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FRANCES DELON

Real Name: Frances Delon

Identity/Class: Normal human (citizen of Canada)

Occupation: Secretary

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Peter Parker, Jean Pierre Rimbaud

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Montreal, Canada

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#119 (April, 1973)

Powers/Abilities: Frances Delon had no unusual abilities beyond those of an average Canadian secretary. She was also multilingual (at minimum English and French) and required spectacles.

Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 135 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Light gray
Hair: Strawberry blond

History:

(Amazing Spider-Man I#119) - Frances Delon worked for lawyer Jean Pierre Rimbaud and responded to Peter Parker's in-person inquiry regarding an important yet vague telegram message Rimbaud had sent Aunt May. As Rimbaud was not available, Delon offered to search files and respond over a dinner date.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#120) - Parker returned and Delon took him to meet with Rimbaud at old Expo showgrounds, but the taxi they were traveling in was smashed by the Hulk, briefly knocking out Delon and the driver. Parker dashed off to battle the Hulk as Spider-Man and Rimbaud stumbled across the crash site, and stood next to the recovered Delon,  watching the heroes fight. When the Hulk leapt away, Parker returned to Delon, but Rimbaud was murdered by an assassin before he could report on Aunt May's legal matters. Delon tried to dampen any blame Parker felt, suggesting Rimbaud had enemies. Parker replied they might meet again in happier circumstances before jetting back home.

 

 

Comments: Created by Gerry Conway (writer), John Romita (pencils & inks) and Tony Mortellaro (inks).

While it's clear Delon was interested in Parker, it wasn't reciprocated; he kept his responses quite formal, addressing her as only "Miss Delon".

The story was reprinted just five years later in Amazing Spider-Man Annual I#12 (1978).

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Frances Delon has no known connections to:


Rimbaud

Jean Pierre Rimbaud

Lawyer Jean Pierre Rimbaud sent a telegram to Aunt May Parker to alert her of the impending inheritance of a small, uranium-rich Canadian island, although the message was very vague and it was received by Peter Parker. Dr. Octopus was hosting Aunt May in his mansion at the time and intended to marry her to gain legal access to the island's nuclear facilities. Angry at the lawyer's interference, Dr. Octopus organized to have Rimbaud killed. Having gained enemies, Rimbaud was concerned about his safety and wished to handle matters personally. Peter Parker also investigated and traveled to Rimbaud's office in Montreal, Canada, and met with his secretary Frances Delon, who set up a meeting at old Expo showgrounds where Rimbaud was meeting a building contractor. Alongside Delon, Rimbaud watched Spider-Man battle the Hulk, and then soon after met Peter Parker. However, Dr. Octopus' assassin murdered Rimbaud in front of Parker and Delon before he could reveal anything.

He's later referred to as "Albert Rimbaud" (in ASM I#130) and "Arthur Rimbaud" (in ASM I#131) in editorial flashback textboxes, but it was definitely "J.P. Rimbaud" on his office window.

 

--Amazing Spider-Man I#120


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Amazing Spider-Man I#120, p20, pan6 (main image)
Amazing Spider-Man I#120, p10, pan1 (headshot)
Amazing Spider-Man I#120, p19, pan5 (Rimbaud)


Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man I#119 (April, 1973) - Gerry Conway (writer), John Romita (pencils), John Romita & Tony Mortellaro (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#120 (May, 1973) - Gerry Conway (writer), Gil Kane (pencils), Paul Reinman (art assist), John Romita & Tony Mortellaro (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)


Last updated: 07/31/17

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