Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional/alternate reality
(Earth-88131) extraterrestrial (Melmacian) magic-user
Occupation: Fugitive, ;
formerly ruler of Tydye
Group Membership: None
briefly Burpo Melmarx, Chippo Melmarx, Oucho Melmarx
Rhondar-ling, beautiful female Melmacians (names unrevealed)
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile on planet Melmac;
formerly ancient Tydye, planet Melmac
First Appearance: ALF#20/2 (October, 1989)
Powers/Abilities: The ever-cackling Kitchen Witch is a powerful magic-user, although her magic only works on females. She uses the magic to petrify beautiful women and transform her appearance to dupe others, as well as for short-range teleportation. Usually comfortable in her rough appearance (except in the presence of pretty females, whom she hates), she also has an odor that attracts flies, but also bats (the latter possibly as occasional familiars).
Kitchen Witch has the usual physical attributes of a Melmac native (compared to humans), with heightened immunity, extended lifespan (set at 650 years) and a large appetite open to many forms of food (including cats).
(ALF#20/1 (fb) - BTS) - Kitchen Witch ruled the land of Tydye in the days of ancient Melmac. She sought to expand her territory and had border disputes with Princess Rhondar-ling, ruler of neighboring Vitriol. Kitchen Witch captured the princess and had her bound to be devoured by the bestial Hydra-Foil.
(ALF#20/1 (fb)) -
Rhondar-ling was freed by Gornan the Bar-B-Q-Barian, who also sought
the sacred Cookbook of Julia Child, a tome held by Kitchen Witch. The
duo journeyed to Kitchen Witch's castle, overcoming many traps until
they confronted the hag in her throne room. Kitchen Witch's magic
affected only females, so she quickly eliminated Rhondar-ling by
turning her to stone and then dropped Gornan into a crocodile trap.
Clutching the sacred cookbook, Kitchen Witch disappeared with
Rhondar-ling and her castle before Gornan could recover, leaving Gornan
wondering if it had all been a dream.
(ALF Special#2/3 (fb) -
BTS) - Kitchen Witch hung her enchanted curtain so that she could cross
through the literal fabric of time and ended up vast years in the
future in the near-modern era (still on Melmac). Kitchen Witch took the
petrified Rhondar-ling, using it as a decorative garden statue.
Kitchen Witch disguised herself, taking on the persona of a rich widow
Dumelmont, seeking to swindle a local rich man into marriage. She hired
brothers Chippo and Burpo Melmarx as security guards.
(ALF Special#2/3 (fb)) - A sage's advice guided Gornan to Kitchen Witch's new location in the future, but he landed in the office of wacky mayor Oucho Melmarx. Thinking Gornan to be his newly hired bodyguard, Oucho took him along to Dumelmont, whom Oucho foolishly sought to woo for her money.
Gornan deduced that Dumelmont was Kitchen Witch and confronted her in her statuette garden. Gornan forced Kitchen Witch to reveal her true form and then had her transform Rhondar-ling back to her Melmacian form. Rhondar-ling embraced Gornan, and Kitchen Witch escaped in a cloud of green smoke while Gornan was distracted.
(ALF#50/3) - Gornan and Kitchen Witch had their final encounter.
Comments: Created by Michael Gallagher, Dave Manak, Marie Severin.
The wrap-up story in the final issue (ALF#50/3)
summarized stories intended to be published. Apparently the
(unpublished) Spring Special#2 was to have had the final encounter
Gornan and the Kitchen Witch to close the trilogy. Given it's suggested
that Gornan escaped Melmac's destruction via a time portal, it seems
likely that Kitchen Witch did too for there to be a final confrontation
between the two.
The puns fly thick and
fast in Marvel's ALF comic stories, so I won't explain everything in
the Acetonia map, etc! (You can compare the map of
Kitchen Witch's original time to maps of Conan's
Hyboria). The map in her second appearances spells her nation as
Tydey instead of Tydye; maybe the mapmaker didn't have spellcheck on.
Further details on the Melmacian alien species (according to the ALF television show) can be found on a Melmac fansite. No problem!
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Kitchen Witch has no known connections to:
ALF Holiday Special#2/3, p, pan (main image)
ALF#20/2, p, pan (headshot)
ALF#20/2, p, pan (using magic)
ALF Holiday Special#2/3, p, pan (Dumelmont disguise)
ALF Holiday Special#2/3, p, pan (2nd map of Acetonia)
ALF#20/2 (October, 1989) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
ALF Holiday Special#2/3 (Winter, 1990) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Jacqueline Roettcher (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
ALF#50/3 (February, 1992) - Michael Gallagher (writer), Dave Manak (pencils), Marie Severin (inks), Sid Jacobson (editor)
First posted: 02/27/2023
Last updated: 02/27/2023
Any Additions/Corrections? please let me know.
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