[PDF / Epub] ✅ The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines ⚣ Mike Madrid – Thisbookse.co


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    I originally bought this book as a spontaneous purchase, borne of my interest and devotion to both feminism and comics I also went into it with very low expectations, given that in comics fandom, men are usually entitled sexist jerks, and self proscribed male feminists often aren t that feminist at all After reading it, I have to admit that I wasn t entirely wrong to expect little from this book, and it left me with distinct feelings of frustration, anger, and exasperation It was, overall, a disappointing read, and I wouldn t recommend it to anyone in fact, I ve already discouraged a friend from reading it, knowing that it would affect them the same way that it affected me.Mike Madrid s book is a pretty okay history of comic book heroines from the conception of comic books as we know them in the 1930s and 40s, all the way through the early 2000s I found at least that information well done, especially parts about the history of Wonder Woman or the other heroines that have somehow disappeared over the years It was refreshing to learn about these strong women, their origins and their ultimate fates, as it is nearly impossible to read their comics today without paying exorbitant amounts of money for TPBs, if they even exist out there in the world thanks to the passage of time The somewhat comprehensive history of these heroines is the only reason that I give Madrid s book two stars otherwise, I would ve given it one.Though the title of this book mentions feminism and before reading I had hoped for a feminist analysis of the past, present and future of comic book heroines, the feminist aspect of this book was far from even satisfactory, and analysis was completely lacking While Madrid purports to admire and look up to these women, going so far in his introduction to say that he only read s books with women at the forefront, he spends an awful lot of time just discussing what these women are wearing for their costumes, what parts of their bodies are exposed, and their shortcomings He also can t seem to prevent himself from making sexist or slut shaming remarks, calling certain superheroines slutty, whores, bitches, or being dressed like a stripper whore Madrid also takes low blow shots at celebrities like Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera, calling the latter slatternly, and poking fun at Judy Garland s eating disorder Something that I also found infuriating was insulting barbs peppered throughout the text aimed at feminists, most memorably in a passage about Power Girl that said that she came off as a bitch, as is often the case with strident feminists Apparently the author also couldn t restrain himself from using derogatory slurs, such as when he called Wonder Woman a threatening dyke Despite his supposed love and admiration for these fine women, Mike Madrid spends most of the book tearing them down and minimizing their efforts and strengths by merely focusing on their fashion and bodies and sexist tropes that I see far too often in comic books now, than questioning the sexism and patriarchal beauty standards that even fictional women have to abide by Nor does Madrid spend any time at all criticizing how the comic industry caters only to men, or the sexist misogynistic attitudes that these comic fanboys within industry and without have not only toward superheroines but also women in general Madrid doesn t question the sexism at all, and with all the sexist asides and descriptions in the book, Madrid makes it evident that far from being a woeful observer or activist for change in comics, he is instead part of the problem.


