|First appearance||Black Fury Newspaper Strip #1 (April 6, 1941)|
|Created by||June Tarpe Mills|
|Alter ego||Black Fury, Miss Fury|
Miss Fury is one of the earliest female heroes in the pulp era, featured prominently from 1941 to 1952, created, written, and drawn by June Tarpe Mills, one of the few women in the business at the time.
Powers and Abilities
Miss Fury was a skilled athlete, acrobat, climber, and fighter. She was also a smart amateur detective and very wealthy. Her panther suit was supposedly enchanted by a witch doctor and also had claws. She sometimes used the spiked heels on her costume as weapons in addition to using a whip.
- Of special note regarding Miss Fury's powers is how seldom she used them. In the collection's nearly 200 strips, Marla donned the costume only a handful of times, heeding the warning of her friend — the Brazilian albino Indian and world traveler called Albino Jo — that "with every favor gained through black magic, got two misfortunes."
Public Domain Appearances
- Black Fury/Miss Fury Comic Strip
- The Saint #6
- Miss Fury #1-8
Malibu Comics Appearances
- The Protectors #10-12, 19-20
- Miss Fury has been identified as the first female superhero created and drawn by a woman cartoonist.
- Even though Christian groups attacked the strip, it was still a common sight for American servicemen to paint Miss Fury on the sides of their planes.