Real Name: Beverly (last name unrevealed)
Identity/Class: Human, citizen of the USA (pre-modern era)
Occupation: AdventurerGroup Membership: First Line (Black Fox/Robert William Paine, Effigy/Velmax, Kid Justice/Timothy "Tim" Carney, Nightingale, Yankee Clipper/Patrick "Pat" Carney)
Affiliations: Hipster (Fred MacRae), Cassandra Locke, Monster Hunters (Bloodstone/Ulysses Bloodstone, Doctor Druid/Anthony Ludgate, Namora/Aquaria Nautica Neptunia, Zawadi), Namor the Sub-Mariner, NSA agent Mac Curry (Makkari)
Enemies: Blackjack, Chimera (Zuhn), Red Front, the Scythe, Fritz von Voltzmann (Karl von Horstbaden), Yellow Claw (Plan Chu)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unrevealed;
formerly First Line Headquarters, Colorado Rockies
First Appearance: Marvel: The Lost Generation I#4 (November 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Liberty Girl possessed no known superhuman abilities. She was naturally athletic and had her wits about her. Not easily scared, Beverly often risked her own life fighting super-powered opponents.
Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 116 lbs. (by approximation)
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#2 - BTS) - Some time after Patrick Carney used the mysterious power belt he had received from the dying Cassandra Locke to become the superhero known as the Yankee Clipper, he met a young woman called Beverly. The two fell in love and, upon learning his secret identity, Beverly decided to join Carney in the field as the super-heroine Liberty Girl. Together, they shared various adventures including a mission to the Caribbean where the Clipper (without Beverly) encountered the empathic healer Nightingale.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#2) - Special agent Scott (secretly the stranded Skrull Velmax) sought out Liberty Girl, the Yankee Clipper and their fellow superhero the Black Fox to investigate a security breach at a Long Island research facility where his crashed spacecraft was being studied. When they investigated the site, they ran into the Monster Hunters. First mistaking them for enemies, Liberty Girl tried to hit Doctor Druid, but found herself paralyzed in mid air by the mentalist's powers. After the confusion had been cleared up, the Monster Hunters explained they were there to look into the psychic emanations Dr. Druid had felt which might indicate the presence of a monster. Liberty Girl could barely believe her ears, mockingly asking just where these "big, bad monsters" were when suddenly a giant, monstrous creature burst out of the facility. Beverly barely managed to dodge the creature's claws while the others attacked it. After a while, the creature began to glow, before reverting to the form of doctor Schreiber, a scientist exposed to a Skrull bio-moleculizer. Some time later, Scott was hit with a bio-moleculizer, courtesy of his former commander Zuhn (also in human guise). The Moleculizer's energies destabilized Velmax's form, briefly revealing his Skrullian traits before lapsing into a coma that defied medical analysis or treatment. The Yankee Clipper decided to bring in the Caribbean healer.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#2) - When Nightingale arrived, Liberty Girl was more than a little curious about the origins of this "Florence Nightingale" (thereby indirectly coining her codename). After the Clipper briefly explained how he met her, Nightingale went to work. She sensed an unnatural symmetry and great pain within him and proceeded to take it away, inadvertently causing Velmax to lose control over his shapeshifting. After Nightingale had restored him, Velmax acted as if the blast from the moleculizer had given him shapeshifting abilities, thereby covering his Skrullian origin. Inspired by the encounter, Velmax took on the name Effigy (also coined by Liberty Girl) and joined her and the other heroes (except the Black Fox) into forming the First Line.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#3 - BTS) - Liberty Girl and the other members of the First Line moved to their headquarters in the Colorado Rockies from which they operated during the first few years of their existence. Sometime in the early 1960s, Beverly and the others welcomed Kid Justice (Tim Carney) to the team in a semi official capacity. Among their enemies were the (presumably) communist group Red Front and the super-villain Blackjack.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#3) - In the Spring of 1961, Liberty Girl and Nightingale were helping the Yankee Clipper test the limits of his endurance, when Kid Justice excitedly came into the First Line's training room to inform them president Kennedy had launched an initiative to put a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. Liberty Girl was incredibly excited about this prospect, unaware that it didn't sit well with the Yankee Clipper who realized the predictions made by Cassandra Locke back in 1955 were about to come true.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#3 - BTS) - First Line member Black Fox was in San Francisco where he was investigating the latest scheme of the Yellow Claw and his lackey Fritz von Voltzmann. When some the Claw's men happened to run into the super-powered beatnik hero Hipster and the Eternal Pixie, the Fox was annoyed at having so many loose cannons involved and decided to call in the First Line for backup.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#3) - The First Line met the
Black Fox in San Francisco's warehouse district where he led them to the
