Real Name: Janice Hale
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Actor (unemployed)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Hal Lorrimore, briefly Mark Gladdings, Harry
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: New York City, USA (see comments)
First Appearance: My Love#17/1 (May, 1972)
Powers/Abilities: Janice Hale was an ambitious
young woman, keen for an acting career.
Height: 5'3" (by approximation)
Weight: 120 lbs. (by approximation)
(My Love#17/1 (fb) - BTS) - Janice Hale was very keen
to become an actress, but unable to score work due to her inexperience,
she enrolled in a film-making course, hoping to meet a director.
(My Love#17/1) - Hale was invited on a date by the
course director, Hal Lorrimore, to a party attended by theater people.
She eagerly agreed, but secretly hoped to instead meet someone more
important there. At the party, she became intrigued by a charming
bearded man (actually Hollywood newcomer Mark Gladdings) with whom she flirted and
kissed. This upset Lorrimore, but she dumped him later after revealing
her selfish motives. Walking alone, she
chanced upon actor's agent, the much older and sleazy Harry Whiting, who she romanced in
the hope he could land her an acting role to bypass
auditions. She later came across the bearded man again and found herself
even more attracted to him. Repressing romantic desire in favor of dramatic
ambition, but still not knowing his name or his connections, she left him on the street to
rush to attend a lecture by the latest Hollywood commentator, whom she knew only by name: Mark Gladdings. At the venue, she
met the bearded man again and came clean that she was only interested in men who
helped her career and went into the audience, but was shocked to see
that this man was the speaker she desired for his contacts. As Gladdings began
to lecture on how craving for stardom can make people compromise their
values, she realized her mistake and wandered off alone.
Comments: Created by Stan Lee (writer) and George Tuska (art).
It's not stated that she's in New York, but there are clues. One of them is Hale walking past a theater billboarded with No, No Nanette, a successfully revived and long-running musical showcased on Broadway from 1971 onward (when the story was written).
Great dramatic cover (main image) by Alan Weiss.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Janice Hale has no known connections to:
Mark Gladdings was an upcomer in Hollywood circles,
but was known more by name than by face. He charmed Janice Hale at a
party, but he didn't reveal his name. They later crossed paths
again and were clearly mutually attracted. Despite this and still
ignorant of who he really was, she rejected him in favor of pursuing
men with acting connections. He later used her as a nameless example of
how craving stardom could corrupt personal values.
My Love#17, cover (main image)
My Love#17/1, p7, pan2 (headshot)
My Love#17/1, p7, pan6 (Gladdings)
My Love#17/1 (May, 1972) - Stan Lee (writer), George Tuska (art), Stan Lee (editor)
Last updated: 09/26/17
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