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Octobriana
Octobriana

Real Name

Mahari

First Appearance

Octobriana and the Russian Underground (1971)

Created by

Unknown

Origin

Octobriana (Oktyabrina in Russian) means "The Spirit of October." She is the "Russian She-Devil" and the "Soviet Wonder Woman," who embodies the ideals of the October Revolution that were betrayed by the Soviet government.

She has been called:

  • The White She-Dragon
  • The Girl with the White Face Coming from the Sky
  • The Mother of the Seven Red Stars
  • The Angelic Maiden who Turned into a Devil
  • The Avenger

Powers and Abilities

  • Time Travel (she pilots the "Wonder Machine," which travels through time and space)
    • She has been sighted throughout history, with reports from:
      • Siberia
      • The Spanish Inquisition
      • Chinese explorer, Zhang Quian
      • an unpublished book by left-wing Moroccan politician, Medhi Ben Barka
  • Immortality:
    • it is said she comes from an ancient civilization and was granted immortality by radiation treatments, then underwent an ordeal in a radioactive volcano which transformed her into a superhuman being
  • Weapons and Technology:
    • a Smith and Wesson revolver
    • a kris knife
    • a shark-tooth necklace which can detect radiation
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Notes

  • Allegedly created in Russia in the late 1960s, this is highly-contested. Petr Sadecky, in his book, Octobriana and the Russian Underground, claimed her to be the creation of a group of dissident creators of samizdat comics called the PPP (the Peoples' Pornography Party) who, in accordance with the ideals of Communism, made the character freely available to everyone.
    • In fact, this was all a hoax and Octobriana was based on a previous (but, unpublished) character called Amazona with no political overtones (with the idea of being freely available for anyone to use remaining).
      • HOWEVER: According to Reima Mäkinen, Sadecky asked Bohumil Konecny, Sdneck Burian, and Milos Novak to draw an action adventure comic strip for him called "Amazona." They did indeed produce the material for Sadecky, who promptly left Czechoslovakia for England in 1967, with the Amazona comic strips. The story goes that Sadecky copied the comic strips and changed the central Amazona character into the now familiar image of Octobriana.
        • No matter how many sites claim "Amazona" was an original name for the character that eventually became "Octobriana..." the only "proof" of that is the image posted here. However, lacking proper punctuation... "Amazona" could have been nothing more than the name of the island!
  • The combination of sex appeal and vague revolutionary politics made Octobriana something of a pop culture icon in '70s and '80s Britain.
    • She was to star in a movie produced by David Bowie but, nothing came of it.
      • Billy Idol had her tattooed on his arm.
  • Her concept was part of the inspiration for Jenny Everywhere.

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