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SHARON KELLY

Real Name: Sharon Kelly

Identity/Class: Human civilian

Occupation: Socialite;
formerly Hellfire Club servant

Group Membership: None;
formerly Hellfire Club servant staff

Affiliations: Corinne & Reiko (Hellfire Club servants), Sage (as Tessa), Sebastian Shaw (former boss), Senator Kelly's unidentified driver

Enemies: Master Mold

Known Relatives: Senator Robert Kelly (husband, deceased)

Aliases: "Girl" (nickname given by Corinne)

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men I#246 (July, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: Sharon Kelly possessed no superhuman powers. Fun loving and adventurous, she had an indomitable spirit and a big heart. While she clearly enjoyed the luxurious lifestyle that accompanied her status as a senator's wife, she really did love her husband. She also remained a caring person who was willing to risk her own life to save others.

Height: 5'4" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Green
Hair: Blonde

History:

(Uncanny X-Men I#246 - BTS) - Sharon worked as a servant girl at the New York chapter of the prestigious Hellfire Club, along with her friends Corrine and Reiko. Catching the eye of Hellfire Club leader Sebastian Shaw, Sharon was introduced to Senator Robert Kelly. The two hit it off and eventually got married.

(Uncanny X-Men I#246) - Now Mrs. Robert Kelly, Sharon visited the Hellfire Club where her husband was having a business lunch with Sebastian Shaw and his aide Tessa. After catching up with her old friends Corrine and Reiko, and dazzling them with her newfound wealth, social status and expensive outfits, Sharon decided to surprise her husband. She borrowed a spare servant's uniform from Corrine, put on the skimpy outfit and went into the meeting carrying a tray of brandy. At first, Kelly didn't realize his wife was waiting on him, until he spotted his mother's ring on her finger. Embarrassed, Kelly took a drink and did a spit take when Sharon walked out, mentioning it would be fun to see the men dressed in similar attire sometime. All this delighted Sebastian Shaw, who commented that Sharon, like all the Hellfire ladies, was more than just a pretty face. Shaw even wagered that Kelly had married the proverbial tiger.

(Uncanny X-Men I#246 - BTS) - Across town, the futuristic Sentinel Nimrod had been merged with the Master Mold, creating a giant robot that the X-Man Rogue tried to oppose.

(Uncanny X-Men I#246) - Sharon apologized to her husband for her little prank, while in the back of their chauffeur driven limousine. Kelly felt a little embarrassed about the incident and wondered out loud if Sharon understood or appreciated the responsibilities that accompanied being a senator's wife. Taken aback, Sharon assured him she knew full well what she was doing, the only reason she pulled that stunt was because they were among friends. Before she could go on, the Master Mold hit Rogue with a blast that shot her halfway across New York, causing her to tear into the Kelly's limousine. With the driver dead on impact and the senator unconscious from the impact, only Sharon was still capable of acting. She tried to get Kelly out of the vehicle, but couldn't get the door open.

   At that moment, Rogue briefly came to and knocked out the car door before passing out again. After getting her husband to safety, Sharon went back to the car to get Rogue out as well. She wasn't able to free her from the car wreck, until Rogue woke up and freed herself. However, moments later the Master Mold homed in on Rogue and fired his eyeblasts. Sharon tried to run away, but still caught the brunt of the impact.

(Uncanny X-Men I#247) - The other X-Men had arrived to help fight the Master Mold when Robert Kelly came to and found Sharon dying near the car wreck. Desperate, he called out to Psylocke (Betsy Braddock), begging her to use her powers to save his wife. After examining the already comatose Sharon, Psylocke told Kelly she was beyond help. All she could do was use her telepathy to ease her passing. Overcome with grief, Kelly pushed the X-Man away.

(X-Men I#102 (fb) - BTS) - Sharon Kelly was buried in Boston, the legend on her headstone reading "Sharon Kelly, beloved wife of Robert. Her candle shone too bright, too short a time".

(Uncanny X-Men I#344 - BTS) - When Senator Kelly and Henry Peter Gyrich got into a heated argument over having Bastion and Operation: Zero Tolerance essentially start a private war on United States citizens, Gyrich couldn't believe the senator's position. In no uncertain terms, Kelly pointed out that no one had fought harder and sacrificed more to protect mankind than he had, citing the loss of Sharon as a prime example.

(X-Men I#102 - BTS) - Visiting Sharon's grave in Boston, Robert Kelly was approached by Sage who tried to talk him out of his recent decision to run for president again. Kelly couldn't be convinced however, claiming Sharon had died because of mutants and that he had sworn over her dead body to make sure that would never happen again. Touching Sharon's tombstone, still wearing his wedding ring, Kelly told Sage that whatever the cost and whatever the danger, the time had come for him to act.

(X-Men I#108 - BTS) - Cable visited Sharon's grave, waiting for Robert Kelly to stop by on his way to another presidential campaign rally. Cable explained to the senator that decent people like Sharon are the ones they fight for, relating how he lost his wife Jenskott in a similar way.

(X-Men I#109 - BTS) - In the wake of Robert Kelly's assassination, Rogue and Psylocke were having coffee. Bitterly complaining about losing herself to the many psyches running around her mind, Rogue was reminded by Betsy they had the same discussion years earlier on the day Sharon Kelly died at the hands of Master Mold. Now, with Kelly himself dead, and the X-Men still hated as ever, Psylocke commented that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Comments: Created by Chris Claremont (writer), Marc Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks).

By all accounts, Sharon was Robert Kelly's Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. It's nice to see a minor character's death influence the course of a major player for decades, just like in real life. It would have been interesting to see Sharon show up as one of the hosts of the Phalanx, though.

Profile by Norvo.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Sharon Kelly should not be confused with:


Corinne & Reiko


During her days as a Hellfire maid, Sharon worked with and befriended Corinne and Reiko. When she came to the Hellfire Club to pick up her husband, Sharon shared a happy reunion with her two old friends. After they gushed over her new luxurious wardrobe and jetset lifestyle, Reiko commented on Sharon's wedding ring, which turned out to be a Kelly family heirloom. Deciding to pull a little prank on her husband, who was still having lunch with Sebastian Shaw, Sharon asked Corinne to lend her a spare servant's uniform so she could surprise him.


--Uncanny X-Men I#246







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Uncanny X-Men I#246, p11, pan3 (main image, center)
Uncanny X-Men I#246, p11, pan4 (as a maid with Robert & Shaw)
Uncanny X-Men I#247, p4, pan4 (dying with Robert & Psylocke)
X-Men I#102, p12, pan1 (grave)
Uncanny X-Men I#246, p11, pan3 (Corinne & Reiko)


Appearances:
Uncanny X-Men I#246 (July, 1989) - Chris Claremont (writer), Mark Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#247 (August, 1989) -
Chris Claremont (writer), Mark Silvestri (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
Uncanny X-Men I#344 (May, 1997) - Scott Lobdell (writer), Melvin Rubi (pencils), Joe Weems (inks), Bob Harras (editor)
X-Men I#102 (July, 2000) - Chris Claremont (writer), Leinil Francis Yu (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men I#108 (January, 2001) - Chris Claremont (writer), Leinil Francis Yu & Brett Booth (pencils), Mark Morales & Scott Elmer (inks), Mark Powers (editor)
X-Men I#109 (February, 2001) - Chris Claremont (writer), Thomas Derenick (pencils), Rick Ketcham & Norm Rapmund (inks), Mark Powers (editor) 


Last updated: 01/04/14

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