Friday, April 29, 2016


On television Supergirl has been enjoying something of a comeback, but I have to say that she doesn't have the best record regarding comic-book covers.

That said, here's one of the better ones to involve conflict between the "Maid of Steel" and her paternalistic cousin:

Sunday, April 17, 2016


GCD tentatively identifies this cover-- one of the more suspenseful images to spring out of the multitudinous "jungle girl" comics-genre-- as the work of classic-EC artist Jack Kamen.

Tiger Girl's adventures weren't up to the thrills of the original j-girl Sheena, but she did have one attribute that was probably unique: she had a mixed racial heritage, being half-Indian, half-Caucasian. Yo be sure, the only scene in which Tiger Girl's Indian father is seen depicts him with white skin, so it's a bit of a "give with one hand, take away with the other" situation. But at least this whip-wielding amazon wasn't an exact duplicate of every other female vine-swinger out there.

Monday, April 4, 2016


A page of nice Robin Ator interior art, from the short-lived 1980s B&W comic, which I covered in greater detail here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Four issues of this Wildstorm "one-shot" were published in 2000, and to my knowledge the characters never appeared again. Lobdell's script is routine but artist Flores deserves credit for his gleefully absurd cheesecake-designs, particularly (left) a lady warrior whose armor leaves her belly cutely exposed, and (right) a futuristic nun wearing a slit-skirt.

Saturday, March 5, 2016


The cover to JUMBO COMICS #9 (1939), the first of the series to be totally focused upon Sheena, who remains the first "superstar-amazon" in the medium of comic books.


The blog's original concept focused principally on comic-book covers (or interior art)  featuring the Amazon Archetype, and since I don't plan to write much text from now on, I decided to list the most significant art I've reprinted thus far-- always in keeping with "fair use"-- in which said archetype appears.

My personal aesthetic standouts seen thus far:


Given that I haven't updated this blog since October, it would be a fair assumption that other concerns have usurped the attention I used to devote to this blog-- particularly the "mythcomics" feature I've been regularly updating on a weekly basis since last year on THE ARCHETYPAL ARCHIVE. Though I still like the concept of FEMMES FORMIDABLES as outlined at the beginning of 2012, I don't have time to devote to it any more, particularly when (a) I don't get any sense that it's reaching any readership, and (b) I've probably covered most of the fictional characters I liked best, anyway.

I hate to let FF go completely defunct, though, so to whatever extent I keep my hand in, it'll probably go back mostly to the original, low-maintenance concept of the blog, which focused upon displaying prominent images of the "amazon archetype" in comics. This  won't do a thing to staunch all the crocodile tears of the people who look at comics' rich. Amazon-filled history and can see nothing but pin-up art. It also won't be any more popular than any other incarnation of the blog.. Eventually, I'm sure FF will pass away, but I'll attempt a few more transfusions before giving up the ghost.