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Real Name
Current Alias

Claire Debussy



Howard Shelton (husband, deceased)


Base Of Operations
Formerly Squadron City; Squadron Satellite; Crystal Palace


6' 8"

240 lbs (109 kg)




Marital Status

Adventurer, ambassador of Utopia

Centuries of study and life experience

Place of Birth

First appearance

Defenders #112
(October, 1982)



The denizens of Utopia Island were very peaceful and took on the name of Utopians after building what they considered a perfect society free of poverty, injustice, sexual discrimination, war and crime. They had been experimented on by the Kree to be powerful beings and normally isolated themselves from humans. One day a sailor named Howard Sheldon washed ashore. Recovering, he explained that he was an American sailor and that World War II was going on. Zarda joined the Golden Agency to help the Allies, where she met Blue Eagle and Professor Imam.

The development of atomic weapons during the war frightened the Utopians. They left Earth by converting the city into a starship. Zarda remained and vowed that she would be an ambassador and spread their ideals. Humanity was less than receptive, but accepted her as a superheroine. She joined Hyperion, Amphibian, Whizzer, Nighthawk, Doctor Spectrum and Skymax in the Squadron Supreme.

She married Howard, though the fact that he was growing old while her immortality kept her young bothered Zarda greatly. After his death she grew attracted to the evil Hyperion, unaware he was an impostor and was responsible for her aged husband's death. When the real Hyperion returned, the two began a relationship. They continued to be on the Squadron Supreme.

Zarda joined the Exiles during their pursuit of Proteus.

Powers and Abilities



Zarda's unique physiology grants her a variety of superhuman physical and mental capabilities.

Superhuman Strength: Zarda possesses superhuman strength enabling her to lift approximately 20 tons.

Superhuman Speed: Zarda can run and move at speeds that are beyond the physical limits of the finest human athlete.

Superhuman Stamina: Zarda's musculature produces less fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a human. She can physically exert herself at peak capacity for several hours before the build up of fatigue toxins in her blood begins to impair her.

Superhuman Durability: Zarda's body is more durable and more resistant to certain types of injury than the body of a human. For instance, the tissues of her body are fortified to the extent that she can withstand powerful impact forces, such as falling from many stories up or being struck by a superhumanly strong being, and sustain little to no injury. However, she can be injured by bullets and bladed weaponry composed of conventional materials.

Superhuman Agility: Zarda's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are all enhanced to levels that are beyond the natural physical limits of the finest human athlete.

Extended Longevity: Zarda ages at a pace that is considerably slower than that of a human being, though she is not completely immune to aging. However, she is roughly 500 years of age and retains the healthy and vital appearance of a woman in her physical prime. She is also much more resistant, though not completely immune, to diseases and infections.

Psionics: Zarda possesses some low level psionic abilities. For instance, she is able to shield her mind from most telepathic assaults and probes as long as she has some forewarning of them. She can also use her psionic powers to levitate and propel herself through the air. The maximum speed and duration to which she can use her psionic powers for flight isn't known.


Zarda is an excellent combatant, having been trained in multiple forms of hand to hand combat and weaponry duing her extended lifespan. Zarda is also extremely intelligent, possessing a near genius level intellect. She is also fluent Delphinese, the language of dolphins.



Armored costume.


Transparent Shield: Zarda carries a transparent, almost unbreakable, shield composed of an as yet unknown material. Zarda can use this shield in much the same way that Captain America uses his such as deflecting bullets and blocking physical and energy based attacks. She can also throw the shield in much the same manner as Captain America. However, given her superior strength combined with the durability of her shield, Zarda can use the edge of her shield to cut most materials, including many types of metals.


  • In the Marvel Encyclopedia, it is stated that Zarda can fire a beam from her eyes that can heal or destroy things. However, it is not mentioned in any of Zarda's other OHOTMU entries, and therefore makes this a controversial power for the character.
  • The Utopians of Earth-712 were humans that were genetically altered by their reality's Kree, making them the equivalent of Earth-616's Inhumans, though lacking the Terrigen Crystals, they all seemed to possess the same abilities as Zarda.


  • Her character was created as a pastiche of DC Comics' Wonder Woman.
  • in the Original OHOTMU written by Mark Gruenwald her Real Name was Claire Debussy later in "Squadron Supreme" Gruenwald made her a Utopian by the Name of Zarda and she was married to Howard Shelton
  • during "Atlantis Attacks" Peter Sanderson wrote a Back-up Story in Avengers West Coast Annual #4 about the History of the Serpent Crown in which was revealed, that Zarda used the Debussy Alias when Set took over the US-President of Earth-712, the Story was edited by Mark Gruenwald [2]


Discover and Discuss

  1. Exiles: Days of Then and Now
  2. Info from Stuart Vandal via OHOTMU Forums

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