Real Name: Maria de Guadalupe Santiago
Occupation: Adventurer, protector of the
Citizenship: Costa Verde, US residency as
Place of Birth: Kamekeri Village, Costa Verde
Education: College student (Empire State University)
Group Membership: Avengers (Captain
America/Steve Rogers, Goliath/Hank Pym, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Jack of
Hearts/Jack Hart, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda
Maximoff, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Thor/Thor Odinson,
Triathlon/Delroy Garrett Jr., Vision/"Victor Shade," Wasp/Janet Van
Dyne, Wonder Man/Simon Williams)
Affiliations: A-Bomb (Rick Jones), Agent Sum,
Alpha Flight (Aurora/Jeanne-Marie Beaubier, Guardian/James Hudson,
Marrina/Marrina Smallwood, Puck/Eugene Judd, Sasquatch/Walter
Langkowski, Shaman/Michael Twoyoungmen, Snowbird/Narya), Andromeda
(Andromeda Attumasen), Annie (LMD), Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Aragorn
(flying horse), Arana (Ana Corazon), the Avengers (Captain
America/Steve Rogers, Goliath/Hank Pym, Iron Man/Tony Stark, Jack of
Hearts/Jack Hart, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda
Maximoff, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Thor/Thor Odinson,
Triathlon/Delroy Garrett Jr., Vision/"Victor Shade," Wasp/Janet Van
Dyne, Wonder Man/Simon Williams), Beast (Hank McCoy), Beta Ray Bill,
Black Knight (Dane Whitman), Black Panther (T'Challa), Black Widow
(Natalia Romanova), Cadre K (Fiz,
Marvel (Genis-Vell), Cerise, Charlie-27 (of Earth-691), Crystal
(Crystalia Amaquelin), Dagger (Tandy Bowen), Daredevil (Matt Murdock),
Darkhawk (Chris Powell), Darkstar (Laynia Krylenko), the Defenders (Hellcat/Patsy
Walker, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Namor the Sub-Mariner/Namor McKenzie, Nighthawk/Kyle
Richmond, Silver Surfer/Norrin Radd, Valkyrie/Samantha
(Dennis Dunphy), Doc Samson (Leonard Samson), Dr. Strange (Stephen
Strange), Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Dusk
(Cassie St. Commons), Falcon (Sam Wilson), the Fantastic Four (Human
Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Sue Richards, Mr. Fantastic/Reed
Richards, Thing/Ben Grimm), Firebird
(Bonita Juarez), Firestar
(Angelica Jones), Duane
Nick Fury (Nicholas Joseph Fury), Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze), Hawkeye
(Clint Barton), Haywire (Harold Danforth of Earth-712), Hercules
(Alcaeus), Hunapu, Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Edwin Jarvis, Jocasta,
Justice (Vance Astrovik), Living Lightning (Miguel Santos), Machine Man
(X-51), Magneto (Max Eisenhardt), Mantis (Brandt), Moon Knight (Marc
Spector), Moondragon (Heather Douglas), Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), the
New Warriors (Aegis/Trey Rollins, Bolt/Chris Bradley, Namorita/Namorita
Prentiss, Nova/Richard Rider, Speedball/Robbie Baldwin), Peliali, le Peregrine
(Alain Racine), Photon (Monica Rambeau), Punisher (Frank Castle),
Quasar (Wendell Vaughn), Rage (Elvin Halliday), Raptra, Red
Hulk (Thaddeus Ross), Red Wolf (Will Talltrees), Jaime Santiago, Sequoia,
Shang-Chi, She-Hulk (Lyra), Rick Sheridan, Shooting
Star), Sleepwalker, Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Woman (Veranke),
Starfox (Eros), Stature (Cassie Lang), Stingray
(Walt Newell), Sunfire
(Shiro Yashida), Swordsman
(the elder Cotati), Texas
Twister (Drew Daniels), Tigra (Greer Nelson), Titan,
Toro (Benito Serrano), Union Jack (Joey Chapman), U. S. Agent (John
Walker), X'balanque, X-Force
Alicar, Doop, Mr.
