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Midge
Midge
Martha Roberts as Midge in Feature Comics #77

Real Name

Martha Roberts

First Appearance

Feature Comics #27 (Dec. 1939)

Original Publisher

Quality

Created by

Will Eisner

Origin

Martha Roberts was the daughter of Professor Roberts, who tutored his young protégé Darrel Dane in his home laboratory. During the summer of 1939, Martha was being blackmailed by a criminal named Falco over love letters she had written one of her former college teachers. After imbibing a concoction, Dane found himself shrunk to the height of six inches, but with his normal strength intact. Martha sewed him new clothes to wear, and he began to worry that he might never be able to regain his normal height.

Martha roberts

Martha at her regular height.

After refusing to pay Falco any more blackmail money, Martha was kidnapped by Falco and rescued by the "doll man". Finding that through intense concentration Dane could affect his height, he decided to begin to fight crime as the Doll Man, often assisted by Martha (who also became his scientific research assistant).

Several years later (in Feature Comics #77), while wishing and concentrating about being able to shrink down to aid Doll Man, Darrel also was thinking about the same thing and suddenly, Martha's height and weight dwindled down until she was on the same scale as Doll Man. She teamed with Doll Man as Midge. Even though she was unmasked, Martha was not recoginzed by Doll Man during their adventure. At the end of this case, Martha returned to normal size and did not shrink again until becoming Doll Girl in issue #37 of Doll Man (See "Notes" below.)

Public Domain Appearances

  • Feature Comics #27, 32, 34, 37, 40, 48, 53, 58, 60, 62-63, 76-77, 79, 81, 86-91, 94-99, 106, 109-111, 114, 121, 123-139
  • Doll Man #2-3, 6, 9-10, 13, 16-25, 28, 32
  • Doll Man (I.W. Publishing) #15

Notes

  • Should be noted (hence being in the "Notes" section), that DC renewed the copyrights of Doll Man Quarterly #33-47 so stories from those issues, which include all appearances of Martha as "Doll Girl" (#37-47), are not in the public domain.
    • Their right to do so is questionable as there's no record of there being a transfer of copyrights with the sale of Quality to DC.

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