Hey folks, remember Shamrock the "Irish” superhero (who wasn’t created by the Irish)? You don’t? That’s OK no one else does either. What was Marvel Comics thinking back in the 80s? Of course we know what they were thinking… Ireland needs a national superhero. Gah.
Taken from Marvel Universe Appendix entry
Occupation: Hairdresser, adventurer, former schoolteacher
Identity/Class: Human (Irish), mystic
Base of Operations: Dublin, Ireland
Powers/Abilities: Shamrock is possessed by the souls of thousands of victims of wars. The souls manifest themselves as poltergeists that affect probability within a 20-foot radius of Shamrock, altering situations so that she is given an advantage ("good luck").
History: - When Molly was three years old, her father called out to the heavens to grant her brother Paddy the power to strike down his enemies, but there was no immediate result. In Molly's freshman year in college, she discovered that she had obtained a protective aura that altered probability around her. She became the costumed hero Shamrock.
-Shamrock was among the throng of heroes who celebrated the Hulk's presidential pardon after he had temporarily regained his intelligence, and remarked: "Tis easy being green!"
- Shamrock represented Ireland in the first Pan-European Conference on Super-Human Affairs, which was crashed by Brain Drain. Brain Drain attempted to mind-control Shamrock into killing Ireland's president, but her luck power made her immune to his powers. When Northstar of Alpha Flight arrived, expecting to find her under Brain Drain's control, they sat down for some tea instead.
- Molly slipped in the washroom and broke her left foot. Convinced that her luck had run out, she retired the Shamrock identity and devoted herself to her career as a hairdresser.
- Molly's reputation as "the most sought-after hairdresser in all of Europe" brought her Shadowcat and Wolfsbane of Excalibur as clients.
Completely silly huh. At least Molly never seemed to take her role as a superhero too seriously, how could she, nobody else did. Oh, and I guess she isn't so bad when compared with all dumb things Marvel Comics is doing now. Thank heavens that Shamrock was allowed to simply retire and was not raped or murdered like all the other second tier heroes. Maybe she does have a little of that luck left after all.
Be green and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!