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When We First Met – Marvel Witches

Every week we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!'” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

Today we look at the debuts of four notable witches. Jennifer Kale, Topaz and Satana because they actually appeared in a comic book series called Witches and Agatha Harkness just because she is awesome.

In Adventure into Fear #11, Steve Gerber, Rich Buckler and Jim Mooney debuted Jennifer Kale, a young would-be magician…

The Man-Thing, obviously, saves the day…

Jennifer eventually becomes close to the Man-Thing and becomes a much more powerful magician.

Topaz made her debut in Werewolf by Night #13 by Marv Wolfman, Mike Ploog and Frank Chiaramonte…

In Vampire Tales #2, Roy Thomas and John Romita gave us a memorable debut of Satana….

Finally, in Fantastic Four #94 by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Joe Sinnott, we meet Franklin Richards’ governess, Agatha Harkness…

That’s it for this week! If you have a suggestion for a future edition, let me know by e-mailing me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com


Agatha gets a much more elaborate hairdo after that first panel. Witchcraft, no doubt. Also, I like how Jennifer Kale just walks away and leaves the book that’s supposed to be so precious to her grandfather in the swamp — “Aw, screw it. Book’s no damn good!”

Agatha Harkness. A fun idea for a one-off (Science fiction adventurers in a spooky magic place!), but one of their worse supporting cast members.

Goddamn it, Romita can draw some stuff!

Two interesting tid-bits about two of the Witches: Jennifer Kale isn’t just a powerful sorceress, turned out she’s also Johnny Blaze’s cousin; and Topaz went from being a blonde caucasian to a brunette Indian gypsy. Why? Because Mike Deodato damn well wanted her to, that’s why (he modeled her after his wife, I think?)!

Regarding the Satana piece, where did the souls represented as butterflies thing come from? I’ve seen that several times in comics.

The first appearance of Agatha Harkness was MUCH later than I thought.

I wonder if Ben’s line:
“Who’s gonna open the door… Barnabas, or Quasimodo?”
is suitable for Foggy Ruins Of Time? (Which, I’ve just checked, hasn’t had a new post since a year ago today.)

Quasimodo is obviously The Hunchback Of Notre Dame; I assume Barnabas is Barnabas Collins, the vampire from Dark Shadows? (With the recent movie, is that still foggily ruined, though?)

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