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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 116

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we continue a multi-part look at the various notable recurring features in Strange Adventures over the years – today we spotlight the Enchantress!

Enjoy!

The Enchantress only appeared as the lead feature in Strange Adventures for THREE issues in 1966 and 1967, but they were memorable enough that she was brought back in the late 1980s for a run in Suicide Squad (and more recently, she was prominently used in Shadowpact).

The concept of the series, which was written by Bob Haney and drawn by Howard Purcell, is that it is a mild-mannered woman who gains the power to become a powerful witch called The Enchantress. Here we see that from her debut appearance in Strange Adventures #187…

They also set up an interesting Superman-Lois-Clark style love triangle in this first appearance…

The Enchantress showed up again in #191 and #200 before she went into limbo until the early 80s, when she was brought back as a villain in Supergirl and then, of course, later used as a member of the Suicide Squad.

She was notable as a character for the attempt to mix mysticism with superheroing.

The Enchantress was one of the rare Strange Adventures feature to get a consistent mention on the cover of the title, although it was just a banner with one of the more insipid taglines (“The Switcheroo-Witcheroo”).

Here are glimpses of her only other two appearances in #191 and #200, also drawn by Purcell, only this time, INKED by Purcell, as well (Sheldon Moldoff inked her first appearance – the difference in the art is striking, isn’t it?).

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I think the Enchantress really stood out from the pack, even in these small doses.

And if talented writers like Matthew Sturges and John Ostrander both think she’s worth using decades later, that’s a pretty good sign that others agree with that thought!

4 Comments

always wondered where the Enchantress got her powers. and liked her in suicide squad and shadow pact for she added a touch of balance and some mishief to those two teams.

I love the Enchantress, more so in this groovy 60s outfit than in the dreary looking duds she’s wearing these days, assuming she hasn’t been eaten by Wonder Dog or had her limbs cut off or something.

No sign of the personality split here; was that an Ostrander invention, or was it in the 80s Superman (DCCP?) appearances?

Like Captain Marvel Jr., she suffers from the amusing limitation that she can’t say her own code name without switching…

Oh wow. This brings back memories that I didn’t know I had…

I had read the first two stories– I had been reading whatever my older
brother had brought home.

Didn’t remember much of the stories, only certain images…the minotaur with
its hands out, the girl falling backwards through the rotating wall, the huge
head “sitting” on the armchair, the enchantress walking through the wall,
the armor shrinking down, and the transformation in the living room.

I didn’t remember the Strange Adventure covers. Then I found that those
stories was reprinted in 1972– Adventure Comics starring Supergirl.
I had read the reprints because I do remember those covers– along with the
Black Canary/Bertha story in Adventure Comics #419.

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