Real Name: Vannetta

Identity/Class: Human magic user

Occupation: Mistress of the Witches' Coven

Group Membership: The Witch's Coven, apparently

Affiliations: None

Enemies: Aquarium Security Guard

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Unrevealed

First Appearance: Monsters on the Prowl #12 (August, 1971)

Powers/Abilities: Vannetta presumably had many mystical powers. She's been shown altering the form of herself and others.

History: (Monsters on the Prowl #12/3 (BTS))- Vannetta was Mistress of the Witches Coven and as such her exploits were well documented enough to be recognized, at least by someone interested in the occult.)

(Monsters on the Prowl #12/3 (fb))- While visiting the aquarium, Vannetta was recognized by the security guard. Taking her to the basement the guard demanded that Vannetta use her powers to make him normal. Vannetta sensing the cruelty in his heart, refused his request. The guard then grew angry and threatened to throw her in with the sharks should she not comply. Asking if he was willing to kill her, he said he was "No other life matters --only mine!" Vannetta then agreed to perform her spell, and made him normal, in the sense of the identity he deserved. The guard was transformed into a grotesque sea creature.

(Monsters on the Prowl #12/3)- Disguised, Vannetta returned to the aquarium and had the new security guard tell her about the strange exhibit and he recounted the old guard's tale. When he aked why she was so interested, she replied "Oh, no special reason! Just call it a female's curiosity.)

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Sommer.

I haven't been able to find out anything on this story's artist. He's good at what he does, though.

I think that Vannetta (and the Witches Coven we never saw) could make for interesting characters to flesh out more.

There are many things that could be the cause of the guard's skin condition. He could be a mutant or unknowingly a member of some sub-human race. For simplicity's sake, I would just assume he was born deformed.

by Patrick D Ryall

Vanetta should not be confused with:

The unnamed Aquarium Security Guard was a strange and forbidding man who kept to himself. He was deformed having unusually large eyes and scaly skin. He hated the sea-life in the aquarium so much that he would abuse it. He wanted to be normal so badly that he would have killed for it. After his encounter with Vannetta he became an unique exhibit in the aquarium where he once worked.

--Monsters on the Prowl #12/3

Images taken from:

Monsters on The Prowl #12, page 26, panel 1
Monsters on The Prowl #12, page 28, panel 6
Monsters on The Prowl #12, page 28, panel 4
Monsters on The Prowl #12, page 23, panel 6

First Posted: 09/06/2004
Last updated: 09/06/2004

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