The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines (Revised and Updated)

The Supergirls: Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines (Revised and Updated)

by Mike Madrid

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Overview

"Mike Madrid is doing God's work. . . . mak[ing] accessible a lost, heady land of female adventure." —ComicsAlliance

"Sharp and lively . . . [Madrid] clearly loves this stuff. And he's enough of a historian to be able to trace the ways in which the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society's ever-changing feelings about women and sex."—Entertainment Weekly

"A long overdue tribute to [those] fabulous fighting females." —Stan Lee

Mike Madrid has become known as a champion of women in comics and as the expert in Golden Age female characters. And now here is where it all began, as informative and entertaining as ever, in a revised and updated edition, including new illustrations and a new introduction, as well as an afterword bringing us up-to-date on what's happening with women in comics now.

Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics; Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics; and the original The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, an NPR "Best Book To Share With Your Friends" and American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project Notable Book. A San Francisco native and lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture, Madrid also appears in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and is the illustrator of two of The History of Arcadia books: Lily the Silent and The Lizard Princess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935259336
Publisher: Exterminating Angel Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 588,038
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics, Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics, and the original The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, an NPR “Best Book To Share With Your Friends” and American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project Notable Book. A San Francisco native and lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture, Madrid also appears in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines and is the illustrator of two of The History of Arcadia books: Lily the Silent and The Lizard Princess.

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Introduction to the new edition

Back when I worked on the original edition of The Supergirls, and I would tell people it was a history of female superheroes, the usual response was, “Oh, it’s about Wonder Woman.” When I explained that Wonder Woman was only one of many superheroines, I would hear, “Like who? There are no other women in comic books besides Wonder Woman!” But I knew better. And I was on a mission to make those other women known to more people.

After The Supergirls came out, something interesting happened. I got emails from readers who had no idea that there had been female superheroes in the 1960s, much less in the 1940s. Some said
the book introduced them to characters they had never heard of, while others found themselves using it as reference for their own dissertations on the role of women in comic books. One woman who had read Mary Marvel comics in the 1940s thanked me for finally explaining the young heroine’s origin to her. Had I completed my mission of sharing the histories of these amazing women of
comic books?

Which brings us to this edition of The Supergirls. It’s been updated to reflect some developments in the world of female superheroes, along with other information I’ve come across in my continuing research. I’ve also added new artwork of some of my favorite women from the early days of comic books.

And if anyone thinks this is my final word on the subject of female superheroes, I assure you that’s not the case. There are more exciting stories to share with you. Many more.

Table of Contents


Author’s Note
Introduction to the new edition
Goddesses of Tomorrow

1940s: A Secret Life
The Queen & the Princess
1950s: The Girlfriends
Supergirl and the Ballad of American Youth
1960s: The Modern World
Girls Together (Outrageously)
1970s: Sirens & Suffragettes
Wonder Woman’s Extreme Makeovers
1980s: The Dark Road
Sex and the Single Superheroine
1990s: The Babe Years
Heroine Chic
2000 and Beyond: Mother Love?
Acknowledgments
Index

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