Sun Girl (Marvel Comics)
- 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 #1 (Aug. 1948). Cover art by Ken Bald.
|First appearance||Sun Girl #1 (August 1948)|
|Created by||Ken Bald (artist) and unidentified writer|
|Alter ego||Mary Mitchell|
|Abilities||Energy projection, skilled with firearms and hand-to-hand combat.|
Sun Girl is the name of two characters from Marvel Comics.
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)
Fictional character biography
Sun Girl #1
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 man 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
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. Her name is later revealed to be Selah Burke and that she is revealed to be the daughter of Lightmaster at the time when the Superior Spider-Man and his Superior Six (consisting of a brainwashed Chameleon, Electo, Mysterion, Sandman, and Vulture). The character next appeared in issue #1 of the 2014 New Warriors relaunch.
Powers and abilities
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's suit gives her the ability to fly and firing light blasts. This suit was modified by the Superior Spider-Man. Her suit contains harnesses that enable her to fly. Sun Girl II also wields dual-wielding pistols capable of firing concussive blasts.
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- Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1.
- Superior Spider-Man Team Up #6.
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