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Harlequin

Three of the Harlequins haunt Alan Scott's dreams in Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinal #1.
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For the Joker's sidekick, see Harley Quinn

Harlequin is the name of four clown-themed DC Comics characters. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1740x1232, 1154 KB) Summary DC Comics - Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hells Sentinal #1 Licensing This image is a single panel from a comic strip or the interior of a single issue of a comic book and the copyright for it is... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... All-American Comics was the flagship title for its publisher, also called All-American Comics. ... Robert Kanigher (June 18, 1915 - May 6, 2002) was a prolific comic book writer whose career spanned five decades. ... Irwin Hasen was a cartoonist whose work included the creation of the comic book character Wildcat as well as work on the comic strip Dondi. ... Duela Dent is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... “The Joker” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Sidekick (disambiguation). ... Harley Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) is a fictional character in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the DC Comics Batman series and its spin-offs, and subsequently in various Batman-related comic books. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ...


The original Harlequin was a foe of the Golden Age Green Lantern, and later became his wife. The second Harlequin originally debuted as the Joker's Daughter, and was a member of the Teen Titans. The third Harlequin was a member of the Injustice Unlimited super-villain team, and battled Infinity, Inc.. The fourth Harlequin has only appeared on a few occasions, and is an enemy of Alan Scott. Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ... The Injustice Society (also called the Injustice Society of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ... Infinity Inc. ...

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Molly Mayne

Harlequin

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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance All-American Comics #89 (1947)
Created by Robert Kanigher
Irwin Hasen
Characteristics
Alter ego Molly Catherine Mayne-Scott
Team
affiliations
Injustice Society
Manhunters
Abilities Glasses that projected 3-D holograms

The original Harlequin was Molly Mayne who appeared in stories alongside the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott). DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... All-American Comics was the flagship title for its publisher, also called All-American Comics. ... Robert Kanigher (June 18, 1915 - May 6, 2002) was a prolific comic book writer whose career spanned five decades. ... Irwin Hasen was a cartoonist whose work included the creation of the comic book character Wildcat as well as work on the comic strip Dondi. ... The Injustice Society (also called the Injustice Society of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ... Manhunter is the name given to several different DC Comics superheroes/antiheroes, as well as the Manhunters an entire race of androids created by the Guardians of the Universe, as a forerunner to the Green Lantern Corps. ... Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ...


Mayne developed a crush on Scott and, donning a colorful costume (which included harlequin glasses, a birthday hat, and a mandolin), started a life of crime to attract his attention. Her crimes tended to be harmless and mostly for show, although the two clashed on several occasions in the late 1940s. This article is about the musical instrument. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

A newly rejuvinated Molly Mayne reappears as Harlequin in Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinel #1.
A newly rejuvinated Molly Mayne reappears as Harlequin in Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinel #1.

She briefly joined the Injustice Society until she turned on them by aiding the Justice Society of America. She had a deep running altruistic streak which occasionally led her to join forces with her enemy/would-be love interest. Despite being attracted to Harlequin, Scott never entered into a relationship with her and she eventually gave up in despair. She made a deal with the government in which she went on intelligence missions in return for amnesty for her past crimes and then quietly retired. On one occasion, she assisted Green Lantern, Superman and Lois Lane in capturing another foe of her love, the Sportsmaster. Image File history File links HarlequinMolly2. ... Image File history File links HarlequinMolly2. ... The Injustice Society (also called the Injustice Society of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Years later, after the death of his first wife Rose/Thorn, Alan Scott realized that he had loved Molly all this time and they were married. As the years passed a problem developed for the two; the Starheart (which gave Scott his powers) had reversed his aging processes, so he was physically a young man while Molly had since aged into an old woman. In despair over the rift this had caused between them Molly sold her soul to the demon Neron in return for youth. Her body became that of a young woman (who had the power to create nightmares) but her soul remained in the underworld. Scott fought his way through Hell to obtain it and with the help of the young Green Lantern Kyle Rayner returned it to the Harlequin's body, re-aging her but making her whole once again. Some time thereafter, Scott himself was returned to his true physical age, as well. Rose and Thorn are the two personalities of a character in DC comic books. ... Neron is also an alternative name of the Roman Emperor Nero. ... // In the study of mythology and religion, the underworld is a generic term approximately equivalent to the lay term afterlife, referring to any place to which newly dead souls go. ... For the DJ, see DJ Green Lantern. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ...


Mayne and Scott remain happily married to this day.


Powers

Her primary tool was her glasses which projected realistic three-dimensional holograms, later explained as a gift from the Manhunters as one of their agents. This article is about the photographic technique. ... Manhunter is the name given to several different DC Comics superheroes/antiheroes, as well as the Manhunters an entire race of androids created by the Guardians of the Universe, as a forerunner to the Green Lantern Corps. ...


