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This article marks the end of the Golden Age of comics, we’ve covered the Platinum Age with Sheena through the Golden Age and we are down to our last 3 characters. And of course if you would rather hear this rant then listen to it please check out the Lady Comic Book History Podcast.
Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane
Today we are discussing Lois Lane, the one constant in the universe of Superman, the first Superwoman, the brilliant reporter and often the Kryptonians love interest she has been adapted many times and is weaved through many storylines, so here we go with Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane. As always, if you’d like to listen to this one please check out the Lady Comic Book History Podcast.
As always if you would rather listen then read to the 1,500 words that are about to happen here please check out the Lady Comic Book History podcast. We start our discussion of 1941 with Black Cat, a comic heroine featured in Harvey Comics from 1941-1951 and was a part of the reprints in the mid-50s and early 60s. The Black Cat made her debut in the first issue of Pocket Comics in August 1941. Earning her own title in 1946 it ran for 29 issues before changing names several times from Black Cat Western Comics, Black Cat Mystery Comics, Black Cat Western Mystery, and Black Cat Mystery before going back to the simple Black Cat for it's final 3 issues #63-#65.
We start with Libby Lawrence also known as Liberty Belle. The character first appeared in the first issue of Boy Commandos in the winter of 1942, after her second appearance she moved to Star Spangles Comics #20 in the spring of 1943 and found her home there through issue #68 in May of 1947. The character fell out of relevance until 1981 when DC published the All-Star Squadron of which Liberty Bell was a founding member of.
Representation by the Numbers
Today we are analyzing by the numbers how women are portrayed in comic books, 3 different studies revealing statistics about how women are represented, how that representation has changed and how it got that way. Again, if you’d rather listen to this rant please check out the Lady Comic Book History Podcast.
Catwoman and Hawkgirl
In this article we will be talking about the chavenist, mysoginistic sexism that ran rampant in the creation of female heroes in the 40s, if you would rather hear this rant please find the Lady Comic Book History podcast pretty much anywhere podcasts are available.
Many publishers, writers and creators before the existence of Wonder Woman attempted to appeal to female readers by simply creating female characters without breaking them from the sexist, and misogynistic molds that too often held them. It wasn’t until the creation of Wonder Woman that a more complete view of women was depicted in the comic book universe. As always if you’d rather listen to the rant please check out the Lady Comic Book History Podcast.
Wonder Woman was undeniably a groundbreaking feat for not only comic book films, but for women in film and for the industry as a whole. Every woman I talk to about it had physical and emotional reactions and connections to that film. The beauty and impact of Wonder Woman is going to be very difficult to duplicate but if anyone can do it it's the genius of Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot. Come Christmas Day we will get to experience the heroism of the beautiful Amazonian Princess Diana once again. But before we let the inevitable brilliance of the next chapter for Diana wash over us, let's recap and revisit the first movie and take a deep dive into the new movie’s trailer to piece together what we know about this story before we get the joy of watching it.
The Vision and The Scarlet Witch
Before we get the chance to see WandaVision on Disney+ I think we should do a brief recap of their relationship and arcs together, I have written plenty on Wanda herself but most comic fans know these two as a package deal so here we go...