Sensitive/Guy Smith, Phat/Billy
Bob Reilly, U-Go
Girl/Edie Sawyer, Vivisector/Myles
the X-Men (Angel/Warren Worthington III, Bishop/Lucas Bishop,
Chamber/Jono Starsmore, Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers,
Emma Frost, Jean Grey, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner,
Professor X/Charles Xavier, Psylocke/Betsy Braddock, Rogue/Anna Marie,
Thunderbird/Neal Shaara, Wolverine/James Howlett), Yellowjacket (Hank
Pym construct), Yondu (of Earth-691)
Enemies: Blood Brothers, Death, the Deviants of Earth (Lord Dulpus, Glomm, unidentified others), Diablo (Esteban Diablo), Elements of Doom (Beryllium, Cesium, Neodymium, Nickel, Platinum, Ruthenium, Sodium, Tungsten, unidentified others), Graviton (Franklin Hall), Moses Magnum and his Magnum Force soldiers (Jorge, Robert, unidentified others), Kang (Nathaniel Richards of Earth-6311), Krona (of a "Distant Cosmos"), Kulan Gath, the Master of the World (Eshu), the Mayapan (Ah Puch, Ah-Muzencab, Camazotz, Ixchel, Jacawitz, Kukulcan, Tohil, Yum Kaax, unidentified archivist), the Petrachnus, the Plodex, Psycho-Man, Puppet Master (Phillip Masters), Bargath Redhand, Reptyl, Ronan the Accuser, the Rot, Ruul/Kree (Dan-Farr, unidentified others), Taskmaster and his Split-Second Squad, Thanos (actually a rogue Thanosi duplicate), the Triune Understanding (Eduardo, Michaelson, Jonathan Tremont, unidentified others), Yandroth
Known Relatives: Jaime Santiago (father, deceased), Peliali (mother)
Aliases: "La Garra Argentado" (see
comments), "Child," "Lupe," "Kid," "Kittycat," "Little Priestess,"
Daughter of the Volcano God, La Garra Plata
Base of Operations: Empire State University
dorm rooms, Manhattan, New York, USA;
formerly Avengers Mansion, Manhattan, New York, USA;
formerly the Kamekeri church orphanage, Kamekeri village, Costa Verde
First Appearance: Avengers III#8 (September, 1998)
could transform into any animal within her native
jungle in Costa Verde, while retaining a silver hue to her skin.
For example, she could become a bird to fly and a snake to
constrict enemies. She has also taken more exotic forms such as a llama
and a giant sloth for added strength.
Height: 5'7" (human), variable
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair: Black, white on the ends
III#28 (fb)) - A man of the Kamekeri tribe began studying the ancient
Kamekeri legends and ventured up into the mountains where the ancient
Kamekeri goddess Peliali was said to dwell. Despite being mocked and
denounced by the Christian churches among the Kamekeri tribe, the man
began paying regular visits to the mountain and one day, after months
of trips, the man returned to the Kamekeri tribe with an infant that he
claimed was his daughter with Peliali. Given the Christian name of
Maria de Guadalupe Santiago, the infant girl was raised with a
Christian upbringing but occasionally noticed strange occurrences that
seemed to support her father's claims that she was the daughter of
Peliali, such as her unwitting shapeshifting during her Baptism. As
Maria grew up, she was unable to maintain full control of her
shapeshifting abilities, causing her to become something of an outcast.
Despite this, her father continued to teach her about the ancient
Kamekeri ways and her heritage, which helped to calm Maria's emotions
and aided in giving her a semblance of control over her powers. Her
father also took her to visit the mountain caves said to contain
Peliali but each time they visited, Maria found the caves empty and
began dreading the visits to the cave. Eventually, her father grew ill
and died and Maria was taken into the local church orphanage that was
supported by the American Child-Care charity. Some time later, a letter
came to the church from Edwin Jarvis, the Avengers' butler, who wished
to sponsor a child through Child-Care. The church recommended Maria for
sponsorship in hopes that if Maria got into trouble, Jarvis' employers
could help. Determined to be modern and reject the legends her father
had told her of, Maria began writing to Jarvis, informing him of her
life but not of her powers or heritage. Despite still recalling her
father's teachings and keeping the ceremonial garb her father had made
for her, Maria became the first to sneak out of her orphanage, where
she got her nose pierced and learned about American culture and music.
