Sun Girl (Marvel Comics)

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This article is about the Marvel Comics character Sun Girl. For the DC Comics character of the same name, see Sun Girl (DC Comics).
Sun Girl
Sun Girl #1 (Aug. 1948). Cover art by Ken Bald.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Sun Girl #1 (August 1948)
Created by Ken Bald (artist) and unidentified writer
In-story information
Alter ego Mary Mitchell
Abilities Good acrobat
Expert martial artist
Wields a sunbeam ray gun

Sun Girl is the name of two characters from Marvel Comics.

Publication history[edit]

The first Sun Girl was created by artist Ken Bald and an unidentified writer. She first appeared in Sun Girl #1 (Aug. 1948), published by Marvel's 1940s precursor, Timely Comics. Sun Girl starred in a namesake three-issue series cover-dated August to December 1948. She subsequently co-starred in stories of the original Human Torch in The Human Torch #32-35 (Sept. 1948 - March 1949), Captain America Comics #69 (Nov. 1948), Sub-Mariner Comics #29 (Nov. 1948), and Marvel Mystery Comics #88-91 (Oct. 1948 - April 1949). She additionally starred in a solo story each in the first two of those Marvel Mystery issues. The Human Torch-Sun Girl story "The Ray of Madness" from The Human Torch #33 (Nov. 1948) was reprinted decades later in Marvel's Giant-Size Avengers #1 (Aug. 1974). Sun Girl appears in flashback in the final two issues of the four-issue miniseries Saga of the Original Human Torch (April–July 1990)

A new Sun Girl debuted in Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1 and will appear as one of the main characters in the upcoming Marvel NOW! relaunch of the New Warriors.[1]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Sun Girl #1[edit]

A personal secretary for Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch, during the post-war 1940s, Mary Mitchell fell in love with him and became his partner as well as his sidekick after Toro left to tend to his ailing foster mother.[volume & issue needed] She fought alongside the Torch until Toro returned and replaced her.[volume & issue needed] In Issue #32 (Sept. 1948), Sun Girl helped the Torch clear the name of an innocent man accused of murder charges, by exposing the real culprit. Later, they convinced a retired Doctor to perform surgery on a little girl who accidentally swallowed a diamond hidden in a lollypop. Mary left to go on her own adventures after that, one being when she saved a girl from a mine collapse. She occasionally teamed up with other heroes besides the Torch, such as Captain America. After Toro returned she resumed her position as secretary and researcher. Her subsequent fate is unknown.

Sun Girl #2[edit]

Sun Girl
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up' #6
(November 2013).
Art by Marco Checchetto
Colors by Rachelle Rosenberg
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1 (July 2013)
Created by Marco Checchetto (artist)
Christopher Yost (writer)
In-story information
Alter ego Selah Burke
Abilities Proficient engineer
Suit with harnesses that enable her to fly and project light blasts
Wields dual-wielding pistols and other light-based weaponry

A new, African-American Sun Girl later appears as one of the heroes temporarily possessed by the Carrion virus after she came in contact with William Allen. Sun Girl was attacked by Superior Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus' mind in Peter Parker's body). The Superior Spider-Man was able to cure Sun Girl of the Carrion virus.[2] Her name is later revealed to be Selah Burke and she is revealed to be the daughter of Lightmaster at the time when the Superior Spider-Man made use his Superior Six (consisting of a brainwashed Chameleon, Electro, Mysterion, Sandman, and Vulture) to combat the Wrecking Crew. After the Superior Spider-man fails and the now free Superior Six have captured him and taken hold of a machine that could destroy New York City, Selah manages to save Spider-man and destroy the machine. However, they part in bad terms, Sun Girl thinking that Spider-man is a "jerk" due Otto's condescending attitude and insane brainwashing scheme.[3]

Selah next appeared in issue #1 of the 2014 New Warriors relaunch, helping save the Morlocks from an attack of the mysterious Evolutionaries.[4] When offered the opportunity to walk away by these attackers (as they have no intention of going after normal humans), she opts to selflessly sacrifice so the mutants can run away. Luckily, Haechi steps in and uses his energy absorbing powers to shield her. As they prepare to continue fighting and possibly dying, Speedball and Justice enter the scene which makes the three attackers reevaluate their tactical position and later flee as they were now outnumbered.[5]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Sun Girl I is a good acrobat and is an expert in both Judo and Jiu Jutsu. She also wields a Sunbeam Ray Gun which produced a bright blast of light as well as a lariat which she kept in her emergency pouch.

Sun Girl II is a proficient engineer who creates a suit with a harnesses that grants her flight and the ability to project light blasts. The suit was later modified by the Superior Spider-Man. She also wields dual-wielding pistols capable of firing concussive blasts. She developed and constructed these gear and weapons based on her father's light manipulation technology.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NYCC Exclusive: NEW WARRIORS Regroup, Relaunch in 2014". Newsarama. 13 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1.
  3. ^ Superior Spider-Man Team Up #6.
  4. ^ New Warriors #1.
  5. ^ New Warriors #2.

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