University of Chicago Professor Joanne Tumolo was developing a process to enable a human being to attain his or her full physical and mental potential. Out of financial desperation, Dr. Tumolo had accepted private funding for the project from Malcolm Donalbain, an eccentric who secretly planned to create an army of women warriors to serve him. He chose Shirlee Bryant for the experiment. Not trusting the test subject that Donalbain had coerced her to use, Tumolo had her assistant Greer Nelson secretly undertake the experiment alongside the other woman.
When Bryant died in a test of her new abilities, Donalbain had his henchmen set off dynamite charges at Dr. Tumulo's laboratory to make it appear that Bryant had died accidentally in an explosion.