Ms. Victory in her current costume (from the cover of Femforce #82 by Bradford Gorby and Mark Heike)
Originally Holyoke Publishing|
1984 - AC Comics
|First appearance||Captain Fearless #1 (August, 1941)|
|Alter ego||Joan Wayne|
|Place of origin||Earth|
|Notable aliases||Ms. Victory, Rad|
Superhuman Strength |
Miss Victory (later known as Ms. Victory) is an American comic book superheroine who first appeared in Captain Fearless #1 (Aug. 1941), published by Helnit, a publisher that soon afterward evolved into Holyoke Publishing. Ceasing to be published after 1946, she was revived and updated in 1984 as a central character in the Femforce comic-book series published by AC Comics.
Publication history[edit | edit source]
Introduced during the period fans and historians term the Golden Age of Comic Books, the original Miss Victory was created in Captain Fearless #1 (Aug. 1941) by an unknown writer and by artist Charles Quinlan in an untitled, five-page story generally indexed with its opening words, "Introducing Miss Victory". She went on to appear in the second and final issue of Captain Fearless, and subsequently in Holyoke's Captain Aero Comics, beginning with issue #1 (Dec. 1941).
Given no formal origin story, it was left unexplained as to how Miss Victory was able to survive explosions, break free of ropes, or knock down walls. But is clear that in her introduction she had superhuman strength and durability.
She remained as star of a backup feature in the sporadically published Captain Aero Comics through that title's final issue, #26 (Aug. 1946). In 1984, she was revived by writer Bill Black and penciler Mark Heike in AC Comics' Femforce Special #1 (Fall 1984).
Fictional character biography[edit | edit source]
Miss Victory was secretly stenographer Joan Wayne, whose work in a Government department, coupled with her desire to help the war effort, led her to don the patriotic guise of Miss Victory: a tight-fitting, red-white-and-blue costume with a plunging neckline and a V emblem across her chest.
The 1984-revival version also possesses superhuman strength, as well as the ability to fly over short distances. Her true identity is Dr. Joan Wayne, a research scientist in the United States Department of Defense, who in the 1940s developed the "V-47 formula" to increase the strength/stamina of allied troops. The formula, however, only worked on Joan herself, and she became a superheroine. The formula also prevented her from aging, so that the Ms. Victory of today is still a young, attractive woman.
Ms. Victory received an overdose of the related but faulty V-45 formula from the Black Commando which affected her personality, transforming her into the villainous Rad. Eventually, the V-45 formula was removed from her system and she returned to Femforce. In the mid 1990s, Wayne temporarily resigned her leadership of Femforce, and was replaced by her grown daughter Jennifer, the only other person on whom the V-47 formula would work. Jennifer was referred to as the second Ms. Victory. After Joan returned to the Ms. Victory role, Jennifer eventually took V-45 and became the second Rad. Jennifer (as Rad) is not really a villain, but more of an anti-hero. In addition to her daughter, Ms. Victory's family consists of boyfriend, fellow hero Captain Paragon and a cloned son of the couple created by an enemy.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Grand Comics Database: Captain Fearless #1
- Don Markstein's Toonopeida: Miss Victory
- "Miss Victory (01 - 40's)". comicbookdb.com. http://www.comicbookdb.com/character.php?ID=5633. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Femforce Special (1984) - #1". comicbookdb.com. http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=42932. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Ms.Victory Profile: AC Comics". femforce-femfans.com AComics Profiles. http://www.femforce-femfans.com/profiles/joan6.html. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Ms. Victory Profile & Pinups". Superbabes. Archived from the original on 2008-01-23. http://web.archive.org/web/20080123044913/http://rkscroy.tripod.com/msvictorygallery.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
- "Her daughter, Jennifer". femforce-femfans.com AComics Profiles. http://www.femforce-femfans.com/profiles/jen1.html. Retrieved 2008-03-05.
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