PRINCESS PYTHON

Real Name: Zelda DuBois

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Circus performer, criminal, snake charmer

Group Membership: Circus of Crime (Antoro, Blackwing/Joey Manfredi, Bruto the Strongman/Bruce Olafsen, Human Cannonball/Jack Pulver, Clown/Eliot "Crafty" Franklin, Dragon Man, Fire-Eater/Tomas Ramirez, Great Gambonnos/Ernesto & Luigi Gambonno, Live Wire/Rance Preston, Mike, Rajah/Kahir Mahadevu, Ringmaster/Maynard Tiboldt, Sultan the elephant, Teena the Fat Lady/Mary Stenson);
   formerly Army of Evil (Absorbing Man/Carl Creel, Anaconda/Blanche Sitzniski, Armadillo/Antonio Rodriguez, Baron Blood, Baron Zemo/Helmut Zemo, Blackout/Marcus Daniels, Boomslang/Marc Riemer, Bruto the Strongman/Bruce Olafsen, Bulldozer/Henry Camp, Bushmaster/Quincy McIver, Clown/Eliot "Crafty" Franklin, Coachwhip/Beatrix Keener, Cottonmouth/Burchell Clemens, Cyclone/Pierre Fresson, Death Adder/Theodore Scott, Dragonfly/Veronica Dultry, Fer-de-Lance/Teresa Vasquez, Ferocia, Fire-Eater/Tomas Ramirez, Graviton/Franklin Hall, Great Gambonnos/Ernesto & Luigi Gambonno, Grey Gargoyle/Paul Duval, Gypsy Moth/Sybil Dvorak, Ironclad/Mike Steel, Klaw/Ulysses Klaw, Kraven the Hunter/Sergei Kravinoff, Living Laser/Arthur Parks, Madame Masque/Giulietta Nefaria, Mr. Hyde/Calvin Zabo, Nitro/Robert Hunter, Piledirver/Brian Calusky, Puff Adder/Gordon Fraley, Rock Python/M'Gula, Sidewinder/Gregory Bryan, Squid/Donny Callahan, Teena the Fat Lady/Mary Stenson, Thunderball/Dr. Eliot Franklin, Tiger Shark/Todd Arliss, Vapor/Ann Darnell, Vector/Simon Utrecht, Viper/Jordan Dixon, Whirlwind/David Cannon, Wizard/Bentley Wittman, Wrecker/Dirk Garthwaite, X-Ray/James Darnell, Yellowjacket/Darren Cross), Masters of Evil (Vengeance, Whiplash/Anton Vanko, Whirlwind/David Cannon), Serpent Solutions (Anaconda/Blanche Sitzniski, Asp/Cleo Nefertiti, Black Mamba/Tanya Sealy, Black Racer/Ariana Saddiqi, Boomslang/Marc Riemer, Bushmaster/Quincy McIver, Coachwhip/Beatrix Keener, Cobra/Klaus Voorhees, Copperhead/Davis Lawfers, Cottonmouth/Burchell Clemens, Death Adder/Theodore Scott, Diamondback/Rachel Leighton, Eel/Edward Lavell, Fer-de-Lance/Teresa Vasquez, Puff Adder/Gordon Fraley, Rattler/Gustav Krueger, Rock Python/M'Gula, Sidewinder/Greg Bryan, Viper/Jordan Dixon), Serpent Squad (Cobra/Klaus Voorhees, Eel/Leopold Stryke, Viper/Ophelia Sarkissian), Femizons (Anaconda/Blanche Sitzniski, Arclight/Phillipa Sontag, Battleaxe/Anita Ehren, Blackbird/Heather O'Gara, Black Lotus, Bloodlust/Beatta Dubiel, Bombshell/Wendy Conrad, Chimera, Dansen Macabre, Dragoness/Tamara Kurtz, Elektra/Elektra Natchios, Ferocia, Frenzy/Joanna Cargill, Gladiatrix/Robbin Braxton, Golddigger/Angela Golden, Gypsy Moth/Sybil Dvorak, Ice Princess, Impala, Ion/Voletta Todd, Iron Maiden/Melina Vostokovna, Karisma/Mary Brown, Knockout/Elizabeth Rawson, Mindblast/Danielle Forte, MODOM, Moonstone/Karla Sofen, Mysteria/Winters, Nightshade/Tilda Johnson, Pink Pearl/Pearl Gross, Poundcakes/Marian Pouncy, Quicksand, Screaming Mimi/Melissa Gold, Snapdragon/Sheoke Sanada, Steel Wind/Ruriko Tsumura, Superia/Deidre Wentworth, Titania/Mary MacPherran, Vapor/Ann Darnell, Vertigo, Water Witch, Whiplash/Leaann Foreman, Whiteout, Wrangler/Laralie, Yellowjacket/Rita Demara), Quentin Carnival (Aura-Lee, John Blaze, Kody, Lobster Lad/Double-Tap, Clara Menninger, Roach/Tex, Wolf, Yang Kwei Fei), Masters of Menace (Clown/Eliot "Crafty" Franklin, Great Gambonnos/Ernesto & Luigi Gambonno, Human Cannonball/Jack Pulver)

