Bluebird (Marvel Comics)

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Bluebird
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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceAmazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
Created byStan Lee
Steve Ditko
Kurt Busiek
Pat Olliffe
In-story information
Full nameSally Avril
SpeciesHuman
PartnershipsSpider-Man
Abilities
  • Equipments include insulated boots against electricity, ether-filled "eggs," *blue paint pellets, and a retractable rope line
  • Accomplished gymnast

Bluebird (Sally Avril), sometimes rendered Blue Bird, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is usually depicted as a supporting character in the Spider-Man series.

Publication history[edit]

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Sally Avril first appeared in Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962).[1] Sally was a minor member of Flash Thompson's entourage, appearing in only one issue during the Silver Age. Her "Bluebird" career was created by Busiek (scripts) and Olliffe (pencils) in 1996.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Sally Avril[2] was a fellow student of Peter Parker's at Midtown High who turned him down for a date, preferring Flash Thompson.[3][4]

Thirty years later, writing for Untold Tales of Spider-Man, Kurt Busiek resurrected the one-note brunette from obscurity and gave her a background. She was an ambitious, thrill-loving girl who took blue ribbons in gymnastics. With fellow popular kid Jason Ionello, she attempted to cash in on a Daily Bugle contest offering a thousand dollars to a reader who brought in pictures of Spider-Man. Although their mission was a bust, Sally loved the thrill and became very smitten with the web-slinger when he touched her cheek just before leaving her and Jason with a warning to give it up.[5]

Sally and Jason tailed Spidey again, who was (unwillingly) working for Electro. The flash from Sally's camera roused Spidey from his hypnotic state, and a well-placed kick by the athletic young Sally took Electro by surprise long enough for Spidey to readjust his mask — which Electro had been preparing to remove — and defeat him. Spider-Man posed for a shot with an ecstatic Sally and Jason that the Bugle ran.[6]

Suffused with glee, Sally tried to get a permanent gig on the Bugle, but was told the photographer's job was filled — by Peter Parker.[7] Peter admitted this but asked her not to tell their fellow Midtowners. Sally donned an eccentric blue-and-white costume and decided, with her aerobic skills, to become a superheroine. She asked Peter to take some Bugle pics of her doing some stunts, but Peter refused. Angered, she threatened to blackmail him by revealing that he took Spider-Man pictures, but he undercut her by telling them himself.[8]

Bluebird's zeal but lack of experience caused trouble for Spider-Man during fights with Scarlet Beetle and Electro. Her "ether egg" weapons would detonate prematurely or have little effect, once even allowing the villain to escape.[8][9] Considering her more trouble than she was worth, Spider-Man allowed the Black Knight's men to hurt her quite badly in order to dissuade her from interfering in his fights again, although he later felt remorseful.

Bruised but undaunted, Sally and Jason headed to an area where Spider-Man was fighting the Black Knight, with Sally's camera.[10] She intended to capture some shots of the fight. However, Sally's zeal ended up costing her her life when she begged Jason to speed in his car, and the two ran a red light. Their car struck an oncoming bus, with Jason incurring mild head trauma, and Sally being killed.[11] Spider-Man felt horrible about this, blaming himself for her death.[11]

During the Dead No More: The Clone Conspiracy storyline, Sally Avril is cloned by Ben Reilly posing as Jackal and is seen in New U Technologies' facility area called Haven.[12]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Bluebird has no superpowers. However, she uses a retractable rope line, insulated boots for protection against electricity, blue paint pellets, and ether-filled "eggs."[13] Additionally, Bluebird is a skilled gymnast.[14]

Reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

  • In 2022, CBR.com ranked Sally Avril 2nd in their "10 Best Comic Book Characters Grey DeLisle Has Played" list.[15]

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

  • Sally Avril appears in The Spectacular Spider-Man, voiced by Grey DeLisle.[16] This version is a cheerleader at Midtown High School, Randy Robertson's blonde, shrill girlfriend, and a member of the school's popular clique who displays "mean girl" traits. Additionally, she bears animosity towards Peter Parker, whom she calls the "King of Geeks", though she gradually softens up to him during season two.

Film[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gramuglia, Anthony (2020-09-23). "How Untold Tales of Spider-Man Filled in Peter Parker's History". CBR. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  2. ^ Her surname "Avril" is revealed in Untold Tales of Spider-Man #6 (February 1996).
  3. ^ Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962)
  4. ^ Jung, Michael (2020-04-21). "10 Background Characters In Spider-Man's Origin Who Got Their Own Stories". CBR. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  5. ^ Untold Tales of Spider-Man #6 (February 1996)
  6. ^ Untold Tales of Spider-Man #7 (March 1996)
  7. ^ Untold Tales of Spider-Man #10 (June 1996)
  8. ^ a b Untold Tales of Spider-Man #11 (July 1996)
  9. ^ Untold Tales of Spider-Man #12 (August 1996)
  10. ^ Cronin, Brian (2022-05-07). "Spider-Man: Was One of Peter Parker's Untold Tales Classmates Always Meant to Die?". CBR. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  11. ^ a b Untold Tales of Spider-Man #13 (September 1996)
  12. ^ The Clone Conspiracy #4
  13. ^ Gaber, Nabeel (2020-11-09). "Spider-Man: Bluebird is Peter Parker's Most Unforgivable Mistake". CBR. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  14. ^ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Vol 1 #2 (May 2008)
  15. ^ Meenan, Devin (2022-01-15). "10 Best Comic Book Characters Grey DeLisle Has Played, Ranked". CBR. Retrieved 2022-11-10.
  16. ^ "Voice Of The Spectacular Spider-Man – Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved September 20, 2017. Check marks indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  17. ^ Ngwije Americ (August 17, 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Pair of Kings' Kelsey Chow Talks Fight Scenes, Spider-Man and True Blood". TV Equals.
  18. ^ Lee, Ben (October 7, 2017). "This super-random character from Spider-Man: Homecoming is somehow in Avengers: Infinity War". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  19. ^ Dumaraog, Ana (July 10, 2017). "One Of Spider-Man's Classmates Is In Avengers: Infinity War". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on February 4, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  20. ^ Hood, Cooper (September 2, 2022). "Everything Added In Spider-Man: No Way Home's "More Fun Stuff" Version". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on September 2, 2022. Retrieved September 2, 2022.

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