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    Received from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review 4 stars Okay, so I m not sure the proper term for this kind of book It s of a study of the history of representation of women in the comic book industry And boy, oh boy, is it really kind of depressing First of all, if I need to explain why women are still, TO THIS DAY, being poorly represented and characterized in comic book properties, you might want to check out now I ve encountered enough dudebros on Twitter who think everything is just fine and we need to shut the hell up and just be grateful we have one or two women in the films I m not kidding, I had about ten or eleven harass me for saying women needed better representation Moving on, Mike Madrid does a comprehensive study of the history of women in comics And by comprehensive, I mean intensive He went all the way back to pulp magazines and serials to start with the very first characters Most which I had never heard of like Phantom Lady and Fantoma One of the most interesting aspects of this study was that female characters actually had freedom in the the earlier days They had these personas to free themselves to be their true selves, which were heroes and sometimes assassins Then men learned they could use these characters for wanking material and gradually turned them into sexpots with the riskiest art they could get away with Over time, the Comics Code changed what characters were allowed to wear Wonder Woman s female empowerment message was toned down so as not to make her look like a lesbian I really wish I was making this up Women covered up only to be stripped down even in the 80s Some women, like Storm, were dressed in the grungy punk look with leather jackets and jeans All new characters were dressed like porn stars in thongs and highwaisted bathing suits The writing became dark and gritty and a bunch of new female characters were prostitutes and being treated like garbage in general Have I mentioned how much Alan Moore hates women because he hates women Miller s pretty much right alongside him in my list of writers I wish never touched female characters.As our culture became saturated with sex celebrities like Pamela Anderson, men stopped trying to appeal to women completely I can t imagine what it must have been like to watch Batman 89 or the old Superman films, enter a comic book store and the only women staring back at me looked like porn stars I would have turned right around and left After this, the comic book bubble burst and Marvel filed for bankruptcy Comic sales hit a real low point and kind of stayed that way for a long time Madrid doesn t quite go into a lot of detail about what revived it Was it Blade Daredevil The Fantastic Four I m not really sure Anyway, it ends on a high note with Kelly Sue DeConnick s Captain Marvel as a series written by a woman with a sensible costume and real characterization This book is a little dated because it talks about Wonder Woman being praised in Batman v Superman but doesn t go into her solo film being announced It was a good way to end a book that seriously bummed me out I know I had dudebros tell me to my virtual face that they don t care if I feel good about representation in the comic book industry but it was another to hear about how this has been going on for such a long time Major bummer So, here are some things I learned Lois Lane was one of the first female characters to have a solo book named after her It was called Superman s Girl Friend, Lois Lane So, not super empowering but it was something It had airs of I Love Lucy with Lois trying out different schemes to report news stories DC Comics official editorial policy code the inclusion of females in stories is specifically discouraged Women, when used in plot structure, should be secondary in importance Makes sense considering the female counterparts of male heroes often get the gendered suffix girl instead of woman Supergirl, Batgirl, Hawkgirl and are often given powers less powerful than the men Batwoman was created to try to lessen some of the suspicion that Batman was gay and in love with Robin No joke, essays were written out of concern that Batman would turn young readers gay and they were sincerely pressed about Robin s shorts and the fact that he stood with his legs apart Because people legitimately were concerned about boys wearing shorts Oy vey There was a story where Supergirl was in love with a horse That actually happened There was a story where Supergirl was on red kryptonite and convinced that he was married to Clark They lived for 3 days alone in a house convinced of that I m not saying there s the possibility that she slept with her cousin in comic canon but you re thinking it We re all thinking it Carol Danvers deserves an apology from Marvel Comics Seriously She has the worst history I ve heard about in a while She was forcibly impregnated by a timetraveling alien He had sex with her to create himself and then wiped her memory after the fact After giving birth to this monstrosity, the writers thought they had one last piece of terrible writing for her and have her decide to marry the alien he was an adult at this point because she thought she loved him This is the grossest story I ve read in my life and I m sorry but there was no way a woman would ve written it Storm was one of the first women to have a moniker that wasn t gendered She was a strong female character that didn t date one of her teammates and is considered the first black heroine Rock on I loved that Madrid mentioned one of my biggest pet peeves Women with incredible powers are portrayed as too unstable to handle them and ultimately need to be controlled While his theory posits that they re often killed, I m saying male characters often try to control them Madrid s examples Raven, Storm, Phoenix I d like to add Wanda Maximoff and River Tam from Firefly These characters are all powerful than several male characters but they re all viewed as emotionally unstable at their greatest, most powerful state so of course they need to be controlled or die It s complete bullshit and I still can t think of an example where this wasn t the case Madrid talks about Strike a pose powers which are abilities female characters can look good while utilyzing It s a concept I never even thought of but yes, there are some iconic posing going on with telepaths, witches, telekinetics, etc Don t wanna mess up their hair, amiright Wonder Woman s entire messy history is laid out in this book Everything from her morality and belief in uplifting women being brushed aside because the Comics Code thought that mentality was harmful to young girls Her history has been fucked with, her personality removed and replaced with vapid versions The way Madrid talks about Lynda Carter s show makes me wonder if he thought it did harm than good For such an iconic character, it s crazy to see how much her history was ruined over time I would ve given this 5 stars except timeline jumps around a little confusingly It would start in one decade and then stay with one character and go over their history only to jump right back into the decade It was just a little difficult to follow used the g slur and transphobic terminology at times, I wasn t sure if Madrid was recounting the ways men thought of these characters or his own views when he was describing characters drawn like hookers and referred to Wondy as a d ke at times, the way certain things were phrased made it unclear if Madrid was speaking poorly of the addition of diverse characters Anyway, it s worth noting that the Big 2 are still slowly adding and female titles Unfortunately, several of them are still being written by men and few of them are starring women of color and wlw That being said, here are some of the current solo titles America, Vol 1 The Life and Times of America Chavez Batwoman Vol.1 The Many Arms of Death Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol 1 BFF Hawkeye Kate Bishop, Vol 1 Anchor Points Ms Marvel, Vol 1 No NormalPlease support female led comics Especially those written by women This is a recommend if this type of study interests you Au revoir