Affiliations: A.I.M., American Samurai, Angar the Screamer (David Angar), Noel Beckford, Benny the snake, Kate Bishop, Craig Blaze, Emma Blaze, Cat Burglar, Bushmaster (Quincy McIver), Constrictor (Frank Payne), Death Adder (Roland Burroughs), Executioner (Daniel Dubois), Max Fury, Gibbon (Marty Blank), Headmen (Gorilla-Man (Arthur Nagan), others), Hydra, Dr. Thomas Marles, Mr. Negative (Martin Li), Diana Patton, Jesse Pinto, Precious the snake, Pythagoras the snake, Captain Rawlins, Relf, Roxxon, Sidewinder (Seth Voelker), Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day), Tinkerer, Viper (Ophelia Sarkissian), Warlord Krang, Warpath (James Proudstar), Lt. Bart Wegner, Wyatt Wingfoot;
   formerly Devil Dinosaur, Howard the Duck, Moon Boy, Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Screaming Mimi (Melissa Gold)

Enemies: Anung-Ite, Arcade, Avengers (Agent Venom/"Flash" Thompson, Beast/Hank McCoy, Black Panther/T'Challa, Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Captain Britain/Brian Braddock, Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff, Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde, Vision/"Victor Shade," Wasp/Janet Van Dyne, Yellowjacket/Goliath/Giant-Man/Hank Pym), Black Ant (Eric O'Grady LMD), Black Goliath (Bill Foster), Captain America (Sam Wilson), Chester, Circus of Lost Souls (Blossom, Dog-Faced Boy, Major Minor, Meriam, Stilts), Cyclops (Scott Summers), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Devil Dinosaur, D-Man (Dennis Dunphy), Officer Dragon, Falcon (Joaquin Torres), Frankie, Generation X (Chamber/Jonothon Starsmore, Husk/Paige Guthrie, Jubilee/Jubilation Lee, Skin/Angelo Espionsa, Synch/Everett Thomas), D.W. Griffith, Ignatz Hubley, Hulk (Bruce Banner), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Iron Man (Tony Stark), J. Jonah Jameson, Edwin Jarvis, Joe, Hugh Jones, Misty Knight, Kristall Starrer, Last High Priest of Baal, Darryl Licht, Mercs for Money (Deadpool/"Wade Wilson," Domino/Neena Thurman, Gorilla Man/Ken Hale, Hit-Monkey, Machine Man/X-51, Masacre, Negasonic Teenage Warhead/Ellie Phimister), M.O.D.O.K. (George Tarleton), Moon Boy, "Foggy" Nelson, Nomad (Steve Rogers), Paladin, Power Man (Luke Cage), Punisher (Frank Castle), Iris Raritan, Redwing, Paul Same, Scourge of the Underworld, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Shelob, S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Spider-Man (Ben Reilly), John Steele, Beverly Switzler, Taskmaster, Claire Temple, Thing (Ben Grimm), Thor (Thor Odinson), Thunderbolts (Atlas/Erik Josten, Citizen V/Helmut Zemo, Meteorite/Karla Sofen, Songbird/Melissa Gold, Techno/Norbert Ebersol), Ulik, Undead MC, (Blivet, Charnel, Dolores, Hairball, Joy, Roadkill), Mary Jane Watson, Kate Waynesboro, Winda Wester, Whitey, Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes), Wonder Man (Simon Williams)

Known Relatives: Daniel DuBois (Executioner, son), Marty Blank (Gibbon, ex-husband), Wilbur Day (Stilt-Man, ex-husband)

Aliases: Zelda Blank, Zelda Day

Base of Operations: Mobile

First Appearance: Amazing Spider-Man I#22 (November, 1965)

Powers/Abilities: Zelda Dubois was a talented snake charmer, able to win the complete loyalty of giant snakes and make them do her bidding. At times possessing a forked tongue herself, Princess had an empathic connection with her snakes, grieving their losses and feeling their pains. Using dance movements, she communicated her wants to her snakes. In one battle, Princess sent a giant snake to absorb the thoughts of Captain America, stating she could then read his thoughts but when the same snake was shot with arrows, Princess experienced the pain. She had a habit of placing her snakes in extreme danger, sending them against such adversaries as the Hulk, but then having major panic and regret the second her snakes were put in any form of danger. At times, it had been hinted that she had full mental control over her snakes and it may be that her natural skills had been enhanced via other means during her criminal career at times. She occasionally used electric prods and guns in combat.

Height: 5'8"
Weight: 140 lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Red-brown

History: (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#10 (fb) – BTS) – Zelda DuBois was born in Darlington, South Carolina. Little was known about her upbringing but along the way, she discovered that she had a special affinity for snakes and an empathic connection with them. She at some point formed a stage act in which she dressed in skin-tight green and performed with pythons. Her first python was 25-feet long and she named it Precious. She began calling herself Princess Python.

(Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#3 (fb) – BTS) – At some point, Zelda had a son, Daniel, that she raised seemingly on her own. She made sure he went to private schools.

(Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#4 (fb) – BTS) – Zelda kept her life as Princess Python a complete secret from Daniel throughout his upbringing.

(Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition I#10 (fb) – BTS) – Princess Python became affiliated with the Ringmaster's Circus of Crime after they relocated in America.  

