Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Human (1940's)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Future Man, Pacific Pirates, Stiletto Gang
Enemies: All-Winners Squad (Bucky (Fred Davis), Captain America (Jeff Mace), Human Torch (Jim Hammond), Miss America, Sub-Mariner, Toro, Whizzer)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed; mobile in North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe
First Appearance: All-Winners Comics#21 (Winter, 1946)
Powers/Abilities: Madame Death was a decent hand-to-hand combatant, and was provided with a ray-gun by Future Man. Her greatest attribute was the influence she commanded from criminals across the globe.
History: (All-Winners Comics#21 (fb)) - While Madame Death was meeting with her thugs, she was visited by the Future Man, a time traveler searching for allies to aid him in conquering the past. He offered Madame Death a position as his aid, and she accepted. However, they were crashed by Captain America and Bucky, and fled when Future Man dropped a dark-bomb to cover their escape.
(All-Winners Comics#21) - Future Man and Madame Death went to the Swiss Alps, and took over a laboratory so that he could manufacture the "Green Plague," a germ bomb which they began to release into the environment, slaughtering people by the hundreds. However, Captain America and Bucky came upon their laboratory, and buried it in an avalanche. When they chased after the fleeing Future Man, he vanished in their grasp, revealing that only his astral form had been present. Madame Death used this distraction to escape herself.
Future Man and Madame Death next journeyed to the Diablo Crater in South America, where Future Man created his Slow-Down Machine, and began to paralyze people across South America. The Whizzer investigated, outfought the Future Man and Madame Death's Stiletto Gang, and then tied up the two ringleaders. However, Future Man had once again been using his astral form, and vanished. He then brought Madame Death to safety, pulling her into the sky with telekinesis.
Future Man and Madame Death went to the coast of China, and recruited the Pacific Pirates to help him prepare a torpedo which would generate a tidal wave large enough to drown most of Asia. However, the Sub-Mariner intervened, and destroyed the torpedo.
Future Man's next scheme was to use his Life Battery in Egypt to resurrect the bodies of mummies, using them to create an unstoppable army. Miss America investigated this incursion, and fought Future Man and Madame Death in their pyramid base. When she tried to capture the two villains, they both disappeared, as Future Man had generated astral forms for both himself and Madame Death this time.
The Future Man and Madame Death next had their men steal uranium, which he used to create an atomic fire, a fire which could not be put out. When the Human Torch and Toro intervened, they were ultimately able to smother the fire by using its own ashes.
Future Man was now ready to contact his own people to come and invade 1946, but the full line-up of the All-Winners Squad located Future Man's time ship, and attacked the vessel before he could send his message. Future Man managed to drive the heroes out, but Captain America had reversed the ship's future/past designations, so that when the Future Man tried to return to the future, he and Madame Death were sent into the past, with apparently no way to stop.
(All-Winners Comics 70th Anniversary Special#1) – As part of a plot to contact an invading force from the future and conquer the world, Madame Death assisted the Future Man against the All-Winners Squad. During the battle, Madame Death attempted to hold off the Squad long enough for the Future Man to contact his force from the future. When Captain America threw his shield and damaged the Future Man’s Chronol-Capacitor, the device began a temporal “free-fall” into the past, imploding itself, Madame Death and the Future Man into the timestream while the All-Winners Squad escaped. Future Man eventually halted the time-plummet one millions years into the past and spent years repairing the Chronol-Capacitor. During that time, he bequeathed his knowledge of the future to his beloved Madame Death and eventually contracted a prehistoric disease. Upon finishing his Chronol-Capacitor repairs, the Future Man died in Madame Death’s arms, prompting her to return to the 1940s and exact her revenge on the All-Winners Squad by erupting a temporal barrier around New York City. Trapped inside the barrier, the All-Winners Squad battled zombified soldiers from various wars, including a seemingly zombified Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Eventually discovering Madame Death inside the barrier, Namor captured her and she revealed to them what had happened since the Squad had caused the Chronol-Capacitor’s temporal free-fall. She then revealed that the last few working devices on the Chronol-Capacitor were fireproof and heat-sensitive. Activated by the heat given off by the Human Torch and Toro, the Chronol-Capacitor exploded in a massive fireball that the All-Winners Squad managed to avoid. As they checked on everyone present following the explosion, Madame Death revealed that her revenge had ended exactly as planned as she could now join her beloved Future Man in death. She then passed away surrounded by the All-Winners Squad.
Comments: Created by Otto Binder, Al Avison, and Charles Nicholas.
by Prime Eternal
Madame Death should not be confused with:
The Pacific Pirates were a band of pirates operating around China, raiding several vessels. Their activities brought them to the attention of the Sub-Mariner, but they were saved from him by the Future Man, who recruited them to aid him and Madame Death in employing a torpedo which would generate a tidal wave to submerge most of Asia. They were again attacked by the Sub-Mariner, and were finally abandoned by the Future Man and Madame Death.
Images taken from:
All-Winners Comics#21, page 3, panel 3
All-Winners Comics#21, page 3, panel 6
Pacific Pirates- All-Winners Comics#21, page 21, panel 1
All-Winners Comics#21 (Winter, 1946) - Otto Binder (writer), Stan Lee (editor)
Part 1: Al Avision (pencils), Charles Nicholas (inks)
Part 2: Vince Alascia (pencils), Syd Shores (inks)
Part 3: Vince Alascia (pencils), George Klein (inks)
Part 4: Al Avision (pencils), Vince Alascia (inks)
Part 5: Charles Nicholas (pencils), Syd Shores (inks)
Part 6: Syd Shores (pencils), Al Gabriele (inks)
Part 7: Vince Alascia (pencils), Al Avison (inks)
All-Winners Comics 70th Anniversary Special#1 (October, 2009) – Karl Kesel (writer), Steve Uy (art), Jeanine Schaefer (assoc editor), Tom Brevoort (exec editor)
Last updated: 10/22/14
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