Duela Dent

Main article: Duela Dent

Duela Dent is the second character to use the Harlequin name. Originally appearing as a villain, she called herself the Joker's Daughter, and soon claimed to be the daughter of numerous other villains. She eventually revealed her true father was Two Face, and soon joined the Teen Titans and renamed herself Harlequin. Duela Dent is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... Two-Face is a fictional character, a supervillain and enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ...


Duela's age has been retconned many times during the course of her history. When introduced she was a teenaged girl, however in later books, she was portrayed as a much older woman. Recently however she's been returned to a far younger age.


In current continuity, her father has been revealed to be The Joker, though this was in an alternate future, so this may or may not be true. Furthermore, Duela continues to claim that just about anyone could be her father. The status of who her mother also is still remains a mystery. She is considered a delusional former member of the original Teen Titans, and is a member of Titans East. She later betrays the evil Titans East when offered membership with the current team. Titans East is the name of several DC Comics teams. ...


She is soon after the first to be killed by a rogue Monitors in the first issue of Countdown
Countdown is a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 9, 2007, directly following the conclusion of the last issue of 52. ...


Marcie Cooper

Harlequin

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Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Infinity, Inc. #14 (1985)
Created by Roy Thomas
Characteristics
Alter ego Marcie Cooper
Team
affiliations
Injustice Unlimited
Abilities Glasses which cause hypnosis and illusions

As a youth, Marcie Cooper was recruited by the Grandmaster to join the Manhunters. Her grandfather, Dan Richards (aka, Manhunter), also encouraged her to join the group as he had years ago. The Manhunters gave her a job working at KGLX radio in Gotham City, alongside Molly Mayne-Scott, who was a former agent called Harlequin. Marcie began dating Northwind, and later Obsidian, both of Infinity, Inc., and infiltrated the superteam from within. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Infinity Inc. ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... The Injustice Society (also called the Injustice Society of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ... Manhunter is the name given to several different DC Comics superheroes/antiheroes, as well as the Manhunters an entire race of androids created by the Guardians of the Universe, as a forerunner to the Green Lantern Corps. ... This article is about the fictional place. ... Northwind is a fictional avian human hybrid published by DC Comics. ... Obsidian is a fictional character who has been both a superhero and supervillain in the DC Comics universe. ... Infinity Inc. ...


When the Manhunters began to strike at Earth, Marcie stole Molly's illusion-casting spectacles, taking the identity of Harlequin. She failed to recruit Obsidian to the Manhunters, and tried to kill her grandfather after he betrayed the Manhunters. Dan Richards was later killed by the Manhunter, Mark Shaw.


Single-minded in her attempt to destroy Infinity, Inc., she joined Injustice Unlimited and masterminded the assassination of Skyman: It was on the wedding night of Hector Hall and Lyta Trevor; Harlequin posed as Jade and used Solomon Grundy as her pawn in killing Skyman. She then took Grundy, gathered the Dummy and took the pair to meet with Artemis, the Icicle, and Hazard. The plan to murder the Infinitors was told to all and put into action. Pat Dugan was used as bait to bring the heroes to Stellar Studios, but the battle went bad for the villains. When Solomon Grundy realized he had been manipulated by Harlequin, he savagely beat her. Aftwerwards she was given over to the authorities. (Infinity Inc 51-53, 1988) The Injustice Society (also called the Injustice Society of the World) is a group of fictional supervillains in the DC Comics universe. ... // [edit] Character history [edit] Star-Spangled Kid The original Star-Spangled Kid was Sylvester Pemberton, a Golden Age character. ... Jade is the codename of Jennie-Lynn Hayden, a fictional character, a superhero from DC Comics. ... Solomon Grundy is a DC Comics character, a large, strong zombie supervillain. ...


Harlequin has not been heard from since (though Roy Thomas has stated she was not killed).


Cooper did make a cameo appearance in Alan Scott's dream sequence in Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinel #1.


Some readers have speculated that she may be the mysterious Harlequin introduced in Green Lantern Quarterly. She is shown standing next to Golden Glider in "Underworld Unleashed" #1, whom some misinterpret as Marcie Cooper herself.


Powers

Harlequin wears special glasses that allows her to hypnotize people and to create realistic illusions in the minds of the people around her. She can even project illusions over television. She also wields a mandolin with an extending handle that can be used as a weapon.


A psychopathic killer, she is not afraid to do whatever it takes to destroy her opponents.


Unknown

Harlequin

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (444x1006, 190 KB) Summary DC Comics - Green Lantern Corps. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern Corps Quarterly # 5 (1993)
Created by Ron Marz
Jim Balent
Characteristics
Alter ego Unknown
Abilities Illusion-casting

A mysterious new Harlequin debuted in issues #5-6 of Green Lantern Corps. Quarterly, and battled Alan Scott. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Ron Marz is an American comic book writer. ... Jim Balent is an American Comic Book illustrator from Pennsylvania. ... Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ...


