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Quote1 I'm always ready to learn more about the occult and the unknown! Quote2
-- Inza Cramer src

Inza Cramer was the girlfriend, and later the wife, of Kent Nelson, the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth known as Doctor Fate. Later in her life, she became Kent's successor as Doctor Fate.

Early Life

As a single woman, Inza was often in peril as a result of Kent's enemies, including the evil sorcerer Wotan, who tried to murder her in an attempt to get to Doctor Fate.[1] After this, Inza became the usual partner of Doctor Fate against unknown threats to the world.[2] A few adventures passed and Inza was attacked by the evil Mayan God Mayoor, who tried to use her to free himself from his prison. Inza was once again saved by the timely arrival of Doctor Fate.[3] Eventually and after a series of adventures, Fate revealed Inza his secret identity as Kent Nelson.[4] This revelation made them closer and when Kent decided to become a medical doctor, Inza became a nurse in order to assist Kent in his new profession.[5] Not long afterwards, the two of them became engaged and shared even more time together, although Fate would no longer take Inza as his companion all the time.[6]

Eventually, Inza and Nelson married and they started living in the Tower of Fate. They lived together for decades, kept youthful by the mystical energies of Doctor Fate. But with the passing days, Inza was always left in the mystic place while her husband went out on various adventures as Doctor Fate. Eventually, Inza got fed up with the situation and went out by herself to help Fate against Khalis. Although they were brought closer from their collaboration,[7] some issues still remained and Inza became jealous of Fate's control over Kent. A desperate attempt on her part caused Inza to become the perfect target of a Lord of Chaos, who captured her and used her against Fate, even threatening him with her death.[8][9] Despite Fate's best efforts, Inza was seriously injured.[10]

Inza eventualy began to resent her effective imprisonment in the Tower and the way her life had turned out, and to suffer mental problems including severe depression. Eventually though, Kent's magics began to fail and he and Inza both aged and died. They were resurrected in new, younger bodies, but discovered that only Inza could now become Doctor Fate (it appears that Fate was originally intended to be a composite of both of them, but that Kent had kept the power to himself). For a time, Kent and Inza parted ways, partly due to the machinations of a Lord of Chaos named Tgiian who had taken possession of the Helmet of Nabu, worn by Doctor Fate. After a short time though, the Nelsons were reunited and began to share the power of Doctor Fate as they had always been intended to.

During the incident called Zero Hour, the Nelsons (along with the rest of Kent's teammates in the Justice Society of America, were drawn into battle with the villain Extant, who forcibly separated them from the artifacts of Doctor Fate (the Helm, amulet and cloak) and condemned them to become their true age once more. Inza became senile, and the aged Nelson's recovered the artifacts with the assistance of mercenary Jared Stevens, but the artifacts refused to bond with them again and both Inza and her husband were killed by minions of the demon Kingdom. Inza's spirit, like that of her husband, appeared to dwell for awhile inside the amulet of Fate, but has since apparently passed on.


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  • During the Golden Age, Inza's last name was inconsistent as she was sometimes named "Cramer"[11] and other times named "Sanders".[12]
  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-Two era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and no longer apply.

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