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Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics [Paperback]

Maria Elena Buszek , Mike Madrid
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Exterminating Angel Press (15 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935259237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935259237
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Waited a long time for this 3 Dec 2013
By jf40
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A great pity its in black and white as it would look great in colour But nevertheless it is a nice addition to the comics line
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4.0 out of 5 stars Convinced Me to Start Reading Comics/Graphic Novels! 12 Oct 2013
By LibStaff2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very interesting! The book includes a brief history of comics during the Golden Age as well as general info about the time period. The "lost" heroines are separated by types with an introductory section for each. Recommended for all comics fans. Great for new converts too!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great complement to THE SUPERGIRLS 2 Oct 2013
By Ed Battistella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In Divas, Dames, and Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics, Mike Madrid picks up where he left off with The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, but in reverse chronological order. In The Supergirls he told the stories of Wonder Woman, Sheena, Batwoman, Elektra, Storm and the She-Hulk, among others.

In Divas he has compiled and annotated the actual comics of the Golden Age (black and white in the print book and colorized in the e-book). Most of the heroines will be new names to readers--they were to me--Madame Strange, a two-fisted reporter; Lady Satan, a woman who lost everything to the Nazis, Black Venus, an exotic dancer, and Mother Hubbard, a senior citizen. There's also Betty Bates--Lady at Law, Maureen Marine, Marga the Panther Woman, Spider Queen and Spider Widow. These are Rosie the Riveter-type heroines who fly planes, punch out villains, and more, often while holding day jobs. And there's Pussy Katnip, a real catwoman in world of anthropomorphized animals. The characters in Divas are a far cry from the 1960s-era comics when women stand-alone comics were Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane and Millie the Model, and the powers of ensemble heroines were things like invisibility. The comics in Divas are pre-Wertheim, pre-code so the stories are a bit grittier and the language reflects the sensibilities and stereotypes of the times.

The comics of the 1940s are a source for all manner of interesting observations--on language, society, narrative and design, mythic origins, readership and women's history. The art is rough but avoids the exaggerated proportions of later work. If I were a comic historian, this would be a treasure trove of research ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Ladies Are Found Again 2 Dec 2013
By E. M. Flynn - Published on Amazon.com
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Mike Madrid brings back to life a time when comic books were new, fresh, and promising, and looks at super-heroines who have faded into the background but nonetheless deserve their time in the limelight once more. Nostalgia and cool information. How can you beat it?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some of the comics were worth finding and others should have remained lost. 15 Nov 2013
By C. Raso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wonder Woman wasn’t the only strong female in comics during the 1940s. This book explores the lost heroines of the comic book golden age. These are female characters that were introduced before the 1950s when the comic code took effect. The code watered down female characters and turned them into love interests instead of superheroes and adventurers.

The different types of characters are grouped together in chapters. War, espionage, jungle, science fiction and fantasy comics are represented in the book. Each of these chapters includes five or six full comics reproduced in black and white. The comics range from well written and illustrated to poorly written with amateurish art work to bizarre and almost psychedelic. Some of the comics were worth finding and others should have remained lost.

It’s always interesting to read old comics because they reflect society at the time they were first published. I also enjoy the art work, it’s the same kind of illustrations you see on the covers of pulp magazines. This book is for those readers interested in comic book history. Superheroes like Superman and Batman were not the only comics during the golden age.
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3.0 out of 5 stars cool stuff, but b&w? 30 Jan 2014
By curtis martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Seriously? A great idea for a book but I had no idea it was black and white. Couldn't have reproed the color comics? I'd have paid an extra $10 for that.
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