identity ,along with Molten Man, Will-O-The-Wisp, and Electro. Later he would join the hero hunters of the Thunderbolts, also during the Civil War conflict. He has recently resurfaced again as part of the Hood's Gang. He is seen as a paranormal consultant seeing that he has experience in the occult.
Secret Invasion/Dark Reign
While in the Hood's Gang, Ebenezer and other villains helped the planet Earth against the Skrull Invasion during the Secret Invasion story arc. He would also later, in a small way, aid the Hood by giving him contact information on Satana who the Hood figured she could help him in his situation with Dormammu. He went to Scarecrow due to his past involvement with supernatural forces
Heaven's On Fire
Recently he left the Hood's gang and joined with other Hood Gang member Blackout in forming a group consisting of other paranormal villains to track and kill both Ghost Riders, Johnny Blaze and Daniel Ketch . He and MAdcap would end up fighting Hellstorm and Jaine Cutter. Scarecrow was nearly close to scaring Hellstorm with haunting memories of Hellcat. However he was stopped and defeated in a contorted position.
Shock and Awe
Scarecrow has also teamed up with Raoul Bushman as his right-hand man, in the latest Moon Knight series. Scarecrow and Bushman broke out most of the residents of Ravencroft Institute, and Scarecrow promptly began lobotomizing them- using an ice pick. When Moon Knight got onto the streets and started fighting the insane people, he asked for Frenchie to bring the plane. Frenchie told Moon Knight that he couldn't, and to look at the sky. Upon looking up, Moon Knight saw that the sky had filled with crows. Moon Knight then told Frenchie to press a certain button, and Frenchie did so, which dropped a net over all the crows. As the crazy people ran off, Moon Knight confronted Scarecrow. Before Moon Knight could hit him, Scarecrow pointed out to Moon Knight that he wasn't the one he wanted. Moon Knight then pinned Scarecrow to the wall using his pitchfork, telling him that he was lucky that his ride was there.
Scarecrow is in New York City terrorizing numerous civilians with his fear gas and flock of crows during the path of destruction caused by Sin and the Worthy. Wolverine is in the city witnessing the Scarecrow's carnage when he gets pierced in the back by a burning pitchfork. Wolverine removes the pitchfork and hears Scarecrow rambling on, claiming to be the new king of fear. Scarecrow sends his crows to attack Wolverine but the mutant keeps slashing away. Scarecrow keeps rambling on when Wolverine tells him that he talks too much and stabs him in the back with his claws. Wolverine grabs a gas canister and places it inside Scarecrows mask. Scarecrow's reign of terror is nullified and he is taken into custody by the police.
A Council Of Masters
Max Fury, the leader of the Shadow Council has assembled a new Masters of Evil in the sovereign nation of Bagalia where Scarecrow is presently a member. Scarecrow is present when Max Fury and the Masters of Evil capture John Steele after he attempts to escape Bagalia with the Serpent Crown and the Crown of Thorns.