By Carl Slaughter:
THE SUPERGIRLS: FASHION, FEMINISM, FANTASY. AND THE HISTORY OF COMIC BOOK HEROINES
By Mike Madrid
Has Wonder Woman hit the comic book glass ceiling? Is that the one opposition that even her Amazonian strength can’t defeat? Entertaining and informative, The Supergirls explores iconic superheroines and what it means for the culture when they do everything the superhero does, only in thongs and high heels.
This much-needed alternative history of American comic book icons—from Wonder Woman to Supergirl and beyond—delves into where these crime-fighting females fit in popular culture and why, and what their stories say about the role of women in society from their creation to now, and into the future.
DIVAS, DAMES & DAREDEVILS: LOST HEROINES OF GOLDEN AGE COMICS
By Mike Madrid
Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle ruled the pages of comic books in the 1940s, but many other heroines of the WWII era have been forgotten. Through twenty-eight full reproductions of vintage Golden Age comics, Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their ingenious abilities to mete out justice to Nazis, aliens, and evildoers of all kinds.
Each spine-tingling chapter opens with Mike Madrid’s insightful commentary about heroines at the dawn of the comic book industry and reveals a universe populated by extraordinary women—superheroes, reporters, galactic warriors, daring detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who protected America and the world with wit and guile.
VIXENS, VAMPS & VIPERS: LOST VILLAINESSES OF GOLDEN AGE COMICS
By Mike Madrid
Between the covers of Vixens, Vamps & Vipers, fans will rediscover the original bad girls of comics—as fierce and full of surprises as they were when the comic book industry was born. From murderous Madame Doom to He-She, dubbed by io9 as “the most unsung comic book villain ever,” Mike Madrid resurrects twenty-two glorious evildoers in fully reproduced comics and explores the ways they both transcend and become ensnared in a web of cultural stereotypes.
Among the deadly femme fatales, ruthless jungle queens, devious secret agents, double-dealing criminal masterminds, and gender-bending con artists are some of the very first women of color in comics. These women may have been overlooked in the annals of history, but—like their superheroine counterparts in Divas, Dames & Daredevils—their influence, on popular culture and the archenemies that thrill us today, is unmistakable.
I was expecting to see something about the women who worked in the field, but this is interesting in its own way. It would still be a good topic, especially if it was women drawing/writing women, and the conditions under which they worked.
[ps to Carl Slaughter: Can you direct me to your original post or comment asking for help with the ransomware? I can’t seem to turn it up.]
Thanks, Cally! You’re, well, super.
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I resorted to installing a new operating system to kill the ransomware.
Carl, how annoying that you had to resort to that. It’s better for you now, I hope.
Worse. At the time of the attack, I had a USB plugged into the computer. All the files in that USB were locked along with all the files in my computer. So I had to resort to reformatting the USB to kill the ransomware. That USB had my most up to date record of my File 770 material. So now I’m going back through my email to piece together files containing all my features.
Sorry to hear it. People can be such bastards.
The Supergirls is an excellent read.
There’s a visual companion website for the book that will give you an idea of what it’s all about.