Bringing it with her during her first visit to America, Maria was
captured at the Costa Verde National Airport and coerced by Moses
Magnum's terrorist Magnum Force soldiers, who had her stories of
Maria's powers, into doing their bidding. While being forced to aid
Magnum Force, Maria constantly remembered her father's warnings of a
prophecy about the coming of a great threat from the past and that, as
the only child of the Kamekeri gods, she would have to stand against
(Avengers III#8/Avengers III#28 (fb)) - Silverclaw was manipulated by agents of Moses Magnum into fighting the Avengers at the Aeroverde International Airport. In the end, she apologized to the Avengers and explained how the agents threatened to kill the passengers of her plane if she didn't help them in gaining a seismic wave-projecting cannon.
(Avengers III#9 (fb)) - While the Avengers had
breakfast, Silverclaw apologized for not telling Edwin Jarvis earlier
in her letters about her superhuman powers. Jarvis admitted that while
he was originally startled, he had grown accustomed to surprises as the
Avengers' butler. He then explained that the fact that she had super
powers paled in comparison to her charm and vivacity. Silverclaw
quickly admitted that she would like to make up for her earlier
injuring of Jarvis but the butler replied that he had worse in his
time. Once the other Avengers had arrived, Captain America began to
call together a team meeting, at which point Jarvis suggested that both
he and Silverclaw retire to another room. Silverclaw admitted that she
would like to hear the Avengers' meeting and Captain America allowed
her to stay, explaining that with Vision limited to holographic form
and Thor absent, the Avengers could use an extra hand. Silverclaw
happily thanked Captain America and promised he wouldn't regret his
decision to let her aid the team. The meeting was shortly after
interrupted on the Avengers' Epsilon communications frequency by the
hero Triathlon, who announced that he had stowed away on Moses Magnum's
private plane and had tracked Magnum to his lair. Captain America then
asked for Triathlon's location and announced that the Avengers would be
there as soon as they could.
III#9) - Silverclaw aided the Avengers
in going undercover aboard Moses Magnum's floating resort known as the
Evangeline alongside Justice & Scarlet Witch. She then aided
the team in battling Moses Magnum before saying goodbye to Edwin Jarvis
and the Avengers to move into her dormitory at Empire State University.
(Avengers III#26) - Silverclaw
letter from "Captain America" telling her to meet a few
other superheroes (Warbird & Ant-Man) atop the Brooklyn
Bridge. When she arrived, Captain Marvel joined them as
"Captain America" arrived and told the group that he
planned to spy on the Triune Understanding and destroy the
will-suppressor they were using there. Silverclaw deduced that, by the
this "Cap" was acting, he could not be the real Captain
America. The fake Cap revealed his true identity of Taskmaster and
unleashed his Split-Second Squad to battle the team. Just as they
defeated Taskmaster, Lord Templar unleashed a blast of light and
the group woke up inside a giant crater that was once a Triune
building. The media arrived to see the whole thing.
(Avengers III#27) - The group was
called to Avengers Mansion to talk to the Avengers about what
happened at the Triune building and Silverclaw apologized for
everyone. She then remained at Avengers Mansion until the other
Avengers rearranged their roster.
(Avengers III#28) - Silverclaw received a
telegram saying "The Time Has Come" and called the
Avengers to help her in Costa Verde. She gave her life story as
the team arrived in a Kulan Gath-controlled Costa Verde. Warbird,
She-Hulk, & Goliath entered the main city and were transformed
into Hyborian-era followers of Kulan Gath (unbeknownst at the
time, this is what created a divergent Yellowjacket). Iron Man grabbed
vines and pulled the group out of the transformation field.
Silverclaw was contacted by Peliali in her dreams and revealed that
Kulan Gath was
(Avengers III#29) - The team flew towards the
highlands of Costa
Verde to witness Peliali battling some followers of Kulan Gath.
They battled the followers as Peliali disappeared, so the team went
undercover in the heart of the city where they battled more
followers and were gassed by Kulan Gath.
(Avengers III#30) - They awakened in the center of the city to see Peliali captured and floating in a mystical bubble. Kulan Gath revealed his plan to sacrifice Peliali so her goddess energies would flow into him, making him a god. The team, along with Silverclaw, proceeded to escape and battled some more of Gath's followers, as Silverclaw herself went toe to toe with Gath. Silverclaw gave a speech to the people of the Kamekeri (her tribal people in Costa Verde) that broke them free of Gath's spell. The team was secretly aided by Yellowjacket and Gath was captured by the Dark Ones he worshiped. At the end of the adventure, Silverclaw was offered reserve membership in the Avengers and she accepted.
