Rag Doll (comics)
The Rag Doll is a fictional supervillain in the DC Universe. Rag Doll appears in an episode of The CW television series The Flash on the fifth season played by Troy James. Rag Doll was first introduced as an adversary for the Golden age Flash in a story published in Flash Comics #36, created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Lou Ferstadt. In the Starman series, James Robinson revived the character, his son, Peter Merkel, Jr. most used his father's name as a member of the Secret Six. Peter Merkel, a native of the Midwestern United States, was born with a unique condition, "triple-jointedness". Like the more common "double-jointedness", Merkel's condition was characterized by extensible ligaments and tendons, though to a extended degree; the son of a side-show barker, Merkel found work in a small local carnival as a contortionist and eccentric dancer. In the early 1940s, the carnival fell on hard times and Merkel found himself out of work. Wandering the streets, Merkel despaired of having money. Seeing large boxes of toys being loaded into a department store, Merkel hit on the idea of hiding himself in one of the large rag dolls and robbing the store after closing.
Going unnoticed among the toys, Merkel carried his idea one step further: He would rob while still hidden in the Rag Doll suit. In these earliest days of costumed villains, the idea seemed novel and Merkel decided that no one would believe that a Rag Doll could commit crime. In time, the legend of the Rag Doll grew wide. Petty crooks began to take advantage of his criminal success. In 1943, the Rag Doll moved his operation to Keystone City. There he had his thugs deliver him as a gift to a young heiress named Geralda Cummins; the young girl was holding a much-touted party for her circle of socialites and the Rag Doll aimed to take advantage of the situation. To coordinate the event, Cummins had selected Joan Williams who had begun a party and festival business, it was decided that each of the wealthy guests would donate $10,000 in defense bonds to serve as a prize in a treasure hunt. Whoever solved the hunt first, won the prize. Unknown to Joan, the doll Geralda had received as a gift was listening and planning a much different outcome.
The next evening, the guests gathered to hear the reading of the first clue. As the guests departed, the Rag Doll signaled his thugs to follow them to the museum while he stayed to interrogate Joan Williams, his ploy was delayed however, by the untimely arrival of the Flash. While the Rag Doll remained in hiding and the Flash departed for the museum to provide the next clue. On their arrival, they were waylaid by the Rag Doll's thugs. While the Flash made short work of the henchmen, the Rag Doll himself drugged Joan with chloroform and stole the remaining clue. With these, he could find the treasure himself. With the henchmen wrapped up, the Flash returned to find Joan amnesiac from the chloroform and with no recollection as to the location of the bonds. Taking the first clue, the Flash began to solve the puzzle at super-speed and intercepted the Rag Doll on the 4th clue, at a local aquarium; the Rag Doll got the jump on Garrick with a swift blow to the skull and dumped the hero into an aquarium containing a giant octopus.
He raced back to the Cummins estate to solve the treasure hunt with the 5th clue. Meanwhile, the Flash came to and after a tussle with hotly pursued the criminal, he arrived just in time to see the Rag Doll pull the defense bonds out of their hiding place in the Cummins' grand piano. And tying the villain in knots, the Flash returned the gift and carted the outlandish criminal off to the Keystone City Jail. Flash is reported to have had several other encounters with the Rag Doll over the years but none have been recorded. In the mid-1970s, the Rag Doll became a pawn in a rather bizarre series of robberies. After an encounter with the Thinker, the Rag Doll became brainwashed to commit crimes based on dolls; when the Flash intercepted the criminal, mundane "accidents" befell the elder speedster, undermining his self-confidence. The Thinker's plan was to destroy the Flash's self-esteem to the point that the hero would be too ineffectual to stop his grander plans; the Thinker was undone however, by a surprise visit from the Silver Age Flash, Barry Allen, who captured the former carnival worker.
