Sally Jupiter, actually. Yeah, she made for a pretty ineffectual superhero, but something just draws me to be very fond of her. Maybe an underlying "girl power" sentiment. I always root for the pretty girl!
I'm intrigued by her relationship with Blake. I would say that Sally loved Blake, and Sally was one of the very few people, if any, Blake had any emotional regard for. You might even say he loved
her, I don't know.
Also, Sally placed all her self-worth into beauty which makes for a very shallow and fleeting sense of self-worth. Hence, she corresponds with creeps who remind her of a time when she was young, when she was worth something
. She spends her days reliving her youth in her mind, even the worst parts of it, and is surrounded by relics of her past.
"Laurie, I'm 65. Every day, the future looks a little bit darker.
But the past
, even the grimy
parts of it....well, it just keeps getting brighter
all the time
God, that line is such a downer, but sums it up Sally in her current state perfectly.
To add to the low self-esteem bit, there's also a sense of guilt within Sally. That, maybe, because she drank, swore, and was a burlesque dancer before she started running around the city practically in her underwear to fight crime with a bunch of men, she deserved to be degraded. Her behavior would be considered unladylike, floozy-ish even in her time, and probably even today. So combine her fairly brash, almost
vulgar tendencies with an underlying belief that her actions cause her to be objectified and, hey, "maybe I want
to be objectified," and you can see why she would not only forgive Blake for his assault, but pin some of the blame on herself. A lot of rape victims tend to blame themselves for the crime but I feel like Sally took it to a whole other level, where she was even willing to let the assailant into her bed. Part of that may have been to rationalize her feelings toward Blake because if it wasn't all his
fault then, maybe, "This is okay, what I'm doing is okay."
On the other hand, Sally had the strength to not allow daughter to follow the same path. Whatever feelings she had for Blake, she knew
what kind of person he was, and this was not someone who belonged in Laurie's life as a father figure or otherwise. My heart really
went out to Blake when Sally told him off and took Laurie away but she was right. Sally was ultimately right to send Laurie into adventuring, too. Laurie may have professed to hate the career but, in the end I think we see it's what she was meant to do. I think her biggest problem was with the costume, honestly, and I don't blame her. One thing I would have loved to see was the new costume Laurie thought up for herself. I think it would have looked like a combination of the later Comedian and Silhouette's costumes, personally. Also, good on Sally for getting the girl some actual training before sending her out in the world. She made sure Laurie was better prepared for the job than she herself was.
So, yeah, Sally's not a major player, but I feel that she's a lot more interesting and complex than most people would believe. And I wish she had more votes!