Real Name: Jill Stevens
Occupation: Reporter for West Magazine
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Dan "Zapper" Ridge, Dr. Jonathan Ridge, Mrs. Ridge, Jennifer Walters
Enemies: Nicholas Trask
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, California, USA
First Appearance: Savage She-Hulk I#2 (March, 1980)
Powers/Abilities: Jill had no unusual abilities.
Height: 5'10" (by approximation)
Weight: 135 lbs. (by approximation)
History: (Savage She-Hulk I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Jill Stevens was a long-time friend of lawyer Jennifer Walters and believed strongly in Jennifer's abilities as a lawyer. Jill served as a reporter for West Magazine. Jennifer considered Jill someone she could always rely on. After Jennifer was nearly killed by mobster Nicholas Trask, Jill picked up Jennifer from the hospital in Jennifer's car and delivered her to the courthouse so that Jennifer could continue her case against Trask (unknown to Jill, Jennifer had survived Trask's attack by receiving gamma-irradiated blood from her cousin Bruce Banner, transforming her into the She-Hulk).
(Savage She-Hulk I#2) - As Jill dropped off Jennifer at the courthouse, she suggested that Jennifer's devotion to her duty was a little strong. Privately, she noticed that Jennifer had become more cold and distant since Trask's attack on her. Jill suggested that Jennifer needed to receive some rest and relaxation and promised to see her after her date in court.
Hours later, Jill picked up Jennifer from court and found Jennifer was still suffering back pain from her attack. Jill suggested Jennifer should return to the hospital but instead, Jennifer had Jill bring her to the county jail so that she could speak to imprisoned minions of Trask and convince them to deliver evidence against their former boss. When that meeting was done, Jill suggested she drive Jennifer home to relax but Jennifer insisted on seeing her father, Sheriff Morris Walters, then visiting Nick Trask to warn him that her case against him was nearly complete. After this, Jill drove Jennifer back to her home where the Ridge family invited Jennifer and Jill to join them for a barbecue. While they were enjoying their meal, some of Trask's men tampered with Jennifer's car. A phone call came in at the Ridge's home for Jennifer claiming she had papers to pick up with the district attorney's office. Feeling that Jennifer had been pushing herself too hard all day, Jill insisted that Jennifer let her volunteer to pick up the papers. As Jill drove away, Jennifer saw a car following her with two of Trask's men inside. Realizing that the district attorney's office would be unlikely to telephone the Ridges with a message for her, Jennifer determined Trask had set a trap for her. She transformed into the She-Hulk and pursued the two vehicles.
Jill soon discovered the accelerator had been jammed down and she could not stop the car's engine. She drove speedily through Los Angeles, nearly hitting Jennifer's rival Buck Bukowski in his vehicle. Buck recognized the car as Jennifer's and assumed she was behind the wheel. Buck pursued but when he saw She-Hulk had gotten in front of the car on a freeway, he assumed the "monster" was trying to attack Jennifer. Buck rammed his car into the She-Hulk, preventing her from saving Jill. Jill then swerved the car away from the two of them, causing her to go over the freeway. The car landed on a truck carrying gasoline and caused an immense explosion. She-Hulk pulled Jill from the burning vehicle but she was too late - Jill had died in the crash. From afar, Buck still assumed that Jennifer had been behind the wheel and accused She-Hulk of murdering her. The newspapers then claimed that She-Hulk had murdered Jennifer Walters.
Comments: Created by David Anthony Kraft, Mike Vosburg and Chic Stone.
This profile was written on the day Mr. Kraft's death was announced (May 20, 2021). Rest in peace, Mr. Kraft.
For a lawyer, Buck was almost too stupid to breathe. His actions were indirectly responsible for Jill's death and by misidentifying her as Jennifer, he caused all kinds of grief for the She-Hulk. He was the book's resident "Glenn Talbot" character, yet somehow less capable than Glenn (Jennifer didn't get this sorted out until the end of issue #4).
Profile by Prime Eternal.
Jill Stevens should not be confused with:
Savage She-Hulk I#2, page 8, panel 3 (without ads)
Savage She-Hulk I#2, page 5, panel 7 (headshot)
Savage She-Hulk I#2 (March, 1980) - David Anthony Kraft (writer), Mike Vosburg (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
First posted: 05/20/2021
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