Superwomen from Comic Book History

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Comic Book History’s Spectacular Sisterhood

You’ve heard of Superman, Batman and Spiderman. But how familiar are you with their female counterparts? Since the beginning of comic book history, women have been a staple of the medium, and Hope Nicholson is here with “the weirdest, coolest, most-of-their-time female characters in comics.”

As founder and owner of the Bedside Press, Nicholson is known for publishing the Secret Loves of Greek Girls and editing Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird. This time she’s taking readers through the fierce history of women—both real and fictional—with her newest book The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History. Time travel from the 1930s to today and meet prominent characters from the birth of comics (Super Ann, Flyin’ Jenny and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle) to modern marvels and authors like Ming Doyle, Emily Carroll and Pia Guerra.

Each chapter highlights a diverse roster of both iconic and atypical comic book heroes. Discover beautiful vintage art and essential reading suggestions for individual heroines. And finish each chapter with the “Hero of the Decade” analysis full of facts and thoughtful critiques about some of comic book history’s most iconic female protagonists.

“In this history, we’ve shown that women are not storming the clubhouse built by male creators—we’ve been here, building the industry and community, from the very start. And we’ll never fade away.”

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Draplin image: Leah Nash. Hische: Helena Price. Lupton: Michelle Qureshi. Scher: Ian Roberts.

Draplin image: Leah Nash. Hische: Helena Price. Lupton: Michelle Qureshi. Scher: Ian Roberts.

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