Allen noticed a bizarre aura around the heads of Garrick and Merkel, suggesting that each was being manipulated in some way. At Merkel's interrogation, the Rag Doll swore that he had no recollection of any crimes, convincing Allen that there was a greater force at work. Switching Merkel for a real rag doll, he convinced Garrick and the Keystone police that a bizarre transmogrification had occurred and that Merkel was somehow dead, he departed, only to return and hide in the evidence room when the Thinker himself paid a visit to confirm the demise of his agent. Caught red-handed, the Thinker was apprehended by the two Flashes and both the Thinker and the Rag Doll were returned to prison. In the early 1980s, the Rag Doll was contacted by the Ultra-Humanite, a long-standing foe of the Justice Society. Along with other elder villains as well as new younger recruits, the Rag Doll became a founding member of the second generation of the Secret Society of Super Villains; the Ultra-Humanite had devised a machine that, for the sacrifice of ten heroes from the Justice Society and Justice League to be held in stasis, all the heroes on Earth would disappear.
Each villain was assigned to dispose of his long-time nemesis and the Rag Doll took the Flash. After delivering a false tip to the Flash, the Rag Doll ambushed the hero
The Suicide Squad is the name of a fictional supervillain team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The first version of the Suicide Squad debuted in The Brave and the Bold #25 and the second and modern version, created by John Ostrander, debuted in Legends #3. One of the two teams saves the world from a threatening race of savages; the modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad is Task Force X—a team of incarcerated supervillains who carry out secret missions in exchange for reduced prison sentences. The Suicide Squad's name alludes to the dangerous nature of their missions; the team is based out of Belle Reve Penitentiary under the directorship of Amanda Waller. Various incarnations of the Suicide Squad have existed throughout the years as depicted in several self-titled comic book series, from its origins in the Silver Age, to its modern-day Post-Crisis reimagining, to the current version, introduced in the 2016 DC Rebirth continuity reboot; the current incarnation of the team appears in the fifth volume of the Suicide Squad comic series, the recurring members include Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc.
The group has appeared in various adaptations, including television series and an eponymous 2016 feature film. Featured in The Brave and the Bold, the original Suicide Squad team included Rick Flag Jr. his girlfriend Karen Grace, Dr. Hugh Evans and Jess Bright; this team was created by artist Ross Andru. The Suicide Squad was revived in the Legends miniseries with writer John Ostrander at the helm; the renewed concept involved the government employing a group of supervillains to perform missions that were suicide runs, a concept popular enough for an ongoing series titled Suicide Squad. The squad was paired together with DC's other government agency, Checkmate—culminating in the Janus Directive crossover. While the Squad is depicted as succeeding on their missions, failure resulted. Ostrander remarked on how Squad stories sometimes purposefully brought in characters to be killed off; the team's name, Suicide Squad, relates to the idea that this group of characters is sent on dangerous and difficult missions—suicide missions.
Suicide Squad lasted 66 issues, along with one special. After the series' cancellation in 1992, the Squad went on to make several guest appearances in titles such as Superboy, Hawk & Dove and Adventures of Superman. Suicide Squad was published in 2001, written with art by Paco Medina. Though the series' first issue featured a Squad composed of Giffen's Injustice League members, the roster was promptly slaughtered, save for Major Disaster and Multi-Man; these developments prompt Sgt. Rock, by now written into the role of squad leader, to recruit new members—numerous of whom died during the missions they undertook. Suicide Squad was an eight-issue miniseries published in 2007, it featured the return of writer John Ostrander, with art by Javier Pina. The story focused on the return of Rick Flag Jr. and the formation of a new Squad for the purpose of attacking a corporation responsible for the development of a deadly bio-weapon. Suicide Squad debuted as part of DC Comics' line-wide New 52 continuity reboot in 2011.
The relaunched book was written by Adam Glass, with art by Ransom Getty. Amanda Waller once again directs the group from behind the scenes; this series concluded in 2014, with issue #30. New Suicide Squad was launched in July 2014. Written by Sean Ryan with art by Jeremy Roberts, the new series continues to feature Deadshot and Harley Quinn, with Deathstroke, Black Manta, Joker's Daughter added to the mix; the original Suicide Squad appeared in six issues of the Bold. Although this early incarnation of the team did not have the espionage trappings of Squads, it laid much of the groundwork for squad field leader Rick Flag Jr.'s personal history. The team's administrator Amanda Waller was introduced in the Legends miniseries, with the original Silver Age Squad's backstory fleshed out further in Secret Origins #14; the original Suicide Squad first appears in The Brave and the Bold #25. Team members appearing in the debut issue include physicist Jess Bright; the characters have follow-up appearances in issues #26, #27 and #37-#39.
