Real Name: Emily Stang
Identity/Class: Human (Canadian)
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Shaman (Michael Twoyoungmen), Lucas Stang, Elizabeth Twoyoungmen
Enemies: Ranaq the Devourer
Known Relatives: Lucas Stang
(great-grandfather), unidentified father and mother (deceased);
unidentified great-grandmother (presumed deceased), unidentified
Aliases: "My Dear" (called by Lucas Stang)
Base of Operations: Lucas Stang's home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
First Appearance: Alpha Flight I#18 (January, 1985)
Powers/Abilities: Emily Stang had no superhuman powers but was a reasonably skilled cook.
While possessed by Ranaq, Emily Stang's body mutated
into a monstrous form and she was capable of projecting mystic energy
beams from her eyes and hands.
Height: 5'6" (by approximation)
Weight: 130 lbs. (by approximation)
(Alpha Flight I#18 (fb) - BTS) - After her father and mother died,
Emily Stang sought out her only living relative, her great-grandfather
Lucas, despite her father having hated Lucas for destroying anyone who
had ever loved him. In an attempt to learn if Lucas was really as bad
as her parents said, Emily secretly took a job as Lucas' cook and when
she ultimately revealed her true identity as family, Lucas called her
all sorts of names and ordered her to leave. Despite that, Emily Stang
hired an in-home nurse to assist her Lucas in taking his daily
medication, feeling like Lucas might need someone who loved him exactly
how he was and eventually began to soften Lucas' anger.
Flight I#18) - One year later, Emily arrived at Lucas' home and
overheard Lucas berating his nurse for keeping him alive and not
allowing him to die in peace and asked why Lucas would say such things,
insisting that Lucas had a few years left in him yet. Reminding Emily
that he was 117-years old, Lucas explained that he was tired and had
already seen much more of life than Emily but Emily insisted he was
special to her as her only living relative and that she loved him
despite his faults. Rescinding his frustrations, Lucas promised to
cling to life a bit longer for Emily's sake and the two hugged, with
Emily insisting that Lucas wouldn't regret it and that they would be a
real family. Emily then went into the kitchen to cook some breakfast
and think about how Lucas couldn't possibly be as a bad as he claimed
and how she suspected he had pushed everyone away out of some need to
protect them. While trying to further think about why Lucas pushed
everyone was, Emily didn't notice that her eggs had seemed to take on a
life of their own and when she finally noticed, the eggs seemed to
attack her and she phoned the Calgary police. Informed of the situation
by the police, Alpha Flight's Shaman ordered the police to find out
everything he could about the Stang family before teleporting to Lucas
Stang's home to investigate. Emily Stang met Shaman and his young
daughter Elizabeth when they arrived and confirmed that the scrambled
egg manifestation was still occurring. Shaman concluded that the only
way to stop the manifestation was to confront it directly and when he
did so, a large monster composed of scrambled eggs attacked, further
shocking Emily as Elizabeth remarked that the monster was no longer her
eggs. After Shaman made the energy the monster was absorbing
incompatible, causing the monster to explode, Emily questioned what the
explosion was and Shaman explained that it was colorful but harmless.
Happy to see the kitchen unharmed, Emily was informed by Shaman that
the egg monster was merely a diversion for a further manifestation and
when Emily expressed her worries about Lucas, Shaman demanded that
Emily take her to Lucas, having been previously unaware Lucas was even
in the house. Immediately rushing to Lucas' second-floor room, Emily
found Lucas in an entranced state and watched in horror as Lucas
announced that he had pushed everyone away for over a hundred years
because he knew dark forces would eventually strike at him through his
family. When Lucas claimed that Emily must go before him in death,
Shaman announced that he could counter whatever dark forces Lucas was
uncontrollably channeling and Elizabeth soon noticed that Emily also
appeared entranced. Emily soon revealed a monstrous transformation and
announced that she was not Emily before attacking Elizabeth with mystic
energy beams. Fortunately for Elizabeth, she was able to utilize the
mystic energy washing over her and return it, knocking the possessed
(Alpha Flight I#19 (fb)) - After being knocked to the ground by Elizabeth, the possessed Emily Stang fought back with another mystic blast, this time from her hands.
Flight I#18) - Watching Elizabeth's fight with the possessed Emily from
across the room, Shaman deduced that Emily was possessed by the Great
Beast Ranaq and that, while Elizabeth's latent mystic talent would be
enough to drive Ranaq from Emily's body, the resulting effort would
kill Emily as well. Knowing that he had to intervene at a specific time
to save both Emily and his own daughter, Shaman waited for the right
time before hurling a series of baubles at the possessed Emily, driving
Ranaq from Emily's body as well as freeing Lucas from possession, at
the cost of almost completely destroying Lucas' home. After checking on
Elizabeth, Shaman checked the unconscious Emily's vitals and determined
her to be alive and free of Ranaq's influence.
(Alpha Flight I#19 - BTS) - When Shaman learned that
Ranaq was not destroyed and could potentially strike again, his
teammate Puck asked if Ranaq could strike again because Lucas Stang was
still alive since both Lucas and Emily Stang were the proposed cause of
the events involving Ranaq. Shaman agreed, stating that Ranaq
manifested itself on Earth through Emily and that Lucas had
demonstrated arcane powers himself, further suggesting that the entire
situation had stemmed from something Lucas had done as a youth one
hundred years earlier.
Comments: Created by John Byrne and Bob Wiacek.
In Alpha Flight I#18, it appeared that Lucas Stang was possessed by Ranaq but Emily then proved to be possessed and in Alpha Flight I#19, Shaman mentions that Lucas Stang used arcane knowledge against him during the battle that took place in #18. The way I see it, Ranaq briefly possessed the elderly Lucas before jumping into the body of Emily when the possessed Lucas blasted Emily with mystic energy. Following the battle against the possessed Emily, we see the unconscious Lucas lying in a chair and it was announced that Ranaq's influence was gone. It seems strange to me that, after stopping Ranaq in 1884, Lucas would not wear the magical necklace preventing him from being harmed by Ranaq's magic the rest of his life. I guess in his old age, he had a moment of weakness though despite APPEARING possessed, he was able to explain why he had pushed everyone away all his life, so I guess one could argue that he retained some of his mental faculties. Perhaps that was what Shaman meant by Lucas using arcane knowledge...Lucas was able to explain his actions despite being unable to control them.
I doubt it was made official back in the 1880s but Zebediah Chase could be considered the adopted great-great-grandfather of Emily Stang since he had taken Lucas Stang in as a child.
Profile by Proto-Man.
Emily and Lucas Stang have No KNOWN connections to:
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Alpha Flight I#18, p16, pan2 (Emily Stang, main image)
Alpha Flight I#18, p7, pan1 (Emily Stang, headshot)
Alpha Flight I#18, p8, pan1 (Emily Stang cooking)
Alpha Flight I#18, p19, pan2 (Emily Stang, possessed)
Alpha Flight I#18, p6, pan4 (Lucas Stang, elderly, sitting)
Alpha Flight I#18, p18, pan5 (Lucas Stang, possessed)
Alpha Flight I#19, p11, pan3 (Lucas Stang as a young man circa 1884)
Alpha Flight I#18 (January, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, pencils), Bob Wiacek (inks), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Alpha Flight I#19 (February, 1985) - John Byrne (writer, art), Denny O'Neil (editor)
Last updated: 01/05/18
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