doin some kwalitee work
pretty sure I’ve done something very like this in the last 40 years
A little behind the scenes look of the early stages of Green Lantern the Animated Series.
My eternal gratitude to everyone who helped prove the doubters wrong.
As I discussed in an earlier post, pre-Comics Code comic books are full of fascinating women superheroes who’ve been more or less forgotten in the decades since WWII. Born in the era of Rosie the Riveter, when there was a national campaign to get women into workplaces, these costumed heroines were brassy, hard-assed, snarky, and sometimes just plain weird. They displayed remarkable grit and independence, and were portrayed as better crime-fighters than the inept, sexist cops that got in their way.
Even removed from their intriguing, important place in sociocultural history, these stories are compelling bits of pure comics nerdery - eg, the fact that 1941’s Spider Queen was almost certainly the unacknowledged inspiration for Spider-Man. These characters deserve to be better known. Happily, the astonishing www.digitalcomicmuseum.org hosts full-issue scans of scores of public domain pre-Code comics. Which means you can read these comics right now, for free!
Here are a few of my favorite lost superheroines from the 1940s. Click on a character’s name to access an archive of their adventures!
FANTOMAH - Arguably the first woman superhero, and to this day one of the strangest. Fantomah is a near-omniscient (blonde) jungle spirit with incredible magical/psionic powers. She is always threatening her enemies with “a jungle death!” and she turns into a green skull with beautiful hair when she’s angry.
LADY SATAN - Sometime Nazi-killer, sometime occult detective, Lady Satan roams the land in her stylish automobile, using gun, garrote, and fire magic to take out Reich agents and child-snatching werewolves.
MOTHER HUBBARD - Looking like a cartoon witch, speaking only in rhyme, Mother Hubbard uses her bizarre occult powers to battle everything from fifth column saboteurs to Disney-esque dwarves that steal kids’ eyeballs.
THE WOMAN IN RED - A gun-toting jujitsu expert, the Woman in Red is a sort of costumed private detective. She’s the bane of both criminals (especially those who prey on women) and inept male cops. But to the women she saves she’s quite…tender.
THE SPIDER QUEEN - A chemistry lab assistant becomes a wise-cracking costumed herowho uses wrist-strapped web shooters to swing around the city and tie up bad guys. But this is 1941, and our hero is a woman.
THE VEILED AVENGER - Although she’s the frilliest-looking of 40s superheroines, the Veiled Avenger might be the hardest. She uses her crop to make criminals shoot each other…and themselves. And in her civilian life as a District Attorney’s secretary, she scolds dumb cops who endanger witnesses.
Sadly, these heroines all disappeared by the 1950s. As the national project of getting women out of the workplace took hold, bold self-sufficient superheroines became scarce on the ground. Despite some great work by amazing artists over the years, comics still doesn’t have enough of them.
[And now, a plug: I’m working on a longer piece on these heroines, and on some other stuff you might find interesting. You can learn more about all that here.]
…why is Lady Satan stopping devil magic? “Only I shall have the monopoly on the devil magic industry!!!”
We all like to pay lip service to seeing more heroes of different ethnicities in comics, but I believe in doing more than just talk. I believe in doing something about the problem.
Misfortune High is the story of a spoiled rich wizard kid who gets sent to a wizard school in the ghetto as punishment for cheating, wherein we meet Star, Warren, Sonia, and Johnny Cuervo. The story is meant to look at the cultural and class divides in our society, but still keeping a sense of whimsy and fun with all the magic content.
Right now, Misfortune High is on the tail end of the Kickstarter to launch the second book and we need your help to make it real. In this Kickstarter, you can get book 1 to start from the beginning or get book 2 to get caught up. Both digital and print versions are available through the campaign. The campaign ends 4/11, with a few extra bucks left to fund so time is running out to support this great project.
If comics diversity is a thing you care about, please support the doers in our community willing to put their pen where their mouth is. Thank you.
The kickstarter is less than $800 away from it’s goal with only four days to go! Jules is one of the hardest hustling indie creator people I know, please check out her book and consider picking up a copy and chipping in!
HEY!! WANNA OWN SOME COMIC SEXYTIMES THAT I DREW?!
here’s a tiny preview of some panels from my story in Smut Peddler 2014, Work of Art! if you haven’t checked out the Kickstarter yet, please do! i’m so beyond thrilled to be in this book, which has funded itself an incredible 400%~ already thanks to some awesome, awesome people (you).
i am also one of the folks you can get a poster print from, if you order the Smut Peddler Portfolio backer level! more info on that soon.
get on the porno boat if you want to support sex-positive, inclusive erotic comics~
NOT METEOR DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH MP THAT TAKES
The best part about this is that I don’t even need to know what game they’re playing. Meteor ALWAYS takes stupid amounts of MP.