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    Okay I ll admit that this cover has nothing to do with the story this month but I ve got to do something to sell this book She Hulk, 1992Honestly The four stars are for the sheer overwhelming fun of this book Fun sounds weird, right After all, this is a book that deals with the grotesque sexism that has permeated the comic book world and especially the superhero world since its inception Fun surely shouldn t even factor in.But Mike Madrid s clear passion for the subject, his ability to conjure up the entire history of a character and then totally root for her through all the re drawings, re workings, story changings that she has to endure it s fantastic This book celebrates the Supergirls for their very defiant existance, while at the same time critiquing a world in which they are very rarely allowed to grow into Super women I do wish there had been a little of the actual critiquing, and a little less repetition in some ways this book works best as separate essays but it s still a good read.


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    I had been looking for an intelligent survey of women characters in comic books, and this provided that in spades A wonderful chronological history surveying how women have been portrayed through the last century, it provided me with a nuanced point of view of how society s changes have been reflected in comics A really enjoyable survey I would recommend to comic lovers


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    This book sucks While I realize that it would have been impossible to get all of them, the author should have attempted to get the rights to reproduce the likenesses of some of the characters he describes I spent half the time reading the book googling the lesser known characters to see what they looked like When a subject is based so heavily on image, not having them for comparison is really detrimental I d have forgiven this if the writing had been good, but it wasn t It was barely tolerable It basically goes First there was so and so and she was dressed like this and did this Then there was the other one who was dressed like this and did this Now I m going to throw in a few sentences to try to make it seem like I came up with some kind of theme for these comic book characters and fail miserably It was written exactly like a really long and not terribly good freshman comp essay.


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    Sandra Knight leads the idyllic debutante life as a Senator s daughter She spends her time going to parties and playing tennis with her fianc , Don Then one night in 1941 she stops an assassination attempt on her father, beating away the would be assassins with rolled up newspaper The experience of danger and adventure excites Sandra, offering a break from her humdrum life as a socialite She seeks the thrill of crime fighting action, so she creates a costume, borrows a black light ray from her father s scientist friend, and calls herself Phantom Lady, the mysterious woman of wonders, one of comic s first female superheroines.Sandra Knight by day and Phantom Lady by night, no one suspects Sandra s secret identity as a superhero Even her fianc dismisses the idea thinking, It couldn t be Sandra isn t that clever Mike Madrid s The Supergirls Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines offers a captivating look at female comic book superheroes through the decades Madrid explores how real life societal changes are reflected in the pages of comic books and how superheroines have transformed through the times As history and gender roles evolved, so did the comic book superheroine Madrid discusses how war time influenced the pinup type heroine written for soldiers In the 1950 s Supergirl was introduced as a wholesome role model for young girls The rise of feminism in the 1970 s liberated the superheroine and triggered a complete makeover of the character Wonder Woman, to which Madrid devotes an entire chapter The 1990 s brought the babe factor to heroines who evolved into lethal bad girls And most recently, female characters have reflected modern day challenges such as juggling careers and families while still protecting the world from evil.Throughout the book, Madrid includes examples of the real world influencing comic books One of the most interesting is the story of how Batwoman was first introduced in response to the Comic Code Authority, an organization created in 1954 to regulate subject matter in comic books and to protect young readers from inappropriate themes At this time some questioned Batman s sexuality In response, writers introduced Batwoman as a love interest for the superhero However, Batman sees Batwoman as a pest than anything else, and she tries to prove she is worthy of Batman s affections by battling evil with her purse full of weapons disguised as cosmetics.The late 1990 s and 2000 s ushered in new female superheroes who are feminine, strong, independent, and also nurturing and maternal In 1996, DC Comics introduced a novel idea of comic book characters the female buddy crime fighting duo of Birds of Prey Characters Oracle and Black Canary are superheroines who fight injustice while forging a strong female friendship And the character Manhunter is Kate Spencer, prosecutor mother in real life, was introduced in 2004 was one of the few superheroines who balances motherhood with crime fighting Madrid briefly discusses the future of the female superhero at the end of his book He explains that publishers look at the numbers when it comes to series, and even after 70 years, female superheroines don t sell as well as their male counterparts Despite the low profits, loyal fans are devoted to their superheroines because as Madrid explains, These women present a different perspective in not only the battle of good and evil, but also the quest to make the world a better place Despite disbelievers, like Phantom Lady Sandra Knight s fianc , comic book superheroines have proven they are clever enough and strong enough to fight evildoers just as well as the male superheroes And they ll continue to fight for years to come Mike Madrid mixes history, sociology, feminism, and a lesson in comics in this interesting, enjoyable read Writing for both diehard fans and those who have never read a comic book, Supergirls is accessible to everyone and offers a rare glimpse into the history of the female superhero Madrid s book even gets a stamp of approval from legendary comic book creator Stan Lee who hails Supergirls as a long overdue tribute to the fabulous fighting females whose beauty and bravery brighten the pages of your favorite comics.