(Ghost Rider II#73 (fb) ) - Princess Python was present when the Clown (Franklin) joined the Circus of Crime.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#22) – After spending time in prison, the Circus of Crime was let go. After they were confronted by Spider-Man, the Great Gambonnos, Princess Python and Human Cannonball turned against Ringmaster, declaring the Clown their new leader in their own super villain team. Days later, they robbed an art gallery opening, though J. Jonah Jameson was badly wounded during the robbery. The villains had just decided on the team name Masters of Menace when Spider-Man attacked. During the fight, Princess tried using her femininity to convince Spider-Man not to fight, trusting he wouldn't hit her. She tried flirting, removing his mask, turning him to their side and even hitting him with an electric prod but she eventually sent her large python, Precious, against him then was horrified when Spider-Man tied the snake in knots. Later, they were all arrested, including Ringmaster.

(Avengers I#22) – After getting out of jail, the Circus reformed and tried manipulating the disbanded Avengers (Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver) into joining them but the heroes turned on the villains. During the battle, Princess Python was defeated by the Scarlet Witch's hexes before she could summon Precious.

(Thor I#145) – After getting out of jail, the Circus members put together a plot to steal the Golden Bull. After the Circus auditioned strong men unsuccessfully, Princess saw Precious wrap himself around a man claiming to be Thor (actually Thor, stripped of most of his god powers) and Thor tied the snake in knots, leading Princess to zap him with her electric prod. Ringmaster then hypnotized him to aid them in the theft.

(Thor I#146) – The Circus performed with Thor, who remained under hypnosis. Princess flirted with Thor and wanted to know his real name. That night, they robbed the local museum with Princess sneaking in with Precious, who restrained a guard before fleeing after getting hurt. All went according to plan until the guard's gunfire snapped Thor out of his trance. Princess was pinned against the wall when Thor dropped the Golden Bull.

(Thor I#147) – Thor freed Princess Python and she told the police he was innocent even as she escaped on Precious' back. She worried about Thor as the Circus fled to safety.

(Avengers I#60/Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes II I#6-7) – The Circus of Crime, disguised as wedding caterers, snuck into Avengers Mansion, tied up Edwin Jarvis and prepared to set off nitro explosives. After Yellowjacket and Wasp were married, Hawkeye discovered the Circus but was apprehended. When Wasp cut the cake, she found Precious inside. The Circus soon attacked but they were swiftly defeated, especially as Yellowjacket was revealed as Goliath (Hank Pym). During the fight, Princess Python controlled Precious until she was punched by the Wasp and defeated. As they were arrested, they were disappointed they couldn't get revenge on Thor.

(Thor I#173 (fb) – BTS) – The Circus of Crime, with new member Mike, who dressed as Thor, robbed an electronic store, stealing a valuable Dual Computer, which they then hid in a 5000-lb barbell.

(Thor I#173) – In a new costume, Princess Python, with Precious, saw Thor and realized that it wasn't Mike. While Princess Python performed with the Circus, a battle broke out between Thor and Ulik. When the police arrived, the Dual Computer was exposed and the Circus was arrested. When Princess tried to escape with a gun, Thor tied her up with Precious.

(Iron Man I#50) - Knowing the police were closing in, Princess Python saw Tony Stark leave a residence. She knocked on the door and had Precious wrap around Edwin Jarvis, then she demanded that Jarvis reveal where Stark had gone. She rushed to Stark Industries and had Precious attack Stark, who had been interviewing with reporter Doug. Princess spoke into the camera and demanded a million dollars and a plane to South America, or Stark would die. Stark zapped the snake, then changed to Iron Man and attacked. Iron Man hit the snake with multiple blasts and punched it, and the snake was briefly granted super-powers by being doused in rocket fuel compounds, but Iron Man killed the snake. Realizing she now had no one, Princess attempted suicide by falling into the acidic compounds, but Iron Man saved her life. She screamed about hating Iron Man, and he promised to get her help.

(Daredevil I#118) – The Circus, with new member Blackwing, planned a large benefit performance at Shea Stadium. Ringmaster sent Princess and the Gambonnos after Daredevil, and they attacked him at the office of district attorney "Foggy" Nelson. When Precious wrapped around Daredevil, Princess leaned in with her electric prod but Daredevil dodged and the prod hit Precious, killing her. Princess fled. After the performance at Shea Stadium, Ringmaster hypnotized the viewing audience at home and Blackwing's bats brought in the loot but Daredevil and the police soon arrived. Princess and another snake were hit by Human Cannonball in the subsequent confusion.

(Captain America I#180 (fb)) – Princess Python, with Precious (presumably a new snake with the same name), was recruited by Viper to be part of her new Serpent Squad.

(Captain America I#180) – Princess and Precious assaulted police officers at the Virginia State Penitentiary in order to free Cobra and Eel. At their first meeting, Eel learned his brother (the original Viper) had been killed by the police and Viper over-powered Cobra when he tried to take over the leadership role. Later, the Squad kidnapped Hugh Jones at a movie theater, battling Nomad (formerly Captain America), who threw Precious into Princess, and escaping when Nomad tripped over his own cape. Viper then revealed the kidnapped man was the president of Roxxon as well as her alliance with Warlord Krang and plans for world domination with the Serpent Crown.

(Captain America I#181) – Warlord Krang placed the Serpent Crown on Jones' head and put out demands for all Roxxon assets. The Serpent Squad, including Princess Python, went to a drilling platform and roused employees, including Joe and Chester, with the plan to use the Crown to raise the sunken continent of Lemuria. Nomad attacked and used his super-strength to defeat the villains but the Viper and Cobra escaped together.

(Power Man I#25 (fb) - BTS) - Princess Python was arrested and while in prison, she apparently returned to the Circus of Crime.

