Linda Strauss was a young woman who married Henry Strauss, a wealthy man much older than her. After the passing of her husband, Linda became the guardian of Henry's only son, Eric Strauss, unaware that the kid was chosen by Nabu to become the next Doctor Fate.
Eric was aged to adulthood thanks to the magic of Nabu and eventually, Linda understood that her strange attraction to Eric was in fact the result of a mystical bond between them, which allowed them to merge together and become the new Doctor Fate without the presence of Nabu in their conscience. After the passing of Nabu's first human host, Kent Nelson, Nabu took over his body and assisted Linda and Eric in their quests as Doctor Fate.
During a battle on Apokolips, Eric was killed, leaving Linda to carry on as Doctor Fate on her own. Eventually the Helmet rejected her. Eric's soul was not allowed to pass on, but was instead placed in the dying body of Eugene DiBellia, who had been severely injured in a car crash. Eugene was the father of a cosmically important girl named Raina, who was to usher in a new age for mankind.
Even though she was no longer Doctor Fate, the Anti-Fate, Doctor Benjamin Stoner, returned to plague Linda. This forces her to merge with Nabu to become Doctor Fate once again. Before retreating, the Lords of Chaos succeeded in assaulting Linda and killing her. As with Eric, her soul was placed in the dying body of Wendy DiBellia, Eugene's wife, so that she and Eric could take care of Raina. The DiBellias were always fated to die, but thanks to the timely intervention of the Phantom Stranger and a being serving as the human avatar of God, Raina is not left without her caretakers.
- 51 Appearances of Linda Strauss (New Earth)
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