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Madrid, Mike: The Supergirls. Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines. Ashland: Exterminating Angel Pr. 2009. (334 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1935259032
BibTeX citation key: Madrid2009
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Categories: General
Keywords: Gender, Historischer Überblick, Superheld, USA
Creators: Madrid
Publisher: Exterminating Angel Pr. (Ashland)
Abstract
A much-needed alternative history of American comic book superheroines – from Wonder Woman to Supergirl and beyond – where they fit in popular culture and why, and what these crime-fighting females say about the role of women in American society from their creation to now, and into the future. The Supergirls is an entertaining and informative look at these modern-day icons, exploring how superheroines fare in American comics, and what it means for the culture when they do everything the superhero does, but in thongs and high heels. Has Wonder Woman hit the comic book glass ceiling? Is that the one opposition that even her Amazonian strength can’t defeat?

Table of Contents

Author’s Note (ii)
Goddesses of Tomorrow (iv)

1940’s: A Secret Life (1)
The Queen & the Princess (31)
1950’s: The Girlfriends (53)
Supergirl and the Ballad of American Youth (79)
1960’s: The Modern World (101)
Girls Together (Outrageously) (133)
1970’s: Sirens & Suffragettes (145)
Wonder Woman’s Extreme Makeovers (183)
1980’s: The Dark Road (219)
Sex and the Single Superheroine (245)
1990’s: The Babe Years (269)
Heroine Chic (287)
2000 and Beyond: Mother Love? (301)

Acknowledgments (316)
Index (317)
  
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