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    By the way, an enjoyable book on this subject is

    Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics
    by Mike Madrid (with a foreword by Maria Elena Buszek, PhD).

    * https://exterminatingangel.com/blog/...en-age-comics/
    * https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...mes-daredevils

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    ^^^
    Yes, as I mentioned back on page 1.... along with another book by the same author.

    but thanks for providing a link!


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    Did they not realize Miss Fury was created by a woman?

    Miss Fury was influential; Romita Sr. always said his 1970 costume redesign for the Black Widow was based on Miss Fury. Also, Miss Fury's origin story--donning a costume for a Halloween party and then running into some crooks--is similar to what happens in the Silver Age Batgirl's first story (not to mention that the then-new Batgirl sported a sleek black bodysuit, not unlike Fury's). And the notion of Miss Fury's "ceremonial" garb is not unlike what we get much later on when Lee and Kirby introduce the Black Panther in FF #52.

    There are some books I like by Mike Madrid that give great overviews about various lesser-known Golden Age female heroes and villains: Divas, Dames and Daredevils and Vixens, Vamps and Vipers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxley View Post
    Wildfire was a superheroine from Quality Comics, appearing in Smash Comics #25 - 37. Carol Vance was orphaned by a forest fire but, received her powers to control or create flames and fly from the god of fire after he rescued her. She was later adopted by the wealthy Martin family, and the teenage super heroine decided to use her powers to combat not only criminals, but also saboteurs and even supernatural menaces.

    DC obtained the rights to Wildfire along with the rest of the Quality stable. Roy Thomas planned to use her in All-Star Squadron, but was vetoed because DC already had a character named Wildfire (in LSH). Instead, Roy created the character of Firebrand to fill the Wildfire role.
    Yep, an early hottie that wasn't afraid to use her hotness against villainous forces!


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    Marga the Panther Woman (Fox)


    Miss Victory (Helnit Publishing)
    Later reintroduced as "Ms. Victory" in the 1980s by AC Comics.


    Owl Girl (Western - Dell)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Owl Girl (Western - Dell)
    Rather lovely how The Owl's lady friend just suddenly decided to tag along with him on his adventures, with her own costume as well. Haha.
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    Black Cat (Linda Turner) began as a feature from Alfred Harvey Comics in 1941.


    Over the years she changed her costume slightly (the following was in Black Cat #1, cover-dated June-July 1946).


    Her title would continue into the 1950s, but often with either reprinted Black Cat stories or even just the character featured on the cover but not in the stories themselves.

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    Lightning Girl (Ace Magazines) first appeared in the Lash Lightning feature in Lightning Comics Vol. III #1 (June 1942):




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    Back in wartime, when Canada prohibited trade with the USA for certain items and American comic books weren't supposed to get into the country (although they did), there were several homegrown publishers that sprang up. However, although they published a fair number of heroines, the only one that fits the narrow super-heroine category is Nelvana of the Northern Lights from Hillborough. Maple Leaf had its fair share of female adventurers like Circus Girl and Senorita Marquita, as well as young girls like Peggy from the mystery solving duo of Peter and Peggy. Anglo-American had a space travelling trio called the Crusaders made up of two men and one woman. And Bell Features published Penny's Diary, by Patricia Joudry and Doris Slater. Those aside, some of these publishers found a way around the legislation and simply redrew the same American stories but in Canadian editions--or sometimes even used the original art. For example, the Marvel Family all appeared in redux versions of their adventures from Anglo-American.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorHoy View Post
    Black Cat (Linda Turner) began as a feature from Alfred Harvey Comics in 1941.


    Over the years she changed her costume slightly (the following was in Black Cat #1, cover-dated June-July 1946).


    Her title would continue into the 1950s, but often with either reprinted Black Cat stories or even just the character featured on the cover but not in the stories themselves.
    I once read that "Black Canary" was actually like an answer-character to Black Cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SquirrelMan View Post
    I once read that "Black Canary" was actually like an answer-character to Black Cat.
    I question how true that would be, considering how unlike Black Cat the original Black Canary story was.

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    The artist that became most associated with Black Cat was Lee Elias who had a Milt Caniff/Noel Sickles type style at the time. And the artist who co-created Black Canary was Carmine Infantino, who had a Caniff/Sickles style when he started out.




    Lee Elias would later do Green Arrow in the late 1950s/early 1960s
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    Here's Fawcett Comics' version of Mary Marvel, in 1945. Cover art by Jack Binder.

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    Pat Parker began as a story of a nurse during war time in Speed Comics #13 (May 1941) published by Speed Publishing.


    Soon after, the book would be published under the Alfred Harvey comics imprint, and at the end of issue #15, Pat would don a mask and costume to operate as "War Nurse".




    Eventually she would become part of Harvey's Girl Commandos group.

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    Another Golden Age heroine, the Headless Horseman from 1940.


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    Another couple favorites of mine are Spider Widow and the Phantom Lady.







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