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.
Part 1: The Phantom Menace
"Just proves that though you're a fierce fighter and have the courage of ten men, you're still a woman." Thanks Bob, we might have forgotten.
Wonder Woman is often thought of as the first woman superhero, the first female to carry her own title in comics, and all in all, the first lady of sequential art. I wouldn't dare argue with the latter, but she was neither the first female hero or title bearer: a number of important woman preceded her to set the stage for the mighty Amazon.