(Power Man I#25 (fb)) – The Circus of Crime were released from their prison van by Live Wire, who joined the team.

(Power Man I#24) – Princess Python and Precious, with the Circus of Crime, attacked Power Man and Black Goliath, determined to recruit them while the heroes' allies Claire Temple and D.W. Griffith stood nearby.

(Power Man I#25) – Princess lusted after Power Man then gave an electric zap to Claire Temple when she grew upset. Temple was placed in Princess' private room to recover, where Temple knocked her out with a chair over her head then posed as the Princess to save her allies. Princess soon awoke but was put under hypnosis by D.W. Griffith using Ringmaster's hat. The Circus was soon defeated.

(Howard the Duck I#25) – The Circus of Crime were hired to perform for a party of rich socialites (including Paul Same and Winda Wexler) by Iris Raritan. They robbed the party then forcibly recruited Howard the Duck.

(Howard the Duck I#26) – In Skudge, Pennsylvania, the Circus forced Howard to perform then robbed the crowd, including Ignatz Hubley. Later, when they stopped for gas, Hubley shot Ringmaster's hat off and the Circus rushed away in the ensuing chaos, leaving Howard behind.

(Howard the Duck I#27) – Howard and Iris tracked the Circus to Cleveland, recording their next robbery. The Circus attacked them and during the fight, Precious wrapped around Howard until the duck bit Princess on the nose then Precious rushed to her side to comfort her. The duo of Howard and Iris eventually defeated the criminals then turned over evidence to the police.

(Incredible Hulk II#217) – The Circus of Crime pursued four side-show performers (the Dog-Faced Boy, Blossom, Stilts the Man with the Rubber Body and Major Minor) and Meriam the sea nymph, capturing them along with the Hulk, who Precious had tied up while Ringmaster hypnotized him. Later, they escaped and defeated the Circus, returning Meriam to the sea. In the final battle, Stilts managed to tie Precious in knots then Dog-Faced boy pinned Princess.

(Marvel Two-in-One I#76) – During another Circus robbery, the Circus of Crime battled Thing, Iceman and Goliath. During the fight, Princess Python sent Precious against the Thing and she begged for her snake not to be hurt. Later, the police arrived.

(Incredible Hulk II#292 (fb) – BTS) – The Circus, including Princess and Precious, headed to Mexico, fleeing warrants. Ringmaster forced Dragon Man to perform with them.

(Incredible Hulk II#292) – When Princess Python and the Circus saw the Bruce Banner arrive with his girlfriend Kate Waynesboro, Ringmaster forced Banner to change to Hulk and battle Dragon Man. Before the fight concluded, the Big Top was destroyed.

(Captain America I#309) – In Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Death Adder visited Princess Python in her carnival trailer, giving her a card that invited her to a meeting, where she could earn great wealth.

(Captain America I#310) – Princess Python attended the meeting, where Sidewinder assembled prospective members of the Serpent Society, proposing a formal organization with benefits and protections, and everyone present except Constrictor signed up.

(Captain America I#311) – Sidewinder assembled the Serpent Society, which now included Princess Python, showing them their new Serpent Citadel headquarters. He divided them into teams of two to begin finding business opportunities.

(Captain America I#313) – Princess Python and Death Adder were on assignment searching for M.O.D.O.K. when they were summoned back by Sidewinder. The team congregated in a wooded area near a mall in New Jersey, going after M.O.D.O.K. Horribly frightened, Princess Python fled before the battle started. She saw Captain America outside and he let her go.

(Captain America I#315 (fb) – BTS) – Princess Python was apprehended by Death Adder and Rattler.

(Captain America I#315) – Sidewinder strapped Princess to a table, furious that she had abandoned the Society during a mission. He electrified her, planning to teach her a lesson. Anaconda soon returned Princess to a cell.

(Captain America I#318 (fb) – BTS) – Princess was knocked unconscious by Sidewinder with chloroform then taken by Death Adder to be traded back to the Circus of Crime, the team offering ten thousand dollars for her safe return.

(Captain America I#318) – Death Adder's ship was shot down out of the air by the Scourge of the Underworld. He landed safely then got Princess Python (still unconscious) to safety.

(Captain America I#319 (fb) – BTS) – The Serpent Society ransomed Princess Python back to the Circus of Crime.

(Sensational She-Hulk I#1 (fb) – BTS) – Using the name of the McFadden Brothers Circus, the Circus of Crime started taking paid gigs. They were hired by a mysterious source (secretly the Headmen) to test the strength of She-Hulk.

(Sensational She-Hulk I#1) – Bruto helped She-Hulk work out until Ringmaster put her under hypnotic control then the Professor made her up as Glamazonia to join the Circus. When Princess Python walked in, she was angry about another woman being her competition in the circus. After the team robbed the crowd that night, the Professor tried to kill She-Hulk, as he was secretly in love with Princess. Gorilla-Man, disguised as an actual gorilla, stole Ringmaster's hat and freed She-Hulk, who then tied up the Circus members to be arrested.

(Captain America I#389 (fb) - BTS) - Princess Python joined Superia's anti-men Femizons group.

(Captain America I#389) – Princess Python acted as the master of ceremonies for a presentation of powers aboard Superia's yacht full of super-powered women. She introduced Impala, Screaming Mimi and Ferocia before Captain America and Paladin were found on board.

(Captain America I#391) – Princess was among the Femizons assembled when Superia announced her plan to instigate an all-female populace in her land of Femizonia.