The team's introductory story depicts them being called in to deal with a super-heated red-hued object, called the "Red Wave", heading toward a seaside resort and boiling the ocean along the way. They travel in a plane equipped with a analysis lab. Follow-up appearances show the team dealing with a variety of challenges: a meteor storm, a giant serpent in the Paris subway tunnels, a giant monster that captures Karin and a nuclear bomb. Issues # 38 and # 39 show the team meeting the leader of the Cyclops. In the midst of Darkseid's attempt to turn humanity against Earth's superheroes via his minion Glorious Godfrey, Amanda Waller assigns Rick Flag Jr. leadership of a reformed Task Force X. Blockbuster, Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang and Enchantress comprise Task Force X; the squad's first mission is to eliminate Darkseid's rampaging fire elemental Brimstone. Waller dismisses th
House of Secrets (DC Comics)
The House of Secrets is the name of several mystery and horror comics anthologies published by DC Comics. It is notable for being the title, it had a companion series titled House of Mystery. The original Silver Age series ran 80 issues, from November/December 1956 to September/October 1966. In addition to short, "one-off" stories, several issues featured the adventures of modern-dress sorcerer Mark Merlin who first appeared in issue #23; the dual-personality super villain Eclipso was created by Bob Haney and Lee Elias and was introduced in issue #61 and continued to the series' end. Prince Ra-Man the Mind-Master bowed in #73 and was a Doctor Strange-style "replacement" for Mark Merlin. Prince Ra-Man twice battled Eclipso; the "Prince Ra-Man" feature ended in House of Secrets #80, the final issue of the series. Other, lesser continuing features included "Peter Puptent, Explorer"; the series was revived three years with a definite article as The House of Secrets, beginning with issue #81. Now its horror and suspense tales were introduced by a host named Abel, who would host the satirical comic Plop!.
His brother Cain hosted House of Mystery. Swamp Thing first appeared in House of Secrets #92 in a stand-alone horror story set in the early 20th century written by Len Wein and drawn by Bernie Wrightson; the woman appearing on the cover of this issue was modeled after future comics writer Louise Simonson. The Patchwork Man, a character from the Swamp Thing ongoing series, was to have become an ongoing feature in the series but only appeared in one issue; the revival of House of Secrets, sporting many covers by Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, ran through issue #154, with six months passing between #140 and #141. Cancelled as a result of the DC Implosion, it was "merged" into The Unexpected with issue #189, through issue #199; the series was 68 ad-free pages. The House of Secrets came to be the name of the actual edifice in which Abel lives. Writer Mike Friedrich and artist Jerry Grandenetti explained its origins; the building itself was constructed for a Senator Sanderson using only materials from Kentucky, went under the enchantment that only pure-blood Kentuckians would be able to live there.
Sanderson's wife went insane in the upper floors, leading the Senator to sell the house. The next four owners, none of them pure Kentuckians, found themselves driven away for various reasons; the following owner attempted to move the home from its original location, but the house tore itself free from its trailer, ran its owner over a cliff to his death, settled less than 200 yards from the Kentucky state line in a graveyard. Whether by fate or some mystical alignment, the companion House of Mystery stands at the other end of the graveyard. Shortly after this, Abel was driven to the house and entrusted as its caretaker by a man who revealed himself to be an aspect of the House's existence, but making vague references to an employer. Abel was showing living in the House of Mystery in the quarterly DC Special #4, published one month earlier. In the 1980s and 1990s The Sandman series revealed that the House of Secrets edifice exists both in the real world of the DC Universe and in The Dreaming, as a repository for secrets of all kinds.
The character of Abel would become a recurring character in The Sandman and related series such as The Dreaming. DC's Vertigo imprint revived the name House of Secrets as concept. Here the House of Secrets was a mobile manor; the building itself is haunted by the Juris, a group of ghosts who summon those with secrets in order to judge them and pass sentence. To the Juris, all offenses carry the same weight, from rape and murder to lying at a crucial moment. A runaway named Rain Harper stumbled upon the House of Secrets and took up a position as an unwilling witness to the Juris trials, validating the judgments and either condemning the tried souls to imprisonment in the basement, or setting them free to live their life purged of their secret. Starting fresh with a new #1, this series ran 25 issues, plus a two-part House of Secrets: Facade special; this House of Secrets series was creator-owned except for its title, "licensed" by DC to the series' creators. The letters column in issue #6 indicates that for legal reasons, they could not include Cain and Abel in the stories.
