The Supergirls

The Supergirls

Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines

Book - 2016
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Comic book superheroines bend steel, travel across time and space, and wield the mighty forces of nature. These powerful females do everything that male heroes do. But they have to work their wonders in skirts and high heels. The Supergirls, a cultural history of comic book heroines, asks whether their world of fantasy is that different from our own. Are the stories of Wonder Woman's search for an identity or Batwoman's battle for equality also an alternative saga of the American woman?
Publisher: [Ashland, Oregon] : Exterminating Angel Press, [2016]
Edition: Revised & updated edition
ISBN: 9781935259336
Characteristics: vii, 331 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm


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Oct 19, 2016

A fairly thorough overview of the history of comic book heroines, but the overall tone is often condescending, and the author makes negative judgments of celebrities' appearances and (percieved) morality, as well as the (in his view) strident unpleasantness of the more overtly feminist characters. Note that I am making an effort to avoid repeating his sometimes derogatory language.

In spite of some lip service paid to the concept of feminism, the author neither seems particularly fond of it nor to really understand it. Sexist and racist themes in the works he describes go largely unexamined, and he could have stood to more thoroughly explore the censorship of the Comics Code Authority.

Read it for the intriguing historical overview, not for the analysis, and only if you feel up to slogging through the author's own sexist remarks.

Mar 24, 2015

Where else in this period, 1940-1965, would a 12 year-old boy see so much female skin?

JCLDianeH Jan 09, 2014

I found this book to be interesting and intriguing, if also frustrating because of the evidence of sexism in this country. Mostly it was a fun and educational read.

Mar 30, 2013

I really liked this book. It gives you exactly what you would expect and more. Mike is funny but drags on a bit, but it just shows how dedicated he is. Worth reading.


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violet_dog_3245 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 10


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