(Marvel Comics Presents I#97/4) – At the Bar with No Name, Princess Python was furious when Angar the Screamer, as the doorman, required her to check her snake in as a weapon before entering.

(Blaze II#2 (fb) – BTS) – Princess Python and Ringmaster lived at Brownings Corners for a time among other out-of-work circus performers.

(Blaze II#2) – When John Blaze, owner of the Quentin Carnival, showed up in town looking for new performers, Princess auditioned, bragging about her psychic power over snakes, including her new python Benny. Blaze was reluctant to hire her due to her active criminal record but Princess promised she had turned over a new leaf. Blaze hired her, though he warned her to keep her record clean.

(Blaze II#4) – Princess Python spied on Blaze, Wyatt Wingfoot and Warpath interacting with the clairvoyant Clara Menninger.

(Blaze II#5) – Among the other members of the Quentin Carnival, including Kody and Wolf, Princess Python saw Clara put mystical eyes in her own head in order to track and help John Blaze, Warpath and Wyatt Wingfoot, who were battling Darryl Licht, a man possessed by the demon Anung-Ite. Clara revealed she knew Princess had been spying on her but allowed Princess to accompany her on her rescue mission. They rode Blaze's bike and, on the trek, Princess ordered Benny to retrieve Blaze's lost shotgun, promising the snake six white mice later on. They rode straight into a mystical mesa and aided in defeat of the possessed man.

(Blaze II#6) – Princess interacted with the Quentin Carnival at their new stop when Blaze grew worried about Clara's usage of her mystic eyes.

(Blaze II#7) – Princess Python was present when several new performers joined the Quentin Carnival, including Madame Yang Kwei Fei, Aura-Lee, Lobster Lad and Roach. Double-Tap, Aura-Lee and Tex attacked and Blaze was wounded, causing police officer Lt. Bart Wegner to investigate. The Madame hunted down the villains and gave them the curses of Lobster Lad and Roach, and she changed Aura-Lee ito a monkey then they joined the Carnival later.

(Blaze II#8) – When Kody caught Princess spying on John and Clara, she admitted she was in love with Blaze and kept hoping he would notice her. Kody admitted loving Klara. Arcade apprehended Princess and Kody and placed them in Murderworld as a trap for Blaze, who soon rescued them from both Arcade and the "Last High Priest of Baal."

(Blaze II#9) – Princess and the others held down Clara while Blaze went on a quest to learn about her eyes. Captain Rawlins investigated the disturbance.

(Blaze II#10) – The Carnival arrived at the Jersey Shore, following Blaze's quest to find his children. Princess grew more jealous of Clara's connections to Blaze. After finding blood on the road, the group found a corpse left for them by the Undead MC vampire biker gang. The team fought the undead then rushed inside to help Blaze.

(Blaze II#11) – Blaze, Clara and Punisher went after the Undead MC gang, ordering the others to stay behind. They voted to follow anyway and let Madame Yang Kwei Fei use her powers to guide them.

(Blaze II#12 (fb) – BTS) – The Carnival, including Princess, contained the demonic Shelob.

(Blaze II#12) – After the battle ended, Princess and the Carnival stood to the side as Blaze was reunited with his children, Craig and Emma Blaze, and child Jesse Pinto.

(Spider-Man Team-Up I#5/2 (fb) – BTS) – The Ringmaster officially retired from the Circus (which Princess had returned to), leaving the Clown in charge. They changed their name to the Cirque du Somnambulism (a fancy word meaning sleep-walking) and began wearing edgier costumes. The mysterious and powerful Relf, an elf with a gun, teamed up with them, seeking revenge on a truck driver who had killed a cousin of his. The Cirque sent him to retrieve the Ringmaster's Hypno-Disc.

(Spider-Man Team-Up I#5/2) – Relf returned to the Cirque with a ukulele instead of the disc. When they grew furious, he shot the men then removed the bullets to remind them, impressing Princess Python. He gave Princess' python wings and flew to Cleveland, where the Cirque ended up in a battle with Officer Dragon, Spider-Man (Ben Reilly), Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson, Howard the Duck and Beverly Switzer.

(Thunderbolts I#2 (fb) – BTS) – The Circus of Crime, including Princess, accepted Ringmaster back as their leader. They posed as a charity act in Delaware but ended up robbing the crowd to cover Ringmaster's recent medical bills.

(Thunderbolts I#2 (fb)) – The Thunderbolts defeated the Circus, including Princess, the recorded events hit the news.

(Generation X I#32) – The Circus performed in Massachusetts, where the students of Generation X sparred with them. During the fight, Princess' python was tied up by Skin. In the end, the mutants let the Circus go free if they promised to donate their proceeds to charity.

(Amazing Spider-Man/Devil Dinosaur '98 Annual (fb) – BTS) – The Circus, including Princess, added Antoro the animal trainer to their ranks. Ringmaster hypnotized government officials into later releasing Devil Dinosaur and Moon Boy to his custody.

(Amazing Spider-Man/Devil Dinosaur '98 Annual) – Ringmaster and Princess Python interrupted a meeting between Dr. Thomas Marles and reporters Noel Beckford and Peter Parker to officially gain custody of Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur. The Circus rehearsed for their new performances with Moon Boy and Devil, and their shows sold out. While the crowds gathered, however, Circus members robbed local stores. Soon, Spider-Man attacked, freeing Moon Boy from hypnosis, then helped take the Circus down. During the fight, Princess commanded her snake to devour Moon Boy and then frighten the crowd but Spider-Man left the snake webbed up.

