|First appearance||Amazing Spider-Man #265 (June 1985)|
|Created by||Tom DeFalco
|Alter ego||Silver Sablinova|
|Team affiliations||Wild Pack
|Abilities||Highly trained in hand-to-hand combat
Very skilled with fire weapons and blades
Silver Sable (Silver Sablinova) is a fictional character from Marvel Comics, a female mercenary, hunter of war criminals, the leader of the Wild Pack, and CEO of Silver Sable International. Though a legitimate mercenary, her methods and motives have sometimes brought her into conflict with other superheroes.
Silver Sable first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #265 (June 1985). After that she made occasional appearances in various Spider-Man titles, often (but not always) as an ally. Marvel Comics began to publish the series Silver Sable And The Wild Pack in June 1992, written by Gregory Wright and penciled by Steven Butler. This series lasted for 35 issues, until it was canceled along with many other Marvel series in 1995.
After the cancellation, Silver made occasional guest appearances in various comics until early 2006. At that point a limited series began featuring Silver Sable and Dominic Fortune titled Sable and Fortune. Originally solicited as a six issue series, Sable and Fortune was shortened to four issues after the release of issue one.
The operations of Wild Pack and Silver Sable International drive the national economy of the fictional small European state of Symkaria. The name 'Wild Pack' had been used by the mercenary squad led by Cable for some time, until a legal notice forced them to change it to 'Six Pack'.
The State of Symkaria is adjacent to Latveria, the nation that is ruled by Doctor Doom. Silver Sable and Victor Von Doom have an annual diplomatic dinner at Castle Doom, situated in Doomstadt. Apparently the friendship between these two states is deep-rooted and dates back to World War II.
The family of Silver Sable is composed of her father, Ernst Sablinova, her uncle Morty, and a young cousin, Anna (orphaned daughter of another, an unnamed uncle or aunt). Silver's mother was killed by enemies of her father, who ran a Nazi-hunting group. Silver was married to the Foreigner, an international assassin and the head of the 1400 Club, but they "divorced" when she discovered his real work. Their relation today isn't completely clear; sometimes they treat one another as friends, sometimes they tolerate the presence of the other, and sometimes they try to kill each other.
Uncle Morty functions as Sable's assistant. He organizes the missions, keeps track of the accounting part, and many times tries to remind Sable to retain her focus and sense of judgment.
Silver supports Anna's boarding school education and seemingly nothing more. Her feelings were betrayed when HYDRA agents took over the school and killed Anna's best friend. Sable infiltrated the school, rescuing the survivors with the unwanted aid of Spider-Man and the aid of some of her troops, against orders.
Silver once hunted the international criminal the Black Fox to recover valuable gems stolen by the thief, but was inadvertently thwarted by Spider-Man. She was hired by a South African republic to neutralize the international terrorist Jack O'Lantern. She enlisted Spider-Man's aid against the Sinister Syndicate, and first formed an alliance with the Sandman. Some time later, she joined forces with Spider-Man, Paladin, Solo, and Captain America to track down Sabretooth and theRed Skull, who masterminded a plot to put the United States against Symkaria.
She later hired Spider-Man to steal incriminating documents from a Maggia money launderer, and then first encountered the Outlaws. An intelligence mission in Iraq resulted in the death of a Wild Pack member, and she denied compensation to the slain man's family due to his negligence. She devised an initiation test for the Prowler to join the Outlaws, and taught him a lesson in humility. She hired the Outlaws to retrieve a Symkarian nuclear device in England. She hired the Outlaws to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a Canadian official. With the help of Spider-Man, Sandman, and the Wild Pack, she rescued her niece from a kidnapping by HYDRA. She then encountered a Doctor Doom doppelganger.
Silver has collaborated with various superheroes, including the aforementioned Spider-Man, the Punisher, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Venom, Captain America, Deadpool, and many others. Sandman, a reformed Spider-Man villain, was a mercenary for Silver Sable International for a long time, heading the Intruders, the squad of superpowered mercenaries in the employ of Silver Sable International. Other heroes and reformed minor villains work for Silver Sable International on occasion.
Like her father, Sable's squad focuses on bringing Nazi war criminals to justice, though they have taken on many other types of missions. Her group often flagrantly disobeys orders if they believe it is for the greater good.
Sable's relationship with Doctor Doom would prove almost-fatal as the annual dinner happened to fall on the time when Doctor Doom's castle had been overtaken by an alien impersonator during the Infinity War crisis. The double did look different, something Sable put down to Doom's desires to change his look. During the dinner, Sable's driver is killed by Doom's robots and a human butler is killed by the Doom double. Sable protests the brutality and is attacked herself, leading to a chase throughout the castle. Again defying her, her soldiers came to rescue her, despite Sandman himself also having been replaced.