This series was used for the framing story in the first Vertigo Winter's Edge special, featuring Rain happening upon an art gallery in the house whose paintings allow her to see stories from The Sandman, The Dreaming, The Invisibles, The Books of Magic, The Minx, Sandman Mystery Theatre and Nevada. In the mid-2000s, the Secret Six made their headquarters in the House of Secrets. Scandal stated in issue five of Villains United that the House would not show up on technological scans or mystical surveillance, she said that Mockingbird claimed the House was a "house of victims." The House of Secrets appeared in the Young Justice episode "Secrets". In the series it was depicted as a magic shop across the street from the house of Greta and Billy Hayes; the Jack Kirby Omnibus includes stories from House of Secrets #3–4, 8, 12, 304 pages, August 2011, ISBN 1-4012-3107-1 Showcase Presents: Eclipso collects Eclipso stories from House of Secrets #61–80, 296 pages, August 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2315-X Showcase Presents: House of Secrets Volume 1 collects House
Secret Society of Super Villains
The Secret Society of Super Villains is a group of supervillains appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. First introduced in their own eponymous series with issue #1, the group consists of enemies of members of the Justice League of America. Editor Gerry Conway created the team to be "a kind of'evil' Justice League". Since other editors were somewhat possessive towards the more popular DC Comics supervillains, Conway resorted to sifting through DC's back issues in search of members selecting a lineup of obscure and/or forgotten villains; the first issue of Secret Society of Super Villains was drafted with artwork by Pablo Marcos. According to Conway's assistant Paul Levitz, Custom in those years was for the editor to bring the finished inks of an issue in to Carmine for a cover conference, during which Carmine would sketch a cover design in pen on typing paper. While I wasn’t in the room, I recall Gerry coming back down the hall to his office, confused, as Carmine had looked through the issue wanting to see the villains’ clubhouse or headquarters, when that wasn’t in the book, asking Gerry to redo it.
In my time at DC in Carmine’s years, this was the most significant change in an issue I recall his asking for at that late stage. In the original story, Darkseid founds the group under the title of the Brotherhood of Crime in a bid to hold the world ransom by stealing the world's deadliest nerve gas; the group, made up of Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd, Star Sapphire, a clone of Manhunter, turns on their benefactor when Manhunter raises the issue of Darkseid's history of trying to enslave humanity. Darkseid is revealed to be an android. Manhunter suspects Darkseid controls it from afar and suggests forming the Secret Society of Super Villains to combat Darkseid while pursuing their own goals. Due to the delays caused by having to redo the first issue from scratch, Conway assigned David Anthony Kraft to script the next three issues of Secret Society of Super Villains over his plots. After issue #4 both Conway and Kraft abruptly left DC, leading to a mad scramble to produce a fill-in issue. Jack C. Harris took over as editor, Conway returned as writer only with issue #8, but artists on the series rotated nearly as as the lineup of the titular supergroup, with Rich Buckler, Mike Vosburg, Dick Ayers all contributing short stints as penciler, while inkers changed from issue to issue.
Harris felt that the series' mediocre sales might have been his fault: "The cover concepts were one of my editorial duties. Rich Buckler turned my ideas into the best he could do, but I never felt as if my ideas were good enough for his art. I think there was a ‘sameness’ to my ideas which might have hurt the title in that casual readers might have missed buying an issue because they thought they’d seen it."Secret Society of Super Villains was cancelled with issue #15 as part of the DC Implosion. Issue #16 was at the printer at the time of the cancellation and would have been the final issue, but writer Bob Rozakis appealed to DC to pull the issue since it was the beginning of a three-part story and he did not want to leave the readers hanging. Issue #17 was near completion at the time, both it and issue #16 would see publication of a sort in the printed Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2. Issue # 18, which concluded the three-part story, was never drawn. Rozakis revealed where the story would have gone had the series not been cancelled in a weekly column for Silver Bullet Comics.
