LADY LOTUS

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Human (Japanese, World War II era)

Occupation: Axis supporter
former curio shop owner, follower of Buddhism

Group Membership: Super-Axis (Baron Blood, Master Man, U-Man, Warrior Woman)

Affiliations: Her "samurai" guards, Yellow Claw
briefly controlled Human Torch (Jim Hammond)

Enemies: Invaders (Captain America, Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Miss America, Sub-Mariner, Whizzer), Kid Commandos (Bucky, Golden Girl, Human Top, Toro)

Known Relatives: Nia Noble (daughter), Admiral Peter Noble (the Fin, son-in-law)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The House of Lotus, in the Chinatown section of Manhattan, New York, circa 1942

First Appearance: Invaders I#37 (February, 1979)

Powers/Abilities: Lady Lotus possessed the ability to hypnotize others from miles away, forcing them to obey her will. She could also psychically project images into a crystal ball, cast mental illusions and had limited powers of precognition. Exposure to lotus flowers heightened her powers, and she would bathe for an hour in a bath of the flowers to increase her abilities.

History: (Invaders I#39 (fb)) - Lady Lotus was born in Japan, and exhibited strong psychic powers at a young age. She developed these abilities through constant meditation, and supplemented her powers with the sacred lotus. At the age of 21, she attained enlightenment with Buddha, and set out to the United States to continue her development. She used her powers to avoid being sent to a concentration camp as the Americans rounded up local people of Japanese ancestry, and opened up a curio shop in Manhattan's Chinatown called "the House of Lotus." With her powers of hypnosis, she convinced her customers that she was actually Chinese. Angered at how her people were being treated by the Americans, she vowed to destroy the United States, and allied with the Axis Powers.

(Invaders I#41 (fb) - BTS) - Lady Lotus captured a number of men from Chinatown and hypnotized them to serve as her samurai guard. She also hypnotized Chinese women to serve as her maids.

(Invaders I#37) - As U-Man was about to attempt an attack upon the Sub-Mariner's flagship, he was suddenly compelled away by the mental powers of Lady Lotus, who commanded him to come to her lair.

(Invaders I#38) - When U-Man arrived at the House of Lotus, Lady Lotus sent three of her samurai guards to test his strength, and was impressed. U-Man tried to fight back against her, but was powerless because of her mental abilities. She showed him an image of the Kid Commandos, and told him she was interested in their team member Golden Girl. Using her powers, she ascertained that Japanese saboteurs would make an attempt at Santa Monica Pier which would fail because of the Kid Commandos. She sent U-Man to capture Golden Girl when they had beaten the saboteurs.

(Invaders I#39) - Lady Lotus had U-Man bring Golden Girl to a warehouse, where Golden Girl was treated with utmost respect, and offered tea as Lady Lotus recounted her story to her. She attempted to appeal to their common Japanese ancestry, but Golden Girl was unshaken in her commitment to America, despite what she and her father had suffered. Lady Lotus tried to take over her mind, but one of Golden Girl's blasts of energy blinded her. As U-Man and Lady Lotus' soldiers attempted to capture her, the Invaders and other Kid Commandos arrived, and Lady Lotus fled with U-Man. Meanwhile, she had some of her agents in England revive the Nazi vampire Baron Blood.

(Invaders I#40) - When Baron Blood came to, Lady Lotus directed him to the House of Lotus to join her forces. Her men provided him with a plane for transportation. After bathing in lotus petals and scented water, Lady Lotus confronted Baron Blood and U-Man, and demonstrated to Baron Blood that she could control him as effectively as Dracula. She then provided him with a coffin and soil from England for him to rest in, and a new costume to replace his tattered garment. She then sent Baron Blood to help Master Man and Warrior Woman smuggle into America. Despite the inteference of the Invaders, Baron Blood was successful.

(Invaders I#41) - With the four costumed Axis agents assembled, Lady Lotus declared that they would join forces as the Super-Axis. Warrior Woman and Master Man refused to obey a Japanese woman, but Lady Lotus drove them into compliance with hypnotic illusions. When the Human Torch arrived at the House of Lotus, wondering if there was a connection to Lady Lotus, she greeted him and took control of him with hypnosis, offering her love to him, and playing on his feelings of rejection over Spitfire being attracted to Captain America. As she kissed the Torch, she thought, "Banzai!"

Lady Lotus sent the Super-Axis and Human Torch to destroy Chicago's railroad center to hamper American supplies, and directed them mentally from a distance. When the Torch nearly killed Miss America and the Whizzer, Captain America was able to help him regain his senses. Angered at how she played with his emotions, the Torch attacked the House of Lotus solo. She sent her samurai to fight him, but he released a bright flash of light that broke her spell over them. Lady Lotus escaped during the melee. With the Super-Axis' defeat, Lady Lotus retreated into Chinatown. Days later, she chanced to encounter the Yellow Claw and his young niece Suwan in the rain. She was taken aback, thinking the Claw was only a legend. The Claw said that he admired her ambition, but that she had struck prematurely. The Claw promised that he would conquer the United States, even if took him another decade.

(Invaders III#3 (fb) - BTS) - U-Man later had his revenge upon Lady Lotus for making him her slave by raping her. She gave birth to his daughter, Nia, who later married the Fin.

Comments: Created by Don Glut, Alan Kupperberg, Rick Hoberg and Chic Stone.

Lady Lotus was not identified as Nia Noble's mother in the New Invaders series; this information was revealed in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Golden Age 2004.

There has been much speculation that Lady Lotus and Lotus Newmark are the same person, mainly because of their shared powers of hypnosis, but no evidence has yet been published to conclude this matter.

Lady Lotus was inspired by Fah Lo Suee and Terry and the Pirates villain the Dragon Lady, the two great archetypes of scheming Asian femme fatales.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
Lady Lotus should not be confused with:


"SAMURAI" GUARDS

Lady Lotus hypnotized a number of Chinese people (at least three) to don samurai armor and serve as her personal guard at the House of Lotus. When she dispatched them against the Human Torch, he removed her spell with a sudden flash of light.

Each samurai wore a suit of armor and wielded a katana.

The only named "samurai" was Wing.

--Invaders I#38 (40, 41











Images taken from:
Invaders I#37, page 31
Invaders I#39, page 11, panel 1
Invaders I#40, page 10, panel 5
samurai- Invaders I#38, page 15, panel 3


Invaders I#38 (March, 1979) - Don Glut (writer), Alan Kupperberg, Don Heck (artists), Chic Stone (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Invaders I#39-40 (April-May, 1979) - Don Glut (writer), Alan Kupperberg (artist), Chic Stone (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Invaders I#41 (September, 1979) - Don Glut (writer), Alan Kupperberg (artist), Chic Stone (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)

Last updated: 12/12/05

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