Friday, April 7, 2017

Indian Valkyrie

The comics world loves a mash-up, that is, features from completely different cultures stuck together in one character or place. This Pegasus rider is "Danielle Moonstar," a Cheyenne Indian superhero whose original powers were to make illusions and other people's hallucinations manifest and real. The teenage Native became a member of the "New Mutants," an alternate, younger X-men team. During one of their adventures she met the Norse gods and traveled to Asgard, where her power was enhanced and she was given the identity of a Valkyrie. Wagnerians among you will remember the Valkyries as beautiful armored spirit women who descend from Valhalla to retrieve the souls of those killed in battle. I can just hear the "Ride of the Valkyries" now.

Black ink on illustration board, 8" x 11", December 1985.

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