If you noticed a shortage of brooms at the store, it is because it will soon be time for the Witching Hour, when horrid hags will come out to play and ride their brooms across a cloudy sky as their capes caress the moon on Halloween night.
The world of comic books has its own witches – some good, some dedicated to a cause, and some very wicked indeed.
Without further adieu, here is Byron’s Top 10 Comic Book Witches (of All Tomb, lol).
10. Wendy the Good Little Witch: Wendy the Good Little Witch is a creation appearing in Harvey Comics. A friend of Casperthe Friendly Ghost, this witch wants nothing more than to do good with her magical powers. A trio of bad witches is her bane of existence, but she usually triumphs in the end. Wendy was introduced as a back-up feature as well as a companion for Casperin Casper the Friendly Ghost #20, May 1954. Soon, she was trialed in Harvey Hits, starting with #7. After a total of six appearances, she received her own title, Wendy the Good Little Witch, in 1960.
9. Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina is a witch in the wonderful world of Archie Comics. Most of Sabrina's adventures consist of Sabrina either trying to use her powers in secret to help others – witches generally are not allowed to tell mortals about their abilities or existence – or dealing with the day-to-day trials of being a teenager. Sabrina was created by writer George Gladir and artist Dan DeCarlo, and first appeared in Archie's Madhouse #22 in October 1962.
8. Karnilla, Queen of the Norns: Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel’s Journey into Mystery series starring Thor, Karnilla is a witch from the Asgardian dimension. The birth and early life of Karnilla are shrouded in mystery. All that is really known of her early past is that she had lived in Nornheim, the Asgardian province where the Three Norns dwelt. They were the goddesses of destiny, and Karnilla became one of the most accomplished practitioners in the arts of sorcery within the Asgardian dimension.
7. Enchantress: A 1964 Lee-Kirby creation, the Enchantress Amora's first appearance in the Marvel Universe took place in Journey into Mystery #103, where she tried and failed to seduce Thor away from nurse Jane Foster. The Enchantress' parentage is unknown, though it is known she was born in Asgard and has a sister by the name of Lorelei. Amora began learning magic as an apprentice of Karnilla, Queen of the Norns, but was eventually banished. She continued learning magic on her own, notably by seducing others well versed in magic and learning their secrets.
6. Raven: An unusual entry here, but I am doing the countdown! And I would suggest this DC heroine. Raven first appeared in a special insert in DC Comics Presents #26 (October 1980), and was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez. Raven is a mystical empath who can teleport and control her “soul-self,” which can fight physically as well as act as Raven's eyes and ears away from her body.
5. Selene:First appearing in New Mutants #9 (1983), Selene is both a mutant and a powerful witch. She possesses a wide range of superhuman abilities, but it has never been clearly defined which of these are her actual mutant abilities and which are skills derived from magic or other sources. Her long life is attributed to the fact that she is a “psychic vampire,” able to drain lives of others in order to extend her own.
4. Agatha Harkness:First appearing in Fantastic Four #94 (1970), Agatha Harkness is a powerful witch in the Marvel Universe. Supposedly, she was one of the original witches from the Salem Witch Trials. She somehow survived and later became a significant figure in Marvel continuity, protecting Franklin Richards as his nanny and notably mentoring Wanda Maximoff , the Scarlet Witch, in real magic. She had a familiar named Ebony, a weird cat-like creature that could sense the presence of mystical beings.
3. Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose: Tarot starred in a comic book written and drawn by Jim Balent with coloring and lettering by Holly Golightly and first published by Broadsword Comics in 1999. Tarot is a warrior witch, the comic generally featuring stories of fantasy action and adventure (interspersed with frequent scenes of nudity, definitely not for Wendy and Sabrina fans).
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1. The Scarlet Witch:Although the character was first introduced in X-Men #4 (1964), this Lee-Kirby power-wielder is better known as an Avenger and, for a long time, was not a true witch at all but a mutant. Wanda Maximoff has caused more havoc over the last few years than almost any other comic book character, and all quite innocently. Taught the use of real magic by witch Agatha Harkness, Wanda was driven insane when her children seemingly died. She destroyed AvengersMansion, killed several Avengers and caused the majority of mutants on Earth to be depowered. In recent days, having helped vanquish the Phoenix Force, Wanda is looking for atonement by defending Xavier’s Dream and joining the Uncanny Avengers, a combination of super-beings and mutants working together publicly.
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