(Maximum Security I#3) - Silverclaw accompanied the group of Avengers who boarded the Ruul/Kree Watchtower supervising the force field around Earth. She was returned to Earth with the others for the final battle against Ronan.
III#39) - Silverclaw watched from Avengers Mansion a news report of the
Avengers' battle against a city transformed into Hulk-like creatures.
Curious if she should go to aid the team, Silverclaw soon heard a loud
sound from across the street and rushed to investigate. She was soon
attacked by Diablo.
(Avengers III#40) - Silverclaw continued to battle
while the rest of the Avengers team battled a city transformed
into Hulks. Unfortunately, she was briefly defeated when Diablo used
his alchemical abilities to transmute Silverclaw into a form composed
of salt. Shapeshifting her way out of the salt form, Silverclaw jumped
at Diablo, battling his Petrachnus construct until Wonder Man and
Triathlon arrived. Together, the three Avengers defeated Diablo.
(Avengers: Celestial Quest I#1) - Silverclaw was
present when Vision erupted into Avengers Mansion, claiming that their
ally Mantis was in trouble. Shortly thereafter, Silverclaw
accompanied the Avengers to aid Mantis against Thanos (actually a
Thanosi doppelganger) while Thor explained to her who Mantis was on the
way. The team arrived in time to help Mantis absorb all of her aspects,
restoring herself to full power.
(Avengers: Celestial Quest I#2) - Silverclaw watched as Mantis battled the Thanosi duplicate until they deduced that Thanos was actually after Mantis' son, the supposed Celestial Messiah. Silverclaw then accompanied the Avengers, Earth-712's Haywire and Mantis on a mission to save Sequoia, the Celestial Messiah, from murder at the hands of Thanos.
(Avengers: Celestial Quest I#3) - Silverclaw's first trip off-Earth was met by the alien pirate Reptyl, who attacked the Avengers Quinjet before his ship was destroyed and he and his crew escaped via Reptyl's ship's escape pods. While the other Avengers regrouped, Silverclaw spoke with Haywire about Haywire's desire to resurrect his deceased girlfriend Inertia when the Avengers met Death. The trip eventually brought Silverclaw and the Avengers to Tamal, the planet of the Cotati, where they met the anti-social Sequoia, who was angry at the years of abandonment at the hands of Mantis.
Celestial Quest I#4) - On Tamal, Silverclaw sparred with Haywire as he
discussed his former girlfriend Inertia. She attempted to dissuade
Haywire from his obsession with Inertia.
(Avengers: Celestial Quest I#5) - Silverclaw regrouped with the Avengers when Sequoia was kidnapped from Tamal and aided the team when the Cotati Swordsman attacked the Avengers for allowing Sequoia to be captured. The planet itself soon began to fight back, emitting gas that knocked out everyone except for Silverclaw in her jaguar form, the synthesoid Vision, Mantis and the other-Earthly Haywire. Silverclaw and Haywire soon made their way to the Quinjet while Vision and Mantis gathered up the fallen Thor and Scarlet Witch. Making their way through a field of thorns via Haywire's tanglewire, Silverclaw kissed Haywire once they had safely found the Quinjet. Vision, Mantis and the others soon made their way to the rising Quinjet as well and the group was off to locate the missing Sequoia.
(Avengers: Celestial Quest I#6) - Silverclaw continued to accompany the Avengers into space, where Death soon appeared on the Quinjet. Silverclaw faced down Death, promising that Thanos would not get a hold of Sequoia. Later, after Death had departed, Silverclaw asked if they were close to Sequoia's ship and Thor replied that they were moments away.
(Avengers: Celestial Quest I#7) - Silverclaw and Haywire remained behind as Thor and Scarlet Witch assaulted Thanos' ship in an effort to rescue Sequoia and the now captured Mantis and Vision. When the Quinjet had to be destroyed, Silverclaw and Haywire donned space gear and exited the ship with Thor. Arriving onboard Thanos' ship, Silverclaw and the others learned that the ship was surrounded by the alien Rot.
(Avengers: Celestial Quest I#8) - While Sequoia and
Mantis protected the ship from the Rot, Silverclaw watched as Haywire
demanded Inertia from Death, only to be met with silence. Thanos
eventually managed to restore everything that the Rot had consumed and,
taking advantage of the situation, Haywire once more asked for
Inertia's return. When Death declined, Silverclaw realized she had
ultimately failed to dissuade Haywire's obsession with Inertia
when Haywire flew into Death in an attempt to restore Inertia, killing
himself as well.
