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Janissary is a Turkish superheroine and ally of the Justice League of America.

In 1566 Merlin hid his spell book, The Book of Eternity, from his half-brother Etrigan beneath an ancient Roman temple. With the book was Sultan Suleiman's scimitar, enchanted by Merlin and buried in the sand like Arthur's sword Excalibur. Like Excalibur, only a brave and noble person could remove the scimitar from the sand. In 1999, after an earthquake while working for the Red Crescent, Selma Tolon fell into the dungeon where she found the spell book and the scimitar. She uses these to defend her native country, and to be an example and role model for other Muslim women. She has not yet totally mastered the use of the spell book, but has already gained the respect of the JLA, and was one of the heroines called in by Wonder Woman to help against Circe's attack on New York City.



  • Medicine: Selma is a doctor for the the Red Crescent.


  • Eternity Book of Merlin, enables her to do magic. At the present the extent of her powers are undetermined.


  • Scimitar of Suleiman the Magnificent is the source of her powers.