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Queen Bee

(pop culture)
The dazzling dominatrix Queen Bee—aka Zazzala of the insect-like world of Korll—forced DC Comics' mightiest superheroes to toil as obedient drones in Justice League of America #23 (1963), by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. With fluttering Bee-Men at her thrall, the winged Zazzala, wearing an orange-and-black horizontally striped bathing suit, threatens to demolish Earth unless the Leaguers obtain for her three vials that will afford her immortality. Queen Bee was outfoxed by the JLA in that initial tale, but when next seen in issue #60 (1968), she has achieved everlasting life, with an unexpected side effect—immobility. With her “magnonuclear rod” she shrunk six JLAers and guest-star Batgirl into tiny winged slaves and dispatched them to find the antidote for her “living death.” Queen Bee befuddled the League, Wonder Woman, and Superman in several return appearances, and was included in a 2001 PVC set of classic JLA villains. In the sticky honeycomb of DC's evolving continuity, a different Queen Bee, a hypnotist, buzzed into power in the nation of Bialya in a late 1980s story arc in Justice League International, but was executed by that country's General Sumaan Harjavti. Beginning in JLA vol. 2 #34 (1999), writer Grant Morrison and artist Howard Porter unveiled a reimagined, world-subjugating Zazzala. Like the original, this new Queen Bee hailed from the densely populated hive-planet Korll and lorded over Bee-Troopers, but her appearance was radically altered, with more entomological attributes than her predecessor, most noticeably intricate, bug-like eyes. Attracted to Earth by Lex Luthor to join his Injustice Gang, Zazzala enslaved New York City with her “hypno-pollen,” establishing her Royal Egg- Matrix in the heart of Manhattan. She was swatted by the League, but will not be satisfied until all of Earth falls under her authority. Another Queen Bee, Tazzala, reportedly the sister of Zazzala, was part of an alien alliance sworn to dominate Earth in the eight-issue series Creature Commandos (2000).