(Avengers III#43) - Silverclaw battled
alongside her teammates against a Deviant invasion. After defeating the
Deviants present, the small group of Avengers were caught in a cave-in
caused by more Deviants.
(Avengers III#44) - Silverclaw remained at the side
of the small band of Avengers as they were confronted by the Deviants'
leader, Lord Dulpus, who announced that Warbird would fight his
designated champion and when she fell, she would become his body-slave.
She then watched as Warbird battled Dulpus' champion Glomm and
succeeded in disrupting Glomm's malleable form. As Warbird ordered
Dulpus' surrender, Silverclaw remained by the Avengers' side as Warbird
contacted Wasp to inform the rest of the Avengers of the Deviants'
(Thunderbolts I#57) - Silverclaw got hiked up into the upper atmosphere by Graviton, just like almost every other superhero on Earth.
(Thunderbolts I#58 - BTS) - Silverclaw was lowered to
the ground with the rest of Earth's heroes.
(Avengers III#46) - Silverclaw helped the team invade the base of the Master of the World.
(Avengers III#47) - After Warbird was separated from the group during their battle with the Master, Silverclaw, Quicksilver and Yellowjacket (actually a genetic construct) managed to restore faint communication with Warbird.
III#48) - Silverclaw, Quicksilver and Yellowjacket met back up with
Warbird and together they further infiltrated the Master of the World's
territory. Confronting the Master of the World face-to-face, Silverclaw
and the other Avengers battled his Plodex alien soldiers while Warbird
battled the Master herself, impaling him on a shard of his own ship,
much to the surprise of Silverclaw and the others.
(Avengers III#52) - Silverclaw met Stingray and the two discussed their reserve super hero status before Wasp regrouped them with the other Avengers present. Silverclaw later accompanied them in the assault of Kang's Damocles base.
(Avengers III#55) - Silverclaw sat in as a witness on the formality court-martial hearing of Warbird, in which she was unanimously acquitted of any wrongdoing in the murder of the Master. In addition, Maria stayed around for the feast to celebrate Kang's defeat.
(Avengers III#56 (fb)) - Silverclaw was given a training session in Quinjet flight by various reserve Avengers, when they were attacked by the Elements of Doom. She participated in the brief battle, until the Elements were destroyed by a Chemical Destabilization Cannon.
(The Order I#5) - Silverclaw, alongside the Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and numerous others, participated in a mass assault on the Order/Defenders, who had virtually taken over the world under the manipulation of Yandroth.
(The Order I#6 - BTS) - Silverclaw battled the Order
until Yandroth was defeated.
(JLA/Avengers I#4) - Silverclaw was among the members of the Avengers and Justice League caught in a time disruption caused by Krona, and took part in their assault on Krona's stronghold.
(Avengers III#501) - Silverclaw was present among the Avengers who gathered when Avengers Mansion was destroyed by a Quinjet piloted by Vision, who was not in control of his own body.
(Avengers III#502) - Silverclaw remained present with other Avengers as Captain America asked what they were all doing there. Nick Fury quickly ordered the Avengers to disperse until S.H.I.E.L.D. could get proper intel on the situation. She remained there when Kree ships seemingly appeared out of nowhere and began an attack.
(Avengers III#503 - BTS) - Silverclaw continued to
aid the Avengers as Dr. Strange revealed the true culprit behind the
attack on the Avengers as Scarlet Witch.
(Fantastic Four III#538) - Following the Superhuman Registration Act, Silverclaw was tracked down by Ms. Marvel, who attacked her and attempted to force Silverclaw to register her identity to the government. During the battle, Silverclaw remarked that they were the laws of the United States and not the laws of her native Costa Verde.
(Civil War Battle Damage Report - BTS) - Following the "death" of Captain America, Silverclaw voluntarily surrendered herself and registered as a superhuman. Due to her Costa Verde citizenship as well as other factors, Iron Man chose not to recommend Silverclaw for assignment to the Fifty-State Initiative.
(Mighty Avengers I#1 - BTS) - When Iron Man was
gathering together a new team of Avengers, he met with Ms. Marvel
(Carol Danvers) and explained how they could pick from any hero
registered with the Superhuman Registration Act as he pulled up footage
of potential recruits including Silverclaw. With the footage of
Silverclaw and several other heroes still pulled up, Ms. Marvel asked
Iron Man why he didn't create an Avengers team consisting of all
(Ms. Marvel II#18 (fb) - BTS) - Silverclaw was captured by agents of the Puppet Master and brought to his Chilean base, where he took control of her with a puppet and added her to the large number of women under his control.