lair of the Yellow Claw. As the team engaged the Claw's armored forces,
with Liberty Girl using her acrobatics to confound her enemies, they
were joined by the Hipster who had discovered the Claw's hideout
on his own.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#3 - BTS) - While the First Line fought on, Nightingale noticed one of the soldiers was holding back. Sensing something was wrong with him, the empath proceeded to cure the illness she felt within him. Unaware she was actually treating the amnesiac Namor the Sub-Mariner who the Claw had pressed into his service, she undid the Claw's conditioning. Enraged at being used -- and unseen by the First Line except for Black Fox -- the Sub-Mariner attacked Yellow Claw directly. The master villain was forced to detonate a massive explosive hidden underneath his lair.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#3) - Liberty Girl, Hipster and the others survived thanks to the sudden appearance of force field courtesy of the Yankee Clipper's power belt (inadvertently activated by the time traveling historian Cassandra Locke, who was present during the events and severely injured by the explosion as she continued to jump further into the past). In the aftermath, Liberty Girl, impressed by the way Hipster handled himself during the fight, asked him to join the First Line. However, the beatnik hero declined, claiming clubs, lodges and cliques were too Squaresville for him.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#4) - On the morning of November 21st, 1963, Nightingale was puzzled by the unexplainable sensation that a great wrongness was about to occur, describing it to Liberty Girl as a premonition, yet not a premonition. Discarding Liberty Girl's suggestion that one of the voices inside her head might have become precognitive, Nightingale explained it as "a resonance of something yet to happen, cloudy images and feelings of imminent danger and great loss." Concerned, Liberty Girl took the healer to the other First Liners who were training in the gym. After the team had gathered, Nightingale told the First Line she felt something terrible was going to happen in the next 24 hours in Dallas, Texas. Heeding her warnings, the First Line traveled to the Texas town, especially in light of the fact president John F. Kennedy was scheduled to speak there the next day.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#4 - BTS) - When wanted super-criminal Howler (Luke Garrow) accepted an offer from Texas industrialist Winget (secretly the Skrull Zuhn who also posed as the omnimorph Chimera) to come to Dallas for a mission, he was spotted by the FBI who immediately alerted the First Line. The team correctly figured Winget and Howler might target the local Stark Industries facility that held a new type of guidance system and planned an ambush there.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#4) - Howler fell for the ambush at the Stark Industries plant and was attacked by the First Line. After the Yankee Clipper managed to knock him out, Zuhn showed himself in his Chimera form. Shapeshifting to avoid the heroes, Chimera found Liberty Girl in his path who somewhat overconfidently figured she could handle him. Chimera brutally lashed out with a swipe of his giant claw, wounding her beyond the point Nightingale could help her, despite the healer's best efforts. Yankee Clipper didn't have too long to mourn his girlfriend's death when the time traveling Cassandra Locke entered the scene; their two power belts (actually the same belt) violently interacted and sent the Clipper decades into his own future.
(Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1 - BTS) - Arriving in 1985, the Yankee Clipper walked around for a while to take in just where he was. When he was approached by a street walker for a date, he answered he was already engaged. When the girl replied "your loss, sugar" he suddenly remembered the death of Beverly.
Comments: Created by Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks).
Liberty Girl was a fine example of how innocent and fun being a superhero started out to be. Just look at her costume which is little more than a cheerleader outfit with an added domino mask to conceal her identity. Still, the overall look was just wonderful, though those bare, exposed legs are certainly risqué for the late 1950s and early 60s... The loss of Liberty Girl really ended the carefree early days of the First Line and set in motion the gradual hardening of the "awww shucks!" Kid Justice into the tough as nails Mr. Justice. It also didn't improve the already morose Black Fox's demeanor.
Profile by Norvo.
Liberty Girl should not be confused with
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Marvel The Lost Generation I#4, p6, pan1 (main image)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#2, p8, pan2 (restrained by Dr. Druid)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#4, p16, pan5 (dies)
Marvel The Lost Generation I#1, p14, pan4 (Liberty Girl's demise remembered)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#4 (November 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#3 (December 2000) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#2 (January 2001) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel: The Lost Generation I#1 (February 2001) - Roger Stern (writer), John Byrne (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Last updated: 05/11/14
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