Though she was just a supporting character in THE PHANTOM, girlfriend Diana Palmer was often portrayed as a tough cookie--as witness the first panel of the first PHANTOM comic, where she's practice-boxing a guy. Pretty good for 1936!
Friday, June 16, 2017
In addition to the changes in Poison Ivy that I described in this post, she was also occasionally given a little more martial talent than she'd displayed in her first appearances. I haven't found many screencaps of relevant scenes on the web, though there is this nice Jim Lee page, in which Poison Ivy gets physical with Catwoman and finds herself completely outclassed.
Monday, May 22, 2017
One of the DC groups that may have influenced the Fantastic Four was the the Sea Devils (1960-67), a group of deep-sea daredevils made up of an alpha-male leader, his girlfriend, the girlfriend's brother and the leader's best buddy. Girlfriend Judy Walton wasn't one of the most prepossessing heroines of the period, but given that she was a full-time swimmer, there was a little more emphasis on her fighting villains alongside the boys.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Screenshot from ep 15 of KILL LA KILL, one of the better recent female-centric anime TV show. Feminists ought to appreciate that it's almost entirely about female-female relationships-- there's no romantic arc whatever-- even if many of the women are devoted to kicking each other's asses.