This series, along with the unpublished #16 & #17, were collected in a two-volume hardcover edition with the volumes published in 2011 and 2012, respectively. First organized by Darkseid, the Secret Society of Super-Villains were based out of the Sinister Citadel in San Francisco. From early on, the team was plagued with power struggles. Lex Luthor, Gorilla Grodd, Funky Flashman all sought to control the powerful team. After discovering the true identity of their benefactor, the team rebelled against the alien overlord. To quash their uprising, Darkseid sent Kalibak. At the end of the struggle, Manhunter sacrificed himself to kill Darkseid. After this, the team splintered, with Luthor, the Wizard, Gorilla Grodd and Flashman leading the team at different times. However, the Wizard proved to be the most tenacious and created the definitive incarnation of the SSoSV, they went on to fight the original Crime Syndicate of America of Earth-Three and the Justice Society of America. While traveling between dimensions, back on Earth-1 Silver Ghost, Mirror Master and Copperhead formed yet another team and fought the Freedom Fighters.
The Wizard's group returned from Earth-2 and battled against the Justice League of America aboard their satellite headquarters. At one point in the battle, the two teams swapped bodies, allowing the supervillains to discover the true identities of their nemeses. After gaining the upper hand, the Justice League wiped the memories of the supervillains, precipitating Identity Crisis and the formation of the current Society years later. Notable in this series' run is the first appearance of Captain Comet in over 20 years as well as the introduction of a new Star Sapphire. Both were regular; the next incarnation of the Secret Society was organized by the Ultra-Humanite, who organized foes of both Earth-One's Justice League of America and Earth-Two's Justice Society of America. This marked the first appearance of the now-classic albino ape bod
Dale Eaglesham is a Canadian comic book illustrator, working in the American industry since 1986. He is best known for his work on titles like Conan, Green Lantern, Villains United, Justice Society of America and Fantastic Four. In 2008, the Shuster Awards selected him as Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Artist of the year. Eaglesham has worked with DC Comics, Dark Horse, CrossGen, among others, he worked for DC Comics for several years, before returning to Marvel in early 2009. There, his high-profile work includes pencilling Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier, he worked on Incredible Hulk for a three-issue arc with writer Greg Pak. On February 15, 2011, Marvel announced that it was bringing back Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, with writers Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak as the writing team, Eaglesham on pencils. Speaking about the project, the Canadian artist said "I'm pretty excited to build a Canadian superteam into a force in the mainstream...there's a lot of depth to these characters and a lot of potential.
If there's anything different in my approach at all, it'll be an authenticity to the locales because this is where I live."One feature of Eaglesham's work for the first two years of his return to Marvel was that his projects were uninked, in other words colored and shot directly from his finished pencils. His work on Fantastic Four and Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier earned him the nickname "The Evolutionary Jack Kirby," referring to Eaglesham's ability to keep his art fresh and innovative while paying homage to classic comic book art. Previous work for DC Comics included the Villains United series, written by Gail Simone, he is known for his work inaugurating Batman: Gotham Knights, as well as his two-year run on Green Lantern, which included the landmark issue #150 featuring Jim Lee's new Kyle Rayner costume and the "Hate Crimes" story arc featured in The New York Times and on the Phil Donahue talk show. He wrapped up his award-winning run on Justice Society of America in December 2008, with his final issue released in April 2009.
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Secret Six (comics)
The Secret Six is the name of three different fictional comic book teams in the DC Comics Universe, plus an alternate universe's fourth team. Each team has had six members, led by a mysterious figure named Mockingbird, whom the characters assume to be one of the other five members; the third, villainous incarnation of the Secret Six was rated by IGN as the fourth Best Comic Run of the Decade in 2012. The Secret Six first appeared during the Silver Age of comics in the initial team's seven-issue title Secret Six. Unusually, the premiere issue's story began on the cover, continued on the interior's page one; this strike team of covert operatives consisted of August Durant, Lili de Neuve, Carlo di Rienzi, Mike Tempest, Crimson Dawn and King Savage. Created by writer E. Nelson Bridwell and artist Frank Springer, the ongoing series ceased publication with the identity of Mockingbird unrevealed; the first two issues were reprinted in The Brave and the Bold #117 and #120. Writer Martin Pasko and artist Dan Spiegle introduced an updated version of the team as an eight-page feature in the omnibus title Action Comics Weekly #601.
