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The Tragic Fate of Angel's Longtime Love, Candy Southern

This is a brand-new feature called "As Cold As Ice." In this feature, we spotlight notable examples of female characters falling victim to the "Women in Refrigerators" trope, which is generally referring to terrible things happening to women as part of an attempt to elicit an emotional response from a male character. Essentially, a female character losing agency and ending up as basically just a plot device in the story of a male character.

Today, we look at the life and death of Angel's longtime love, Candy Southern.

Candy Southern (initially misspelled Sothern) was introduced in X-Men #31 (by Roy Thomas and Werner Roth) as a childhood sweetheart of Warren Worthington that was re-introduced into the series as the writer on the book, Roy Thomas, decided to drop the whole Scott/Warren/Jean love triangle and just have Warren move on...

She meets the rest of the gang the next issue...

Candy then plays a notable role in the Angel spotlight feature in Ka-Zar (and then, when Ka-Zar was canceled, Marvel Tales) that featured a rare Jerry Siegel writing credit for Marvel Comics (Stan Lee always felt bad for Siegel and tried to help him out when he could). Warren is on a date with her when his father is murdered by a new villain, the Dazzler, and Warren bizarrely blames Candy in the second part of the story (in Ka-Zar #3 by Siegel and George Tuska)...

The Dazzler then captured Candy...

It turns out that the Dazzler is Warren's uncle! He murdered his own brother to try to take control of Worthington Industries. In the end, Warren has both his uncle and Candy in his arms in the air but he is forced to drop them. He has to choose who to save and Candy is the easy choice...

This is all after the fact stuff, but just wanted to note that John Byrne used Candy really well in his X-Men: The Hidden Years series with Tom Palmer, as Candy even got to wear a costume when she comes to the X-Men for help with Warren....

When next we see Candy in normal continuity, it's the Incredible Hulk Annual #7 (by Byrne and Bob Layton), where we see Warren is back together with Candy (who had not appeared in the X-Men series after her initial appearances)...

When Angel is brought back to the X-Men in X-Men #132 (by John Byrne, Chris Claremont and Terry Austin), he is still dating Candy...

In Uncanny X-Men #146 (by Claremont, Dave Cokcrum and Joe Rubinstein), Candy is among the X-Men friends and family who get kidnapped by Arcade (and since the main X-Men team is busy, the reserve members have to save them)...

Wolverine ends up driving Angel from the X-Men because he can't bear to be on the same team as Wolverine. During this brief period between superhero teams for the Angel, he and Candy continue to date each other, even sharing a penthouse apartment together...

The X-Men rescue Angel, who had been kidnapped by the Morlocks because they were obsessed with how pretty he was.

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