Comics and Women as ‘Girls’

female superheroes are often not allowed to reach their potential; they are given powers that are weaker than their male compatriots, and positions of lesser importance.

There are a lot of “men” in comic books: Superman, Batman, Spider-Man. Besides Wonder Woman, there are not that many “women,” and even fewer “ladies.” But there are lots of “girls”: Supergirl, Power Girl, Marvel Girl, Invisible Girl.

The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid


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