Characters : Silver Sable
Always dresses in white or silver.
Sable is highly skilled in hand to hand combat. In addition, she runs a successful business.
Silver's costume is a synthetic stretch fabric lined with kevlar throughout the torso.
Unbelievably bad taste in men, as witnessed by her ex-husband the Foreigner and Hydra sycophant Dmitri.
Normal human strength.
Silver Sable carries chias (three-pronged half-moon throwing projectiles), a derringer, and is an expert with all forms of firearms. She has been known to use jet packs to go after flying super- villains. Any weapon she needs but does not currently possess can be manufactured by her company, Silver Sable International.
The Wild Pack
Leader of the Wild Pack and of Silver Sable International.
Not widely known
Spider-Man, Dr. Doom, the Wild Pack, Sandman, Paladin, Deathlok, Prowler, Puma, Rocket Racer, Will O'Wisp
Mortimer (uncle), the Foreigner (ex-husband), Anna (niece), Ernst (father), Anastasia (mother, deceased)
No criminal record
The Foreigner, Hobgoblin II, The Sinister Syndicate, any Nazi or Neo-Nazi organization
Silver Sablinovia, apparently legally changed to Silver Sable
The Symkarian Embassy in New York City
Silver Sable (born "Silver Sablinova") is a self-described mercenary, specializing in high-cost retrievals of people or objects. She leads a highly-trained, heavily-armed militia group called the Wild Pack. The Wild Pack was started by Silver's father to track down escaped Nazi war criminals, and was not originally meant to be a money-making venture. As a young child, Silver witnessed the murder of her mother after she compromised one of Wild Pack's raids. The experience made her hair turn prematurely silver, and caused her to always hold emotions at bay. After her father's presumed death, Silver took over the Wild Pack and molded it into an elite strike force available to the highest bidder. She has not forgotten the Wild Pack's origins, however, and still goes after organizations she considers threats to freedom.
Silver and Spider-Man first crossed paths when Spider-Man unknowingly rescued the jewel thief Black Fox from the Wild Pack. Fox had stolen a diamond that he expected to fund his retirement, which brought him into conflict with the Pack. While the group did use non-lethal force against him, Spider-Man felt pity for the old man and helped him escape. He did, however, manage to steal back the jewels that the thief had stolen and returned them to Sable. She had considered turning Spider-Man over to the police but soon simply wanted to know more about him.
She later asked Spider-Man to work with her as she was hired to "neutralize" Jason Macendale, the Jack O'Lantern. A full page advertisement was taken out in the Daily Bugle asking for his help, much to J. Jonah Jameson's displeasure. The advertisement also drew the attention of Jack O'Lantern, who decided to strike first against Sable before she could enlist Spider-Man. After seeing a street robbery in which a woman and daughter were injured, Sable took it on herself to catch the thief alone. (Bringing the Wild Pack with her would be too expensive for a job in which they weren't getting paid.) Macendale caught wind of her being vulnerable and sent his goons after her in the apartment complex that she found the thief. Silver systematically incapacitated the thugs and fought Macendale to a draw. Jack O'Lantern escaped and the thief was caught, as were many of Macendale's thugs.
Sable and Spider-Man soon met at Coney Island, where they were attacked by the Sinister Syndicate (Rhino, Speed Demon, the Beetle, Boomerang and Hydro-Man). He agreed to be hired by Silver (despite his initial refusal to fight for money) to help pay for Flash Thompson's legal defense. (At the time, Flash was in jail, accused of being the Hobgoblin.) This brought them to the amusement park, where Jack O'Lantern had said he would meet Silver Sable. Naturally, it was a trap. Spider-Man and Sable were saved from the Syndicate by the timely intervention of the Sandman. After the Syndicate escaped, Sandman was hired as a freelance operative in the Wild Pack, and Spidey didn't get paid as he quit halfway through the fight.
Sandman, Sable and Spider-Man met soon after, when pictures of Spider-Man (taken by Nick Katzenberg) robbing a wealthy New Yorker named Winston Walker were published in the Bugle. The photos drew the attention of Puma, Prowler, Will O' the Wisp and Rocket Racer. Puma came looking for revenge, thinking that he had been dishonored in aiding a man in the past that seemed to be a common thief, while Prowler and Rocket Racer sought to prove his innocence. Wisp wanted to turn the wall crawler into the police. They all came together at Ellis Island, where Spider-Man attempted to turn over documents revealing Walker's money laundering for the mob to Silver Sable. After the obligatory melee, the group of super beings went their separate ways.
