acid_queen-148611-para-troop-fullacid_queen-148611-para-troop-upperACID QUEEN

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-148611) paranormal (see comments)

Occupation: Gang leader

Group Membership:  Para-Troop (Aqualung, Helter Skelter, Purple Haze, Space Oddity, Wild Thing/George Mullaney (aka Mutator), Wipeout/Martin, Wooly Bully)

Affiliations: Helter Skelter was her boyfriend

EnemiesCaptain Manhattan, Dave Landers, Randy O'Brien, Jenny Swenson;
    she considered the Skeevos gang (Moe) to be enemies for forcing a confrontation with Captain Manhattan in order to save face

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "Queenie" (from Helter Skelter and Aqualung, at least)

Base of OperationsThe Black Shamrock, lower east side Manhattan, New York, Earth-New Universe

First Appearance: D.P.7#30 (April, 1989)acid_queen-148611-para-troop-full-post

Powers/Abilities: Acid Queen had a corrosive touch, although she could presumably control this to some degree, as her clothing was not affected, and she could sit on the lap of her boyfriend, Helter Skelter, without harming him.

    Perhaps she could control it consciously when she was awake, but when knocked out, her corrosive touch was constant. 

    The members of the Para-Troops feared and respected her power.

Height: Unrevealed (she wasn't clearly shown in proportion to others, but she appeared to be about average height for a woman, so perhaps 5'5" to 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (perhaps 115 to 140 lbs.depending on her height)
Eyes: Unrevealed (she had red markings around her eyes, either makeup, tattoo, or part of her paranomality)
Hair: Platinum blonde (likely dyed vs. part of her paranomality)

History:
(DP7#1 (fb) - BTS /
DP7#30 (fb) - BTS) <7/22/1986> - The woman who would become the Acid Queen, like everyone on Earth, was exposed to the Starbrand energies of the "White Event," released when the unidentified "Dutch count" attempted to expel his power into an asteroid.

    At some point thereafter, she developed paranormal abilities, and at some point after that she adopted the alias "Acid Queen," and she eventually ended up leading the Para-Troops, a gang of paranormals who established a reputation as the "primo gang" in Manhattan's five boroughs, adopted their names from classic rock songs (see comments), and established a base in Manhattan's Black Shamrock bar.

(DP7#30 (fb) - BTS) - George Mullaney (aka Mutator) and his friend Martin, who possessed incapacitating halitosis, were two late joiners of the Para-Troop as Wild Thing and Wipeout. 

    George, at least, appreciated that the Acid Queen would crush anyone who crossed her...or if she was just in the wrong mood.

acid_queen-148611-para-troop-seated(DP7#30 - BTS) <12/15/88; a "few weeks after Wild Thing joined"> - When members of the Skeevos gang were humiliated by the local hero Captain Manhattan, they met Wild Thing after he helped free their leader, Moe, from a lamp post. Moe convinced Wild Thing to bring Moe and the Skeevos to the Para-Troop in hopes of convincing them to take down Captain Manhattan. Wild Thing reluctantly agreed, but he warned Moe that the Acid Queen may chew him up and spit him out if she was in the wrong mood.

(DP7#30) - Wild Thing brought them to the Black Shamrock and introduced them to the Para-Troop, noting them to be the power elite. Having been sitting on the lap of her boy friend, Helter Skelter, Acid Queen swiftly rose to her feet and told Wild Thing to step aside and let the "worms" speak, after which she told the worms to speak, or else they would learn why she was called the Acid Queen. After Moe asked why "you heavy dudes" didn't put Captain Manhattan away, Acid Queen asked if he was accusing them of being too afraid to touch him. Moe denied this, noting just that normal people didn't stand a chance against him and that it was up to the Para-Troop to rid them of that menace.

    Acknowledging that Moe (whom she called "Boy Scout") was pretty nervy for a norm, Acid Queen instructed her teammate Aqualung to escort these "small fries" out; as Aqualung did so, Moe started to argue, but one of his fellow Skeevos advised him to shut up so he didn't rile her further.

    Acid Queen confronted Wild Thing, angry that now they would have to deal with Captain Manhattan or appear weak to other gangs. As punishment, she asked him to choose between her or Wipeout. He chose Wipeout, and was exposed to his friend's toxic breath, which caused him to drop the floor and vomit.

(DP7#30 - BTS) To arrange a trap for Captain Manhattan, the Para-Troop kidnapped street corner Santa Clauses to disguise themselves, and then had their members Space Oddity and Wooly Bully attempt to steal the Christmas tree from Rockefeller Plaza to draw the Captain out. acid_queen-148611-para-troop-powers

    The Captain appeared, but was joined by three paranormals Dave Landers, Randy O'Brien and Jenny Swenson (the former two drawn via association with Jenny would had previously witnessed Manhattan's heroic nature). In the fight that followed, Jenny (aka Chrome) threw Helter Skelter into Acid Queen, who begged her to take her hands off of him before she made him...

    Apparently knocked out by the impact, she failed to remove her hands, and Helter Skelter screamed in pain.

    Ultimately, the four paranormals bested the entire Para-Troop, except for Wild Thing, who fled when he recognized Landers and O'Brien from his days at the Clinic. Landers tied up the Para-Troop with Christmas lights and they left them for the police.

Comments: Created by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Ryan and Danny Bulanadi.

    Each member of the Para-Troop is named for a classic rock song. Acid Queen is a song by British rock group the Who, circa 1969.

    With each of the Para-Troop's aliases being inspired by classic rock music, I have to think Wild Thing and Wipeout being named George and Martin is not a coincidence. George Martin is obviously the English record producer, arranger, etc. known as the "Fifth Beatle" (in reference to his involvement in each of the Beatles' albums, in case your parents were derelict in educating you about music).

    Check out the New Universe primer, courtesy of Prime Eternal.

    Acid Queen had a sub-profile in Prime Eternal's Para-Troops profile, originally posted 01/29/2006.

    This profile was completed 9/14/2021, but its publication was delayed as it was intended for the Appendix 20th anniversary 's celebratory event.

Profile by Snood.

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Acid Queen
should be distinguished from:


images: (without ads)
D.P.7#30, pg. 11, panel 3 (sitting on Helter Skelter's lap);
        pg. 12, panel 1 (rear oblique);
            panel 5 (face);
        pg. 13, panel 8 (full, distant);
        pg. 23, panel 2 (slammed into by Helter Skelter);
            panel 3 (uncontrollably burning Helter Skelter)

Appearances:
D.P.7#30 (April, 1989) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Paul Ryan (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), David Wohl (assistant editor), Howard Mackie (editor)


First posted09/22/2021
Last updated: 09/21/2021

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