(Incredible Hulk II#470 (fb) – BTS) – Ringmaster left the Circus of Crime and wanted to shut them down permanently. Clown took over the leadership and, with Princess Python, Human Cannonball and the Great Gambonnos, they took on a long-term gig performing at the Three Rings Casino in Las Vegas. They adopted a busy schedule of two shows per night plus a matinee on Sundays. When not performing, they would wear all black and rob banks.

(Incredible Hulk II#470 (fb)) – The Circus robbed a bank. Later, when they sought to rob a casino, thugs Frankie and Whitey were committing the same robbery. The snake scared the men but then Hulk attacked and the Circus managed to knock him out by choking him into unconsciousness with the snake at Princess' command.

(Incredible Hulk II#471 (fb)) – Clown was furious when local gamblers starting placing bets on the Hulk and he yelled at the Circus. Clown placed a bet that Hulk would destroy the Circus, believing it was a surefire win. They kept Bruce Banner chained and sedated in a cage. At show time, Hulk attacked, easily defeating the Circus performers, including Princess, and the Hulk then tore down the Big Top.

(Deathlok III#9) – Princess Python waited in the apartment of "Martin Thraller," alias of Ringmaster, who was running a bid to be nominated as a presidential candidate. She reminded him he couldn't use hypnosis on her.

(Daughters of the Dragon I#5 (fb) – BTS) – Princess Python, reporting that she was reformed, set up a date with American Samurai.

(Punisher War Journal II#4 (fb) – BTS) – Princess married Stilt-Man but he was later killed by Punisher.

(Punisher War Journal II#4) – At the Bar with No Name, Princess Python arrived dressed for mourning and when the Cat Burglar flirted with her, she showed her forked tongue to dissuade him. After a few drinks, she danced with the Gibbon then a fight broke out among the criminals. Spider-Man showed up and a drunk Princess shouted at him and Spidey left. The villains soon realized their drinks had been poisoned then Punisher blew up the Bar.

(Punisher War Journal II#16 (fb) – BTS) – Princess Python went blind as a result of her injuries. She married the Gibbon, who was also badly wounded and severely burned, and they moved in together.

(Punisher War Journal II#16) – Gibbon returned home to Princess, who was knitting a snake sweater, and he found her snake Pythagoras dead. Tinkerer visited them, determined to kill the Punisher, and Princess over heard them. She later found the gun that Gibbon had purchased and threw it out. She realized she couldn't sense Pythagoras and worried that her powers of sensing and commanding snakes weren't working so Gibbon disposed of the corpse. He later brought her a new snake.

(Marvel Apes I#1 (fb) – BTS) – Princess left Gibbon.

(Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#1 – BTS) – Danny, who was now the leader of a super-villain team using the name Executioner, called his mother, bringing her up to date on his financial situation. She was worried and wanted to visit.

(Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#2) – Executioner called Princess (who had just committed a murder) to check in on his leadership activities.

(Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#3) – Executioner told Kate Bishop about his business ventures with his mother, investing in green energy. She visited him, wearing a white suit. Danny grew frustrated and batted her aside. She left, telling him she had set up a funding stream for him.

(Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#4) – At a garden party hosted by Diana Patton, Danny brought Kate Bishop as a date and Zelda questioned her. The Young Avengers then passed through briefly and soon, Kate revealed to Danny that his mother was a supervillain. Furious, he learned the truth about her and planted a bomb in her car, detonating it while he was on the phone with her.

(Secret Avengers I#21.1 (fb) – BTS) – Somehow surviving, Princess Python moved to Bagalia and joined the Masters of Evil.

(Secret Avengers I#21.1) – When Captain America arrived in Bagalia, members of the Masters attacked, including Vengeance and Whiplash. Princess launched a giant snake at Cap and had the snake swallow him whole. She ordered the snake to ingest his thoughts but not his mind or body, all of which she could experience through her empathic connection to the snake. Hawkeye attacked and shot the snake with several arrows, and Princess was overwhelmed with pain from her psychic connection to the snake. Captain America was soon rescued.

(Secret Avengers I#29 (fb) – BTS) – Taskmaster hired Princess and the Circus for an assignment in Bagalia.

(Secret Avengers I#29) – In Bagalia, members of the Circus, including Princess, put on a daring performance, torturing John Steele with plasma knives. When Steele escaped, he brutally defeated the Circus, tossing Live Wire into the giant snake's mouth and seemingly killing him. The Avengers (Valkyrie, Hawkeye, Agent Venom, Ant-Man (secretly an Eric O'Grady LMD)) arrived to rescue Steele and Princess reported into Max Fury.

(Secret Avengers II#2) – Princess Python was present in Bagalia when the Secret Avengers attacked, seeking to free Taskmaster.

(A+X I#12) – The Circus of Crime, including Princess, fought Beast and Wonder Man.

(Amazing Spider-Man III#19.1) - Mr. Negative proposed an alliance with the Circus of Crime, including Princess, but the Circus refused.

SECRET WARS III HAPPENED

(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#4 (fb) – BTS) – Princess joined up with others from the Serpent Society to rebrand themselves as the corporation Serpent Solutions.

(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#4) – Princess Python sat with the full team of Serpent Solutions in front of a captured Captain America (Sam Wilson, in werewolf form).

