Real Name: Unknown
Class: Human magic-user
Occupation: Spiritual advisor
Group Affiliation: Formerly Sentinels of Magic
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Greenwich Village, NYC
First Appearance: Doorway to Nightmare #1 (January-February 1978)
Powers: Madame Xanadu had a supernatural sensitivity to occult activities and mystic phenomena. She used tarot cards to interpret what she sensed, and was able to tell the future of others. Xanadu could levitate objects, teleport herself, and banish minor demons. Madame Xanadu's parlor was full of magical books and objects, as well as jars containing the essences of malevolent entities. She rarely used these objects of power, merely acting as a guardian of them. Madam Xanadu was an immortal, never aging and unable to be killed in any manner.
History: Little is known of Madame Xanadu's past, she is descended from gypsies, but has operated her fortune telling parlour out of Greenwich Village for many a year. She gained her immortality and magical abilities by besting Death in a game of cards. Xanadu often meets clientele plagued by supernatural problems, and although she can advise them, some force prevents her from directly interfering in solving their troubles. If one of her clients manages to conquer a supernatural force, she can contain that entity in jars within her fortune parlour.
(Doorway to Nightmare #3) - Margot Hammer came to Xanadu's shop for a reading because she was concerned about her love Victor Christianson. Xanadu drew the hanged man from her tarot deck, told Margot he was hiding something from her, and asked her to have him meet Xanadu. Victor came to Xanadu, and she recognized him as a vampire from a previous meeting with him in Brussels. She drew the four of swords, the card of everlasting death, and Victor stormed off. Margot learned Victor was a vampire and wanted him to make her one too, and the couple came to Xanadu. Victor refused to make Margot a vampire, and waited until sunrise so he could end his unlife as a gesture of his love for Margot. Manadu kept his spirit in one of the jars in her shop.
(Doorway to Nightmare #4) - Detective Nick Abrams came to Xanadu for advice on the disappearance of the mummy of Princess Morea, her lamps and her mummified demon bodyguard from the Met. He saw a Chinese lamp identical to the ones taken from the Met in Xanadu's shop, and despite her protest that if was gifted to her in the past he took it as evidence. The lamp returned to Xanadu's shop, but Abrahms took it again. Morea's undead bodyguard attacked Abrahms, but Xanadu destroyed the demon. Abrahm's girlfriend Sue Lei Hau took the lamp. She was possessed by the spirit of Morea and needed all the lamps to permanently take control of Hau's body. Abrahms and Xanadu confronted her after she performed her sorcery, but Hau's love for Abrahms was so strong that she shook off Morea's control. Morea's spirit left, leaving behind only the mummified remains of Morea's six-fingered hand, which Xanadu locked in a jar and took back to her shop.
(Crisis on Infinite Earths #10, 12, Spectre vol. 2 #1)-When the Spectre was destroyed by the Anti-Monitor, Madame Xanadu performed a magic ritual that brought him back to existence. From that day forward she has acted as the Spectre's spiritual advisor.
(Books of Magic I #2) - Madame Xanadu gave Tim Hunter a reading, helping him along his path as an emerging sorcerer. She also confronted Tim's companion John Constantine, who she believed has stolen a magic artifact called the Wind's Egg from her.
(Showcase '93 #4) -Gaea empowered Blue Devil with the worldseed, or the essence of the Earth, to defend it against Galaxa. The mystic vibrations were sensed by Madame Xaadu among others.
(Day of Judgment #1-4) - Xanadu's demon familiars turned against her when Asmodel / Spectre unleashed Hell on Earth. Zatanna rescued Xanadu and recruited her for the Sentinels of Magic to do battle with Asmodel. With Zatanna's help Xanadu separated Asmodel from most of the Spectre-Force, imprisoning it in her globe. It was only a temporary solution, and the Sentinels knew they needed the Spear of Destiny to defeat Asmodel. When Xanadu could no longer contain the power she released it, and after the Sentinels wounded Asmodel with the Spear, the soul of Green Lantern Hal Jordan stepped in and became the new Spectre host.
(JLA #40) - Xanadu was among the legion of heroes summoned by the JLA to quell worldwide outbreaks of warfare that were incited by Mageddon.
(Martian Manhunter II #28) - Xanadu and the Sentinels of Magic battled the Demon, who’d een separated from Jason Blood and was tapping into the power of Stonehenge. At Phantom Strangers request Martian Manhunter joined the Sentinels in battle, and found Morgan Le Fay, who had Jason Blood trapped in a tesseract jewel. Manhunter shattered the jewel, freeing Blood, and ending the Demon’s threat.
(JLA #58) - Xanadu and a number of other heroes with sorcerous abilities created an oxygenated atmosphere on the Moon so that the JLA could create fire to use against the White Martians they were battling there.
(JLA #68) - Atlantis, ancient and in ruins, appeared on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Xanadu and several mystics cast a spell on the JLA to send them to 1,000 B.C. and determine the fate of the Atlantis that Tempest had sent back in time during the Imperiex War.
(Blood of the Demon #6) - Xanadu gave a reading to Detective Pruitt. He’d been burned by Demon’s hellfire, an as a result his soul was, for the moment, completely pure.
Comments: Created by David Michelinie & Val Mayerick
Madame Xanadu received profiles in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #14 and Who’s Who in the DC Universe #3.
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