Wednesday, July 12, 2017


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.

Monday, April 10, 2017


The original "Helena Wayne" HUNTRESS, dumping Dick Grayson on his ass (unlike her alternate version, who ends up doing more "humping" than "dumping."

Thursday, March 30, 2017


Hmm, the live-action GHOST IN THE SHELL appears in theaters tomorrow, and there's hardly any caps of Major Kusanagi fighting to be found.

Here's the only one I located.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017


I had heard that in recent years DC had been building Aquaman's sidekick Mera as a power in her own right. Still--

The idea that she could send Superman flying with one blow is a little nuts.

Nice punch, though.