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The Great Women Superheroes

Robbins, Trina

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ISBN 10: 0878164820 / ISBN 13: 9780878164820
Published by Kitchen Sink Pr
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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0878164820 Former Library Copy. Condition: VERY GOOD. (Book may have one or a combination of the following characteristics: former library book, cover wear, name written inside cover, light underlining/highlighting, remainder mark, etc. Overall, the book is in solid shape. This is a blanket description. Please email us if you require a specific, detailed description of the book condition. We will typically respond within 24 hours). Bookseller Inventory # SKU1258329

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Title: The Great Women Superheroes

Publisher: Kitchen Sink Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Presents a history of comic strip heroines from the 1940s to the present

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Most would be hard-pressed to name one female superhero besides Wonder Woman. Robbins shows that there have been hundreds. When psychologist William Marston (inventor of the lie detector, by the way) created WW in 1941, her success opened the floodgates for such exotically named but generally undistinguished imitations as Liberty Girl and Madame Strange. The '70s saw a rash of "women's lib" ^-influenced characters sporting what Robbins terms a "slightly addled feminism." The backlash came with "bad girl" comics starring buxom, scantily clad heroines appealing to an adolescent fanboy's worst instincts. The '90s offer such alternatives for girl comics readers as the punkster Tank Girl and spunky young Action Girl. Although some sense of absurdity might have been appropriate to the task, Robbins is generally straightforward in describing frequently silly characters. While she always brings a distinctly feminist sensibility to the subject matter, she is never strident, even about the most egregiously intelligence-insulting conceptions, such as the Black Canary, who fights crime in high heels and fishnets. Gordon Flagg

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