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Nelvana

Canada’s forgotten superheroine

Inuit demigoddess gets the attention she deserves, 70 years after wartime stardom

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She was an Inuit demigoddess. She could fly and become invisible.

She wore a magic cloak, battled aliens from other dimensions, mammoth men and crooks, and safeguarded Canada’s Arctic against Adolf Hitler and Imperial Japan.

In her heyday, thousands of Canadians at home and overseas thrilled to her adventures.

She wasn’t Canada’s answer to Wonder Woman — she came first.

And yet, today almost nobody knows who Nelvana of the Northern Lights was.

But thanks to two comic-book aficionados and a phenomenally successful fundraising campaign, all that is about to change.

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Updated on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 1:20 AM CST: Corrects detail of Nelvana's powers, clarifies Nicholson's and Richey's roles on documentary

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