(Ms. Marvel II#18) - The mind-controlled Silverclaw stood alongside a number of other superhuman women under the Puppet Master's control -- Dusk, Stature, and Tigra -- while Arana was added to the group.
(Ms. Marvel II#19) - Silverclaw and the other mind-controlled women remained by Puppet Master's side while he used puppets to force others to fight for his amusement. When Ms. Marvel and her Operation: Lightning Storm team came to investigate, the Puppet Master sent Silverclaw and Tigra to attack them.
(Ms. Marvel II#20) - Silverclaw and the other women continued the battle until Ms. Marvel smacked Silverclaw and Tigra's heads together, knocking them out. The Puppet Master subsequently blew himself up in a suicide attempt designed to also take out Ms. Marvel (the latter part failing), which freed Silverclaw and all of the other women from his control.
(Ms. Marvel II#20 - BTS) - Silverclaw and the others were to receive medical attention and to be flown home the next morning.
(Hulk II#55) - After the extradimensional Mayapan
caused massive flooding in el Salvador, Captain America gathered
together Silverclaw, Living Lightning, Toro and several other Avengers
associates and sent them to el Salvador to aid in the relief efforts.
Contacting the Red Hulk to assess his situation, Captain America was
told by the Red Hulk to sent Silverclaw and the others back but Cap
assured the Red Hulk that Silverclaw and the others were seasoned
fighters that could handle themselves. Shortly thereafter, the Mayapan
noticed the superhumans and appeared in the el Salvador skies,
commenting about how they must sacrifice the superhumans. The Mayapan
then appeared in-person and began battling Silverclaw and the other
heroes present, with Silverclaw battling Ixchel in particular.
(Hulk II#57) - Following the defeat of the Mayapan,
the Red Hulk and Alpha Flight helped recover Silverclaw and the other
heroes that the Mayapan had been feeding off of to resurrect
themselves. Exiting the Mayapan's temple, Silverclaw began chatting up
Alpha Flight's Guardian as the gathered heroes celebrated their victory.
Comments: Created by Kurt Busiek, George
Perez and Al Vey.
Silverclaw has entries in OHotMU: Avengers 2005 and
the Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007), as well as the Official
Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC Vol. 10 (2009).
Silverclaw was seen among the heroes in Kang's
glimpse of Earth-45017 in Avengers III#42, in which she was fighting
those poisoned by the Presence. While originally listed as an
appearance of Earth-616's Silverclaw, this would actually be an
appearance of Silverclaw-45017.
According to my international expert, Luis Olavo Dantas, "The original mistake was Kurt's, not yours -
but still, "La Garra Argentado" is obviously the
Spanish translation of Silverclaw's name. However, Spanish
adjectives do have gender variation, and while "La
Garra" is feminine, "Argentado" is masculine. The
correct form is "La Garra Argentada". "--Snood
Silverclaw is seen on the cover of Avengers: The Initiative#1.
Jaime Santiago's face was never actually seen. He was always shown with his face in shadow or wearing a hat that covered his face.
Some online sources list Galactus the Devourer I#3 as
an appearance of Silverclaw but I cannot find her anywhere in that
Profile by Proto-Man (with some of the earlier updates by Snood). Profile further
expanded/updated by Proto-Man.
Silverclaw has no known connections to:
Jaime Santiago was Silverclaw's father. In his younger days, he began to study the ancient legends of his Kamekeri people in Costa Verde. Venturing up into the mountains that were said to house the Kamekeri goddess Peliali, Jaime was mocked by his own Kamekeri people and the church denounced his claims of meeting Peliali as blasphemous. Continuing his trips to the mountains for months, Jaime eventually returned from the mountains with an infant girl that he claimed was his daughter with Peliali. After the girl was given the Christian name of Maria de Guadelupe Santiago, there were still times when Jaime's claims seemed to be true such as when she shapeshifted during his Baptism. Continuing his research into the old legends, Jaime attempted to teach Lupe about her heritage and tried to take her to see Peliali in the mountains but, after several trips in which the caves were empty, Lupe began to dread the visits, exclaiming that Peliali was not real and that Peliali was not her mother. Eventually, Jaime grew sick and died, leaving Lupe to grieve over the only parent she had ever known and to be taken in by the church orphanage.
