Her Highness and Silk

Created by ??
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NAME + ALIASES:
Christopher Freeman

KNOWN RELATIVES:
Unnamed father (deceased)

FIRST APPEARANCE:
National Comics: Eternity #1 (Sept. 2012)

APPEARANCES:

Hit Comics #28–57 (July 1943–March 1949)

 

+ History

Her Highness and Silk spun off from a “Kid Eternity” caper.

 

When one of Highness’ thugs witnessed Eternity’s amazing deeds, the feisty granny set out to exploit his powers for her own selfish ends. Her Highness’ chief agent, Silk, had a pretty face, but she threw a powerful (super-powered?) punch! Silk possessed the pugilistic prowess and speed of a boxing champ. Kid Eternity managed to rescue the kidnapped men, but Her Highness and Silk eluded permanent capture (Hit #25) In their own feature, the ladies took over a Japanese warship and sank it. (#29) In later tales, Silk ceased to display such physical prowess as in her initial appearance.

Her Highness and Silk were the stars of one of comic books' first spin-off strips, certainly the first villain spin-off. The "Her Highness" feature was launched in Hit Comics #28, after their first appearance in a "Kid Eternity" story. After a pair of six-page installments, the series proceeded with five-page episodes until the end.

Her Highness was a comedy staple, the innocent little old lady with granny specs and white hair tied behind her head who was actually a thief. Her accomplice was Silk, an attactive young woman with flowing brown hair and a body-hugging dress. Together, they matched wits with Kid Eternity in his third appearance (HIT #27). They escaped from jail in #28 for a second clash with the Kid (representing her only cover appearance) and moved directly to the center of the book for the debut of their own series.

Future "Roy Raymond" artist Ruben Moreira drew Her Highness' appearances in "Kid Eternity" and her series pilot. Alex Kotzky is speculated to have illustrated other early (and late) episodes of the series while Janice Vallaeu drew a fourteen issue stretch from #35 to 48.

Former COMIC READER editor Mike Tiefenbacher noted that, while "Her Highness and Silk are indeed in the confidence game, they're not very good at it and almost never succeed at actually committing crimes. Silk, in fact, is honest but poor and hungry, while Highness is a pickpocket capable of stealing candy from a baby (which she does in one story). At the end of each tale, they wind up in jail (though the contrast with VILLAINS such as the Cyborg or the Joker is marked)."

After a healthy run in HIT COMICS (surviving longer than most of Quality's super-hero features), Her Highness and Silk entered comics limbo. In 1977, Kid Eternity was adopted into the Fawcett comics universe of Earth-S by E. Nelson Bridwell (SHAZAM! #27), who eventually revealed that the Kid and Freddy (Captain Marvel, Jr.) Freeman were brothers (1982's WORLD'S FINEST #280).

Logically, if Kid Eternity was part of the Marvel Family's world, his rogues gallery would be, too. In the final Marvel Family episode in WORLD'S FINEST (#282, by Bridwell and Gil Kane), Her Highness and Silk returned, unchanged since 1949.

Decades earlier, at a public rally, the Marvels and all their friends had been swept into an ageless limbo by the Sivana (SHAZAM! #1). The two con-women had evidently been working the crowd that day.

Appropriately, Bridwell paired Her Highness with Aunt Minerva, a Captain Marvel foe who was a deceptively unthreatening old woman herself. Using Her Highness and Silk to arrange things with Dudley Batson, Minerva had set up a Marvel Family charity circus performance that would keep the heroes occupied while her gang looted the homes of wealthy families in the audience. They reckoned without Kid Eternity's newfound ties with the Marvels. Recognizing his old sparring partners, the Kid alerted the heroes, used his powers to provide legendary replacements at the circus and helped round up the entire mob.

"Highness," Silk asked as they were marched away, "How many times have I suggested we go STRAIGHT ?"

"As many times as I've told you to SHUT UP, Silk. I will NOT abandon my PRINCIPLES!"

Chris meets Mr. Keeper.

 

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+ Powers

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