Spider-Man crossed paths with Silver later, after a misunderstanding with one of her operatives, Paladin. Papers left behind by Paladin pointed to him being at the Waldorf Astoria and Peter had Mary Jane use her connections to get them invited to a party there. At the Astoria, Peter sees Paladin with some shady looking characters, later named Drake and Chakane. Spider-Man gets in the way and Drake and Chakane escape. Paladin is unhappy with the web-slinger, and Silver Sable isn't too happy either, when she is revealed to be Paladin's boss. In embarrassment, Spidey agrees to help them for free.
Chakane is a foreign operative that is involved in a conspiracy against Symkaria, which could spiral into a larger international incident. Paladin and Spidey later break into a railroad car carrying discs and files on the Life Foundation's business dealings. (Drake worked for the Life Foundation and it was also the same institution that forced Venom to spawn the five symbiotes that eventually became Hybrid.) The notes led the three to Drake, who confessed than an assassin was heading to Symkaria to kill their king. Under promise of being paid $1,000 per day, Spidey agreed to go along, while Paladin had prior engagements.
In Symkaria, Spider-Man and Sable were having no luck in find the conspirators, despite the fact that he was right under their noses in the form of Prime Minister Limka. The P.M. wanted to over throw the monarchy, and change the country to a democracy with himself in charge. The next day at an air show during the king's silver anniversary, a group of Ultimatum terrorists attacked the king. This was just a distraction, giving Limka the change to kill the king himself. However, he was cut down by a mysterious figure before he had the chance. Later, a cyanide capsule was found near the body, raising suspicion that the C.I.A. was involved in the death of the Prime Minister and the attempt on the king's life.
As tensions between America and Symkaria increased, Captain America was sent to aid in the investigation into the murders. The C.I.A. sent word that the terror cell involved in the assassination attempt was based on the Symkarian/Latverian border and the heroes were soon at the site. They soon realized that they weren't alone, as the mercenary called Solo was already searching for an Ultimatum member called Toler Weil. Weil escaped but information was found at the site that pointed to Sabretooth as the Prime Minister's killer. Meanwhile, the U.S. and Symkaria are on the brink of war.
Sable and Cap track Sabretooth to Mexico, where he was seemingly killed in an accidental building collapse. Meanwhile in New York, Solo and Spider-Man capture Weil and turn him in to the police. He wasn't giving details to the plot and time was running out to prevent war. Spider-Man, dressed as an Ultimatum terrorist, freed Weil and followed him to the National Archives and his boss, the Red Skull. There the Skull was planning to destroy the precious documents and frame the Symkarians. The resulting war would badly weaken the United States, which would make it easier for the Skull to destroy from the inside. Red Skull escaped and Spider-Man beat up his goons, but managed to find the camera and voice recorder that he had left behind, which recorded the Skull's plan and confession to the murders in Symkaria. War was averted and Silver Sable left a monetary reward for Spider-Man at the Symkarian embassy in New York.
Soon after failing to capture the Human Torch, the Wild Pack tried to make up for the lost bounty by capturing Venom in San Francisco. (This was the second time that the Wild Pack took on Brock. Shortly before this, they fought Venom at "Thrill World" in front of Anne Weying.) They found Brock shortly after he killed some muggers, and he quickly destroyed their sonic guns. The tide turned as Sandman joined the fight, holding onto Venom while the Pack fired their sonic guns at them both. Venom was knocked out and Sandman was reduced to rubble, until he re-assembled. It was at that point that a strange black mist covered the group and they were attacked by a group of demons. (The demons were all tied into a Doctor Strange story, which was unrelated to events happening with this story.) Venom came to and joined the fight against the monsters, despite Sandman's reluctance to let him help. As the group tried to look over the fog by standing on a bridge's pillar, Sable fell and was saved by Venom. As Brock had kept his end of a bargain to save them, the Wild Pack let him go.
Some time later, Sable again contacted Spider-Man through the media. He met her at the Symkarian embassy, where a man named Herschel Sapir has asked Sable to contact Spider-Man for him. They were both looking for the vigilante called Cardiac and Sapir offered Spidey $5,000 to neutralize him. Spider-Man later found Cardiac at New York harbor, where the assassin named Boomerang was waiting for both of them. He had been hired by Justin Hammer to kill the hero that was left standing after they battled each other. Naturally, that didn't work out.
Sable briefly met Ben Reilly while he had taken over as Spider-Man. The Bugle had written a piece suggesting that the man in the tights was not the original Spider-Man, and Sable wanted to know if her former ally had really been replaced. She and Sandman went to investigate. Ben was also at the docks to meet the Human Torch at the Statue of Liberty, where he spotted the Sandman. Marko had changed from the time Ben had remembered him, and was no longer a crook. Reilly didn't know that and he assumed that Marko was there to attack either Spider-Man or the Torch. As Spider-Man and Sandman fought, Silver took note of Spidey's attitude. He was noticeably less experienced, more light hearted and moved differently. In the end, Sable offered to employ Ben in the future, an offer he didn't live long enough to take advantage of.
