QUESTION: WHO WAS THE FIRST?
- Not willing to abuse, but you guys seem to know so much, that I
had to ask this question:
Who was the first strong female character/ super-heroine of comics?
Was Sheena? Who?
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> Not willing to abuse, but you guys seem to know so much, that IDepends on what you mean by "strong." Sheena first appeared in 1939
> had to ask this question:
> Who was the first strong female character/ super-heroine of comics?
> Was Sheena? Who?
and she would fit my definition of a strong female character, since
the man in her life was in constant need of being rescued, taking
much the same position as Lois Lane to Superman. Invisible Scarlet
O'Neil was probably the first female character to have real powers,
but her newspaper strip stories (which were later reprinted in
comics) didn't fit the super-person mold. Fantomah might qualify, but
she was such a bizarre character that I doubt she had much influence
on anything, and I don't think she actually had much of a following,
although she is becoming something of a cult figure now, thanks to
the very peculiar nature of her stories (her head was apparently
removable, for example). The Lady in Red was one of the first
costumed "mystery women," but she wasn't much in terms of power and
probably didn't have much of a following either. DC and Timely were
both late in offering powerful females, and Wonder Woman would be the
best remembered female "superheroine" of the golden age, probably
beating out Mary Marvel by a nose. 1943 seems to be the year when
women really came into their own in comics, but there were a variety
of female characters around well before that. For my money, I say it
was Sheena, since she had a long career and was one of the first
comic book heroines to have her own title and her own television
series; she was simply around earlier than almost any other female
character and she obviously struck a resonate note with readers.
Timely's (Marvel's) great use of female characters came just before
they threw in the towel at the end of the golden age.
My two cents,