Later, Sable was hired to protect Professor Wolfgang Von Hessler, who was holed up in the Symkarian monastery of St. Eboars. Wolfgang knew of a powerful genetic weapon and, attacked by guilt, was working on a neutralizing agent to give to the world so the weapon would be useless.
Most of Sable's Wild Pack were out on assignments, so she hired a new team. The Cat, a martial artist, Paladin, and what she thought was Nomad but turned out to be Madcap. The group fought the Heroes For Hire, who had been hired to take the Professor. Sable's team had the upper hand until Deadpool freed his Heroes allies and Power Man turned traitor, sending the professor off to the villain Master of the World.
Silver Sable is an athletic woman with no superhuman powers. She is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant, and skilled in various martial arts, and she is an expert markswoman, swordswoman, and gymnast. She also possesses strong leadership capabilities.
Silver Sable wears synthetic stretch fabric lined with Kevlar throughout the torso. She often carries a saber or rapier (dueling sword), chai (three-pronged half-moon throwing projectiles), a 9mm pistol and derringer. Silver Sable generally has the latest technology and equipment at her disposal, provided by Silver Sable International.
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Silver Sable is a mercenary from Symkaria. This version of the character made her original appearance in the Ultimate Spider-Man game but later appeared as the central villain in an Ultimate Spider-Man story arc titled after her. She leads a mercenary organization known as the Wild Pack, and is skilled enough to best Peter Parker in hand to hand combat. She had a troubled childhood, apparently ignored by her father and abused by her alcoholic mother. In reality, her father hunted Nazis, and she forgave him at his deathbed and decided to follow in his footsteps. While she has, so far, only appeared as an antagonist to Spider-Man, she is not actually a villain so much as a bounty hunter, and she holds no particular ill-will towards Spider-Man. She isn't necessarily a good person either, though, as in the Spider-Man game she threatened Peter Parker's family as a means of getting Peter to work with her to control Venom.
In the What If? storyline What If Spider-man had married the Black Cat?, after Black Cat is accidentally killed by the Paladin, Silver Sable and Spider-Man enter into a romantic relationship due to their shared grief over the loss of their loved ones; Uatu the Watcher leaves it ambiguous whether this relationship will work out or not.
Silver Sable appeared in the Six Forgotten Warriors saga of the animated Spider-Man series on Fox, voiced by Mira Furlan. The Wild Pack accompanied her, and she served as both an ally and enemy to Spider-Man against both the Kingpin and Red Skull.
Silver Sable appeared in two episodes of MTV's Spider-Man: The New Animated Series in 2003 and was voiced by Virginia Madsen. In "Spider-Man Dis-Sabled," Spider-Man encounters Sable attempting to assassinate the mayor of New York City and a European Union Guest named Harlan Tremain. As it turns out, the Tremain is really an undercover terrorist "The Piranha" planning to kill the president when he gets the chance. When Silver Sable discovers that Peter Parker (Spider-Man) had caught her on surveillance when she had attempted to kill him, she attacks Peter's apartment and kidnaps Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, and Indy. Peter later discovers that Silver Sable is also posing as the mayor's assistant, Jane Perkins, but before he can stop her from kidnapping the mayor and Tremaine, he first has to save his friends, which gives her time to get away. Spider-Man eventually catches up to her, though, and the two have a final showdown on top of the mayor's limo. It ends with the limo crashing off the Brooklyn Bridge. Spider-Man saves the limo before it hits the water, but Silver Sable falls off and she swims away shown by her air bubbles in the water.
Sable later made her last appearance in Mind Games: Part One in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series. She joined Kraven the Hunter who wanted to kill Spider-Man as revenge for being sent to a gulag. Sable was then caught by Spider-Man and taken to jail. In the process, she told Kraven, "There are other ways to get revenge on Spider-Man." Kraven was thus inspired to kill Mary Jane Watson. However, this appearance of Sable was an illusion. Sable's presence was part of a scheme by the Gaines twins to manipulate Spider-Man into thinking Kraven killed Mary Jane in the hopes that he would kill Kraven. The Gaines twins sought vengeance for Kraven's murder of their father.
Silver Sable appears in the second season of The Spectacular Spider-Man. She is voiced by Nikki Cox. In this version, she is renamed Sable Manfredi, and is the daughter of crime boss Silvermane. Silver Sable represents her jailed father in an underground bidding, organized by Oscorp, for a chip that contains the technology to produce super-soldiers like Rhino. However, she is opposed by Hammerhead and Roderick Kingsley. Silver Sable is defeated by Spider-Man, but manages to escape police custody. She has a dislike for Hammerhead, due to the fact that they used to date. In a later episode, she shows up with her father to a Valentine's Day meeting in the opera house with Tombstone and Doctor Octopus. Hammerhead betrays them all, and injects Sable with a tranquilizer.