In our last chapter we looked at the sorceress Circe and I explained a little bit about witchcraft.... and this leads, me nicely on to this week's (short) chapter.
The supernatural super villian this week is Magica De Spell, who first appeared in comics in 1961. Created by Carl Banks to act as a formidable opponent for Scrooge McDuck in the story 'The Midas Touch', Magica has since gone on to become a legendary super villain! Her main motivation is to own Scrooge's Number One Dime so she can turn it into a magical amulet (pause for maniacal laughter) and she's also a disciple of Circe!
Magica's powers include teleportation, flight and the ability to morph into animals!
Now this is usually the point in the chapter where Ryan jumps in with a question, however as he has yet to return from the Fantasty Bar I'm going to run through some additional info on witchcraft myself.
In 1612, in Lancashire, 12 people were accused of murdering 10 local people through supernatural means. Of the 12 accused, eleven were found guilty of practicing witchcraft and were sentenced to death by hanging. Some argued their innocence, whilst some believed that they were indeed guilty. The event was documented by Thomas Potts in The Wonderful Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster, and the case is famous in the UK's history of witch trials. But the big question is, were the Pendle Witches really witches? Well it's hard to say. The event took place 400 years ago, during a period in history when accusations of witchcraft were common. However it's important to remember that accusations of witchcraft at this time resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people, so regardless of whether or not you believe in witchcraft it was a very powerful belief. Likewise, if the practitioner believes that what they are doing is classed as witchcraft and they're capable of murder, then they're very dangerous to be around as well. Whether witchcraft is real or it's just the stuff of legend, witchcraft is very powerful in the wrong hands and that's why even a game old bird such as Magica De Spell is someone you don't want to mess with!
And now you know!
Right, I'm off to find Ryan. See you next time.