SILVER SABLE (of Earth-901220)
(What if Spider-Man had not married Mary Jane Watson?
What if Spider-Man married the Black Cat?)

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack

Real Name: Silver Sablinova

Identity/Class: Alternate reality (Earth-901220) human; unconventional technology user

Occupation: Nazi hunter, leader of the Wild Pack and Silver Sable International, bounty hunter, defender of Symkaria, patriot, mercenary

Group Membership: Wild Pack (Paladin, Sandman/William Baker/"Flint Marko," Spider-Man/Peter Parker), other operatives), Silver Sable International

Affiliations: Spider-Man, Fortunov

Enemies: Nazi criminals, Nazi organizations, terrorists

Major objectives: The Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Spider-Man, the Vulture (Adrian Toomes)

Known Relatives: Anastasia Sablinova (mother, deceased)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Symkarian Embassy, Manhattan, New York;
    Castle Sablinova in Symkaria

First Appearance: What If II#20 (December, 1990)

Powers/Abilities: Like her Earth-616 counterpart, Silver Sable has strength, agility and reflexes exceptionally honed and heightened by continuous intensive and extensive exercise. Coupled with the deep knowledge of many techniques of martial arts and melee weapons, her efficiency in hand-to-hand combat reaches peak level. 

    Her knowledge spans across a vast variety of fire-weapons; more generally, anything useful to capture, apprehend, immobilize, neutralize, or defeat an opponent is a good tool for Sable to be use, and a must to train with. 

    She has extensive experience regarding pack tactics combat and also strategies to command wider groups of soldiers in a hostile scenery. To her arsenal of deep knowledge she added the proficient employment of super-human units into the ranks of her subordinates. Even without super-human abilities, Silver Sable possesses more than the necessary charisma to drive her soldiers and super-mercenaries with steeled authority so often obtaining the maximum possible result. Sable is an iron-willed spirit, always pointing at the target, never prioritizing anything before the job to be done. She faces deadly dangerous situation with courage and self-confidence but she never indulged into recklessness if her carelessness could put in peril other human lives.

Weapons/Equipment: A consistent part of Wild Pack's activities' income was invested in the acquisition of weapons, vehicles, tools and technology, all of high quality and efficiency. Sable and the other members of the Pack, have access to a wide array of choices, each more suitable for the mission to accomplish.

    Sable herself invented a throwing weapon called "chai", similar in use to the Japanese shuriken, but with a smooth side to be used for bludgeoning damage. She carried many chai with herself, stuck to the uniform where she can pick them up easily.

Height: 5'5"
Weight: 125 lbs
Eyes: Silver blue
Hair: Silver white

Sandman, Silver Sable and PaladinHistory:
What If II#20 (fb) - BTS) - Silver Sable lived in a reality that apparently diverged from Earth-616 when Peter Parker (Spider-Man) refused to marry Mary Jane Watson. Silver Sable's life until that point in time is presumably identical to her counterpart of Earth-616. 

    Up to that point, she had been leading the Wild Pack for years, after her father's death. The Wild Pack had apprehended several Nazi criminals and had also fought neo-Nazi organizations like HYDRA. In order to sustain Symkarian economy, Sable widened the Pack's business to the hunt and capture of terrorists and other kinds of criminals researched by foreign governments.

(What If II#20) - Free from family bonds, Spider-Man joined the Wild Pack in the fight against terrorism. Silver Sable paid him well, but the Web-Slinger's work returned an income much higher than his payroll. In those days the Wild Pack already had Sandman, too, in their ranks.

    Silver Sable noticed a change in Spider-Man's behavior. He was too impulsive and reckless. Sable considered him a good agent, but she held him in line, because the mission came first. The mission to recover some alternators involved Spider-Man and also Paladin. Sable divided her forces into three teams and planned carefully the mission, that ended in a success.

(What If II#21) - The Wild Pack was directed to capture the Vulture. The criminal had a bounty on his head, and Sable wanted to collect it. 

    Meanwhile, the Vulture had acquired information about Spider-Man's civilian identity, and he set a bomb up within May Parker's house. The bomb exploded killing some guests and wounding May. Spider-Man, mocked by the Vulture, managed to stop him from killing the Black Cat, too. The old criminal revealed that it was the Cat who had carelessly uncovered Spider-Man's secret identity. Spider-Man was on the verge of striking a killing blow when Sandman blocked him: Silver Sable and the Wild Pack had arrived. Sable convinced Spider-Man to desist from his homicidal purpose, and the Wild Pack collected the bounty.

    A few days later, Silver welcomed Spider-Man to the Embassy and listened his confessions. While Peter revealed his guilt about his uncle's death, Silver confessed her sense of helplessness when she was a child and her mother died in her arms because Silver had unwittingly led some Nazis to her mother. There may have been a connection between the two feelings had they not been interrupted by a mission call. Running to the mission, Silver Sable reckoned that she had never met a person with a such burning inner pain.

    Several days later, the Vulture escaped from prison but the Black Cat waited for him and slew him. In that way, she wanted to protect her lover's secret identity.

    When the news of the Vulture's death reached Silver Sable, she ordered a search for Spider-Men, believing him to have been the murderer. Sable led Sandman, Paladin and many other operatives, and they found the Wallcrawler outside of Mary Jane's window. Peter, enraged, escaped from Sandman's grasp, but some members of the Wild Pack shot at him, and some bullets ricocheted near Mary Jane. The Black Cat saved her, carrying MJ on the eaves, and also confessing her crime. MJ tripped and fell from the eaves and in that moment Paladin arrived on the scene; mistaking the situation, Paladin fatally shot the Black Cat.

    Silver Sable and Spider-Man continued working together, more as as a couple than in solo missions.
    Eventually they became closer, their thoughts and their feelings were shared and they fell in love each other.

Comments: Created by Danny Fingeroth, Jim Valentino, and Chris Ivy, based on the Earth-616 version, created by Tom De Falco, Ron Frenz, and Joe Rubinstein.

Fortunov was the informer that called when Sable and Spider-Man were talking at the Embassy after the Vulture's capture. Considering that:

  1. In the same months when What If II#20/21 appeared on the stands, also Web of Spider-Man#71/72 went out;
  2. On the latter two, Dominic Fortune appeared, and some Nazi criminals, too;
  3. All the stories were written by Danny Fingeroth.

..."Fortunov" is quite likely to be David Fortunov/Fortunoff (Dominic Fortune) of Earth-901220.
That all makes sense, but as Dominic Fortune is heroic and had previously worked with and been helped by Spider-Man, why would he betray the hero?

Profile by Spidermay.

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack have no known connections to:

Anastasia Sablinova
Anastasia, dead.

    As her counterpart of Earth-616, Anastasia was Silver Sable's mother.

    She died when Silver was still a child, murdered by Nazi assassins that wanted Ernst's death.

--What If II#21 (fb)

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What If II#21, p22, pan2 (the Wild Pack)
What If II#21, p13, pan2 (Sandman, Silver Sable and Paladin)
What If II#21, p17, pan2 (Anastasia, dead, in Silver's arms)

What If II#20 (December, 1990) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Jim Valentino (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks), Nel Yomtov (colors), Anderson & Tom DeFalco (editors)
What If II#21 (January, 1990) - Danny Fingeroth (writer), Jim Valentino (pencils), Chris Ivy (inks), Nel Yomtov (colors), Anderson & Tom DeFalco (editors)

First Posted: 06/03/2022

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