(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#5) – After lecturing Captain America (who was temporarily a werewolf), Viper threw him out of the window but the new Falcon (Joaquin Torres) saved him. Serpent Solutions attacked.

(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#6) – With Captain America aiding him with combat advice through Redwing, Falcon managed to defeat several members of Serpent Solutions then Misty Knight and D-Man joined the fight. Princess Python, who had commanded her serpent into battle, fled from gunfire.

(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#7 (fb) - BTS) – The Circus of Crime, including Princess Python, were arrested and transported to Pleasant Hill, a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison where supervillains were transformed by Kobik, a sentient Cosmic Cube, into innocuous civilians and used to populate an idyllic small town. The Circus of Crime became Pleasant Hill's circus.

(Captain America: Sam Wilson I#7) – Revereted to their original form the members of the Circus of Crime, including Princess Python, fought Captain America (Sam Wilson) and Winter Soldier in Pleasant Hill.

(Deadpool & the Mercs for Money II#6) – Inside their new Mecha-Lord Big Top, the Circus, including Princess, attacked the city and the Mercs for Money fought back. During the fight, Princess Python wrapped Masacre in her snake until Masacre yanked its jaws open and Princess surrendered. The villains were delivered to S.H.I.E.L.D.

(Captain America: Steve Rogers I#13) – Princess Python and her snake joined Baron Zemo (Helmut Zemo)'s Army of Evil.

Comments: Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.

Princess Python appeared in Cyclops I#1 but that issue is set in the "First Class" reality (X-Men: First Class, Uncanny X-Men: First Class, Wolverine: First Class, etc.) and did not occur on Earth-616 that we know of. Some events from that reality did show events that were mirrored on Earth-616 (such as the X-Men meeting Gorilla-Man early in their career) but unless specifically referenced elsewhere, these events did not occur on Earth-616 and even when referenced in an Earth-616 story, it would be mirrored events with the original issue still taking place in the "First Class" reality. - Proto-Man

Princess Python appeared in the back of the Stan Lee Meets the Amazing Spider-Man#1 special in a Fred Hembeck cartoon.

For a woman who hates it when her snakes get hurt, thrown, tied in knots, zapped or used as weapons, Princess Python sure has a habit of sending them in extreme danger against super-powered heroes and gods.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Princess Python has no known connections to:

  • Princess”, Casey Kinmont @ Strange II#1
  • Princess”, of the Giger @ Marvel Comics Presents I#137/1
  • Princess of Clouds, of the People’s Defense Force @ Mighty Avengers I#27
  • Princess Adora, of Comicsville @ 2001: A Space Odyssey I#5
  • Princess Akuiki Orugawa, of the Black Dragon Society @ Nightside I#2
  • Princess Bogdana, of Belgruin @ Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man I#17
  • Princess Crigatha the Fair, Conan ally @ Savage Sword of Conan I#66
  • Princess Eve, Tuk ally @ Captain America Comics I#2/4
  • Princess Khadijah, of First Line @ Marvel the Lost Generation I#9
  • Princess Lissal, Arak foe @ Tower of Shadows I#7/3
  • Princess Parisa, Sinbad ally @ Marvel Spotlight I#25'
  • Princess Ramesi, priestess of Kali @ Captain America Comics I#34
  • Princess Satana, Marvel Boy foe @ Astonish I#3
  • Princess Tallibone, Starjammers ally @ X-Men Unlimited I#32/3
  • Princess Volcana, of the Lava Men @ Captain America: Patriot I#1
  • Princess Zafina, First Line foe @ Marvel: the Lost Generation I#9
  • Princess Zanda, Black Panther foe @ Black Panther I#1
  • Python (Emil Cullen), Namor foe @ Marvel Mystery Comics I#25
  • Pythonissa, demon @ Monsters Unleashed I#11
  • Or any other "Princess" or "Python" characters.


images: (without ads)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z HC Vol. 14, p  (Princess Python, main image)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Deluxe Edition I#10, p24, pan1 (classic costume)
Thor I#173, p18, pan1 (in new costume, with gun)
Iron Man I#150, Cover (vs Iron Man)
Power Man I#24, p18, pan1 (with Precious)
Spider-Man Team-Up I#5, p51, pan1 (with Relf, on winged serpent)
Deathlok III#9, p7, pan4 (in red dress)
Punisher War Journal II#4, p5, pan1 (in green dress)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#3, p22, pan2 (in white suit)
Secret Avengers I#21.1, p12, pan2 (with giant snake, short hair)
Secret Avengers I#29, p9, pan1 (Princess Python in fishnets)


