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.

Monday, July 18, 2016


Since today I also did a piece about the manga GIRLS BRAVO on my critique-blog THE ARCHETYPAL ARCHIVE, I might as well show a few scenes here in which the series' resident "tough girl" kicks some ass.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


The short-lived 1970s backup series ROSE AND THE THORN-- featuring a schizophrenic superheroine-- never went on to great fame, and even later attempts to reboot the character came to little. However, in its time it did benefit from strong art, often by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


I had to post this cover from BLACK CAT #9 because it references one of the interior features of the comic itself: lessons in which the titular heroine demonstrated various martial-arts moves for the delectation of the readers-- and to the irate condemnation of Frederic Wertham.