Huntress (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)(02 - H. Wayne)
Real Name: Helena Wayne
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None. She was just a chick with a grudge.
Still, she did have access to all of Mom and Dad's toys. Not only did she get the wealth of the Wayne Estate, the benefit of an incredibly well-rounded education, and a genetic predisposition for athletic perfection--but she also got the best of the two coolest utility belts in the DCU. She was undoubtedly most famous, however, for creating a special tool for her own use. This Huntress carried a crossbow.
Plenty. She was only human, you know.
Helena Wayne was the offspring of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, the Batman and Catwoman of Earth 2. Despite her heroic heritage, she didn't seem particularly destined to protect Gotham by night. Instead, the heiress to one of the world's largest fortunes seemed as if she was going to fight crime from behind a lawyer's desk. After a youth of training and the best education money could buy, she joined the law firm of Cranston and Grayson--as in Dick Grayson (Robin).
While in her first days at the firm, however, her mother was blackmailed into breaking out the whip again. After a number of years as plain, simple "Selina", the Catwoman was back. But not for long. She was murdered soon after coming out of retirement.
Like other members of the extended "bat family", the traumatic death of a parent would send Helena on a hunt for revenge in a cape and cowl. She emerged as "the Huntress".
After a few solo adventures, mostly having to do with following up leads on her mother's death, she soon came to join the Justice Society of America, where she remained until the Crisis hit. At the JSA she met--and soon became best friends with--Power Girl. The two were a reflection of the friendliest versions of the Batman/Superman relationship, and served as a kind of prototype for other "gal pal" team-ups, such as Birds of Prey. Their relationship was rendered strongly, as the logical, centered, deductive Huntress naturally compliments the emotionally vulnerable, impulsive, meta-gifted Power Girl. Testament to the iconic strength of the duo is given by the fact that the duo appeared on the cover of issue 3 of 2005's JSA Classified. It is not an exaggeration to say they are the "poster girls" of Earth 2.
They were, sadly, also the victims of Earth 2. During the later events of the Crisis, Huntress was attempting to rescue some children when she was seriously injured by the Anti-Monitor's henchmen, then buried while still (barely) alive.
The Huntress' experience of Crisis on Infinite Earths serves as an example of what the Crisis was like to those on the non-surviving side. As the parallel worlds collapsed into a single universe, parts of Helena's life simply disappeared, even though the Huntress remained alive. Indeed, the Huntress lived long enough to actually see the graves of Bruce and Selina Wayne vanish, and to have her memories of her secret identity's past hijacked.
The fact of her physical death was, in the end, a mere technicality. Had the sequence of events in motion at the time of her death been allowed to continue to their conclusion, she would have merely winked out of existence.
On an unrelated note, it's interesting that her father never knew she was the Huntress. She didn't take the identity until he was already in failing health, so the failure of the "World's Greatest Detective" to know that his own daughter was a caped crime fighter is perhaps excusable. She kept her alter-ego a secret because Bruce explicitly forbade her from "joining the family business"--especially after that lifestyle got his wife murdered.
First Appearance: All-Star Comics (1940) #69
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Adventure Comics (1938)
#461 All-Star Comics (1940)
- '[Flash; Deadman; Aquaman; JSA; Wonder Woman]'#462
- '[Flash; Deadman; Aquaman; JSA; W.W.] Death of E2 Batman'#463
- '[Flash; Deadman; Aquaman; JSA; W.W.]'#464
- '[Flash; Deadman; Aquaman; JSA]'#465
- '[Flash; Deadman; Aquaman; JSA]'#466
- '[Flash; Deadman; Aquaman; JSA]'
#69 All-Star Squadron (1981)
- 'United We Fall!'#70
- 'A Parting Of The Ways!'#71
- 'The Deadliest Game in Town!'#72
- 'A Thorn By Any Other Name'#73
- 'Be It Ever So Deadly...'#74
- 'World On The Edge Of Ending'
#15 America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
- 'Master of Worlds and Time!'
#1 Batman [FIN] (1987)
- 'I Accuse'#2
- 'Trial By Congress'#3
- 'Hostile Witness'#4
- 'D-Day For Degation'
Batman In The Seventies (2000)
TPB Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
- 'Batman In The Seventies'
Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! (1982)
#15 Countdown (2007)
- 'Crisis on Earth-C-Minus!'
Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland (2011)
HC Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
- 'Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland'
#5 Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#5 (UPC)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#7
- 'Beyond The Silent Night'#9
- 'War Zone'#10
- 'Death at the Dawn of Time'#11
- 'Final Crisis'
DC Challenge (1985)
#11 DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
- 'How Can You be in Two Places at Once When You're Not Anywhere at All?'
HC vol. 08 DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
- 'Justice League of America by George Pérez, Volume Two'
HC DC Sampler (1983)
- 'DC Comics: the Sequential Art of Amanda Conner'
DC Super Stars (1976)
#17 DC Universe Special: Justice League of America (2008)
- 'Secret Origins of Super-Heroes'
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Infinity Inc. (1984)
Annual 01 JSA All-Stars (2010)
- 'Green Dreams & Precious Illusions'#1
- 'Generations Part 2: A Gauntlet Hurled!'#3
- 'Generations Part 3: Solomon Grundy Goes Hollywood!'#4
- 'Generations Part 4: Origins and Outcasts!'#5
- 'Generations Part 5: Dead Men's Bluff!'#6
- 'Generations Part 6: Divide -- And Be Conquered!'#7
- 'Generations Part 7: Past Glories -- Future Tears!'#8
- 'Generations Part 8: Atomic Dreams - - Nuclear Nightmares!'#9
- 'Generations Part 9: How Green Was My Victory!'#10
- 'Generations Finale: A Dark and Deadly Place!'#11
- 'Aftermath and Prologue'#12
- 'Press Conference!'#21
- 'Shadows At Midnight!'#22
- 'Uncivil Wars!'#24
- 'Back From The Future!'#25
- 'Business As Usual...'#30
- 'What Private Griefs...'
JSA: Classified (2005)
#4 Justice League of America (1960)
- 'Power Trip, Part IV'
#159 Justice Society of America (2007)
- 'Crisis From Yesterday!'#160
- 'Crisis From Tomorrow!'#166
- 'The Long Way Home'#171
- 'The Murderer Among Us: Crisis Above Earth-One!'#172
- 'I Accuse...'#172 (Whitman variant)
- 'I Accuse...'#183
- 'Where Have All The New Gods Gone?'#184
- 'Crisis Between Two Earths'#185
- 'Crisis On Apokolips Or Darkseid Rising!'#195
- 'Targets On Two Worlds'#207
- 'Book One: Crisis Times Three!'#208
- 'Book Three: The Bomb-Blast Heard 'Round the World!'#209
- 'Let Old Acquaintances Be Forgot...'#219
- 'Crisis In The Thunderbolt Dimension!'#220
- 'The Doppelganger Gambit'
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Power Girl (2006)
The Batman Family (1975)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
#184 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'The Batman's Last Christmas!'
#10 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Gunner & Sarge to Hyena'#12
- 'Jonny Double to Kong'
#5 Wonder Woman (1942)
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
Wonder Woman (Australian) (1983)
- 'The Five-Sided Square!'
Infinity, Inc. (01 - JSA Offshoot)
Justice Society of America (DC)
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