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    THE SUPERGIRLS ist eine sehr lesenswerte Geschichte der Superheldinnen von den Anf ngen in den 40er Jahren bis heute Madrid erz hlt nicht nur von der Entwicklung der Deb tantinnen, der guten und der b sen M dels, der Supergirls und Superwomen, sondern setzt die Entwicklung der Heldinnen in den Comics in Verbindung zur Zeitgeschichte, und so ist THE SUPERGIRLS nicht nur f r Comicleser spannend, sondern auch f r alle, die sich f r Kulturgeschichte im Allgemeinen interessieren.Zwischen Eye Candy, klassischer Frauenrolle, emanzipierter Heldin, Supermodel und Flittchen schwankt der wechselhafte Kurs der Odyssee, den die Heldinnen in den Comics seit ber sieben Jahrzehnten zu bestehen haben, einst und auch heute noch oft konzipiert f r den m nnlichen Leser, aber im Wandel der Zeiten zunehmend auch als Spiegel des sich ndernden Rollenverst ndnisses der Frau in der Gesellschaft.THE SUPERGIRLS ist unterhaltsam und gut lesbar geschrieben, vor allem besticht die Detailf lle Mike Madrid ist in der Welt der Comics zuhause und ein hervorragender Kenner, der seine Ideen lebhaft und witzig an den Leser bringt.Einen kleinen Eindruck vermittelt das Video auf Fora.TV Danke f r den Hinweis darauf, Matt Die H rbuchfassung hat mir so gut gefallen, dass ich mir auch die Printversion zulegen werde, um einiges nochmal in Ruhe nachlesen zu k nnen.Fazit 4,5 Sterne, unbedingt empfehlenswert


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    Okay I ll admit that this cover has nothing to do with the story this month but I ve got to do something to sell this book She Hulk, 1992This quote sums up the frustration I felt reading about the lack of representation of woman in comics Madrid does a decent job giving us a comprehensive history dating back to the 1940s You know those femme fatale characters in pulp fiction novels and film noirs well, they were in comics too Unfortunately, even those that had their own titles, had trouble gaining traction and enjoying the same celebrity status of their male counterparts.Honestly, this book was a little disheartening It s hard to read about the little representation women have had throughout and how poorly they looking at you Carol Danvers were treated What Madrid does well is explain the effects of our media and society on the comic book heroines I wish this book had been written recently to show that women are slowly getting their own titles Sadly, the majority are still written by men so, while we are progressing, it is not quick enough I will fight any fanboy who tries to argue with me on this This is a recommend for anyone interested in this subject.


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    When I found out about The Supergirls Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines by Mike Madrid, I thought to myself, Why didn t I write this book After reading it, I thought, I could have written this book But you know what I didn t, and I think Mike Madrid for doing so This is a remarkably comprehensive look at superheroines throughout history, and I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover Being a superhero comic reader for about 40 years now, I recently came to a realization I don t like comic books and I don t like superheroes I like to read about women with superpowers, and the only place you can really read about women with superpowers is comic books For someone who is a fan of women with superpowers, comics haven t been very fertile ground My favorite female characters with superpowers is The Invisible Woman, who Madrid spends a good amount of time on in his novel most notably for her unique position as the first female of Marvel s silver age of comics, but at the same time for being portrayed as a silly girl interested in keeping her scientist boyfriend Reed Richards attention than fighting crime While this was frustrating to read about as a child I wanted her to be assertive and powerful, and thrilled in the moments when she was I also appreciate that women with superpowers might behave differently than men with superpowers I was thrilled upon finishing the final pages of Madrid s book that he makes this very same assertion If anyone wants to read a fascinating and thorough examination of the superheroine throughout comic book history, from the 30 s to current day, I highly recommend Mike Madrid s The Supergirls Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines


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  • Paperback
  • 334 pages
  • The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines
  • Mike Madrid
  • English
  • 20 August 2019
  • 9781935259039

About the Author: Mike Madrid

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