Real Name: Dahlia (last name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Normal Human
Occupation: Would-be Singer/Entertainer
Group Membership: Former member of the Band
formerly Dr. Johnathan Daniel Ridge Sr.
Enemies: Dr. Daniel Ridge Sr., Jennifer Walters
Known Relatives: Unidentified father, unidentified mother (deceased)
Aliases: "Dahlia the Demon"
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California
First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk#15 (April 1981)
Powers/Abilities: Dahlia possesses the normal human strength level of a woman of her size, height and build who engages in extensive regular exercises. She has no superhuman powers and much less singing ability.
Limitations: Dahlia is diabetic.
History: (Savage She-Hulk#15 (fb)) - Dahlia grew up in the Watts District of Los Angeles where she spent her time singing in the streets for spending money. Her father didn't support her singing, realizing she had no possible talent, but her over-indulging mother worked hard to sacrifice and save money to send her to the Academy of Music. Dahlia met a band there where she ended up singing back-up for them, thinking she was their lead singer.
(Savage She-Hulk#15 (fb)) - At the Watts Free Clinic, Dahlia was diagnosed as diabetic by Dr. Daniel Ridge Sr., but she did little to follow her doctor's advice by drinking and consuming alcohol. Her resulting mood swings soon antagonized them and they began calling her "Dahlia the Demon." Dahlia began accusing them of playing poorly to ruin her voice. She blamed her instructors for trying to ruin her voice and was eventually tossed out of school for being difficult, taking their criticism as attacks on her supposed talent. While her life was falling apart, her mother passed away, and Dahlia was briefly committed from a nervous breakdown. When she was released, she learned her band had gone on to great success without her, and her father had cut off out of her life.
(Savage She-Hulk#15) - Dahlia finally met "Smiling Simon" Edwards, owner of the "Opening Act" night club, and opened up her past to him, and he gave her a chance in his club. He also further convinced her to sue her Dr. Daniel Ridge for malpractice. In the nightclub, Dahlia's singing is not what he expected and he gets her off the stage, but she accuses him of using her. When Jen Walters confronts her at the club about the lawsuit against Dr. Ridge, Dahlia's insulin is discovered. She passes it off as her mother's and storms out, accusing Jen of trying to get her drunk.
Dahlia is later confronted by Jen over the truth of how she was avoiding responsibility of her life, but Dahlia turned her confrontation into a race issue and tossed her out of her apartment. When Edwards backs out of her lawsuit against her doctor, Dahlia calls Jen up confessing she about to take her own life. As the She-Hulk, Jen races across Los Angeles to reach Dahlia and discovers her in insulin shock, rushing her just in the nick of time to the hospital.
Comments: Created by David Anthony Wright, Mike Vosburgh and Frank Springer
Dahlia is one of the most minor supporting characters in the history of the She-Hulk. Her entire appearance is practically an homage storyline to the old Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno "Incredible Hulk" TV-Series (1978-1982).
Profile by Thor2000
Dahlia is not to be confused with:
Dahlia's father is not to be confused with:
The Band is not to be confused with:
Simon Edwards is not to be confused with:
Dahlia's father described her singing as a "buzzsaw
ripping through metal." He never approved of his late wife giving Dahlia
false hopes and was barely surprised when Jen Walters came to him to reveal that
Dahlia was blaming Dr. Ridge for all of her problems.
The Band met Dahlia
at the Academy of Music and invited her to sing in her band as a back-up singer,
but her lack of singing ability compounded with her inability to follow doctor's
instructions gave her wild mood swings. They would play louder to try and tone
out her caterwauling, but the act only exacerbated the incident when she walked
out on them, leading them open to head onward to great success.
--Savage She Hulk#15
"Smiling Simon" Edwards invited Dahlia to entertain at
his "Opening Act" night club based on her looks without hearing her
sing. After hearing her woes, he encouraged her to sue Dr. Ridge for malpractice,
but when she started performing, he asked her to take a break to figure out what
to do with her. Dahlia took his confrontation as an attack on her and walked out
on him. Based on her reaction, he pulled out support on her malpractice suit.
--Savage She Hulk#15
Savage She Hulk#15 (April 1981) - David Anthony Wright (writer),
Mike Vosburg (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), Mary Jo Duffy (editor) Last updated:
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Savage She Hulk#15, cover (Dahlia)
Savage She Hulk#15, page 19, top panel (Father)
Savage She Hulk#15, page 8, bottom right panel (the Band)
Savage She Hulk#15, page 7, bottom right panel ("Smiling Simon" Edwards)
Issues: Savage She Hulk#15 (April 1981) - David Anthony Wright (writer), Mike Vosburg (pencils), Frank Springer (inks), Mary Jo Duffy (editor)
Last updated: 04/28/13
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