Alanna Strange is a native of the planet of Rann, a world whose inhabitants appear exactly as humans do. Her father is Sardath, a scientist responsible for the invention of many highly technological items including the Zeta beam. This invention is the one most important to her as the Zeta Beam permitted that Adam Strange be teleported to Rann, where the two began their adventures together.
In the 1950s and 1960s, DC Comics used the ongoing series Showcase to effectively test the market pertaining to the potential popularity of a character. Some characters such as the Flash would go on to great popularity, while others such as the Challengers of the Unknown or Rip Hunter enjoyed consistent if not noteworthy success in their own series. In issue 17 of this series, Adam Strange was introduced, as was Alanna and Sardath. Shortly thereafter there were chosen to headline the series Mystery in Space, which had been essentially a space anthology. After the Adam Strange stories were plugged into the series though, the series focused solely around them
Despite appearing contemporary to other damsels in distress such as Lois Lane, Carol Ferris or the Invisible Girl, the stories surrounding Alanna generally focused more on her role as an effective heroine. She was often put in a position where she would have to be rescued, but equally she came to Adam's rescue fairly often as well. Many of her early appearances as highlighted the similarities between life on Earth and life on Rann. As the character progressed through her presentation, so too did the facts surrounding the character.
The nature of her relationship with Adam changed as he could stay on Rann, and the two of them eventually had a daughter named Aleea.
Major Story Arcs
As was typical from the Silver Age , her early appearances contained very little continuity for the character, as stories rarely spread out over even two issues, and thus were forced to be told in a single issue. The Mystery in Space stories contained what could be generally described as very similar plots, wherein Adam Strange would be teleported by the Zeta Beam to Rann and the two of them would venture off on fantastical adventures, for instance when they were rendered immobile while flying with their jet packs , or when they had to battle evil space eyes. Adam Strange went on to a degree of cult status, even appearing in later issues of the Justice League of America in the 1970s, but his supporting cast was mostly forgotten, so much so that major DC events such as Crisis on Infinite Earths had little effect on them. The cosmic based titles at DC go through periods of popularity though, and eventually she began to play a larger role, most notably in The Rann-Thanagar War and the following storylines in Infinite Crisis and 52 .
The characters have yet to appear in the new 52.
Powers and Abilities
Rannians are physically almost identical to humans, and as an average Rannian without super power, Alanna is comparable to an Earthling with an above average level of athletic ability. She is better known for her employment of technological items, many the same as her husband. One of the more common devices which she employs is a jet pack, which gives he the ability of flight. She is also know for her keen scientific mind, a trait she inherited from her father. In the silver age she is generally shown displaying the same level of courage as Adam Strange does, and often follows alongside him into dangerous situations.
In Other Media
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Alanna appears in the episode "Mystery in Space!" where she is kidnapped by Gordanians before being rescued by Adam, Batman and Aquaman. She also appears in "Four Star Spectacular!" in a minor role. She was voiced by Cathy Cavadini.
Young Justice: Invasion
Alanna appears as a central character in the episode "Earthlings," where she guides Miss Martian, Superboy and Beast Boy through the jungles of Rann during an attempt to sabotage a Zeta platform illegally set up by Krolotean invaders. She displays an attraction towards Adam Strange, though they two are not yet an item. Like the rest of the residents of Rann, Alanna sports a more alien appearance, complete with pointy ears. She was voiced by Jacqueline Obradors.
Alana Strange (note alternate spelling) appears in issue #14 of Ame-Comi Girls as the premier hero and defender of Rann in place of Adam Strange. She rescues Shayera Hol, Hawkgirl, and as many Thanagarians from Sinestra's invasion fleet by teleporting them from Thanagar to Rann with the use of Zeta beams. She explains to Shayera that they have been developing a living weapon, a cosmic-powered god named Metra, and will be making their stand against Sinestra on the planet Earth.