They revealed Mockingbird as Durant, who now reunited the team after twenty years while assembling a new team consisting of Mitch Hoberman, Ladonna Jameal, Tony Mantegna, Luke McKendrick, Vic Sommers and Dr. Maria Verdugo; the following issue saw. The feature ran through Action Comics Weekly #612, with DiRienzi succeeding Durant as Mockingbird. A second arc of this team, by writer Pasko and original Silver Age artist Springer, ran in Action Comics Weekly #619–630. DiRienzi died, his son Rafael disappeared amid intimations that he may be the successor Mockingbird; the next version of the team was introduced in Villains United #1. Unlike previous versions of the team, the new Secret Six consists of villainous characters who undertake missions of dubious moral quality and resulting in a high body count; the team consists of the pre-existing DC characters Catman and Cheshire, the newly created Rag Doll, Scandal Savage, a Parademon. Another member, the Fiddler, is killed by Deadshot on order of Mockingbird.
The Parademon is killed and Cheshire betrays the group to the Society, was shot by the Society's Deathstroke, who does not trust her for being a traitor. The Mockingbird for this version of the team is revealed to be Lex Luthor. In the 2006 Secret Six limited series, revealed as a mole infiltrating the Society in Villains United, has joined the group to be with her lover, Scandal. At the end of issue #1, Catman asks the Mad Hatter to be the sixth member of the group. While Catman meets with the Mad Hatter, Doctor Psycho orchestrates a series of attacks designed to wipe out the Six. Hatter is kicked off the team by Rag Doll, who says that one eccentric fop in the group is enough, his replacement is Harley Quinn, who quits. In Birds of Prey issues #104–108, the Secret Six face off against Oracle's Birds of Prey in Russia for the soul of Tora. After Harley Quinn quit the team, they disbanded. Subsequently, in Birds of Prey #109, Knockout was attacked and killed by the same assassin, stalking the New Gods and killing them off, one by one.
Earlier in the issue, Knockout comments in passing that Catman was going soft, Deadshot had returned to the Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn is reformed in Countdown #43. Scandal Savage, Rag Doll and Catman were seen in Salvation Run. DC launched a new Secret Six series in September 2008, reuniting Catman, Deadshot and Rag Doll, adding Bane and an original character named Jeannette, who appeared in the third issue; the Six have been hired to retrieve Tarantula from Alcatraz Island, find a card which she stole from "Junior", a mysterious villain who runs the entire West Coast mob. This Junior has the entire villain community at her beck and call, all afraid of her those in Arkham Asylum; the Six learn that the card in question was made by Neron, says "Get Out of Hell Free". Soon, the Six are attacked by a small army of supervillains, all wanting to recover the card and collect the reward of $20 million for each of the Six, under the orders of Junior, who captures and tortures Bane, whose strong principles and moral convictions, paired with his fatherly fondness of Scandal, keep him from betraying his new team.
It is revealed that Junior is in fact Rag Doll's sister and daughter of the first Rag Doll. She has the ghastly appearance of an old clown, with sliced skin and eyes stitched wide open to give the appearance of a clown; the Six escape and head for Gotham City, with Deadshot betraying them and leaving with Tarantula. The Six manage to catch up to Deadshot, was attacked by Junior, the supervillains, the Mad Hatter, revealed to be the one who hired them so they would be killed. Tarantula sacrifices herself by pulling herself and Junior in front of the supervillains' combined attack destroying the card along with them. However, it is shown that Scandal is now in possession of it. Although the current incarnation of the Secret Six are technically supervillains, several members of the team are treated sympathetically and come across as heroic, if only on the virtue of the team encountering individuals who are more bloodthirsty and villainous. In a new storyline starting with issue #10 titled "Depths", the Six have been hired by a new villain
Gail Simone is an American writer of comic books. Best known for penning DC's Birds of Prey, her other notable works include Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom and Wonder Woman. In 2011, she became the writer for Batgirl. Though fired from Batgirl in December 2012 by the title's incoming editor, Brian Cunningham, she was rehired on December 21 after DC received backlash from fans, she became the writer for a new Red Sonja series in 2013 with Dynamite Entertainment, for the 2017 series Crosswind from Image Comics. A former hairdresser who had studied theater in college, Simone first came to fan attention through Women in Refrigerators, a website founded in 1999 by a small group of comics fans, including Simone, in response to a scene in Green Lantern #54, in which the titular hero's girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, was murdered and her corpse shoved in a refrigerator for the hero to find; the site was dedicated to identifying female superheroes, killed, raped, or otherwise suffered traumatic indignities as a plot device for a male character.
