1940s: Comic Girl Power

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  1. Brian Gonigal

    In an odd way, most of these cover illustrations feel like a kind of gender-switched echo of the series of “Man’s Life” magazine covers you featured in another capsule. These are maybe a bit less lurid, but not by all that much.

    I’m wondering if the girl on the cover of the “Exciting” comics is supposed to be the “Black Terror, Nemesis of Crime”. Each issue shows her on the cover while boasting the tagline “Featuring The Black Terror”, But she looks more like a typical “Jungle Goddess” type character than a Shadow/Batman type crimefighter.

    • Nathan Winkelmann

      Actually black terror is a man and it is interesting that he didn’t get the cover. he is a superhero who wears a black suit with a skull and cross bones on his chest.

  2. Emmy

    Princess Pantha must have a *really* sharp knife – after all, she seems to be able to shave her legs and her pits with it…

  3. caeribormeith

    Male fantasy, objectifying, whatever. I think it’s pretty awesome that the women are depicted as kicking ass and taking care of themselves. I can give a ‘hell yeah’ to that.

  4. caeribormeith

    Had to come back to add that you have to consider everything within its historical context. 1940s? That’s a great thing, particularly for that time. It’s competing with a submissive, passive female image the majority of women and men were being socialized to expect and/or desire.

  5. Mark2

    Definitely a sister-doing-it-for-herself and the rescuer rather than the rescued, but still scantily-clad and so appealling to the male buyer. All the same it might be a genuine attempt to attract the female reader. Give them the benefit of the doubt?


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