--Avengers III#28 (fb) (d)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC Vol. 10, Silverclaw entry main image (Silverclaw leaping with her normal and jaguar forms inset, main image)
Avengers III#26, p2, pan4 (Silverclaw head shot)
Avengers III#8, p15, pan5 (attacking Captain America in jaguar form)
Avengers III#8, p16, pan1-2 (Silverclaw attacking Captain America in cockatoo and anaconda forms)
Avengers III#9, p9, pan2 (Silverclaw in monkey form)
Avengers III#26, p15, pan2 (Silverclaw in full cat form)
Avengers III#39, p17, pan4 (Silverclaw in cheetah/puma form)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#4, p11, pan2 (Silverclaw in condor form)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#5, p10, pan4 (Silverclaw in llama form)
Avengers III#48, p15, pan2 (Silverclaw in sloth form)
Avengers III#28, p12, pan2 (Jaime Santiago)
Avengers III#8 (September, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#9 (October, 1998) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#26 (March, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#27 (April, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#28 (May, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#29 (June, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Dick Giordano (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#30 (July, 2000) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (pencils), Al Vey, Scott Hanna (finishes), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Maximum Security I#3 (January, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Jerry Ordway (pencils), Will Blyberg, Paul Ryan, Mark McKenna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#39 (April, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#40 (May, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#1 (November, 2001) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#2 (December, 2001) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#3 (January, 2002) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#4 (February, 2002) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#5 (March, 2002) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna, Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#6 (April, 2002) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna, Rich Perrotta (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#7 (May, 2002) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Joe Staton (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers: Celestial Quest I#8 (June, 2002) - "Stainless" Steve Englehart (writer), Jorge Santamaria (pencils), Scott Hanna (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#43 (August, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Alan Davis (pencils), Mark Farmer (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#44 (September, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia, Bob Layton (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#57 (October, 2001) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#58 (January, 2002) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Al Vey, Greg Adams, Rich Perrotta (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#46 (November, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia, Bob Layton (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#47 (December, 2001) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Manuel Garcia, Bob Layton (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#48 (January, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Kieron Dwyer, Rick Remender (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#52 (May, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Ivan Reis (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#55 (August, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Patrick Zircher (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#56 (September, 2002) - Kurt Busiek (writer), Yanick Paquette (pencils), Ray Snyder (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
The Order I#5 (August, 2002) - Mary Jo Duffy, Kurt Busiek (writers), Ivan Reis (pencils), Jose Pimentel (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
The Order I#6 (September, 2002) - Mary Jo Duffy, Kurt Busiek (writers), Matt Haley, Dan Panosian (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
JLA/Avengers I#4 (February, 2004) - Kurt Busiek (writer), George Perez (artist), Tom Brevoort, Dan Raspler (editors)
Avengers III#501 (October, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#502 (November, 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers III#503 (December 2004) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), David Finch, Olivier Coipel (pencils), Danny Miki (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Avengers 2005 (2005) - Silverclaw entry - Chris Biggs (writer), George Perez (artist), Pond Scum (art reconstruction)
Fantastic Four III#538 (August, 2006) - J. Michael Straczynski (writer), Mike McKone (pencils), Andy Lanning, Kris Justice, Cam Smith (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Civil War Battle Damage Report (2007) - Anthony Flamini (head writer, coordinator), Ronald Byrd (writer), Jeff Youngquist (editor)
Mighty Avengers I#1 (May, 2007) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Frank Cho (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Ms. Marvel II#18 (October, 2007) - Brian Reed (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bill Rosemann, Steve Wacker (editors)
Ms. Marvel II#19 (November, 2007) - Brian Reed (writer), Aaron Lopresti (pencils), Matt Ryan (inks), Bill Rosemann, Steve Wacker (editors)
Ms. Marvel II#20 (December, 2007) - Brian Reed (writer), Greg Tocchini (pencils), Roland Paris (inks), Steve Wacker (editor)
Hulk II#55 (September, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Dale Eaglesham (art), Mark Paniccia (editor)
Hulk II#57 (October, 2012) - Jeff Parker (writer), Dale Eaglesham (art), Mark Paniccia (editor)
First posted: 01/10/2002
Last updated: 04/22/2019
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