As a little girl, she discovered she had illusion-casting powers. She learned all about the Green Lantern, Alan Scott, and how the first Harlequin became his lover. She knew it was her destiny to become the next Harlequin and to be with Green Lantern. Alan Scott is a fictional hero from the DC Comics universe and the first superhero to bear the name Green Lantern. ...

The mysterious Harlequin battles Alan Scott.
The mysterious Harlequin battles Alan Scott.

She created illusions of Icicle and Solomon Grundy for Alan Scott to battle, and then revealed herself to him. During that encounter, Scott mysteriously regained his youth. Though at first he thought this an illusion, he later learned that the original consciousness of the Starheart had been reawakened, and M'La had been tortured and slain. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (495x754, 54 KB) Summary http://members. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (495x754, 54 KB) Summary http://members. ... Icicle is the name of two fictional DC Comics supervillains. ... Solomon Grundy is a DC Comics character, a large, strong zombie supervillain. ...


During her battles with Scott, she eventually attacked his wife, Molly Mayne-Scott (the first Harlequin). She created illusions of a decrepit version of Molly, while she flooded Scott's head with visions of them together (in space, as barbarians, as detectives and eventually as medieval warriors). Scott was able to break free when he unleashed his simmering rage against her, and showed her a world where he ruled over Hell, and she was his captive slave. She stopped the battle, and fled away shouting that he had ruined everything, and instantly disappeared into the air.


She returned and made an appearance in Alan's dream sequence in Underworld Unleashed: Abyss - Hell's Sentinel #1. She also appeared in Hell alongside the other villains called by Neron in Underworld Unleashed #1. Neron is also an alternative name of the Roman Emperor Nero. ... Underworld Unleashed was a crossover by DC Comics in 1995. ...


Some readers have speculated that this was Marcie Cooper in a new costume. However, since both women appeared in the group of villains in Underworld Unleashed #1, it is doubtful they are the same person.


During Underworld Unleashed, a character named Fay Moffit became the new Spellbinder, and she bears a striking resemblance (both physically and in terms of powers) to mysterious Harlequin. Although very similar, they appear to be two separate characters. Spellbinder is a name of three DC Comics villains, and versions of the character have appeared on both the Batman Beyond and The Batman animated series. ...


Powers

She has illusion-casting powers similar to her predecessors. However, her illusions are much more intense and powerful than the illusions cast by Molly Mayne and Marcie Cooper. When casting her illusions, if the victim has any minor doubt or little qualm in their mind, they will feel the pain her illusion is inflicting on them.


Other versions

Infinity Inc. - Gay Male Harlequin

Gay male Harlequin from the original Infinity, Inc. pitch.

In the original pitch for the Infinity, Inc. series, creators Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway had planned on using a young gay male as a new Harlequin. Image File history File links IIHarlequin. ... Image File history File links IIHarlequin. ... Infinity Inc. ... Roy Thomas (born November 22, 1940, Missouri, United States) is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lees first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. ... The covers of both the hardcover and the softcover versions of the Power of Shazam! graphic novel by Ordway. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ...


In an interview with Alter Ego, Ordway explains: "Northwind is shown--but at his side (see P. 33) is a new, young, male Harlequin, who Jerry's notes suggest might become "comics' first 'gay' character. Or we could just assume it." Not a bad idea, and maybe we should have played it that way; but we were already going to have two Green Lantern-derived heroes in Infinity, Inc."


Kingdom Come

A new Joker's Daughter appeared in the Kingdom Come mini-series and The Kingdom: Offspring # 1. She is identified as both Joker's Daughter II and Harlequin III in annotations for the series and according to Alex Ross (Both Cooper and the unknown Harlequin introduced in 1993 were apparently overlooked in the preparation of Kingdom Come).[1] The card set calls her a riot girl, who is "one of many to follow the Joker's chaotic style." She is not related to either Duela Dent or the Joker. The cover to Absolute Kingdom Come by Alex Ross (2006) Kingdom Come is a comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics, written by Mark Waid and painted by Alex Ross. ... Cover to Offspring #1 (February 1999). ... Nelson Alexander Alex Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, illustrator and plotter, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. ...


See also

Harley Quinn (real name Dr. Harleen Quinzel) is a fictional character in the animated series Batman: The Animated Series, as well as the DC Comics Batman series and its spin-offs, and subsequently in various Batman-related comic books. ...

References

  1. ^ Kingdom Come #1 Annotations (2000-12-18). Retrieved on 2007-06-10.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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