157 – Hawkgirl!

A panel from All-Star Comics #5, April 1941
A panel from All-Star Comics #5, April 1941

After years of showing women as helpless romantic interests posed in alluring dresses, someone gets the idea to get women into the action. In All-Star Comics #5 (April 1941), Shiera jumps from being a simple love interest to becoming DC’s first costumed super-heroine, Hawkgirl. In reality, this first story doesn’t really have Hawkgirl doing anything but getting shot, she still beats Wonder Woman by six months.