sirens-earth-691-2018-aa19-p1.jpgSIRENS
of Earth-691 circa 2018 AD

Membership: Skarlet (Queen of the Sirens), three unidentified (blonde, auburn, and black-haired); presumably others...

Purpose: To entrance and facilitate the capture of "Freemen" (and Freewomen), rebels opposing the Martian Masters

Aliases: Sirens of 7th Avenue (see comments)

Affiliations: Martian Masters

Enemies: Freemen (notably Hawk, Killraven/Jonathan Raven, M'Shulla Scott), humanity in general

Base of Operations: Unrevealed location presumably in New York City, Earth-691, circa 2018 AD

First Appearance: Amazing Adventures II#18 (May, 1973)

Powers/Abilities: The Sirens' voices could mesmerize men (at least), facilitating their capture and enslavement.

    Killraven's psychic defenses rendered him immune to the Sirens' power.

History:
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Amazing Adventures II#18 (fb) - BTS) - After largely conquering Earth around 2001 AD, the Martian Masters empowered some human women as Sirens, able to mesmerize men to help collect the remaining Freemen (those humans not enslaved by the Martian Masters).

(Amazing Adventures II#19 (fb) - BTS) - The Sirens broke the wills of countless Freemen who dared defy the Martian Masters.

(Amazing Adventures II#18 (fb) - BTS) - To avoid falling under the Sirens' spell, rebel Killraven learned to never look directly at them.

(Amazing Adventures II#18) - After Killraven defeated the second of a pair of mutants serving the Keeper (Dr. Raker) just outside Raker's base in the former Grand Central Station, a trio of Sirens approached and sang.

    Attracted by the new sound after having snapped the mutant's neck, Killraven was distraught to find he he had turned to gaze fully upon the Sirens.

(Amazing Adventures II#19) - When Killraven voiced concern at losing his newly found heritage to three mutant witches, the raven-tressed Siren clarified that they were neither mutants nor witches, but rather Sirens, and that they would break his will as they had done to so many men before.

    However, when the Siren tried to use her power on Killraven, she was surprised to find him immune (a result of latent psychic powers stimulated by Keeper Whitman).
Similarly surprised, Killraven then approached the Sirens to give them a gift of his own.

     The black-haired Siren insisted he not be violent with them, but that if he wanted a struggle, he should seek it behind him, as the mutants of Keeper Raker's bunker were approaching.

(Amazing Adventures II#19 - BTS) - As Killraven engaged the mutants, he noted that he blamed the Martian Masters for turning the city into a jungle and men into animals.
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    The Sirens took advantage of the distraction to flee.

(Amazing Adventures II#19 - BTS) - After Killraven and Freemen M'Shulla Scott and Hawk had destroyed a pair of Martian tripods and freed a cargo of arena slaves, one of the Martian Masters instructed its servant Professor Kempleton to send out a scout ship to investigate these rebels; if the scout learned what it suspected it would (that they were a true threat?), it would "be time for the Siren."

    When the scout reported that the rebels had burned a ferry Martian agents had been using to transport humans, Skarlet was notified, and a Martian agent (Kempleton?) reported that this assignment was now hers.

(Amazing Adventures II#19 (fb) - BTS) - The three Sirens who had previously encountered Killraven warned Skarlet that he might be trouble.

(Amazing Adventures II#19 (fb) - BTS) - Alongside a Martian tripod robot, Skarlet traveled to Killraven's Freemen's Staten Island base and used her powers to place its sentries and the rest of the Freemen in a deep trance.

(Amazing Adventures II#19) - After Killraven, M'Shulla Scott, and Hawk returned to their base, Skarlet placed the latter two in a trance, and the tripod robot captured Killraven

(Amazing Adventures II#19 - BTS) - The tripod robot carried Killraven to the Arena, the former Madison Square Garden. Ultimately, Killraven broke free and liberated his captured Freemen.

Comments: Created (or adapted) by Gerry Conway, Neal Adams, Howard Chaykin, and Frank Chiarmonte.

    They were called the Sirens of 7th Avenue in the title to Amazing Adventures II#19. I don't know why they were associated with 7th Avenue, as they appeared outside of the former Grand Central Station, which is located at 42nd Street and Park Avenue (formerly known as Fourth Avenue).

    With their power, it's hard to understand why we never saw the Sirens again. Even if they couldn't affect Killraven, they could take out the rest of his male (at least) allies in seconds, leaving him alone against everything else the Martians possessed.
    I guess the real answer is that Gerry Conway included the Sirens in his stories, but Don McGregor, who wrote most of the subsequent stories, didn't want to include them further.

    In the final panel of Amazing Adventures II#18, the Sirens appeared, but in the first panel of Amazing Adventures II#19, the Sirens were significantly different in appearance.

    For example, two blondes and a redhead in #18, while there a was a blonde, a redhead, and a black-haired Siren in #19. 

    Their outfits and faces differ as well.

sirens-earth-691-2018-confrontkr    Presumably this was because Neal Adams drew the Sirens for #18 and Howard Chaykin for #19?

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Sirens are named for


images: (without ads)
Amazing Adventures II#18, pg. 17, panel 1 (Sirens watching as Freemen were taken away);
       pg. 20, panel 6 (Sirens confronting Killraven);
    #19, pg. 1 (main image of Sirens);
       pg. 2, panel 1-3 (Siren using power)


Appearances:
Amazing Adventures II#18 (May, 1973) - Gerry Conway (writer), Neal Adams & Howard Chaykin (pencilers), Frank Chiarmonte (inker), Roy Thomas (editor; plot conception)
Amazing Adventures II#19 (July, 1973) - Gerry Conway (writer), Howard Chaykin (penciler), Frank McLaughlin (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)


First posted: 03/20/2020
Last updated: 03/20/2020

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