|Real Name:||Marlene Bloomberg (Hey, superheroes aren't the only people who have to change their names!)|
|Hometown:||Syracuse, New York (she lived on Weehauken Street)|
|Relatives:||[Edward Bloomberg] (nephew)
Robert Alvin Bloomberg (brother)
Sylvia Bloomberg (sister-in-law)
|First Appearance:||[FURY OF FIRESTORM No. 24]|
Marla Bloom was the career minded, outspoken, opinionated and thoroughly charming president of Marla Bloom Associates—her production company. And for all of you non-film buffs out there, Marla Bloom Associates produced ["Blue Devil: The Movie"] for Verner Brothers Pictures.
Marla was a firecracker who liked to get things her way and was likely to tear you a new one when she didn't. Somehow, probably out of fear of what she would do to you were you to betray her, she retained complete loyalty from her crew. A long-time spent in the film industry, however, meant that however cheaply-made her films, she, at least, knew what she was doing.
Little known fact: Marla started her film career as an animator for Godfrey Goose cartoons where she worked unter the tutilage of the great Harvey Verner (see [Jock Verner]).
So take a look. That's her over on the right. This hot little mama's got a spark that's hard to resist. She doesn't care who you are, she's going to tell you where you can get off. Plus, she was doing the streak thing 10 years before Jennifer Aniston (Editors Note: This was a pretty topical reference back in 1998 when I wrote this). Though, to be sure, according to co-creator Paris Cullins, those are in fact, gray streaks.
She may be getting on in years, but it never slowed her down. She's sort of the classic bitch on wheels, but a useful person to know as long as you stayed on her good side. I always liked the Marla character. Brutally plain-spoken and agressive almost to her own detriment, she would probably be retconned as a lesbian in today's market.
During the series, Marla took care of her nephew, [Eddie "Gopher" Bloomberg] for her brother and his wife who live in Syracuse, New York—also Marla's hometown. I guess the kid was going crazy in upstate New York and needed a little excitement. Marla, having experienced the same boredom in what she called "potato town", was all too willing to take him in. Not having any children of her own, it was an easy enough thing for her to handle. And over the years, Marla had grown very attached to Gopher and very accustomed to his presence just as Gopher had become very accustomed to the Hollywood lifestyle.
Her heart was in the right place: she tried to take good care of the kid but the simple truth remains that Marla just didn't have it for functioning as a responsible guardian. The movies were her life (which could explain why she never married), and sometimes she allowed that passion to jeopardize Gopher's (and most other people's) safety. Of course, Gopher can take care of himself just fine, as we have seen on many an occasion.
But Marla was a stand-up woman where it mattered. Just in terms of the Blue Devil universe, Marla was a good employer to Dan Cassidy—she got him a lot of work—but she was an even better friend.
More to come...
More recently the DC Universe has witnessed the death of Marla Bloom in the pages of [UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED].
The particulars of the Blue Devil's bargain with the demon Neron involved destroying an unmanned powerstation out in Nowhere, California. In exchange, he was to receive Hollywood fame and fortune, which he intended to parlay in Marla's favor in order to take her to the top with him, thus saving her from a career litany of B-films that, in the context of that story, had made her into a sort of Roger Korman-esque laughing stock.
The best laid plans of mice and men sometimes, however, meet with failure. The Blue Devil thought that he knew all the angles. He had checked out the power station and knew that another station would pick up the slack in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately he neglected to anticipate that Marla Bloom would be out location scouting for a predawn vista appropriate for her next film.
Despite the protestations of her helicopter pilot, who disliked flying at predawn, Marla's barking eventually prompted him to fly more wrecklessly than he normally would. As a result, their whirlybird got caught up in some powerlines, invisible owing to the lack of illumination resulting from the destruction of the power station. Marla and her pilot, Chuck, crashed to their deaths.
This page last updated 23 July 2006.
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