CISSY IRONWOOD

Real Name: Priscilla "Cissy" Ironwood

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Unrevealed, formerly a student at Empire State University

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Roseanne Esposito, Peter Parker

Enemies: General Nikolai Kutzov, Soviet Super-Soldiers, Major Alexi Vazhin

Known Relatives: Professor Daniel Ironwood (father, deceased)

Aliases: Cissy

Base of Operations: Presumed somewhere out west, exact location unrevealed; formerly, New York City

First Appearance: (mentioned) Marvel Team-Up I#79 (March, 1979); (seen) Marvel Team-Up I#80 (April, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: Cissy is a nice girl, but driven by a passion for collector's items, like Eric Clapton's guitar pick and a piece of Beast's shirt.

Height: 5' 6" Weight: 120 lbs.

History: (Marvel Team-Up I#79 - BTS) - (Friday, 22 December) Peter Parker arrived late for the Daily Bugle Christmas party, as he had just been spending time with Cissy.

(M/TU I#80)- Peter Parker and Cissy were walking in Central Park, when suddenly they were attacked by a werewolf. Peter pushed Cissy aside to try to save her, and began to fight the werewolf. The werewolf managed to throw Peter into a tree, and Cissy, thinking that the werewolf had killed Peter screamed for help while she ran away. Not far away, three people and a police man heard Cissy's screaming, and came to her rescue. The police man fired his gun at the werewolf with no effect. Peter quickly returned to the fight and saved the now unconscious Cissy from the werewolf. Both of them dropped down in the lake. The werewolf was about to drown Peter but he used his web, which the werewolf didn't like, and leapt away.

(M/TU I#80 - BTS) - Peter took Cissy to Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Fiori came to tell Peter about her condition, telling him that she had a slight concussion, but she was out of danger, and with a few week's rest, she would be as good as new.

(M/TU I#81) - Cissy lay asleep in her bed at Roosevelt Hospital, dreaming of the recent attack against her and Peter in Central Park, unaware that the werewolf and Spider-Man were fighting in her room. After having defeated the werewolf, Spider-Man kissed the sleeping Cissy.

(X-Men I#123 - BTS) - Spider-Man was on his way to a date with Cissy Ironwood. He wanted the night to be special, first class all the way, but due to having paid income taxes the day before, he could only afford "a big mac and fries", but he was also aware that Cissy knew he was not "Mister Moneybag", and hoped she would understand.

(M/TU I#90)- At Empire State University, Peter and Cissy arrived at the Technology 1980 Exhibition. Peter quickly saw the Beast there, and told Cissy that he doesn't understand what women saw in him, only to look to his side and see that Cissy was gone, over to see Beast. Suddenly, Modular Man and Killer Shrike arrived, and then Spider-Man, so the four of thme began to fight each other, while Cissy got to safety.

After the fight, Cissy met with Peter, telling him that she got a piece of the Beast's shirt, and that she would keep it forever right next to her Eric Clapton guitar pick. Peter walked Cissy home, expecting a goodnight kiss, only to learn that Cissy was way to pre-occupied as walked inside her apartment.

(M/TU Annual#2)- Sometime later on the 4th of July, outside her apartment, Cissy was kissing Peter, telling him how wrong her friend Roseanne Esposito was when she called Peter too shy, a bookworm, and a wimp. She invited him in for a nightcap, and Peter gladly accepted. Suddenly, his spider-sense began tingling, and the Crimson Dynamo came crashing through the door from the inside. Peter managed to escape with Cissy but she told him that her father was inside the apartment. Suddenly Darkstar appeared with Cissy's father, and Vanguard arrived at the same time. Peter tried to stop the Soviet Super-Soldiers but was knocked down by Crimson Dynamo, and the Soviet Super-Soldiers escaped with the Ironwoods.

(M/TU Annual#2 - BTS) - The Soviet Super-Soldiers brought both the Ironwoods to Cheyenne Mountain to their boss, General Kutzov.

Near Castle Rock, Montana, KGB Major Alexi Vazhin told Robert Bruce Banner that Professor Ironwood and his daughter had been kidapped two days ago.

At Kutzov's secret hiding place inside Cheyenne Mountain, Kutzov threatened to kill Professor Ironwood's daughter if he didn't cooperate in building them an anti-matter bomb.

(M/TU Annual#2) - At Kutzov's base, Kutzov was working on getting his thing with him, and made Cissy and Professor Ironwood help him. When Major Vazhin arrived, Cissy watched as the two of them began to fight. After the threat of Kutzov was ended, Professor Ironwood was gunned down by Vazhin in order to save the world. With his dying breath, Professor Ironwood told them that it was better this way, and that his secret of the anti-matter bomb would die with him. Cissy stood by his side when he died

BTS- After the death of her father Cissy moved out west. Whether or not she will ever come back remains to be seen.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont, Mike Vosburg and Gene Day.

In Marvel Team-Up I#80, she was named Cissy Ironwode. In X-Men I#123 she was named Cissy Ironwood, and again in Marvel Team-Up Annual#2.

The 1980 reference is topical since 1980 is now 23 years ago, and Peter is still circa the same age, and even back then it was topical since according to a footnote in Marvel Team-Up#90, the story took place before Marvel Team-Up Annual#2, and in Marvel Team-Up Annual#2, the story started with the 203rd birthday celebration of United States, which would mean that the story took place in 1979 (correct me if I'm wrong but USA was founded in 1776), and the annual was also released in 1979...

Since the fall of the Berlin wall, and the collapse of Eastern Europe in 1989, and the later collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992, the Soviet Super-Soldiers and KGB references are also topical.

Darkstar said "curse you Dimitri Ivanovitch" on page 6 of Marvel Team-Up Annual 2. I guess she should read the profile next time, since the previous Crimson Dynamo was named Yuri Ivanovitch Petrovich, while the one who replaced him was named Dimitri Bukharin.

John Byrne was the artist on Marvel Team-Up#79, but Cissy wasn't seen, only mentioned, and she was mentioned again in X-Men I#123, also by Byrne as the artist, so he has never drawn her but she has been mentioned twice in comics done by his as artist.

The reason why I wanted to do this profile was because when I first startd reading Marvel Comics, one of the first I got was Edderkoppen#48 [the danish name for Spider-Man]. In #48 there was a pin-up gallery of all the women in Peter's life. Glory Grant, Gwen Stacy, Liz Allen, Mary Jane Watson and more, all of them I got to know in a year or so, but one didn't appear in any of the comics I read, her name was Cissy Ironwood, so you can say that Cissy Ironwood was my first obscure character favourite, and now that I have all her appearances, I thought a profile was in order.

The Official Marvel Index to Marvel Teram-Up places MTU Annual#2 BEFORE MTU#79--Snood..

by The Beetle

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Crimson Dynamo, Dmitri Bukharin, shouldn't be confused with:


image:
Marvel Team-Up I#80, p1, pan1 (Cissy Ironwood & Peter Parker)

Other appearances:
Marvel Team-Up I#81 (May, 1979) - Chris Claremont & John Warner (writers), Mike Vosburg (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Team-Up Annual#2 (1979) - Chris Claremont (writer), Sal Buscema & Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)
Marvel Team-Up I#90 (February, 1980) - Steven Grant (writer), Mike Vosburg (pencils), Bob McLeod (inks), Al Milgrom (editor)

Last updated: 04/30/04

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