THE ENCHANTRESSMedium: Comic books
Published by: DC Comics
First Appeared: 1966
Creators: Bob Haney (writer) and Howard Purcell (artist)
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When Strange Adventures, which in 1950 had been DC Comics' first title to specialize in straight, pulp-style science fiction, switched to fantasy and mild horror in 1964, it dropped all the series it had been rotating — The Atomic Knights, The Star Rovers, Star Hawkins and Space Museum. But it gradually added new series, which appeared sporadically — a revived Star Hawkins, The Immortal Man,
Animal Man and The Enchantress. The latter could in many ways be thought of as a superhero. She had her origin and introduction in #187 (April, 1966).
The Enchantress was June Moone (later spelled "Moon"), who got magic powers when she attended a party at a haunted castle. She was lured away from the group by a supernatural creature named Dzamor, who transformed her into her super self. As The Enchantress, she had different color hair and wore a green costume, complete with tall, pointy hat so everyone would know she was a witch. Her first use of the power was to get rid of the evil energy that caused the castle's haunting.
She was created by writer Bob Haney (Eclipso, Teen Titans) and artist Howard Purcell (Sargon the Sorcerer, The Gay Ghost). She made a couple more appearances over the next year and a half, also handled by Haney and Purcell, who referred to her as the "switcheroo witcheroo". Then Deadman came along, and started monopolizing the Strange Adventures cover and lead position; and all the other series were again ousted.
She went all through the 1970s without appearing in a single comic book; and when she next turned up, in 1980, she'd gotten rid of the pointy hat. Also, she'd become a bad guy — but one with benign motives, at least at first. She'd been led to believe that by knocking the Moon out of its orbit, she could gain the power to eradicate all evil on Earth. Supergirl prevented the worldwide devastation that would cause, but a few years later Supergirl was de-created in Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC's first company-wide crossover series. To the extent that story is important to the overall continuity of the DC Universe, Power Girl was retroactively plugged into it as the hero.
Then she was forgotten again. In fact, when DC gathered together Congorilla, Rip Hunter and several others as "The Forgotten Heroes", she became a member of its counterpart, The Forgotten Villains. Both groups have since been forgotten. What has not been forgotten was her membership in The Suicide Squad, an organization that mostly consisted of convicted super-villains coerced into performing missions for the U.S. government.
More recently, she's been mostly a good guy again, but kind of an ambiguous one. Along with Dr. Occult, Zatanna, The Phantom Stranger and other established DC characters, she's been involved with The Sentinels of Magic, aka Shadowpact, a group of magic-wielding heroes. And that's where she stands.