The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson

The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History

A woman's place is saving the universe. Think comic books can t feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed cri...

Title:The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History
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ISBN:1594749485
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:240 pages

The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History Reviews

  • Carol

    I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    For comics novices and fanatics alike, you can expect a historical overview and explanation of some of the most famous, infamous, and all-but-forgotten heroines of comics and webcomics. Each section focuses on one decade, giving insight into the historical context of the overall comics market and how this impacted women (or, in some cases, how women impacted the industry). After the decade overview the b

    I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    For comics novices and fanatics alike, you can expect a historical overview and explanation of some of the most famous, infamous, and all-but-forgotten heroines of comics and webcomics. Each section focuses on one decade, giving insight into the historical context of the overall comics market and how this impacted women (or, in some cases, how women impacted the industry). After the decade overview the book provides individual character bios, context, sample panels, and how to get your hands on the comics runs (spoiler alert: many are, sadly, nearly impossible to find nowadays). The end of each section wraps up with the Hero of the Decade, which is where you'll find the comics heroines that are prevalent in pop culture: your Wonder Womans and your Batgirls, etc.

    This fantastic reference of female comic book characters and creators is destined for my own personal library shelves!

  • Jody McGrath

    This is about female superheroes, mostly unique, obscure ones. It is spread in decade format and has a lot of good information about them. I think I would have liked it more if they would have hit on a few more of the major ones though. It went through a lot a deifferent comic genres, and a lot of them felt demeaning,which didn't surprise me at all. Maybe not my kind of book, but I have a friend who is really into female superheroes and she will probably right a glowing review!

    * I read an ARC of

    This is about female superheroes, mostly unique, obscure ones. It is spread in decade format and has a lot of good information about them. I think I would have liked it more if they would have hit on a few more of the major ones though. It went through a lot a deifferent comic genres, and a lot of them felt demeaning,which didn't surprise me at all. Maybe not my kind of book, but I have a friend who is really into female superheroes and she will probably right a glowing review!

    * I read an ARC of this book and gave an honest review *

  • Rachel Mans Mckenny

    Long story short: read this.

    Full review here:

  • Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee

    ~ review copy

    SISTERHOOD of SUPERWOMEN was an interesting read. The art choices are great and of course, there can never be enough of them.

    The author takes a look at the progression, and sometimes regression, of female characters in American comic books. She breaks the book up into chapters by decades; a format that works exceedingly well as the American culture changed over time, responding to events such as World War II and the Groovy 60's.

    One of the features I liked in the book was the inclusi

    ~ review copy

    SISTERHOOD of SUPERWOMEN was an interesting read. The art choices are great and of course, there can never be enough of them.

    The author takes a look at the progression, and sometimes regression, of female characters in American comic books. She breaks the book up into chapters by decades; a format that works exceedingly well as the American culture changed over time, responding to events such as World War II and the Groovy 60's.

    One of the features I liked in the book was the inclusion of real-life women in the Comics industry. It makes sense, for example, that both women artists and managers would pick up the slack during the 1940s while so many men were in the military.

    SUMMARY

    THE SPECTACULAR SISTERHOOD OF SUPERWOMEN is going to appeal a lot people. Fans of comics and anime are going to want to add it to their libraries because it provides a useful history. Those of us who like comics and are interesting in expanding our reading experience are going to find it helpful in finding new series. There are plenty of the ones you'll recognize, like Lu-Lu and Wonderwoman, but there will also likely be ones that are new to you --like Torchy Brown and Seniorita Rio.

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    4.5 Stars! #readathon

    It’s pretty easy to assume that comic books are a man’s game. When you think about the big name heroes out there a lot of them are men, some of the most vocal fans are men, the majority of the comic book companies are run by men. From the outside looking in it can be pretty sparse looking, but women have been a part of the industry since it’s beginning both in the creative chairs and on the pages. The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen is a book that serves to highlight so

    4.5 Stars! #readathon

    It’s pretty easy to assume that comic books are a man’s game. When you think about the big name heroes out there a lot of them are men, some of the most vocal fans are men, the majority of the comic book companies are run by men. From the outside looking in it can be pretty sparse looking, but women have been a part of the industry since it’s beginning both in the creative chairs and on the pages. The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen is a book that serves to highlight some notable characters throughout the decades.

    Superheroes are some of the few instances where I enjoy the ‘extra credit’ research I tend to do on the internet. I like the weird origins stories and the not so popular side characters that time has desperately tried to forget, but I also like finding new favorites from older eras. Sisterhood delivers on both points. There are a lot of characters packed into this book, spanning from the 1930’s to the current decade we get a wide variety of women who have appeared in comic books. Each entry comes complete with a notable quote, their first appearance, creator, and small summary; underneath all of that, we get a longer summary of their adventures and their impact (or lack thereof). This isn’t a book that paints all of the characters in a positive light and Nicholson is quick to point out flaws in the stories and the characters themselves. It’s important to note that not all of the women in this book are in fact superwomen, some are normal women in more contemporary stories like romance or straightforward mysteries. I personally didn’t find this to be a problem though as I’m rather uninformed on those genres of comics and I genuinely enjoyed learning more about them.

