Real Name: Marlene Blackgar
Identity/Class: Human mutant
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Garth, Strug
Enemies: Werewolf (Jack Russell)
Known Relatives: Miles Blackgar (father), mother (unnamed, deceased)
Base of Operations: Blackgar Island (off the Monterey Coast, Calif.)
First Appearance: Marvel Spotlight I#4 (June, 1972)
Powers/Abilities: Marlene Blackgar was a mutant whose gaze had the power of turning people to stone.
History: (Marvel Spotlight I#4 (fb)) - Doctor Miles Blackgar's wife gave birth to a mutant daughter, Marlene, whose gaze immediately turned her to stone.
(Marvel Spotlight I#4 (fb)) - Over the next 20 or so years, in his island off the Monterey Coast, Blackgar conducted numerous monstrous human experiments, trying to find a way to rid Marlene of her powers.
(Marvel Spotlight I#4 (fb)) - Miles Blackgar somehow learned of the existence of the Darkhold; he then bought Baron Russoff's castle from Jack Russell's step-father and had it shipped stone by stone from Transia and reassembled on Blackgar's Island.
(Marvel Spotlight I#4) - Blackgar captured Jack Russell to use as one of his subjects before he realized that Jack was a werewolf. Jack then fought with Blackgar in his lupine form and threw him out of a window, crippling him. Marlene did not want to be "cured" and was happy that Jack might have killed her father. She offered to leave the island with him, but when the Werewolf lashed at her, she took off her glasses and turned him to stone.
(Werewolf by Night I#1 (fb)) - Marlene then turned all of her father's creatures to stone, enlisting only Strug to replace Garth as their henchman. She then reconciled with her father and together, they decided to pursue Jack, who had recovered the Darkhold.
(Werewolf by Night I#1) - Blackgar, now wheelchair bound, Marlene and Strug pursued Jack to his home in Los Angeles. During the battle, Blackgar and his daughter looked into a mirror as Marlene was using her power and they were both turned to stone. The two statues were then exhibited at the Santa Monica Art Museum where they still presumably reside.
Comments: Created by Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog.
Profile by Jean-Marc Lofficier.
Character name has no known connections to
Marvel Spotlight I#4, p21, pan3 (main image)
Marvel Spotlight I#4 (June, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mike Ploog (artist), Stan Lee (editor)
Werewolf by Night I#1 (September, 1972) - Gerry Conway (writer), Mike Ploog (pencils), Frank Chiaramonte (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Last updated: 10/19/06
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