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Silver Banshee
Cover to Action Comics #820, by Joyce Chin
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #595 (December, 1987)
Created by John Byrne
In-story information
Alter ego Siobhan McDougal
Team affiliations The Society
Abilities Superhuman speed, durability, the strength of ten men
Lethal Sonic Scream
Her sonic powers also allow her to teleport

Silver Banshee is a fictional character appearing in DC Comics, primarily as an opponent of Superman.


Character history

Siobhan McDougal was the first-born child of Garrett McDougal, the patriarch of an old Gaelic clan that has occupied an island midway between Scotland and Ireland for a thousand generations. On that island is Castle Broen, where first-born McDougals undergo a ritual to prove themselves worthy to lead the clan. When Siobhan was young, she traveled the world, only returning to Castle Broen when she heard of her father's death. Her uncle Seamus determined that no woman would lead the clan and intended her brother Bevan to become the new patriarch. She went ahead with the family ritual by herself, which involved calling on supernatural forces for power. She was interrupted by Bevan, and the distraction proved disastrous as she was dragged away into an infernal netherworld. An entity called "the Crone" granted her powers and the ability to return to Earth as the Silver Banshee, but demanded payment in the form of an occult book that belonged to her father. She found that her father's book collection had been shipped off for sale in the United States. Her quest brought her to Metropolis. Killing anyone that stood in the way of her search attracted the attention of Superman. Unable to defeat Superman, she chose to retreat and continue her mission at a later date.

Silver Banshee returned to Metropolis twice more, but was halted both times by Superman. It was Batman who finally found the book amongst some stolen goods in Gotham City. Superman brought the book to Castle Broen where he was confronted by Silver Banshee. The Crone appeared at the castle, and after an enigmatic warning to Superman, she dragged the Banshee, Bevan, and Seamus off to her netherworld.

In Leesburg, Supergirl rescued Silver Banshee from Satanus' Netherworld when the chaos flow brought the river Styx to the town. Silver Banshee was left in a confused state, eventually going back to her psychotic persona and using Supergirl's friend Mattie as a host while rampaging on the streets. Mattie and Silver Banshee thus proceeded to nearby Schnaffenburg where Mattie tried to get revenge on Gerald McFee, who killed her brother during Final Night while in thrall to Gorilla Grodd. Supergirl calmed Silver Banshee, separating Mattie from her, which led to Silver Banshee temporarily vanishing.

Silver Banshee attempted to collect the billion dollar bounty President Luthor placed on Superman’s head in Superman/Batman #3, but failed.

Silver Banshee later joined the Secret Society headed by Alexander Luthor. She was one of the members who turned on Black Adam when Luthor needed him for his machine. She also took part in the Battle of Metropolis.

Silver Banshee battles Supergirl in Supergirl #34, and is expected to be a recurring nemesis for Supergirl, as well as Superman, as part of an attempt to tie Supergirl's book in with Superman's titles.

In Superman #682, Supergirl was used as a diversion as some members of Kandor captured Silver Banshee, placing her in the Phantom Zone. Later, Superman freed Silver Banshee to be taken to Belle Reve.[1]

Inspector Henderson with other police officers break into an apartment, but it explodes and then they find a corpse covered in runes. Kara meets with Inspector Henderson, who's following a case his old mentor was never able to close, and thinks it has to do with items Silver Banshee needs to lift her curse. His mentor had the item, Inspector Henderson took the item and it embedded itself in his hand, and allowed Silver Banshee to track him. Silver Banshee shows up and fights Supergirl. Supergirl opens a package Henderson had acquired and possess of Banshee hybrid.[2] Banshee-Supergirl and the Silver Banshee battling at each other as the events of the last issue are recapped. Supergirl, she tells Silver Banshee they hid the artifacts in people, in order to keep them hidden from her. Apparently all the items were hidden not as a curse, but as a test for prospective clan leaders. Henderson punches Banshee-Supergirl, which somehow works because he has an artifact in his hand. Supergirl tries to kick the spirits out of her body but fails. Henderson then says since the spirits are tied to the artifacts, they can "be used against" them. He then stabs a knife right through his hand and Supergirl breaks free of the spirits. Silver Banshee then wails and it disperses the spirits. She uses some magic to remove the artifacts from Henderson's hand, and tells him she owes him a debt.[3]

In other versions



In the limited series JLA/Avengers, Silver Banshee appears as a villain in Metropolis under Krona's control. She helps take down the Vision and Aquaman but is ultimately defeated by Wonder Woman.

Powers and abilities

Silver Banshee has superhuman strength, agility, speed, endurance, a high degree of resistance to physical and energy attacks. Her wail can kill anyone within a certain range as long as she can see her victim and knows their true name. Victims are usually reduced to desiccated husks. Silver Banshee is able to use her sonic powers to teleport. In Justice League Unlimited and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, she is capable of flight under her own power; the Justice League Unlimited version of Silver Banshee can also drain opponents of their life energy at will, aging them in seconds.

In other media


  • In Justice League Unlimited, Silver Banshee accompanied Metallo to Skartaris to retrieve a large chunk of Kryptonite in the episode "Chaos At Earth's Core". She is captured by Green Lantern after he uses his power ring to gag her. She escaped soon after being captured. Kim Mai Guest is credited for voicing Silver Banshee even though she has no identifiable dialogue. Silver Banshee is shown to be a member of the Secret Society shown on Justice League Unlimited finale, "Alive".
  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, a character named Scream Queen (obviously based on Silver Banshee[citation needed]) appeared, and worked with the Scarecrow to poison Gotham City on Halloween, but was stopped by Batman and Flash.
  • Silver Banshee will appear in the 15th episode of the 9th season of Smallville, titled "Escape". She will be played by Odessa Rae.[4]

Video games


  • Silver Banshee appears in the animated movie Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. She is one of the many supervillains that wants to collect the $1 billion bounty that President Lex Luthor placed on Superman. She is defeated when Superman takes her to the upper limits of the atmosphere where she cannot breathe, and while she is unconscious, Batman puts a device on her that would nullify her power by turning it against her.

See also


  1. ^ Superman #684
  2. ^ Supergirl (vol. 5) #48
  3. ^ Supergirl (vol. 5) #49
  4. ^

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