1940s: Comic Girl Power Chris November 3, 2011 1940-1949, Magazines & comics 8 CommentsFavourited 1071 times Add to favourites 8 Responses Brian Gonigal November 3, 2011 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. Reply Nathan Winkelmann May 22, 2012 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. Reply qka November 4, 2011 “COMIC GIRL POWER”? More like male fantasy material. Bikinis in space? Reply Emmy November 29, 2011 Princess Pantha must have a *really* sharp knife – after all, she seems to be able to shave her legs and her pits with it… Reply Phil February 17, 2012 Those are Alex Schomburg covers. Reply caeribormeith March 23, 2012 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. Reply caeribormeith March 23, 2012 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. Reply Mark2 April 24, 2012 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? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.