JANET VAN DYNE
Real Name: Janet Van Dyne
Extradimensional (Earth-10091) human technology user
Occupation: Adventurer, assistant
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Jane Foster, Giant-Man (Henry Pym), Thor (all Earth-10091)
Enemies: Moloid-like creatures, Loki (indirectly) (all Earth-10091)
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: None (see comments)
Base of Operations: Mobile in the USA
First Appearance: Thor the Mighty Avenger#3 (October, 2010)
Powers/Abilities: Janet Van Dyne is a fit,
smart, assertive and adventurous woman who can change size at will --
from normal human size down to about 4". This ability seems connected
with her wasp-themed suit, which is also fitted with a two-way
communicator and wings that enable her to fly. She can shoot concussive
charges from wrist-mounted blasters; these "stings" are bio-electric in
nature. She has pilot training for Pym's ant-themed flying vehicle.
Weight: 110 lbs.
Hair: Dark brown
(Thor the Mighty Avenger#3 (fb) - BTS) - Janet Van
Dyne was from a wealthy family, which sponsored New York's Midtown
Museum for three generations. She became Henry Pym's assistant in his
scientific endeavors, also becoming romantically involved. Pym used the
development of his size-altering Pym particles to facilitate
adventuring hero identities, giving Janet a size-altering suit with
wasp-like wings for flying and wrist-mounted stingers. The duo
established a reputation in the state for their heroic acts.
Avenger#3) - At Pym's research facility in upstate New York, Janet
received the phone call informing them of murder of Pym's mentor, Dr. Lew Stephens,
in Bergen, Oklahoma. She told Pym and, after changing into their
super-hero identities, they took off in Pym's ant-themed flying vehicle
to investigate the crime site, where they found a biosignature. They
traced a similar signal to the town's museum. Janet parked the vehicle
while Pym investigated. However, the exiled Thor, his mind confused due
to Loki's meddling, fought the giant-sized Pym. Seeing a connection
between Thor and his friend Jane Foster, Janet used her stingers to
threaten Foster to gain information about Thor. Janet communicated this
to Pym and the confusion was resolved. Later, Foster told Janet that
she had been suspended from her job at the Bergen War Memorial Museum.
Seeking to help, Janet made a quick call and used her family's
influence with the affiliated museum board so that Foster was quickly
reinstated. As Thor left with Foster, Janet recognized that the two
were in love.
((Thor the Mighty Avenger#8) - In strife underground against Moloid-like creatures, Giant-Man and Van Dyne were unable to respond to Jane Foster's call to aid Thor, but Pym contacted his friend Tony Stark (Iron Man) to help out instead.
Created by Roger Langridge (writer) and Chris Samnee (art). Derived
from the Earth-616 character by Stan Lee (plot), H.E. Huntley (script)
and Jack Kirby (art).
She's not actually codenamed Wasp in the stories, but I think it's a likely inevitability. I suspect this series, if it had reached it's full 12-issue run instead of just 9 (i.e., 8 + FCBD issue), may have finished with the founding of the Avengers. All the pieces were being set in place.
Given her closeness to Pym, it's likely she had met Tony Stark, possibly even Pym's mentor, Lew Stephens.
And that's "M.J." on the front cover of the fashion mag in the headshot pic -- likely a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo of red-haired Mary Jane Watson.
Physical stats (apart from hair) are taken from the
Earth-616 version, as they look very much alike. Powers and family
details are confined to what's revealed in the stories.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Janet Van Dyne of Earth-10091 has no known connections to:
Thor the Mighty Avenger#3, p9, pan1 (main image)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#3, p2, pan4 (civilian guise)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#8, p1, pan3 (in action)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#3 (October, 2010) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor)
Thor the Mighty Avenger#8 (March, 2011) - Roger Langridge (writer), Chris Samnee (art), Nathan Cosby (editor).
First posted: 09/17/18
Last updated: 09/17/18
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