The Supergirls

The Supergirls

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

Book - 2009
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A cultural history of comic book heroines. Is their world of fantasy different from our own-- or an alternative saga of modern American women?
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Exterminating Angel Press, c2009.
ISBN: 9781935259039
1935259032
Call Number: 741.5973 MADRID
Characteristics: vii, 323 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Subjects: Comic strip characters.
Women heroes in art.
Heroines in literature.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- History and criticism.

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Astarael
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.

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rene1951
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.

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Carinoamizu
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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