Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen)

The Religious Affiliation of
Saturn Girl
Imra Ardeen

Religion: Catholic or Anglican CBR Scale: I

Name: Saturn Girl

Alter Ego: Imra Ardeen

Other Names: Imra Ardeen Ranzz

Classification: hero hero  

Publisher(s): DC

First Appearance: Adventure Comics (vol. 1) #247 (Apr. 1958): "The Legion of Super-Heroes"

Creators: Otto Binder, Al Plastino

Super? (Has Super Powers/Special Abilities/Technology): Yes

Number of Appearances: 616

   Comic Book Appearances: 598

   TV, Film Appearances: 18

Teams/Affiliations: The Legion of Super-Heroes

Gender: female


From email we received from Dan'l Danehy-Oakes on 16 March 2006:

I notice that your Big List only mentions one member of the "Legion of Super-Heroes." Several others have pretty clear religious leanings of one sort or another...

Saturn Girl (Imra Ardeen Ranzz) is an interesting case - she seems to be either Catholic or High Church Anglican: at least her marriage to Garth (Lightning Lad) Ranzz, and the baptism of their first two children, were performed by priests in circumstances that looked Catholic. But she doesn't seem to be very devout; and at one time she paid homage to the evil god Darkseid (admittedly, not a religious sort of homage, but still...)

Lightning Lad (Garth Ranzz [Saturn Girl's husband]) and his sister, Lightning Lass (Ayla Ranzz; a/k/a Light Lass and Gossamer) practice the nature religion of their native world, Winath, though not devoutly. See also Saturn Girl.

[Others listed]

From: "Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters" forum discussion, started 28 March 2006 on the Comic Book Resources website (; viewed 4 June 2006):

3-28-2006, 01:51 PM
Sir Tim Drake

Other characters not [yet] on the [Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters] list:
Shadow Lass - ancestor worshipper
Element Lad - New Age
Lightning Lad and Saturn Girl - at least one of them was some kind of Christian, since their first child was baptized
[some others listed...]

This character is in the following 24 stories which have been indexed by this website:
Action Comics (vol. 1) #267 (Aug. 1960): "The Three Super-Heroes!"
Adventure Comics
Justice League of America (vol. 2) #10 (Aug. 2007): "The Lightning Saga, Final Chapter: The Villain Is the Hero in His Own Story" (someone disguised or dressed as)
Justice Society of America
Justice Society of America: Kingdom Come Special: Magog #1 (Jan. 2009): "The Secret Origin of Starman"
Legion of Super-Heroes
Legionnaires #0 (Oct. 1994): "Close Encounters"
Spider-Boy Team-Up #1 (June 1997): "Too Many Heroes -- Too Little Time" (character based on)

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