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SPARKLES LABELLE

Real Name: "Sparkles" Labelle (first name unrevealed)

Identity/Class: Normal human (post World War II era)

Occupation: Jewel thief

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Cracker McGillis, other gang members

Enemies: Captain America (Jeff Mace), Bucky (Fred Davis), Mrs. Monitawks (first name unrevealed), Betty Ross

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: Betty Ross

Base of Operations: New York, USA

First Appearance: Captain America Comics I#64/1 (October, 1947)

Powers/Abilities: Sparkles Labelle is an accomplished jewel thief, using duplicity and disguise to get close to gem owners to steal their jewels. She can fire a handgun with accuracy at short range. She uses her surname to ingratiate herself with wealthy people, but uses Sparkles when amongst her small network of criminal colleagues.

Height: 5'5"
Weight: 125 lbs.
Eyes: Dark brown
Hair: Black

History:

(Captain America Comics I#64/1 (fb) - BTS) - Sparkles Labelle established a reputation as a jewel thief. She had a network of thieves who relied on her for work. However, at some point, she drew too much attention from police and, in order to keep a low profile, managed to secure a job as a maid for the wealthy Mrs. Monitawks in the fashionable part of New York.

(Captain America Comics I#64/1) - While taking Monitawks' grandchild(?) for a pram stroll, Sparkles was approached by lackey Cracker McGillis, who asked for another jewel heist as he and his fellow criminal gang members were out of money. She berated him for approaching her directly and returned to Monitawks' apartment, where she saw the elderly socialite's prized ruby necklace that Monitawks would wear to the Lee School costume pageant. However, Sparkles didn't realize that Steve Rogers (Jeff Mace, secretly Captain America) and Bucky (Fred Davis, also the masked hero Bucky) attended undercover at Lee School. Sparkles told Cracker of the opportunity and formulated a plan to steal the jewel-laden necklace. Later at the pageant, Sparkles had her lackeys start a backstage fire causing chaos with Monitawks collapsing. Unable to reach her unconscious body, she followed Rogers' friend Betty Ross as she took the slowly recovering Monitawks to a room. Sparkles knocked out Ross to steal her pageant disguise to gain entry to the room and also smashed Monitawks unconscious and grabbed her necklace. Sparkles' thugs took Monitawks back to her apartment to steal more of her jewels, but Captain America, Bucky and Ross suspected as much, and rushed to her residence. There, they found Sparkles and her lackeys; Sparkles fired her gun at Cap, who easily blocked the bullets with his shield while he and Bucky knocked out the thugs. Sparkles ran for a getaway, but Ross tripped her up and she was captured.

 

Comments: Created by uncredited writer, Vince Alascia, Ken Bald.

Thanks to Grand Comics Database for credits info.

Profile by Grendel Prime.

CLARIFICATIONS :
Sparkles Labelle has no known connections to:


Cracker McGillis

Cracker McGillis was a lackey of jewel thief Sparkles Labelle and participated in many of her heists. He pestered her for another job and Sparkles identified elderly wealthy socialite Mrs. Monitawks as the next victim with the setting to be the Lee School costume pageant. Cracker helped start the fire that caused chaos and led to the kidnapping of Monitawks and near theft of her jewels until the timely intervention of Captain America (Jeff Mace) and Bucky (Fred Davis) saw him knocked out and captured for the police.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Captain America Comics I#64/1


Mrs. Monitawks

Mrs. Monitawks was a wealthy socialite who lived in the fashionable area of New York. She unwittingly hired notorious jewel thief Sparkles Labelle as her maid, who particularly coveted her special ruby-laden necklace. Later at the Lee School costume pageant, Sparkles knocked Monitawks out and kidnapped her, taking her back to the rich woman's apartment to steal more of her jewels. But Captain America (Jeff Mace) and Bucky (Fred Davis) had figured out Sparkles' simple plan, knocked out Sparkles and her thugs, and rescued Monitawks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Captain America Comics I#64/1


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Captain America Comics I#64/1, p12, pan4 (main image)
   p3, pan4 (headshot)
   p4, pan5 (McGillis full body)
   p2, pan5 (McGillis, headshot)
   p11, pan4 (Monitawks)


Appearances:
Captain America Comics I#64/1 (October, 1947) - uncredited writer, Vince Alascia (pencils), Ken Bald (inks), Stan Lee (editor)


First posted: 03/14/2023
Last updated: 03/14/2023

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