Old Sarah Mumford was a witch who with her familiar cat, Greymalkin, witnessed the Black Knight rescue a downed helicopter while he was searching for the missing Captain Britain in order to accompany him on a quest for Merlyn.[1] Later an amnesiac Brian Braddock brought the Black Knight to her cottage in order to heal his injured winged horse, Valinor.[2]

Sarah Mumford (Earth-616) from Hulk Comic (UK) Vol 1 6 0001

As she was gathering fresh herbs in order to heal the wounded animal, she witnessed a stranger coming towards her home and was frightened by him. Fleeing back to the cottage she performed spells in order to hide it from the stranger. After the stranger managed to break into the cottage, she soon realized that he was King Vortigen, leader of the Six Proud-Walkers.[3]

Shortly afterward, the confused Brian Braddock bolted from the cottage into the woods in a vain attempt to flee the strange man. While Brian was wandering confused in the woods, he was under an enchantment to always return to the cottage. Vortigen went out to deal with him while Sarah then told the story of the origins of the Proud-Walkers while waiting for the two men to return. Vortigen was there to aid the heroes against the forces of Mordred.[4]

Sarah Mumford (Earth-616) from Hulk Comic (UK) Vol 1 9 0001

After the heroes departed her home, Sarah and her cottage came under attack by the forces of Mordred. Sarah threw an axe at him, but missed, before her cottage was destroyed and she herself was transformed into a gnarled and leafless tree by Mordred.[5] However, when Valinor ate the one fruit growing from the tree it healed his injuries.

Old Sarah was accompanied at all times by her familiar spirit, the demonic cat Greymalkin. The cat was last seen sitting on the tree which had once been Sarah Mumford.[6]


Limited magical abilities


Elderly woman, later transformed into a tree[6]


Cauldron; spinning Wheel

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