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Real Name: Millie Shuriff

Identity/Class: Human, citizen of the United States

Occupation: Bookkeeper

Group Membership: Vinnie Corbo, Vinnie Corbo's gang (Chulo, Eliot, Gina, Laverne 'Smurfette' Lacy, Mushnik, Toots, unnamed others)

Affiliations: Beyonder

Enemies: None

Known Relatives: None, possibly Gladys Shuriff (see comments

Aliases: 'The Purse'

Base of Operations: New York City, New York  

First Appearance: Secret Wars II#3 (September, 1985)

Powers/Abilities: Millie possesses no known superhuman powers. She was an experienced and loyal bookkeeper who was reliable in a crisis.

Height: Unrevealed (approximately 5'4")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 115 lbs.)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown


(Secret Wars II#3 (fb) - BTS) - Millie Shuriff worked as a bookkeeper for local New York gangster Vinnie Corbo. She took care of the financial details of his operation, making sure the people he hired got paid. Because of her loyalty, she became part of Corbo's inner circle. He gave Shuriff her nickname 'The Purse'.

(Secret Wars II#3 - BTS) - Shuriff accompanied Corbo and the rest of his gang to room 337 of the Columbus hotel after he heard stories from both the seedy hotel clerk and Corbo's prostitute Toots about a strange man who creates gold bricks out of thin air.

(Secret Wars II#3) - Shuriff watched when Corbo formally introduced himself and the rest of the gang to the surprised Beyonder. It was quickly her turn to be surprised when the one from Beyond shared his fantastical origins with the group. From the events of Battleworld to his arrival on Earth and all his difficulties getting accustomed to corporeal life.

(Secret Wars II#3 - BTS) - Vinnie managed to befriend the Beyonder, calling him Frank and leaving Toots in his room to make sure he got comfortable.

(Secret Wars II#3) - Outside the hotel room, Corbo ordered Millie to call in few dozen of his men to help guard the hotel and make sure nobody would bother their new friend Frank. He even gave her permission to double their pay.

Comments: Created by Jim Shooter, Al Milgrom, Steve Leialoha.

Millie Shuriff is named after long time Marvel staffer Millie Shuriff (born in 1932) who was hired back in 1956 when the company was still known as Magazine Management. Shuriff worked in freelancer payroll, dealing with vouchers that freelancers turn in to get paid. She also cost out the magazines for the company.

Danny Fingeroth later used Millie Shuriff as inspiration for Gladys, a Daily Bugle staffer handling, you guessed it... freelancer payroll. Fingeroth later added 'Shuriff' to Gladys' name as well, which suggests a familial connection though that's never been confirmed on panel to date.

Profile by Norvo.

Millie Shuriff should not be confused with:

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Secret Wars II#3, p5, pan4 (mainimage)
Secret Wars II#3, p6, pan3 (got her orders)

Secret Wars II#3 (September, 1985) - Jim Shooter (writer), Al Milgrom (pencils), Steve Leialoha (inks), Bob Budiansky (editor)

First Posted: 03/17/2022
Last updated: 03/17/2022

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