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Friday, September 21, 2007

 

When Fangirls' Moms Attack


From DC's The Atom #26, August-September 1966. I was struck by both the tone and nature of the request. Entirely civil, (although the editor had complete control of the message, of course.) And she's not arguing over the way women are portrayed on Atom covers, but that they aren't represented at all--not as villains, not as heroes, allies or bystanders, even as damsels in distress. The Atom's world is very small, and from the covers at least, seemingly vagina-free. Well, except for this:


Anyway, three years, 19 issues and a title change later, Irene's wish was finally granted in a big way, as Jean Loring squeaked under the wire for the final issue of the series. Maybe she was mad about being shut out of the covers since 1962, even while providing the plot for half of the Atom's stories, because she's clearly ready to put a big boot up our heroes' asses:


If you ask me, they look like they deserve it.

(By the way, Scipio gets under the covers with Jean here, here, here, and here.)

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