Lavender
(see comments)

Real Name: Lenora Moore

Identity/Class: Human (post World War II-era)

Occupation: Jewel and perfume thief, gang leader

Group Membership: Leader of her unidentified gang

Affiliations: Gang members (Pete, Joey, Mutt, Lem, Deke, Blackie)

Enemies: Captain America (Jeff Mace), Bucky (Fred Davis), Golden Girl (Betty Ross), Madam Fifi

Known Relatives: Unidentified family

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Chinatown, New York City, New York, USA

First Appearance: Captain America Comics#66 (April 1948)

Powers/Abilities: Lavender is a cunning gang leader and adequate fighter, and is especially skilled with pistols and throwing knives. She wears a debutante-style lavender-colored evening gown, domino mask and covers herself in lavender-scented perfume, making her easy to identify by scent at a distance.

History:

(Captain America: Patriot#3(fb)) - Lenora Moore's upper class family brokered deals with Nazis during World War II, helping sell German gold and gems, many probably acquired from victims of the Holocaust. After the war, these business deals came to light, ruining the family financially. By 1948, Lenora - using the name "Lavender" after her favorite scent - was leading her own gang.

(Captain America Comics#66/Captain America: Patriot#2) In April, after weeks of jewelry thefts, Lavender led her gang to a perfumery where she planned to steal crates of ambergris, planning to sell it to perfume-makers later. Captain America (Jeff Mace) and Bucky (Fred Davis) were on patrol looking for the jewelry thieves, after spending the day celebrating Mace's birthday with the All-Winners Squad, when they heard Lavender's gang. When Bucky arrived on the scene, Lavender shot him and escaped before Captain America could identify her or her gang.

(Captain America: Patriot#3) Bucky was severely sounded, requiring hospitalization and later needing a cane to walk. Although Captain America initially suspected his one-time partner Miss Patriot (Mary Morgan), who also wears lavender-scented perfume, Morgan told Cap she heard Lavender's henchmen talking about the crime at Singapore Sallie's, a bar in Chinatown.

(Captain America Comics#66/Captain America: Patriot#3) Captain America, joined by Golden Girl (Betty Ross), followed Lavender's men, confronting them and her near Mme. Fifi's, a high-class fur dealer's business Lavender had attempted to extort protection money from. Although Lavender briefly got the drop on the heroes (see comments), Golden Girl eventually helped Captain America arrest her.

 

 

Comments: Created by Bill Woolfolk (writer) and Syd Shores (penciler).

Lavender...we need her in Lavender!!!!

The cover of Captain America Comics#66 shows Lavender in a golden dress and announces the "Case of Golden Girl," but Lavender usually has a lavender-colored dress (naturally) and the "Golden Girl" introduced that issue was Captain America's new partner.

Captain America: Patriot tells the story of Jeff Mace becoming the third official Captain America - it's well worth the read if you haven't checked it out! In that series, Lavender is presented not only as coming from a family of Nazi-sympathizers, but also as a believer in the "Zionist conspiracy" that faked the Holocaust, an opinion that serves to further enrage Cap, who is already peeved over what happened to Bucky.

In the original 1948 comic, Lavender escapes her first encounter with Cap and Golden Girl, and Golden Girl uses her detective skills to track Lavender's gang to their hideout, allowing the heroes to arrest the bad guys once and for all, but in the retelling, Cap and Golden Girl track the gang separately, teaming up to take her down on the first try. In both stories, Cap takes out the bad guys by flipping over a card table. Of course, the biggest change between these two issues is Captain America and Bucky's identities. In the original they were still Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes, but in modern continuity, Steve was on ice and Bucky was technically dead in 1948, so Jeff Mace and Fred Davis took their places.

Stan Lee has famously said that he disliked teen sidekicks, and his opinions may have influenced Captain America Comics #66, as Bucky is taken out within the first few pages and only makes a few more appearances in the 40s. Similarly, Toro is often left out of Human Torch stories of the time period in favor of Torch's female partner, Sun Girl.

It's interesting that the woman who put an end to Bucky has not had a bigger impact on the Captain America mythos. Admittedly, she shot the second Bucky, but maybe Lavender (one way or another) could become relevant again someday.

Profile by Kevin Garcia.

CLARIFICATIONS:

Lavender (Lenora Moore) has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Captain America Comics#66 (April 1948), cover (main image)
Captain America: Patriot#3 (December 2010), p15, pan4 (close up)


Last updated: 02/01/13.

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