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Flame Goddess
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From Slave Girl Comics #2

Real Name

Sheila Vernow

First Appearance

Slave Girl Comics #2 (1949)

Original Publisher

Avon

Created by

Sid Greene

Golden Age Origin

Sheila Vernow was the sister of archaeologist Neal Vernow who with his friend Cliff Barron was searching in Peru for the lost city of gold known as Chicalmo. Sheila dreamed that Cliff and Neal had discovered the city only to be attacked by the natives. Disturbed by this dream, Shiela talked with Professor Farrel who while aware that Sheila's mother had a psychic sense could not put much faith in just a dream.

Undeterred, Sheila set off immediately for Lima, Peru only to learn that the government was going to seal the tunnel used by Neal's expedition with concrete in two weeks. A guide named Juan Sinto however offers to take her to the lost city for five thousand American dollars. She agrees to the terms, but after getting his money Juan left Sheila stranded in the jungle. she tried to continue her search, but fainted from exhaustion.

Upon waking she finds herself in Chicalmo pampered by Incan servants. The priest of the flame temple greeted her as the Flame Goddess and tells her they will go to the flame temple to replace the old goddess. Once at the temple, the old Flame Goddess gives Sheila the flame scepter, the symbol of the goddess' power, and then jumped into a flaming pit. The priest then handed her the dagger of flames and told her that tomorrow she must sacrifice two enemies of Chicalmo, her brother and Cliff.

The next day, she used a trick knife made for her by a goldsmith in Chicalmo to trick the people into thinking Neal and Cliff were immortals. She then requested a feast to celebrate them and that they be brought to her quarters after they received new clothes and were attended to. Once Neal and Cliff arrive, Sheila reveals her identity and explained what happened to her and how she saved them. The trio then head to the feast.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Slave Girl Comics #2
  • Strange Worlds #3 (re-print)

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