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The inspiration for Hellcat, incarnations of the character have been part of Agents of Atlas, Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special, Girl Comics, Masks, Protectors, The Saint and The Twelve.

  • The first Black Fury debuted on April 6, 1941 as a Sunday comic strip distributed by the Bell Syndicate, and created by artist Tarpé Mills. Originally called the Black Fury, she eventually became known as Miss Fury; her alter ego was wealthy socialite Marla Drake. Miss Fury wore a skintight catsuit when fighting crime, and had no superpowers. The Miss Fury strip ran until 1952. Marvel Comics (then known as Timely Comics) reprinted her Sunday strips in comic book form from 1942 to 1946.
  • In 1979 Archival Press reissued her early adventures in graphic novel format, with new covers by Mills.

Tarpé Mills' Miss Fury was revived in a four-issue mini-series published in 1991 by Adventure Comics (an imprint of Malibu Comics). In that series, we learned that the new Miss Fury (Marlene Hale) is the granddaughter of the original. Marlene's Aunt Stephanie also becomes a costumed adventurer, called The Black Fury. A battle between the two ends when both fall into a vat of chemicals.

  • This version of Miss Fury would return in Malibu Comics' Protectors series, in issues 10–12. Black Fury (who no longer remembers her own name due to the earlier accident) has kidnapped the grandson of President Brian O'Brien (O'Brien was formerly The Clock). Miss Fury helps the Protectors rescue the boy, but Black Fury slips away.
  • Miss Fury would continue to appear in the pages of The Protectors until the series ended with issue #20 in 1994.

The original Miss Fury appeared in 2008 when Marvel Comics published the first issue of the series The Twelve. She was depicted as part of an army of 1940s costumed heroes storming Berlin, Germany during the final days of World War II.

  • In 2011, IDW's "Library of American Comics" put out a collection of strips covering 1944-49.
  • In April of 2013, Dynamite Entertainment began publishing a comic book with an updated version of the Golden Age Miss Fury.