In case you didn’t guess correctly here’s another hint on who has a birthday today (with help from Adam Hughes).
Carmine Infantino the artist and editor who gave so much to comics including launching the Silver Age has passed away at the age of 87. His long and prolific career had so many important moments but two stand out for me.
In 1947 he co-created Dinah Lance, the Black Canary.
And in 1966, he co-created Barbara Gordon, Batgirl.
That’s two of the most important female characters in DC Comics and in comics.
Last year at NYCC, I was lucky enough to meet Infantino. I brought my copy of the comic above and asked him to sign it for me. (I also showed him my Batgirl sneakers). More importantly I got a chance to thank him for his creation of these two characters and his contributions to comics.
I’m so glad I had the chance. Rest in Peace, Sir.
My condolences to his famiy.
New writer Christy Marx jumps on this issue just in time for a visit from Mr. Freeze. Glad to see Starling’s still around … although she doesn’t look very happy.
Geoff Johns wrote tonight’s episode of Arrow and he’s been making the rounds to media outlets to talk about it. In his interview with TV Guide he discussed a few things of interest for the readers of this blog.
Here he is talking about Laurel’s mom, to be played by actress Alex Kingston, who certainly sounds like the Black Canary:
TV Guide Magazine: And this episode you wrote kind of feels like your Smallville episode “Absolute Justice,” in that you have a ton of DC characters together.
Johns: Yeah, that’s kind of what I do. I love using as many DC characters as possible, again not just to use them, but for good reason. If you’re using an assassin, you gotta use Deadshot. And having the arrival of Laurel’s mom? As a big fan of Black Canary, I am excited about that.
TV Guide Magazine: Hence the shout-out to the late Sarah Lance’s pet canary in the early part of the episode…
Johns: Yeah, you gotta get it out there. [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: Is this a sign of you guys paving the way for a Laurel twist?
Johns: Um…I can only say that everyone talks about Black Canary a lot.
And for those of you who long for an Amazon visit:
TV Guide Magazine: The one I’m hoping to see on Arrow is Donna Troy. I know they can’t use Wonder Woman, but surely Donna Troy could be used on the show.
Johns: You know what, never say never, man! There’s a lot of characters to be used.
doesn’t show up for a few episodes shows up tonight!. You can read the full interview here.
The winner of Wednesday’s matches were Wally and Linda Park West and Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake. That means there are just 8 couples left in the canon tournament! We’ll have two semi’s today and two Monday. I’ll put up a post in a bit about what happens now through Thursday! But first, here are the first two matches!
Lois Lane and Superman
Green Arrow and Black Canary!
Big Barda and Mr. Miracle
Kate Kane/Batwoman and Renee Montoya
Voting is open until 8:30 EST Today.
The winner of yesterday’s match was Barda and Scott Free. I suspect today’s match will be close one.
In one corner
Black Canary/Dinah Lance and Green Arrow/Oliver Queen!
Dick Grayson/Nighwing and Koriand’r/Starfire
Polls close at 8:30 PM EST. One vote per person please.
It started with 32 women and it is now down to just two. Match after match each finalist fought off the competition winning their battles in both walks and by just a handful of votes.
And today one of these women will join the previous winners, Oracle and Cass Cain, to win the title!
In this corner, a woman who has been in DC Comics for two decades. Through the years she’s been known as Spoiler, Robin, Batgirl and for a millisecond, NightWing.
Some call her the “come back kid”, some call her “Girl Wonder”, some call her “benched” but in the end she’s all once person
And in the other corner a woman who was one of the founders of the JLA, co-founder of the Birds of Prey and a leader of the JLA. A woman who was one of the few legacy females in DC comics helping to inspire, in part, Silk Spectre II. A character that was broken down and built up again in one of the best organic character developments in comics. The daughter of the original Black Canary, one of the top martial artists in DC comics and a woman who has worn a headband and fishnets as part of her costume but never together.
Black Canary II, Dinah Laurel Lance!
As a FYI, these two first met in this contest two years ago in the Semi-Finals!
Voting is open until 9PM EST. One vote per person, of course.
As we move to the semi-finals of the 2012 DC Woman kick ass tournament I’m running essays for each of the four contenders - Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, Dinah Lance and Wonder Woman - to convince you to vote for them. Yesterday, I ran an essay;on the case for Stephanie Brown and the case for Wonder Woman. If you haven’t read them, please do. Today I have essays on the other two contenders Dinah Lance, Black Canary and Barbara Gordon. First up is Dinah Lance and I’m very happy that Debi Linton aka innerbrat wrote it. Debi was one of the very first followers of this blog; and I consider her to be one of the Deans of Dinahology. Her thoughts follow.
The hardest part of writing this piece is in finding something I haven’t already written about how awesome Dinah Lance is. It’s not enough to say that she’s one of the best martial artists in the world and co-founded the Justice League and her generation’s incarnation of the Justice Society and the Birds of Prey. It’s not enough to say that she was taken prisoner, tortured and depowered and worked her way back up from the bottom. It’s definitely not enough to throw at you scans of Dinah hugging Oracle or playing dress up with Wonder Woman or kissing Batman.
Although I really want to do those things.
Like a lot of comic fans, I was sad by the new 52 reboot, for the characters that were lost, but also for the universe that was lost, and the grand and complex history and web of interconnectivity that was woven between all the characters and titles in it. And if any one character could represent that history and that strong sense of community that we lost, it would be Dinah Laurel Lance – not to be confused with the Golden Age Dinah Drake Lance who has replaced her in the reboot.
Barbara Gordon won her round against Mera yesterday and moves on to the next round.
Today we have a battle of two characters who are two of the longest running female character in DC Comics other than Wonder Woman.
In this corner, the modern age version of a Golden Age character who was presented at one time in comics as a founding member of both the Justice League and Birds of Prey. A DC woman who is always a scream …
Dinah Laurel Lance, the Black Canary!
and in the other corner a woman who has been around since DC Comics started and takes down her opponents with a pen and pad
Lois Joanne Lane!
You can vote in this match here
Pissed off Wonder Woman by Kate Beaton is one of my favorite takes on the character.
And today on Twitter, Beaton is posting her takes on some other women of DC.
Power Girl and
Here’s a preview of Birds of Prey’s Zero issue and it also marks the debut of the series artist. This issue features the first meeting of Starling and Canary and what a meeting it is. The preview is a generous 6 pages.