The site brought her into contact with many people working in the comics industry. Her column You'll All Be Sorry! appeared weekly on Comic Book Resources. Topics ranged from satirical summaries of comic books to fan fiction parodies. Simone worked for Bongo Comics, her contributions include stories for Simpsons Comics, an annual Treehouse of Horror special, regular scripts for Bart Simpson Comics. Simone penned many Sunday strips for the syndicated Simpsons comic strip. Following her Simpsons work, Simone entered the comics mainstream with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool; when Deadpool was canceled and relaunched as Agent X, Simone continued as writer, but left the series after a conflict with the series' editor. Simone returned to pen the concluding arc to Agent X, some months after the series' initial cancellation. After the dispute with Marvel, Simone moved on to DC Comics, where she was given the Birds of Prey title in 2003 featuring the all-female group consisting of Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk.
Simone took over Action Comics with John Byrne penciling. Simone continued her other projects, including the 2005 Villains United limited series – part of the "Infinite Crisis" crossover – in which she revitalized the Catman character, she wrote a two-issue story arc that focused on the new Hawk & Dove for the third Teen Titans series, with Rob Liefeld penciling. While Simone maintained her usual enthusiastic stance, fandom was quick to lambast the promotional art Liefeld produced in tandem with the PR announcement; the controversy lay with Liefeld more than with Simone, a situation Simone acknowledged on the DC Comics message boards soon after the first Simone/Liefeld issue reached stores. In 2005 Simone wrote a Villains United limited series spin-off, entitled Secret Six, which led to an ongoing series that debuted in September 2008 and finished with the rest of DC's titles prior to the September 2011 New 52 relaunch. Other work by Simone includes a run on the Superman title Action Comics, a brief stint on The Legion, a Rose and Thorn limited series at DC Comics, a revitalization of Wildstorm's Gen¹³.
For Oni Press, Simone wrote Killer Princesses with co-creator and artist Lea Hernandez, Gus Beezer specials for Marvel Comics. Simone wrote an Atom series, based on ideas by Grant Morrison and penciled by her Action Comics artist, John Byrne and Mike Norton. Other work includes a Gen¹³ series and a creator-owned project about a retirement community of super-heroes, Welcome to Tranquility, for Wildstorm. Simone was a contributor to Tori Amos's Comic Book Tattoo. On April 12, 2007, DC announced that Simone would be the new regular writer of the third volume of Wonder Woman, first scheduled to start with issue #13 but changed to #14. Simone is notable for being Wonder Woman's longest-running female writer and has erroneously been credited as the first woman to write the character, when she was in fact preceded by Joye Hummel, Mindy Newell, Trina Robbins, Jodi Picoult. In early 2010 she was named as the writer for Birds of Prey under the "Brightest Day" banner. Simone was replaced on Wonder Woman by J. Michael Strazcynski, right after the book was renumbered to issue 600, but remained writer for the ongoing Birds of Prey and Secret Six titles.
A second Welcome to Tranquility limited series was published in 2010. In June 2011, it was announced that Simone would be collaborating with co-writer Ethan Van Sciver on a revamped Firestorm series starring Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch and that her ongoing series Secret Six had been cancelled, she subsequently left Birds of Prey, was succeeded by Duane Swierczynski. Simone left The Fury of Firestorm with issue #6. In 2011, Simone contributed to The Power Within, a Kickstarter-funded comic book that focuses on teen bullying; that same year, as part of DC Comics' New 52 initiative, Simone wrote the new Batgirl title starring Barbara Gordon. The first issue of that series was published in September 2011, in it, Simone introduced a character named Alysia Yeoh, revealed to be transgender, the first major transgender character written in a contemporary context in a mainstream comic book. In November 2012, various press reported rumors that her exclusivity deal with DC was coming to an end, that she was leaving the Batgirl title and DC.
On December 9, 2012 Simone revealed that her departure was not voluntary, that she had been fired from Batgirl the preceding Wednesday by the book's new editor, Brian Cunningham. By December 21, Simone was back writing Batgirl. In Februar