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.
(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.
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.
Presumably this was because Neal Adams drew the Sirens for #18 and Howard Chaykin for #19?
Profile by Snood.
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)
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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