397 – New Golden Age Costumes

In Flash #98 (June 1948), DC gives three of its heroes new costumes: The Atom, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl. There is no in-story reason for any costume changes, it appears to be just the whim of the artists (Carmine Infantino, Frank Giacoia for The Atom and Joe Kubert for Hawkman). While I consider the Atom’s costume […]

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208 – Mary Marvel!

The Marvel Family expands again in Captain Marvel #18 (November 1942) with the addition of the female version of Captain Marvel Jr: Mary Marvel. Mary was the newly discovered twin sister of Billy Batson. I believe Bulletgirl was the first female version of a superhero (1941), followed one month later by Hawkgirl.

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176 – Hawkwoman For Real?

Although Hawkgirl‘s first appearance six months earlier was probably intended to be a one-shot gimmick, Shiera Sanders starts to suit up more regularly near the end of 1941 and even refers to herself as “Hawkwoman” in this story in Flash Comics #24 (October 1941). That’s a little confusing, because the Golden Age version of this […]

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157 – Hawkgirl!

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 […]

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