Gertrude Yorkes (self-referred to as Arsenic[1]), is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics award-winning series, Runaways. She was created by author Brian K. Vaughan & artist Adrian Alphona, and debuted in Runaways vol. 1 #1 with most of the other main characters.[2] Like every member of the original Runaways, she is the daughter of evil villains with special abilities; in Gert's case, time-travellers.[2] Gertrude, often called "Gert" for short, is often regarded as the most "book-smart" of the Runaways yet also the most sarcastic and cynical.[2] She has socialist leanings and although ethnically Jewish, Gert is agnostic. Gert is bespectacled and somewhat overweight,[3] contrary to the typical notion of superheroines appearing physically fit and conventionally beautiful, making Gert unique among the heroines of the Marvel universe. Gert is known for her sarcastic one-liners, a pair of glasses, and brown dyed purple hair.[2]


In 2008, named Gert's death as the sixth out of ten best deaths in Marvel Comics history. [5[1]

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