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Marya Smirnova was a journalist for the Globe of New York.


Marya Smirnova covered Howard Carter's unearthing of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1923. Afterward, Indiana Jones encouraged her to follow him to the Great Pyramid of Giza, where she was nearly sacrificed by a mad devotee of the pharaoh Kheops.

In 1933, her stories on Gandhi garnered international attention. While in India, she discovered an ancient, reconstructed Thuggee temple near Bhubaneshwar and called upon Jones to help her investigate.

In 1936, she joined up once more with Jones at Barnett College shortly after The Book of Abraham had come into his possession. The pair's research into the tome led them to Paris, where they discovered a powdered substance that medieval alchemist Nicholas Flamel claimed could turn lead into gold.

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Marya was apparently named after the technical director of Bagheera, the French company that published the comic books in which she appears.