Real Name: Jarvis (first name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human (English)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Dr. Bernstein, Glory Garsen, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Edwin Jarvis
Known Relatives: Edwin Jarvis (son)
Base of Operations: An apartment in Manhattan, New York; formerly a home in the Bronx, New York
First Appearance: (mentioned, identified only as Edwin Jarvis' mother): Avengers I#54 (July, 1968);
(fully seen): Avengers I#201 (November, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Mrs. Jarvis is an elderly woman who enjoys watching wrestling on television. She is generally distrustful of her son's employers, the Avengers. Mrs. Jarvis once had cancer, but has proven to have mended up well-- which her son Edwin credits to her genes' amazing recuperative powers.
History: (Avengers I#75 (fb) - BTS) - Mrs. Jarvis had always wanted her son Edwin to become a Certified Public Accountant.
(Iron Man I#127 (fb) - BTS) - Mrs. Jarvis had a
popular recipe for bread pudding that her son Edwin ultimately began
(Avengers I#54 (fb) - BTS) - Mrs. Jarvis made her home in the Bronx area of New York City.
(Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes I#5/Hawkeye: Blindspot#2 (fb)) - One night
after dinner at a restaurant, Edwin Jarvis and his mother were saved
from a band of criminals by Hawkeye.
(Hawkeye: Blindspot#2 (fb)) - After defeating the
thugs, Hawkeye assured Mrs. Jarvis that she was safe but Mrs. Jarvis
argued that she had seen Hawkeye on television and accused him of being
a thug like the ones he had just defeated. Edwin Jarvis interjected,
explaining that Hawkeye had just saved their lives and that he was a
hero. Edwin and Mrs. Jarvis then watched as Hawkeye leapt away, warning
them to be careful and avoid alleys, as not all "thugs" were as nice as
(Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes I#5) - Hawkeye's rescue of Edwin and Mrs. Jarvis inspired Edwin to help Hawkeye become an Avenger.
(Avengers I#280 (fb)) - When Mrs. Jarvis came down
with cancer, Edwin intended to place her into a chemotherapy program,
but the android Ultron warped Edwin's mind with his encephalo-beam,
making Edwin believe that Tony Stark wouldn't grant him a loan for the
chemotherapy, and that he would have to betray the Avengers to Ultron
in order to receive money for her.
(Avengers I#54 - BTS) - While under the thrall of Ultron, Edwin Jarvis ventured from Avengers Mansion and the Wasp asked for a ride since her chauffeur Charles was running late. Once he had dropped the Wasp off, Jarvis claimed he was going to visit his mother in the Bronx but when the Wasp left, he thought to himself how he shouldn't have told the Wasp he was going uptown, only to catch a subway heading downtown.
(Avengers I#280 (fb)) - Edwin was ultimately freed from Ultron's control, and Tony Stark paid for his mother's medical bills.
(Iron Man I#127 - BTS) - As Edwin Jarvis did the
dishes at Avengers Mansion, he thought to himself how he was glad that
everyone had enjoyed his mother's bread pudding recipe.
(Avengers I#201/2) - One day while returning home with her groceries, Mrs. Jarvis was assaulted by Bruiser, who threw her groceries into the gutter. When she told Edwin what had happened, he confronted Bruiser, and taught him a lesson, defeating him in single combat and rallying the neighbors to drive him out of town.
(Avengers I#209 - BTS) - Edwin took a day off, spending it with his mother.
(Avengers I#239 - BTS) - Edwin took another day off to see his mother.
(Avengers I#252 - BTS) - The Vision arranged for Edwin to take a day off with his mother at Montauk Point so that Avengers Mansion would be deserted when he attempted to take control of the Earth's computers.
(Thor I#356 - BTS) - When the overexaggerating
Hercules told a story to a group of children of how he had bested Thor
in strength and Edwin Jarvis questioned the account, not recalling any
of it, Hercules claimed Edwin did not remember such events because
Edwin had taken his beloved mother on a vacation to Miami Beach during
(Avengers I#278 - BTS) - The Wasp and Captain America both made visits to see Mrs. Jarvis after Edwin was horribly beaten by the Masters of Evil, and helped reassure her during the traumatic events.
(Avengers I#298) - During the demonic invasion "Inferno," Mrs. Jarvis' television set went on the fritz in the middle of a wrestling match, and couldn't contact anyone on the telephone. Edwin offered to set out and find a repairman for her, but wound up in an adventure saving the lives of other people affected by the demonic invasion.
Man I#327 - BTS) - After Tony Stark had been killed and subsequently
replaced by his young Earth-96020 counterpart, Edwin Jarvis was
summoned to the showing of Tony Stark's video will, in which Tony left
a guaranteed annual stipend to Edwin for his lifetime of service to the
Avengers, a stipend intended to be used to make sure Mrs. Jarvis never
wanted for anything for the rest of her life. The video of Tony Stark
continued, stating that the stipend was further intended to make sure
that all of Mrs. Jarvis' needs were met and that Edwin Jarvis' every
wish be granted.
(Avengers 1999 Annual (fb)) - After the Avengers had seemingly perished during Onslaught, Edwin fell into despair, spending most of his days in front of the television, worrying Mrs. Jarvis and Edwin's girlfriend Glory Garsen. However, when the Avengers returned from Counter-Earth, Edwin shook himself out of his ennui, hugged his mother and Glory, and set out to prepare for the Avengers' return.
(All-New, All-Different Avengers I#4) - When Edwin
Jarvis was rehired by the Avengers, he woke up on his first day and got
ready, passing Mrs. Jarvis, who was on an IV machine and being cared
for by an in-home nurse, on his way out the door. As he passed by, Mrs.
Jarvis told Edwin to get along, as he didn't want to be late on his
first day. Sighing, Edwin just replied with "Yes, mother." before
leaving. When Edwin arrived at the Avengers' new hangar headquarters in
New Jersey, Iron Man asked how Mrs. Jarvis was doing and Edwin replied
that she was still a battleship.
Comments: Created by David Michelinie, George Perez and Dan Green (but was first mentioned in a story by Roy Thomas, John Buscema and George Tuska).
Jarvis' mentions his mother in Avengers I#54 but it's
very possible that she was mentioned prior to that issue. If anyone
knows of any other mentions of Mrs. Jarvis, please email so that the
profile can be updated accordingly.
by Prime Eternal, update by Proto-Man.
Mrs. Jarvis should not be confused with:
Images taken from:
Avengers I#298, page 2, panel 5 (Mrs. Jarvis kicking her television, main image)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes I#5, p1, pan6 (younger Mrs. Jarvis, headshot image)
All-New, All-Different Avengers I#4, p1, pan4 (Mrs. Jarvis hooked to an IV machine)
Last updated: 01/21/18
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