Appearances:
Amazing Spider-Man I#22 (March, 1965) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Steve Ditko (artist)
Avengers I#22 (November, 1965) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Don Heck (penciler), Wally Wood (inker)
Thor I#145-147 (October-December, 1967) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Avengers I#60 (January, 1969) – Roy Thomas (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Mike Esposito (inker), Stan Lee (editor)
Thor I#173 (February, 1970) – Stan Lee (writer/editor), Jack Kirby (penciler), Bill Everett (editor)
Iron Man I#50 (September, 1971) - Mike Friedrich (writer), George Tuska (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#118 (February, 1975) – Gerry Conway (writer), Don Heck (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain America I#180-181 (December, 1974) – Steve Englehart (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Roy Thomas editor)
Power Man I#24 (April, 1975) – Tony Isabella (writer), George Tuska (penciler), Dave Hunt (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Power Man I#25 (July, 1975) – Bill Mantlo, Tony Isabella (writers), Ron Wilson (penciler), Fred Kida (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Howard the Duck I#25-27 (June-September, 1976) – Steve Gerber (writer/editor), Gene Colan (penciler), Klaus Janson (inker)
Incredible Hulk II#217 (November, 1977) – Len Wein (writer/editor), Sal Buscema (penciler), Ernie Chan (editor)
Marvel Two-in-One I#76 (June, 1981) – Tom DeFalco, David Michelinie (writers), Jerry Bingham (penciler), Chic Stone (inker), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Ghost Rider II#72 (September, 1982) – Roger Stern (writer), Bob Budiansky (penciler), Dave Simons (inker), Tom DeFalco (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#292 (February, 1984) – Bill Mantlo (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Ann Nocenti (editor)
Captain America I#309-311, 313, 315, 318, 319 (September, 1985-July, 1986) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Neary (penciler), Dennis Janke (inker), Mike Carlin (editor)
Sensational She-Hulk I#1 (May, 1989) – John Byrne (writer/penciler), Bob Wiacek (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Captain America I#389, 391 (August, October, 1991) – Mark Gruenwald (writer), Rik Levins (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Marvel Comics Presents I#97/4 (March, 1992) – Sholly Fisch (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Don Hudson (inker), Terry Kavanagh (editor)
Blaze II#2,4 (September, November, 1994) – Larry Hama (writer), Henry Martinez (penciler), Bud Larosa (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Blaze II#5 (December, 1994) – Larry Hama (writer), Henry Martinez (penciler), Bud Larosa, Williamson, Hubbs (inkers), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Blaze II#6-8 (January-March, 1995) – Larry Hama (writer), Henry Martinez (penciler), Bud Larosa (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Blaze II#9 (April, 1995) – Larry Hama (writer), Keith Pollard (penciler), Bill Reinhold (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Blaze II#10-12 (May-July, 1995) – Larry Hama (writer), Gary Erskine (artist), Marie Javins (editor)
Spider-Man Team-Up I#5 (December, 1996) – Steve Gerber (writer), James Fry (penciler), Chris Ivy (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts I#2 (May, 1997) – Kurt Busiek (writer), Mark Bagley (penciler), Joe Rosas (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Generation X I#32 (November, 1997) – Tom DeFalco (writer), Mark Buckingham (penciler), Al Vey, Jon Holdredge, Scott Hanna (inkers), Mark Powers (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man/Devil Dinosaur '98 Annual (July, 1998) – Tom DeFalco (writer), Tom Lyle (penciler), Robert Jones (inker), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Incredible Hulk II#470-471 (November-December, 1998) – Joe Casey (writer), Ed McGuinness (penciler), Nathan Massengill (inker), Bobbie Chase (editor)
Deathlok III#9 (April, 2000) – Joe Casey (writer), Leonardo Manco (artist), Ruben Diaz (editor)
Daughters of the Dragon I#5 (July, 2006) – Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray (writers), Khari Evans (penciler), Jimmy Palmiotti (inker), Joe Quesada (editor)
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes II I#6-7 (March-April, 2007) – Joe Casey (writer), Will Rosado (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#4 (April, 2007) – Matt Fraction (writer), Mike Deodato Jr (artist), Axel Alonso (editor)
Punisher War Journal II#16 (April, 2008) – Matt Fraction (writer), Howard Chaykin (artist), Aubrey Sitterson (editor)
Marvel Apes I#1 (November, 2008) – Karl Kesel (writer), Ramon Bachs (artist), Tom Brennan (editor)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#1 (July, 2009) – Paul Cornell (writer), Mark Brooks (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#2 (August, 2009) – Paul Cornell (writer), Mark Brooks (penciler), Walden Wong, Dexter Vines (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#3 (September, 2009) – Paul Cornell (writer), Mark Brooks (penciler), Mark Morales, Walden Wong (inkers), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: Young Avengers I#4 (October, 2009) – Paul Cornell (writer), Mark Brooks (penciler), Mark Morales (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Avengers I#21.1 (March, 2012) – Rick Remender (writer), Patrick Zircher (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Avengers I#29 (September, 2012) – Rick Remender (writer), Matteo Scalera (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Secret Avengers II#2 (May, 2013) – Nick Spencer (writer), Luke Ross (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
A+X I#12 (November, 2013) – Christos Gage (writer), David Williams (artist), Jordwn White (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man III#19.1 (September, 2015) – Gerry Conway (writer), Carlo Barberi (penciler), Juan Vlasco (inker), Nick Lowe (editor)
Captain America: Sam Wilson I#4-5 (February-March, 2016) – Nick Spencer (writer), Paul Renaud (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America: Sam Wilson I#6 (April, 2016) – Nick Spencer (writer), Joe Bennett (penciler), Belandino Brabo (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Captain America: Sam Wilson I#7 (May, 2016) – Nick Spencer (writer), Angel Unzueta, Daniel Acuna (artists), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Deadpool & the Mercs for Money II#6 (February, 2017) – Cullen Bunn (writer), Brian Level (artist), Jordan White (editor)
Captain America: Steve Rogers I#13 (May, 2017) – Nick Spencer (writer), Ro Stein (penciler), Ted Brandt (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)


First Posted: 12/20/2018
Last updated: 01/02/2019

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