this cartoon from the 1980s featured villains with red tattoo like marks. They would transform heroes and other random characters into villains by putting them in a machine. when they came out of the machine they had the red marks. The lead villain had the slogan "join us or face the consequences." Their were toys of this cartoon.
The evil scientist Overlord, develops a device that is able to spread an engineered virus across half the globe. The virus makes the infected mindless zombies. Overlord is able to treat a group of his mercenaries and make them immune to the zone's effects, although the treatment leaves their faces with red markings. His soldiers are called the Black Widows.
The nations not under the influence of the virus pool their resources to create an elite team to stop the evil doctor and his forces.Only those with special helmets are immune to the effects. The forces of good are called the Zone Raiders. Their mission was to end the reign of Overlord by destroying his emitters, and finding a cure for the strange infection.