From Publishers Weekly
The most famous female superhero is Wonder Woman, created in 1940 by a William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who also happened to invent the lie detector. But superheroines like the Blonde Phantom (1946); Ultra Violet (1947) and Miss Masque (1946) have long been forgotten. Trina Robbins (A Century of Women Cartoonists) resurrects the story behind these early characters and introduces a new generation of superheroines and their creators in The Great Women Superheroes (Kitchen Sink, $21.95, ISBN 0-87816-481-2; cloth $31.95 -482-0)
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From Library Journal
When was Wonder Woman created? Who is Miss Fury? What is Supergirl's disguise? Here comic illustrater and writer Robbins (A Century of Women Cartoonists, Kitchen Sink, 1993) answers these questions and a great many more. In this detailed history of female superheroes from the Forties through the Nineties, the author covers not only well-known classics like Wonder Woman but also includes more obscure comics. She chronicles comic-book heroines and their creators and also analyzes these characters from a feminist standpoint. Robbins explores the roots in the booming comic industry of the 1940s, when the new characters provided powerful role models for female readers. And she criticizes the "bad girl" comics of the 1990s, wherein scantily clothed pinups spend their adventures bathed in blood. Written in a witty, entertaining manner and filled with black-and-white illustrations, this book packs as much punch as the superheroines it chronicles. Not just for comic aficionados, this volume is highly recommended.?Erin Cassin, "Library Journal"
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