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Real Name: Gladys Shuriff (see comments)

Identity/Class: Human, citizen of the United States

Occupation: Daily Bugle accountant

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Daily Bugle staff (Peter Parker, presumably others)

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None, possibly Millie 'The Purse' Shuriff (see comments) 

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, New York  

First Appearance: Spectacular Spider-Man I#126 (May, 1987)

Powers/Abilities: Gladys possesses no known superhuman abilities. A dutiful, prudent accountant, she proactively worked to keep her books in order. Gladys wears reading glasses.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'6")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 150 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Gray


(Spectacular Spider-Man I#126 (fb) - BTS) - Gladys worked as an accountant in the Daily Bugle's bookkeeping department, keeping tabs on the payment of freelance employees and their contributions to the paper's various savings plans. She was particularly concerned about photographer Peter Parker who recently had stopped submitting payment vouchers.

(Spectacular Spider-Man I#126) -  Glady happened to run into Peter at the Bugle and rather bluntly asked where he was keeping his vouchers. Parker explained their absence: he simply hadn't received any assignments lately. Gladys replied that he ought to hustle a little more in order to live and keep up his contributions to the company savings plan. Unaware of the plan's existence, the perennially strapped for cash photographer asked Gladys how much he'd unwittingly saved over the past year or so. Doing some quick math, she estimated the amount at approximately 2112 dollars and 33 cents. Relieved he could now pay his back rent and feed himself, Peter asked to withdraw the money, ignoring Gladys' plea to save it for a rainy day. To Peter, it was pouring.

(Spectacular Spider-Man I#126 - BTS) - Still not approving of Peter's decision, Gladys made sure he got his money the next day.

Comments: Created by Danny Fingeroth, Alan Kupperberg, Art Nichols

In the grand tradition of celebrating my Marvunapp milestones by profiling the ultra obscure that left an impression on me Stu Pfaffenberger, Sam Burgh and Thaddeus Hatcher are joined by Gladys. Reading the issue as a kid, I had no idea what a pension or savings plan was, but it sure sounded good.

Gladys only appeared once to date and wasn't given a last name. When contacted, her creator Danny Fingeroth was kind enough to explain he based Gladys on Millie Shuriff, a long time Marvel/Atlas/Magazine Management staffer who handled freelance pay vouchers. Fingeroth suggested adding 'Shuriff' as her last name.

Incidentally, there's an actual Millie Shuriff who debuted in Secret Wars II#3.She worked as a bookkeeper for Vinnie Corbo, the New York crime boss who befriended the Beyonder. Danny Fingeroth suggested Gladys and Millie might be related.

500th profile by Norvo.

Gladys should not be confused with:

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Spectacular Spider-Man I#126, p21, pan6 (main image)
Spectacular Spider-Man I#126, p21, pan5 (closeup)

Spectacular Spider-Man I#126 (May, 1987) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Art Nichols (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)

First Posted: 03/25/2022
Last updated: 03/25/2022

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