Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics

Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935259275
Publisher: Exterminating Angel Press
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics, Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villianesses of Golden Age Comics, and 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 Lily the Silent: The History of Arcadia.

Foreword contributor William Kuskin , Ph.D., who has been described by Denver’s Westword as “kind of like Professor X of the X-Men, teaching his young mutants how to wield their superpowers,” is Professor, Faculty Associate, and Chair of English at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Lethal Ladies

Chapter One: Vicious Viragos

  • Madame Doom
  • Texa
  • Idaho
  • Red Haired Kate
  • Fräulein Halunke
  • Her Highness
  • Lady Serpent

    Chapter Two: Beauties & Beasts

  • He-She
  • Nadya Burnett
  • Beauty
  • Skull Lady
  • The Figure

    Chapter Three: A Rainbow of Evil

  • Nang Tu
  • Queen Tuana
  • Veda The Cobra Woman
  • Mava
  • Madame Butterfly

    Chapter Four: Crime Queens

  • Belle Guness
  • Madame Muscles
  • Winsome Wanda Bailey
  • Mable Reine
  • Shoebox Annie French

    Afterword: A Touch of Evil

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    Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
    NJBiblio More than 1 year ago
    Women have not often been portrayed in comics in the most positive light, if even at all.  It is only in recent years that we have seen the emergence of strong female characters who were not spilling out of every stitch of  skintight leotard they put on.  Many times, they are shows as assistants, secretaries, or the damsels that need our hero's saving.  Not so, in Vixens, Vamps, and Vipers! Looking at comics published before the implementation of the Comics Code in 1954, Mike Mardid's Vixens, Vamps, & Vipers shows us that while these Golden Age comics in no way promoted sexual equality, they did give us many strong characters, especially the baddies!  These women were cunning, ruthless, smart, seductive, independent, diverse, and very outspoken.  Everything we think women of the 1940s were not!  Mike Madrid's brilliant and thoroughly researched commentary makes these characters come alive in the context of their times, but also how they relate to and helped influence today's female villains and heroines.  In addition, stories referenced for each character are reproduced in full, giving the reader a wonderful insight into early comics, the 1940s, and brilliant stories they may have never seen otherwise. Highly recommended for anyone interested in comics history, women's studies, or mid 20th century history and culture.