We’re celebrating the holidays with the women of DC Comics and today I have … three wise women.
It’s time to celebrate the holidays with the women of DC and today we have a girl who knows how to have a Wonder of a Holiday!
The March solicits for DC should start hitting tomorrow and I am hearing that the month will bring another female led one-shot. In February, DC Comics will have both a Lois Lane and Joker’s Daughter one shot written by the new go to female writer at DC, Marguerite Bennett.
For March I am hearing there may be a Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller one-shot. Waller, aka The Wall, debuted in comics almost 25 years, ago is one of the most widely seen women of color in DC’s superhero IP. In addition to appearing in comics, Waller has appeared in animation, the Smallville TV show, the Green Lantern movie and has recently been added to the cast of Arrow.
One would assume that she would be one of the leads in the Suicide Squad movie.
Waller was one of the most controversial changes of the new 52 going from a middle-aged women of size to a younger and svelter character.
While I’m not happy with what they did to Amanda Waller, there aren’t a lot of black women around the DCU and I’ll be happy to see her get some focused attention.
This is a very light week which I suppose is good because MORE GIFT MONEY and sad because there just isn’t a lot I’m excited about.
Let’s start with my pick of the week:
Did you pick up the first issue? Well if you didn’t go get it and get this too. A cold war spy thriller with an older woman as the spy. The art is wonderful.
Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder must have clones to keep turning out all these comics. Comics that are good.
Correct me if I’m wrong but this seems to be the only comic from DC this week with a female superhero on the cover.
What’s up with THAT?
Oh Fearless Defenders, your art was too booby and assy times and you did have that uncomfortable fake out killing of the character on the cover but you were fun and funny and I bought every issue. Misty and Val I will miss you.
It’s holiday time at the Avengers Mansion and it’s being written by Kathryn Immonen so I gonna take this as an early Christmas gift.
What this is ending soon? SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU.
Wow, after Fearless and this ends, the amount of traffic on Tumblr has got to take a hit. Does Marissa Mayer know about this?
The mini with Red Sonja with a whole of female writers continues. I like this retro cover which gives you two chain mail bikini’s for the price of one!
And that’s it for me. What’s on your list?
I’m celebrating the holidays with the women of DC and today we learn that sometimes your gift is not what you want, but what your friend wants.
Seventy-five years ago when Superman debuted in Action Comics #1 there was only one other character who also appeared and has been a consistent part of the Super-Mythos …
… Lois Lane.
That means this year is also her 75th anniversary. That Lois Lane is one of the most famous fictional female characters is a simple fact. That she is key to the Superman mythos is also a fact - she was created by the team that created Superman and she’s been in almost every single media adaption of the Superman story.
Two new books have just been released about Lois Lane in time for her anniversary. DC Comics has recently released a compendium of Lois Lane comics called Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years. And the academic publisher Scarecrow press has released an anthology Examining Lois Lane: The Scoop on Superman’s Sweetheart. I was provided with review copies of each and my thoughts follow.
Hey did you hear that two movies that feature female leads, Catching Fire and Frozen, killed the box office over Thanksgiving? And that other movie starring a woman, Gravity, is still raking it in? Oh and sequel to the Best Man is also doing great as well.
Guess that Hollywood meme about women and people of color not being fill the seats isn’t exactly true. Can’t wait to hear the newest reason why only one of the Trinity hasn’t had a live action movie.
I would say it’s becoming harder to say you can’t bank on Wonder Woman.
But while Hollywood continues waffle, you can definitely bank on her in your own life.
Behold, two Wonder Woman banks for holiday giving!
First up the one I like to call “judgemental Wonder Woman” helping you second guess those little purchases.
"Another Venti Latte? Shouldn’t you be saving for that car?" "Take out again? Don’t you want that trip to NYCC?"
But perhaps you don’t Wonder Woman looking over your finances and just want a old school Wonder Woman bank?
I’ve got that.
Drop your loose change in her and watch it grow!
But wait, you want real old school? Perhaps this should do it
Bonus to those of you who saw this and immediately thought that episode of Justice League (which is one of my favorites).
This is available on the Warner Bros. store and is on sale today.
It’s that time of year and what better way to celebrate than with the women of DC Comics. And today we have a moment of holiday flight - no reindeer style.
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)
It’s December 1st, and once again I’m hanging out the festive holiday decorations. And once again I’ll be featuring 25 days of holiday items featuring the women of DC Comics. Each day I’ll post a holiday theme piece —could be panels from a comic, a holiday item, or, maybe, as we get to the end some original art from some up and coming artists (drop me a note if you’d like to participate!). To kick off things we have a moment celebrating both lights and love.
Happy Birthday, sir!
Q: How do you write such strong/well-realized/positively portrayed women?
A: I don’t. I write characters. Some of those characters are women.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving for some of us. And along with stuffing our pie holes with … well pie, it is time to give thanks. And as I have done for the last few years I’m going to name some of the things I’m thankful for in comics this year. POSITIVITY!
