That’s a Lego Batgirl Keychain. And I’m giving one away. Like, reblog or leave a comment on this post by midnight EST Monday February 24 and you’re entered.
Alex Garner is the best cover artist this book has had since Hughes. He’s hitting it out of the park every month.
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by ALEX GARNER
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance – Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?
In my list of the Best for DC Women in 2013 I listed the agreement between WB/DC and Target for Justice League Merchandise for putting Wonder Woman merchandise into their product mix. And they have once again for Valentines Day.
First the good. I found two Wonder Woman solo items for the February holiday. First, Wonder Woman lollipop:
Cute! Also they had a variety of water bottles filled with candy with the League logos. I flipped through lots of Bat and Supe logos until I happily found this:
Given the overbundance of purple and pink in the summer offerings I was surprised and please to see some primary colors here.
And then I went and looked at the Valentine cards - the type that grade school kids exchange. For the past few years its been pretty spotty for the ladies of DC Comics when it comes to Valentines. Gone are the days when you saw kids given a set where there was parity between female and male heroe like this:
So the good news is that there is a set with some parity available at Target. But then there’s some … well let’s take a look, shall we?
Earlier this year I posted about rumors that Batgirl would finally show up in a Lego set. Batgirl was prominent in the first Batman Lego game and fans have been waiting for an official minifig.
The rumors were right and Batgirl and Nightwing and Damian will all fight, who else, the Joker in a set that should be just heading into stores later this week (with wide availability in January).
Based on other DC themed sets my guess is that this will retail for around $46-49.99.
Sadly my son has moved on from Legos. I’ll wait and order the Batgirl figure off eBay.
I don’t think its any surprised that I’m not a fan of The Killing Joke. I consider it to be at best a mediocre Batman story and one of the lowest moments in DC history in their treatment of female characters.
We all know what happens to Barbara Gordon in the book. We all have heard the tales of Alan Moore calling Len Wein for permission to shoot Barbara Gordon in the book and the response he received:
"I asked DC if they had any problem with me crippling Barbara Gordon - who was Batgirl at the time - and if I remember, I spoke to Len Wein, who was our editor on the project…[He] said, ‘Yeah, okay, cripple the bitch.’
For years there have been discussions about how Barbara Gordon was treated in the book - shot, stripped and photographed naked. I, like many others, have bluntly called it torture porn.
But of course others differ. I’ve been told that there is no rape so there is no mysogyny. That “Jim Gordon is also naked, so it there is no sexism.” That it isn’t about Barbara being a woman but about her being collateral damage.
Sure. Sure it is.
Today some original art from The Killing Joke showed up. And it shows that page. You know page with the photos that Jim Gordon is shown of his daughter.
And the page is a bit different. Brian Bolland has already said “I drew what was in the script. That’s my job. I was asked to tone it down a bit.”
So he drew what Moore had in his original script.
And the art work? (NSFW and graphic for nudity and violence)
The artist Jock has posted on his Instagram account some concept drawings featuring some familiar DC Women.
But what are they for? Could this be design work for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman?
So what could this be? A new game would be a good guess I suppose.
Earlier this year sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour introduced their “Alter Ego” gear for men featuring logos of DC and Marvel superheroes. Now they have introduced a DC line for girl.
At the center of the collection is Wonder Woman:
But there are also Batgirl shirts to choose from:
And, of course, there is super-themed shirts as well:
It’s nice to see a Supergirl shirt that doesn’t come in pink. Although if you want something with pink you can always get this boys sweatshirt.
I’m excited to see this line expanded to girls as it reinforces the idea that in the eyes of some major brands superheroes appeal to girls as well as boys.
It seems you just can’t the character down. When Stephanie Brown was murdered in 2005, fans took to the internet and conferences to
request that she, as a former Robin, have her costume put in a trophy case like the other dead Robin.
The back and forth between DC Editors and Creators went on for four years even showing up in the comics themselves as in this editors not from 2007.
Whether it was fan pressure or DC simply waiting for the “right time,” Stephanie Brown returned to comics in July of 2008.
DC made Stephanie Brown the Batgirl replacing Cass Cain a year later when the plan to return Barbara Gordon to the tights were shelved.
The Batgirl book starring Stephanie Brown was one of the best reviewed books of the next two years. But her run would be only 24 issues as DC once again moved forward to return Barbara Gordon to the role as part of the new 52 in September of 2011. Stephanie Brown made one last appearance in December of that year in Batman, Inc.
She then joined Cassandra Cain, the adopted daughter of Bruce Wayne, in going on to the “bench” - characters that would not be showing up in the new 52 for awhile.
The benching of the character was not for lack of trying for a number o creators. During the last two years, several writers attempted to include the character in the books or in pitches including Gail Simone and Grant Morrison. But the character was considered “pitch poison” within DC and any appearance was nixed. When fans celebrated the return of the character in the out of continuity Smallville written by Bryan Q. Miller, the writer of her standalone series. However, in July of 2012, their excitement quickly dissolved when the character was removed from already in production book and turned in Barbara Gordon.
At every comic convention a fan (both male and female) would ask about the return of Stephanie Brown and Cass Cain. The answers would range from polite to downright dismissive. At one point DC joked that there would not be taking questions about the two.
But not this week at NYCC. This week DC planted a question about Stephanie. And the woman who asked it? Kyrax, the Batgirl of SDCC who challenged the publisher on its treatment of female characters. Here’s what really went down.
As some of you may know, my entrance into comics was through the Batman TV show and led to my life long love of one character - Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.
Tomorrow Batman 66,the comic set in the television world, debuts their Batgirl and, bonus, the artwork is by Colleen Coover.
Here’s a look.
Remember, Yvonne Craig was a brunette as Barbara Gordon.
Batgirla and Eartha Kitt Catwoman? This could definitely be one of my favorite comics of this year.
Today, according to 1976 DC Calendar, is the official birthday of Barbara Gordon. That could be different now in the wonderful world of the new 52, but let’s go with this date, shall we?
Barbara loves birthdays!
I’ve made the same joke two years in row - you make your own this year.
I’d say let’s have a party but these two little girls seem to have already had the most awesome party so let’s just enjoy theirs:
But I know what you’re thinking … what about presents?
There is always a lot of Babsgirl merchandise to choose from but this year this one caught my eye.
I love Tiny Titans Barbara. What I wouldn’t give for Batgirl party t-shirt!
Creating album covers for superheroes isn’t a new idea - Cliff Chiang has been doing it for years - see Cliff Chiang’s mash up of Purple Rain and Batgirl.
But recently Artist Robert Jimenez created one of a kind art pieces by taking old album covers from the 50s and 60s and 70s and tweaking them to include some of the women of DC Comics. All the covers are sold now but here’s a look. If you’re arty you can probably hit a garage sale this weekend and try it yourself.
The Original Cast Album for “Red Head” (which just missed the 60s) starring Gwen Verdon (who today is known to many as the woman from whom Beyonce borrowed her “Single Lady” dance moves) has been changed into something starring Selina Kyle.
Click to see more!
(Source: Boing Boing)
I recently chatted with Wu a bit about how she got into comics and her most recent work.
Go download now the newest chapter in Batman Beyond because the new Batgirl debuts and meets an old Batgirl, Commissioner Barbara Gordon.
And it’s awesome.
Here’s a tiny taste.
Scott Peterson and Annie Wu (and more about her on Monday) give us in just a few pages a new character I can’t wait to learn more about. Plus you get Babs and NEW!Batgirl fighting, bantering and sniping side by side.
This is $.99 and is available digitally today. If you want a floppy with the entire three issue arc, that’s out Wednesday.
What are you waiting for?