Note: Once again we return to the dusty corners of the comics bin, finding those discarded characters that have fallen into the public domain and brought them back with new life, new vigor — and a new design! Project: Rooftop’s RetroFix returns with theBlue Lady by Patrice Martinez!
Who was the Blue Lady?
from the Public Domain Super Heroes Wikia
Lucille Martin, an adventurous novelist, was returning from a vacation in China when she met an elegant Chinese lady. This lady asked Lucille to safeguard a package for her. In the event that she should be meet with foul-play, she was to deliver the package to Chin Liang in Washington, DC. The lady also gave her a bluebird-shaped ring which was said to grant superpowers to the wearer. One night, the power went out, and Martin knew that people had come for the package. While hiding in her bedroom, she began playing with the Bluebird Ring, but it fell off and she then stepped on it in the dark. This released some of the gas within it, which Lucille breathed in, not noticing until it was too late. The gas she inhaled gave her the strength of ten men, resistance to up to .38 caliber bullets, and heightened reflexes. The effect lasted for at least a day.
Note: Check out the RetroFix and final design after the jump! – Chris A.
Patrice Martinez: For the character’s origin, I thought that keeping the Blue Lady’s original Golden Age story works very well. Working journalist Lucille Martin is tasked to bring a mysterious blue bird ring from China to Washington, D.C. But along the way, she discovers that the ring exudes a special gas that gives her the strength of ten men and semi-invulnerability for a full day. Owing to her natural curiosity as a journalist, Martin begins investigating the origins of the ring and discovers that it was created accidentally by a Chinese chemist. The chemist hid these powers in thee ring to avoid it being taken by the Chinese Army and the local mafia, confiding it to his daughter before disappearing. It was the chemist’s daughter that gave the then-unknowing Martin the ring with the task to deliver it out of Chinese hands and to Washington, D.C. to be given to an American colleague of her father’s. Taking the name ‘The Blue Lady,’ Martin fights against those who wish to seize the ring while also working to uncover the long-term effects of the gas the ring exudes.
For the costume itself, I first tried to create one that was very close to the Golden Age look. With the blue color, I also thought the small cape/wing shape would be great but it didn’t satisfy me completely. Finally, I realized that the suit needed to be more stylized. I removed the cape and made it a cross between the Black Widow and the Falcon.