02 June 2017

The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson

Summary from Goodreads:
A woman's place is saving the universe.

Think comic books can't feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women s roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they've always been there."

The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen is a very beautifully designed overview of the history of female characters in (mostly American) comics, starting in the 1930s, twelve ladies a decade. This isn't comprehensive, but Nicholson has tried for a cross-section of ALL female characters not just the "best", including some that are problematic. This was a fun read and Nicholson tries to point out where one can track down the original adventures if you want to read characters' adventures in full (if they're available, many older comics have not been reprinted at all).

Dear FTC: I bought my copy of this book.

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