Real Name: Unrevealed (see comments)
Identity/Class: Unrevealed (see comments)
Occupation: Unrevealed (see comments)
Group Membership: Partner of "Bolero"
Affiliations: Steve Gerber and Howard the Duck were a few feet from the conflict and may or may have encountered them
Enemies: "KILLER lampshade"
Known Relatives: Unrevealed (see comments)
Aliases: Unrevealed (see comments)
Base of Operations: 57th street and Madison
Avenue, Manhattan, New York (at least formerly)
(presumably formerly) Las Vegas, Nevada
First Appearance: Howard the Duck I#16 (September, 1977)
Powers/Abilities: Unrevealed (see comments)
Height: Unrevealed (see comments)
Weight: Unrevealed (see comments)
Eyes: Unrevealed (see comments)
Hair: Unrevealed (see comments)
(Howard the Duck I#16) - In a "BRAIN-BLASTING BATTLE SCENE," an ostrich and a Las Vegas chorus girl fought a "KILLER lampshade" in a "DUEL TO THE DEATH!!"
(Howard the Duck I#16 - BTS) - The ostrich stuck its head in a manhole, shrugging off all that had happened and returning to his secret identity as a roadblock. The chorus girl found herself in the thrill of battle, becoming one with her headdress, and was elevated to godhood. The lampshade died.
Comments: Created by Steve Gerber and Tom Palmer.
The above history occurred in the caption in the single panel, double page spread of the "obligatory comic book fight scene" occurring during an experimental stream of consciousness issue (taking place during a cross-country roadtrip involving Howard the Duck and Steve Gerber) printed as an alternative to a reprint in the event of a missed deadline. In a subsequent letter page, Gerber himself pretended to be a fan writing in, demanding a series for the ostrich and chorus girl.
Allegedly (according to Wikipedia, at least; I haven't personally seen the request, so I neither confirm nor deny), Neil Gaiman, writing on the CompuServe comics forum. said he'd love to see that story. Regardless, Gerber eventually reimagined the characters as Nevada and Bolero for the Vertigo imprint of DC comics. AFAIK, Nevada and Bolero first appeared in Vertigo Winter's Edge#1 (January, 1988), followed by the six issue series "Nevada" (May-October, 1998; I have the trade paperback), and again in Vertigo Winter's Edge#2 (January, 1999 - still looking for it, darn it!). Really cool series, IMO. Google it for more information...I may go back through the series and fill in the bio information as possible parallels to their Earth-616 incarnations at some point, but not right now. Maybe I'll even profile Nevada at some point...perhaps once my kids go off to college in 2026 and 2029 for my son and daughter, respectively.
Additionally, Gerber parodied Nevada and Bolero as "Utah" and Ravel (a roc-like gastronis (Google it)) in Howard the Duck (MAX)#4 (June, 2002). I didn't see her identified as Utah in the comic, but it's noted as such as Nevada's Wikipedia page. I'll check and confirm at some point, and I'll probably profile this version at some point in the future. Maybe "Utah" actually is the one in Howard the Duck I#16...
Profile by Snood.
"Nevada"-616 should be distinguished from:
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Howard the Duck I#16, pg.9 (including the first page, which was reprinted from last page of #15)
Howard the Duck I#16 (September, 1977) - Steve Gerber (writer, editor) and Tom Palmer (artist).
Last updated: 07/29/12
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