Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #16!


So long as I am on the theme of cross-company writing, I would be remiss if I did not discuss Steve Englehart and his fascination with the character of Mantis.

Mantis, the martial artist who had the weird habit of speaking of herself as "This one" etc., was a major player during Steve Englehart's Avengers run. The character was written off at about the same time Englehart left the title.

She married an alien and went off to give birth to his child.

Well, Englehart next began a run on Justice League of America, and in issue #142, Mantis showed up! Only this time, she was calling herself Willow. When asked where Willow came from, she remarked "this-one has come from a place she must not name, to reach a place no man must know."

After using her for two issues, Willow went off to give birth to her child. Years later, Englehart wanted to use her in a Madame Xanadu mini-series he was planning, but the mini-series fell through.

Never one to turn down a good idea, Englehart reworked the Madame Xanadu mini-series and did it for Eclipse in 1983 as Scorpio Rose.

In Scorpio Rose, we meet Mantis/Willow, now calling herself Lorelei, who has given birth to her child.

Amusingly enough, later in the 80s, Englehart returned to Marvel, and what did he do? He brought Mantis back, this time with a young son! Dogged determination gets you everywhere!

Well, that's it for me this week!

Feel free to tell me some urban legends you have heard, and I will try to confirm or deny them!

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