Creepy is an American horror-comics anthology launched by Warren Publishing in 1964. Like Mad, it was a black-and-white newsstand publication in a magazine format and thus did not require the approval or seal of the Comics Code Authority. The anthology magazine was initially published quarterly but later went bimonthly. Each issue's stories were introduced by the host character, Uncle Creepy. Its sister publications were Eerie and Vampirella.
Gem Antonelli, a native of Los Angeles, was part of a series of experiments carried out by International Operations under the control of the director of the Department of Science and Technology, Ivana Baiul. As John Lynch broke into I.O. security to rescue a group of youngsters from her experiments, Ivana was forced to escape and moved her base to Isla Caballito to continue with her experiments on the frozen specimens she managed to carry with her. One of those gen-active kids frozen in liquid nitrogen was Gem Antonelli.
Gem is a neuro-dominator, able to temporarily control the bodies of others. After passing hard training she earned a place in DV8, Ivana's group of super-powered operatives. However, due to her weak stomach, she almost got eliminated (literally), but somehow got chosen by Threshold, Ivana's right hand, to be part of his team. Unlike her DV8 partners, Gem didn't take her activity so seriously and constantly fooled around.
Due to an incident involving Bliss, she had four spilt personalities in addition to her normal persona. This made her teammates very uneasy around her and lead them to believe she was quite insane and unstable. Her four extra personalities were:
- Soldier, a tough militaristic fighter
- Nihilist, a disobedient and mischievous personality
- Spy, a methodical thinker
- Little Gemma, a cute but often cowardly child like persona
Ivana and her teammates believed that this was a reaction to the booster drugs all DV8-members received to increase their powers.
When Threshold turned against DV8, he mentally attacked Copycat, putting her in a coma. Genma stayed in the coma for a long time and when she woke up something had changed; the link between Bliss and herself had been broken and her real mind slowly started to heal. The final trigger happened when she tried to possess her teammate Freestyle. Her mind was restored and her alternate personalities disappeared.
Shortly afterwards DV8 was disbanded and Copycat left with Frostbite and Sublime to try to live a normal life. They later joined up with Genevieve Cray, a female clone of Michael Cray, Sublime's father.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Gem has the ability to take control of others bodies by making contact or being within proximity to them.
Appearances, Images, and QuotesEdit
- Copycat has a diamond-shaped tattoo under her left eye and another one with number 77 on her right shoulder. She's number 16 in Ivana's files.
- Copycat used to suffer from dissociative identity disorder.