The first Menagerie was a Puerto Rican woman named Pamela (last name surname unknown). While the origins of her powers are unclear, Manchester Black once stated that the rogue Men in Black (from the Department of Extranormal Operations) once picked up the dregs of society, turning them into weapons and selling them off to the highest alien bidder. Pamela was bonded to an "alien warrior crèche" (or "symbeasts"). The beasts could be controlled to be used as weapons or to assemble into other shapes. The tale of Pam's first contact with these beasts has never been told, nor has any light been shed on the days before she met the villainous Manchester Black.
Black recruited Pam to be a member of his group of extremely powerful metahumans called the Elite. This group took it upon themselves to "free the Earth of scum." They abide by no laws and thus quickly came into conflict with Superman during their first mission in Tripoli, Libya. They quickly dispatched Superman then disappeared. Superman called them to a showdown on Jupiter's moon, Io, where they seemingly killed the Man of Steel. But Superman returned triumphant. He managed to poison Menagerie and disabled the others as well. The Elite were delivered into custody, but soon released by President Lex Luthor.
Now a government operative, Black began shadowing the Man of Steel. He betrayed Luthor and reassembled the Elite one last time. During an assassination attempt on Luthor, Menagerie revealed to Superman that the Elite were acting against their wills. For her betrayal, Black induced a stroke in her, putting her in a permanent vegetative state. Sometime afterward, Pamela's sister Sonja assumed control of the crèche and became the second Menagerie.
- Metamorphosis: Pamela has control over alien lifeforms known as "Symbeasts" which are tiny symbiotic parasites that shift and assemble over a host to form a variety of shapes and weapons. She can command them to take any form she can think of or detach from her body and attack an opponent independently.
- 3 Appearances of Pamela (New Earth)
- 3 Images featuring Pamela (New Earth)
- Quotations by or about Pamela (New Earth)
- Character Gallery: Pamela (New Earth)
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