Sometime later, Flint Marko went back to crime. He broke into the Davis Gallery to steal an alien artifact, but Sable was waiting for him. She wanted to know why he left the Wild Pack without so much as an explanation. Simply said, he didn't feel respected by the group and being bad was a rush. The Wild Pack saved Sable's life and Sandman retreated, vowing to kill her next time they met.
Sable was recently a guest of honor in New York City for the first Symkarian Parade. As she rode in the motorcade with mayor J. Jonah Jameson, she noticed Spider-Man swinging overhead. Correctly guessing that where Spider-Man goes trouble follows, she and her guards broke off and followed the web swinger. They helped him apprehend a new band of Ultimatum terrorists, who planned to kill the Symkarians. As thanks, Spidey got a smooch from Sable.
Sable was also at the emergency G8 meeting of political leaders and scientists to discuss Otto Octavius's threat to destroy the planet via global warming. While the Symkarian P.M. was doubtful of the Avengers ability to stop the Sinister Six (Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, Sandman, Chameleon, Rhino and Electro), Sable was more optimistic. She trusted them, especially Spider-Man. She still agreed to keep an eye on the Avengers. This was fortunate, as the Avengers were soon defeated by the amped up Six. An invisibility cloaked Sable managed to rescue Spider-Man and Black Widow, and took them to the Sahara where they faced the Sandman. The three defeated him by isolating the particle of sand that acted as his consciousness.
From then on, Silver Sable, Spider-Man and Black Widow used Sandman as a captive informant, even using acid to force him to talk. As international opinion fell in favor of Octavius' plan to end global warming, the three heroes became earth's most wanted criminals. Spider-Man sent a desperate radio call from Sable's air ship to anyone who was willing to join them against the Sinister Six, asking them to take his word over Dr Octopus. Sable chimed in, adding her endorsement of Spider-Man. Sandman eventually told them the location of one of Ock's bases: Symkaria. After the group arrived, they were stunned to see the nation in flames, seemingly destroyed by Octopus's satellites.
Doctor Octopus then arrived to finish them off, but the furious Sable tried to kill him with an explosive device. It was found that it was Chameleon again, posing as Octavius in a battle suit and that Symkaria hadnt been destroyed. Mysterio had tricked them with an illusion. After Spider-Man made Mysterio realize that the $2 billion he earned would be useless if Octavius fried the planet, he led them to the Sinister Six's base in Guatemala. After the Octopus-controlled Avengers were defeated, Sable and Spider-Man took on the Rhino in Ock's under water base. Rhino grabbed Sable and refused to let her go, saying they were both going to drown in the flooding base. Forced to leave Sable behind to stop Octavius, Spider-Man didn't have time to save her. She and the Rhino were left behind as the base imploded.
Later, Spider-Man is talking to Captain America about Silver Sable. He worked with her and Doctor Strange against Doctor Doom. Doom had become engaged to a Symkarian princess who was born with great magical potential. Her father didn't believe in magic and ignored Strange's insistence to keep her away from Victor von Doom. Dr Strange had hired Sable to bring the princess to New York to marry Spider-Man, whom she had a crush on for years. What Strange didn't tell Princess Lenka was that she needed to...consummate the marriage with Spider-Man. The princess wasn't interested in Spidey in that way, and the physical act and true love was necessary to make her useless to Doom. The princess told them about a boy that she loved that she had sent to New York to keep him safe from Doom. Spidey went to get the lucky guy while Strange and Sable kept Lenka safe from her fiance. Victor showed up at the Symkarian Embassy to stop the wedding and Sable managed to hold him off while Lenka was made useless for Doom. After Doom left, Sable asked Strange for payment to repair the Embassy and he was unable to do so. In the spirit of the wedding, Sable waived the fee. Spider-Man explained to Cap that Silver was brave, tough and only pretended to be all about the money. Sometimes she put it all on the line for love.
Spider-Man became brutally angry with criminals after Sable was left behind. He was threatening to put Michael Morbius down for good, until Julia Carpenter arrived to tell him that Sable was still alive.
|Jun 1985||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #265|
|Tracks down the Black Fox. Meets Spider-Man.|
|Aug 1986||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #279|
|Fights Jack O'Lantern|
|Sep 1986||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #280|
|Oct 1986||App: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #281|
|Jul 1987||App: Spectacular Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #128|
Here is the Full Appearance List (103 Apps) for Silver Sable.
The assistance of the Marvel Chronology Project is gratefully acknowledged.
Some of the above information is extracted from the various versions of the Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe and the more recent Marvel Encyclopaedias.