NOSFERATA

Real Name: Purple Hayes

Identity/Class: Vigilante

Occupation: Independently wealthy, finances own war on crime

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Freda (personal assistant/butler-ette), Howard the Duck, Razorback, She-Hulk (Jen Walters), Dan Slott (or John Byrne)
    formerly Lexington Loopner

Enemies: Adrenazon, Jack Serious

Known Relatives: Dr. Timothy Hayes (father), Blaire Hayes (mother) (both deceased)

Aliases: The She-Bat, the Dark Princess

Place of Birth: Visigoth, Massachusetts, USA

Base of Operations: Visigoth, Massachusetts USA (has traveled to New York City as well)

Education: Self-taught criminologist and chemist

First Appearances: Sensational She-Hulk#19 (September, 1990)

Powers: None. She uses a wide variety of bat-based weapons and equipment, such as her Nosferatarang and her car, the Nosferauto. She is based at the top floor of her mansion in the Nosferattic, which has advanced computers and what-not. She is a reasonably skilled fighter, but prefers to rely on the element of surprise to throw her foes off-guard.

Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown/black

History:

(Sensational She-Hulk I#19 (fb)) - Purple Hayes's parents were killed in front of her at a young age, after which she immersed herself in criminology. When she became an adult, she attempted to go out and defend others, and received a beating at the hands of a gang of criminals who caught her off-guard. She decided to form an identity to strike terror into evil-doer's hearts, and was inspired by a rubber bat that was thrown at her by a disgruntled homeless person. She hired Lexington Looper to perform a massive publicity/merchandising campaign, warning that crime would soon "suck sidewalk."

(Sensational She-Hulk I#19) - In her first public appearance, she, with help from She-Hulk, prevented a delivery of Serious Gas to the head of Dorkham Asylum, Jack Serious. Serious then captured She-Hulk, planning to experiment with the effects of his gas on her. 

(Sensational She-Hulk I#20) - Nosferata investigated the nature of the gas and smashed into the Asylum using her Nosferauto. She arrived in time to save Jen and learn that Serious was the same guy who had killed her parents. Serious fled from the two and ended up as a victim to the inmates of the asylum. Nosferata and She-Hulk then drove off in the Nosferauto.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#123/2-126/2) - Nosferata later aided She-Hulk against the Adrennazon, who had framed the She-Hulk for murder.

(She-Hulk II#3) - Nosferata was plucked out of time, appearing at the She-Hulk's time infraction trial, presumably speaking on Jen's behalf at some point. She was seated in the back between Dan Slott (or John Byrne) and Howard the Duck, and she heckled Razorback's misguided attempts to help She-Hulk's case, "Nice going, Pighead."

(Civil War: Battle Damage Report) - Tony Stark considered Nosferata as a potential Initiative recruit.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and

    Take a big guess what movie was a hit at the time of her first appearance. The story in MCP was actually better. Nosferata was a character with a little bit of personality instead of one long, forced joke.

    In case you don't know, Nosferata takes her name from Nosferatu, which was another name for vampire-like creatures.
Here's the real truth behind that, courtesy of our real world history guru, John McDonagh:
as per Elizabeth Miller's book Dracula: Sense and Nonsense,  there actually is no such word as Nosferatu in Romanian or any other language. Bram Stoker relied on faulty scholarship, unfortunately.

On Wikipedia and a few other sites I found that Nosferatu came from the Old Slavonic word "nosufur-atu" which was derived from the Greek "nosophoros" (disease-bearing). I don't know how much truth is behind this info.
--Markus Raymond

Clarifications:
Nosferata (Purple Hayes) has no connection to:


Nosferauto

Nosferauto

Nosferata kept her enhanced vehicle, dubbed the Nosferauto, hidden in an abandoned mineshaft near to her home. It appeared to have a roof-mounted cannon, although it was never shown firing. Nosferata used the car to smash into Dorkham Asylum. She later gave She-Hulk a ride back to her hotel.

 

 

--Sensational She-Hulk I#20


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Sensational She-Hulk I#19, Cover (main image)
Sensational She-Hulk I#20, p8, pan7 (headshot)
Sensational She-Hulk I#20, p11, pan4 (Nosferauto)


Appearances:
Sensational She-Hulk I#19-20 (September-October, 1990) - Steve Gerber (writer), Bryan Hitch (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#123-126 (1993) - Kelly Corvese (writer), Dave Hoover (pencils), Robert Campanella (inks), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
She-Hulk II#3 (February 2006) - Dan Slott (writer), Juan Bobillo (penciler), Marcelo Sosa (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)


Last updated: 04/15/14

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