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Women in Comics: Batwoman and the Revenge of the Supergirls

In 1956, DC unveiled the newly revamped Flash, kick-starting the Silver Age and a resurgence of superhero popularity. For the first time in a decade, heroes were big business again as their histories and identities were reworked to be more realistic, substituting magical origins for the scientific. Marvel jumped on board in the 60s, with their flawed and self-doubting heroes being pumped out by the dozen.

The late 50s and 60s are by turns a frustrating and interesting time for women in comics. Behind the scenes women were practically non-existent, and on page the reactionary additions of Batwoman and Supergirl, along with the prone to fainting and needing rescued Wasp, Marvel Girl and Invisible Girl were doing little to further the strong woman cause. But in the 60s things started to change, and one woman in particular was to help us on our way.

"I won't marry you - but I will kiss you! With a giant hand!". Hehe, that's my grrrl.

Batwoman & Elasti-Girl


Women in Comics: Wonder Woman and the Attack of the Code

In the early 40s, a character named Suprema was poised to make her comics début. She was to be unconventional and liberated, strong and forceful. A powerful woman. Comics and comic strips had never seen the like before, nor that of her overweight man-chasing sidekick.

After a quick name change, Wonder Woman was here, and for six glorious years she led young girls astray, promising them that strength and confidence meant they could achieve anything. Unfortunately, this still wasn't true: the number of women behind comics dwindled post-war and into the 50s. And Wonder Woman herself was soon told to sit down like a good girl and stop all her silly progressive nonsense.

art by Harry G. Peter