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Real Name: Melba Tolliver

Identity/Class: Human

Occupation: Journalist, Channel-4 news anchor, reporter

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Roger Grimsby, Geraldo Rivera

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City

First Appearance: mentioned: X-Men I#99 (June, 1976), first seen: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man I#47 (October, 1980)

Powers/Abilities: Melba possesses no known superhuman abilities. She has all the strength, endurance, stamina and agility of a woman her age who engages in regular, moderate exercise. A trained and experienced newsman and interviewer, Melba was a skilled, unflappable broadcaster.

Height: Unrevealed, impossible to determine.
Weight: Unrevealed, impossible to determine.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black


(X-Men I#99 - BTS) - During the evening news Melba's colleague Roger Grimsby reported on the Starcore project shuttle, piloted by Dr. Peter Corbeau, was set for a midnight launch at Cape Canaveral. After his report Melba's other colleague Geraldo Rivera reported on the widespread epidemic of anti-mutant hysteria that swept the country, revealing the Long Island home of pro-mutant federal judge Robert Chalmers had been firebombed. Grimsby interrupted Rivera's report to show the viewers an update of the Starcore shuttle launch. Afterwards, he turned to Melba for the other newsstories.

(Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man I#47) - Melba Tolliver reported for Channel-4's newswatch on a bizarre series of break-ins throughout the city which had led to the death of Charlie McGuire, bodyguard of wealthy Desiree Vaughn-Pope. Melba revealed the authorities suspected Spider-Man to be involved. In reality this was the Cat Burglar disguised as the Prowler, working for Belladonna.

Comments: Adapted by Chris Claremont (writer), Roger Stern (writer), Marie Severin (pencils), Bruce Patterson (inks).

Melba Tolliver (born 1939) was a real life American journalist and former New York City news anchor and reporter. Best known for her defiant stance against ABC owned WABC-TW when she refused to don a wig or scarf to cover up her Afro in order to cover the White House wedding of President Richard Nixon's daughter Tricia Nixon in 1971.

Melba's last name was erroneous spelled "Toliver", with one l in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man I#47. The Official Index to the Marvel Universe: The Uncanny X-Men correctly lists her as "Tolliver".

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man I#47, p1, pan1 (main image)

X-Men I#99 (June, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Dave Cockrum (pencils), Frank Chiara (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man I#47 (October, 1980) - Roger Stern (writer), Marie Severin (pencils), Bruce Patterson (inks), Dennis O'Neil (editor)

First Posted: 07/12/2018
Last Updated: 07/12/2018

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