Real Name: Rachel Dandridge
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Mordecai P. Boggs, Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell), Carol Danvers, Rick Jones
Enemies: Nitro (Robert Hunter)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile in the USA
First Appearance: Captain Marvel I#34 (September, 1974)
Powers/Abilities: Rachel Dandridge has no unusual abilities but was an accomplished singer.
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'9")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 130 lbs.)
History: (Captain Marvel I#34) - Rachel "Dandy" Dandridge was a singer who signed with Mordecai P. Boggs as her agent. Dandy had aspirations to be the next Tina Turner (minus Ike Turner) so was a little put-out when Boggs decided she would join the act of another of his performers, Rick Jones. Boggs introduced Dandy and Rick to each other and informed them they would be touring together across the USA to 14 cities as "Rick 'n' Dandy." Dandy noted Rick played an acoustic guitar and told him to get an ax guitar "because Dandy likes to boogie!"
As Boggs drove Dandy and Rick across the midwest, they encountered the villain Nitro, who attempted to commandeer their car. Rick switched places with Captain Marvel to defend the others but the arriving Carol Danvers warned them that Nitro had access to nerve gas. In defeating Nitro, Captain Marvel was exposed to the gas.
(Captain Marvel I#35) - Dandy, Boggs and Carol found Rick after the fight and brought him back to the car. When Rick passed out in the car, Carol feared he had been exposed to the nerve gas and rushed him to a hospital. As Boggs and Dandy watched over Rick in the hospital, Dandy mused to herself that, although she didn't know Rick very well, he seemed "kinda... together." Rick ultimately recovered.
(Captain Marvel I#37) - As Captain Marvel needed to investigate the threat of the Lunatic Legion, Rick parted ways with Boggs and Dandy, promising to meet them in Denver, Colorado for their next gig. Dandy admitted that she had grown to like Rick and gave him a kiss then slipped him a pill, telling him it was "Vitamin C." Rick later consumed it and discovered it was a hallucinogen.
(Captain Marvel I#40) - When Rick caught up to Dandy and Boggs in Denver, he was dressed in a suit of armor, which bemused them. Boggs suggested Rick wear it for his concert. Rick went on stage after Dandy and was jeered and mocked by the crowd, who only really enjoyed him when he smashed up the stage. Dandy observed that Rick was a "hit" but he obviously wasn't enjoying it. Boggs countered that he had recorded Rick's performance for future use as Rick no longer wanted to tour.
(Captain Marvel I#50) - Rick finally returned to Manhattan and was reunited with Boggs and Dandy. Dandy was again put-out to see Rick back, saying that she still didn't want to be part a double act with him. Fortunately, Boggs informed her that because she and Rick were both so successful as solo acts, "Rick 'n' Dandy" would be "buried forever."
Comments: Created by Jim Starlin, Steve Englehart and Jack Abel.
In Captain Marvel I#35, Dandy was mistakenly drawn with long straight hair in several panels.
She was almost certainly named in honor of actress Dorothy Dandridge.
Dandy was introduced as Rick's new touring partner but, although Boggs meant for them perform together on stage, we never actually saw them play together. When Boggs declared their duo act was "buried forever," I was a little surprised. I mean... the act wasn't even born!
Profile by Prime Eternal.
Rachel Dandridge should not be confused with:
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Captain Marvel I#40, page 5, panel 7 (main)
Captain Marvel I#34, page 3, panel 10 (face)
Captain Marvel I#34 (September, 1974) - Jim Starlin (plot, penciler), Steve Englehart (script), Jack Abel (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain Marvel I#35 (November, 1974) - Steve Englehart (plot), Mike Friedrich (script), Alfredo Alcala (artist), Roy Thomas (editor)
Captain Marvel I#37 (March, 1975) - Steve Englehart (plot, script), Al Milgrom (co-plot, penciler), Klaus Janson (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Captain Marvel I#40 (September, 1975) - Steve Englehart (plot, script), Al Milgrom (co-plot, penciler), Al McWilliams (inker), Len Wein (editor)
Captain Marvel I#50 (May, 1977) - Scott Edelman (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Terry Austin (inker), Archie Goodwin (editor)
First posted: 05/29/2022
Last updated: 05/29/2022
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