DC COMICS just finished a month of expensive, flashy-cover-$$$-gimmick where every comic featured a villain. I thumbed through a Joker and a Riddler and decided that the new “in” idea is to reveal the troubled, traumatizing origins of said villain. Indeed, if it’s not all Mommy’s fault that Junior is now a Bad Guy, it’s certainly a lousy childhood.
Sometimes, it’s all about greed.
In 1962, The Green Lantern was a high-flying/show-boating test pilot named Hal Jordan. When he wasn’t Green Lantern-ing, he was trying to woo his boss, Carol Ferris. Carol was a truly unique character of the time, being a female Captain of Industry. Nonetheless, she was supposed to
put up with be smitten with the annoying advances charms of Mr. Jordan. Then, a planet of Purple Super Women with a Super-Duper Purple Power Gem, choose Ms. Ferris to become a Vengeful Warrior Queen, using the power gem to become … The Star Sapphire. Sure enough, the Purple Women were at one time the lovers of the Small Blue Men who made the Green Lanterns and somehow the whole thing went bad and now the scorned Purple Women wanted to out-do FATAL ATTRACTION. Carol would come back to her place after putting up with Hal, she would see the Purple Power Gem, and then WHAM! She would become The Star Sapphire and go kick some Green Lantern Ass. That would go however it went and then ZAM! She’d turn back to Carol Ferris and forget the whole thing.
I guess the boys liked it well enough, but every time Star Sapphire showed up, it always went pretty much like that.
Flash forward to 1975 and now, in THE SCERET SOCIETY OF SUPER VILLAINS, Star Sapphire shows up. This time, she doesn’t give two hoots about Green Lantern: She’s in it for the dough. Star Sapphire isn’t Carol Ferris, but a crook with a Purple Power Gem Crime Howitzer and doggone-it, she’s ready to start a heist.
We started our figure with the DC DIRECT Classic Star Sapphire action figure. Impeccably sculpted by Master Artist Tim Bruckner, the figure is depicted with her hair all- Purple Power Gem a-flowin’. In contrast, our Gangster Sapphire had very straight, long hair. The joy of Seventies comics is that the artists never quite drew the characters twice the same way: sometimes she had white gloves, sometimes her mask was nose-less, sometimes she didn’t have a collar. We just decided to fix the hair and call it a day.
A day for
man hating crime.
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Code Name: THE STAR SAPPHIRE
Real Name: Deborah “Camille” Darnell
First Appearance: SECRET SOCIETY OF SUPER-VILLAINS #1 (1976)
Evil Powers: Purple Power Gem Crime Howitzer from the Planet Zamora
Secret History: After Captain Comet would run around chasing the Secret Society, he would go back to his apartment and sleep it off. Every other issue or so, he would “bump” into a striking/mysterious brunette. At first, “Camille” would flirt with him in a french accent. In later issues, “Debbie” moved in next door and kept up the flirting AND LOOKED JUST LIKE CAMILLE. The Captain, wisely, never questioned the whole thing.
And neither do we. Captain Comet, we salute you.
P.S. Star Sapphire later became a stripper and even got Wonder Woman in on it. We mostly skip those books…