Marvel Loving Ladies. Marvel has continue to show that it is commited to having female leads in its books. Despite the cancellations of Journey into Mystery (sniff) and Red She-Hulk and Fearless Defenders, they are back next year with Elektra, Black Widow and Ms. Marvel as well as a new #1 of Captain Marvel.
And speaking of Ms. Marvel …
Ms. Marvel. I know a lot of focus has been on the fact that Ms. Marvel has a Muslim teenager who is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants as its lead. And that the book is written by a woman, G. Willow Wilson. But the other cool thing? This is the first instance where of a female-led legacy spin-off book in superhero comics. Think about that.
Early morning digital comics. I still drop in the LCS once a week but it is pretty great to be able to wake up and grab most of my comics before work. Except Marvel. Getting going on that Marvel.
Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick. I’m going to couple these two together because, well they are a couple, but beyond that because pound by pound I think they have contributed a lot of enjoyment to my comic reading this year. Captain Marvel, Ghost, Avengers Assemble, Pretty Deadly, Hawkeye, Satellite Sam, FF, and Sex Criminals. That’s ALOT of great reading. Keep it up!
Image Comics. Thanks for Saga, thanks for Lazarus, thanks for Mara, thanks for Glory, thanks for Sex Criminals, thanks for Fatale, thanks for just some of the best comics this year.
Superman Unchained. The real Superman and Lois Lane still exist at DC Comics and thanks Scott Snyder for giving them to us (Jim Lee too).
The return of Stephanie Brown. Thanks DC Comics for bringing back Stephanie Brown. Now bring back Cass Cain.
Women Speaking Out. Well it certainly has been a sad few weeks hasn’t it? You can take all the wonderfully positive things I’ve listed about women in comics and lay a big fat bag of harrassment stories in the middle of it and it really stinks up the room. But you can’t clean out the room unless people are willing to step forward. So to all the women who have spoken out about their experiences and commented on the experiences of others, thank you.
True Social Media. Say what you want about Twitter and the comments sections of blogs, I am so glad for you because you have introduced me to and helped me create friendships and mutual admiration societies that I could never dreamed would exist. And this year I met many of them in person. Growing up it was very difficult to find people to hang out with who also enjoyed comics. Today there is an endless stream of folks who I can chat with, joke with and, of course, complain with. It really is so much fun and I am thankful for all of you. Well most of you, the trolls and backbiters can … well GET STUFFED. It’s Thanksgving after all!
What’s on your list of things?
Hopefully there are no turkey’s or stuffing among the recommendations I have for you today!
Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman were part of the wonderful world of Jay Ward’s Bullwinkle and Friends. Setting the Way Back machine this time is the always great Sholly Fisch.
The ripping cowboy adventures of the daughter of Death continue under the steady hand of Kelly Sue DeConnick and the sharp eyes of Emma Rios and Jordie Bellaire.
Hawkeye is always going to be on my list but this issue? This issue with Kate Bishop? This issue with art by Annie Wu? This goes DOUBLE on my list (is that even possible?)
Another fantastic issue of Saga that has EVERYONE in it.
Yet another Marvel cover featuring all women, no brokeback. What’s going on over there guys?
As if we haven’t contributed enough to the DeConnick/Fraction college funds this week, we have this as well and man am I going to miss this book.
Aaron Lopresti drawing an issue of Catwoman? I’m in. John Layman writing? I’m double in. (Still trying to see if that’s possible).
And in case you missed it last week …
Moore’s book is just consistently great.
And that’s it - I might pick up Justice League Dark - I’m find the Forever Evil arc is still around and I’m lost and confused by it. How EVIL!
Also I’ve read Uncanny Avengers from this week. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?
So what’s on your list??
Al Plastino, the great artist who helped created some of DC’s most popular characters died last night. He was 91. Plastino had been in the media recently fighting to regain the rights to the Superman pages he created featuring John F. Kennedy before his assasination. The pages, which Plastino had been told had been donated to the JFK Library, had recently, much to Plastino’s surprise, to auction.
But Plastino’s legacy goes far beyond drawing those soon to be tragic pages of JFK. Plastino co-created with Otto Binder the original Supergirl, the cousin of Superman, who first appeared in Action Comics #252.
Plastino also created with Otto Binder the Legion of Superheroes including their first appearance in Adventure Comics #247.
Plastino also drew the daily Batman comic strip which ran in the 60s and 70s including this one featuring Batgirl and Poison Ivy which was apparently inked by Nick Cardy who just passed away a few weeks ago.
I would love to see his work on that strip collected.
Supergirl has gone through many many changes through the years and DC is currently turning her into a Red Lantern. But the sunny, confident woman who both surprised and confounded her cousin remains one of my favorite versions and that has much to do with the artwork of Plastino.
My condolences to his family.