    Nicholson doesn’t shy away from the more risque comics either, and several main characters from sex comics are also featured which I honestly didn’t know had as big of a market as they did in the time periods they show up in.

    I’m really looking forward to trying to find some of these comics on my own. A lot of these comics are ones that I would have sort of glossed over and moved on, pegging them for something I wouldn’t like, but I actually wouldn’t mind trying out an old romance comic or seeing what the old T&A comics were actually like (versus the way I picture them). If you enjoy reading comics, especially those with prominent female characters, this is definitely a book to check out! There are plenty of genres to choose from and a lot of information given, so I feel that everyone is bound to find one or two that they want to learn more about.

  • Milky Mixer

    No question, this is beautiful book. From its wraparound cover and transparent dustjacket to its crisp pages and colorful decade-by-decade breakdown, it is clear to see a lot of love went into this book. Less clear is a thread that ties these characters together or explains why they were chosen to be featured. Not that I didn't enjoy myself! I have to admit, an encyclopedia of obscure comic book heroines appeals to me, and I may even track down some of the unknown offerings presented. (The autho

    No question, this is beautiful book. From its wraparound cover and transparent dustjacket to its crisp pages and colorful decade-by-decade breakdown, it is clear to see a lot of love went into this book. Less clear is a thread that ties these characters together or explains why they were chosen to be featured. Not that I didn't enjoy myself! I have to admit, an encyclopedia of obscure comic book heroines appeals to me, and I may even track down some of the unknown offerings presented. (The author does a great job of pointing curious novices in the right direction.) But if they are meant to be obscure, then why are famous characters like Dazzler and Little Lulu here? If the book is simply meant as a collection of the diversity of female-led comics and stories, then ok, it does that. And it's fun! However, some of these characters star in a maximum of 1 or 2 issues, so other than being notorious or novelty, I'm not sure what impact they made in the history of heroines. If the book is aiming to be a historical album showing change over 80+ years of comics, it might have been peppered with some well-known characters, too. Characters who not only showcase this diverse representation of unique women and girls, but who were also gamechangers in the boys' club of comics over the years, in one way or another. Characters like Little Orphan Annie, Scarlett from GI Joe, Black Canary, Black Orchid, Crazy Jane, Dorothy Spinner, Sue Storm, Storm, She-Hulk, Sheena Queen of the Jungle, Rima the Jungle Girl, Red Sonja, and Sabrina the Teenage Witch might seem more mainstream (and maybe the author was avoiding that), but they defied formula and would have been interesting inclusions in this decade-by-decade approach. They were each rebels in their own way, and they each stood out alongside their male counterparts in ways that made them unique "for their time." So maybe it wasn't everything I wanted it to be, and maybe I didn't understand the odd reflections on some of the characters (even Wonder Woman seems to get snubbed a bit), and maybe I didn't understand how the author could possibly think Jem & the Holograms was a bad show. But it's still a cool book that I'm happy to have in my library. And I smiled seeing Katy Keene!

  • Aaron

    This is actually a pretty amazing look at the history of comics through a presentation of the most important female characters (both biologically female and M2F transgendered characters) that have been in all types of comics from the 1930s through today. These include characters from both superhero comics and comics of other genres, including romance, Western, scifi/fantasy, and horror titles. In the process, we get to see how the views about women by society have evolved over the years. What wa

    This is actually a pretty amazing look at the history of comics through a presentation of the most important female characters (both biologically female and M2F transgendered characters) that have been in all types of comics from the 1930s through today. These include characters from both superhero comics and comics of other genres, including romance, Western, scifi/fantasy, and horror titles. In the process, we get to see how the views about women by society have evolved over the years. What was particularly interesting as discussions about the growing involvement of women in the process of creating comics and how the related fandom treats women. The books is extremely thorough and interesting.

    In a way, this is really a timely read with the release and success of the Wonder Woman movie.

    This really is a must read for any interest in gender studies or comics history.

  • ElphabaNewlin

    This book is a MUST HAVE for comics fans! It's a great look at a number of excellent ladies in comics, from the 1930s up until the 2010s. It covers classic favorites such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Ms. Marvel, but also talks about some the layman may not be as familiar with, like Miss Fury, Friday Foster, and Jaguar! Hope Nicholson has done her research and she has given the spotlight to a lot of great characters, just as she has analyzed and disseminated some of them for their pro

    This book is a MUST HAVE for comics fans! It's a great look at a number of excellent ladies in comics, from the 1930s up until the 2010s. It covers classic favorites such as Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, and Ms. Marvel, but also talks about some the layman may not be as familiar with, like Miss Fury, Friday Foster, and Jaguar! Hope Nicholson has done her research and she has given the spotlight to a lot of great characters, just as she has analyzed and disseminated some of them for their problematic sides as well as the side that make them contenders to be covered in this book. I loved it and read it all in one night. Sure, it kind of hurt to see her say not nice things about the role of women in WATCHMEN, but she sure is right. I will be getting my own copy of this to be sure!!!

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