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Freckles Marvel

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Freckles Marvel
First costumed appearance

Real Name

Mary Dudley

First Apearance

Wow Comics #35 (1945)

Original Publisher


Created by

Otto Binder and Jack Binder

Golden Age Origin

Mary Dudley claims to be the niece of Uncle Dudley, alias Uncle Marvel.  Under threat of revealing to the rest of the Marvel Family that he had no powers of any kind, she convinced Dudley to let her tag along with her own Mary Marvel costume. To avoid confusion with the actual Mary Marvel, he named her heroic persona Freckles Marvel, on account of her freckled face.

Mary Dudley had no superpowers of any kind, and was particularly clumsy and prone to hinder those she was helping. However, she was also an avid fighter and could knock a grown man down.

Legal Note

  • Only her appearance in Wow Comics #35 is public domain. Her other appearances in Mary Marvel Comics and Wow Comics are NOT, and any of the elements from them, including her city of Marveltown, the vehicle of the Birdmobile, and the names of her immediate family and friends are also not in the public domain.
  • Marvel Comics owns the trademark for the name Captain Marvel. DC comics owns trademarks for the names Shazam and Billy Batson, and Mary Marvel. In order to use Captain Marvel's name it must be used in the interior of the story, the same way DC does to avoid Marvel's trademark on the name.

Public Domain Golden Age Appearances

  • Wow Comics #35

Copyrighted Golden Age Appearances

  • Wow Comics #44
  • Mary Marvel #6-10, 14

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