Thursday, January 12, 2017


Here's a particularly fine Alan Davis cover of Black Canary stomping a passel of thugs, from ACTION COMICS #624.

Friday, December 23, 2016


Hilariously daffy "paranoia" cover, which looks like a "battle of the sexes" conflict. Unfortunately, the girls aren't the real heroines-- and to add insult to injury, they're not even real girls!

Friday, December 9, 2016


I never got round to doing much on Hillman's Valkyrie-- later revived by Eclipse Comics-- so here's her defining moment, where she has a "meet violent" encounter with the original Airboy.

Monday, November 28, 2016


A quick look at a couple of the more dynamic covers of 1960s WONDER WOMAN. They're far from classic, but a vast improvement over the "goofy problem" covers that dominated the 1950s title.

BTW, on a longago BEAT column Heidi complained about WW showing butt in the first one. I suppose it would have been OK if one of the scuba guys had been nice enough to come up behind her and block such a horribly objectivizing image.

Friday, October 21, 2016


Never got around to doing an entry on POWER GIRL, but this comparatively recent cover might well be her best "femme formidable" image ever...


This 1969 cover to JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #75 is a deliberate misrepresentation of the events inside, where Black Canary accidentally knocks down all the Justice Leaguers with her newly developed "sonic scream," rather than going out of her way to trounce them all.

Nice close-up on the fishnets, though.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


As long as my last post touched on female characters who regularly abused male ones for the sake of laughs, I ought to cite one of the most prevalent "anime amazons," Sakura of NARUTO, who is given to slugging the title character.

To be sure, there is some degree of "equal time," as when Sakura has a one-on-one with her foremost female rival Ino;

The series also gives a certain amount of attention to an equally violent "mature woman," name of Tsunade, who belongs to a character-type one rarely sees in American or European comics.