• The Supergirls

  • Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines
  • By: Mike Madrid
  • Narrated by: Colby Elliott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-30-11
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Last Word Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (129 ratings)

Regular price: $27.99

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Publisher's Summary

Comic book superheroines bend steel, travel across time and space, and wield the awesome forces of nature. These mighty females do everything that male superheroes do. But they have to work their wonders in skirts and high heels. The Supergirls, a cultural history of comic book heroines, asks whether their world of fantasy is that different from our own. Are the stories of Wonder Woman’s search for an identity, Batwoman and Power Girl’s battle for equality, and Manhunter’s juggling of a crime fighting career and motherhood also an alternative saga of modern American women?
©2009 Mike Madrid (P)2011 Last Word Audio
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Critic Reviews

The Supergirls is a long overdue tribute to the fabulous fighting females whose beauty and bravery brighten the pages of your favorite comics.” (Stan Lee)
“Even as it delivers its clear-eyed critique of the way mainstream superhero comics have alternately eroticized or deified female characters, The Supergirls gleefully celebrates the medium itself, in all its goofy, glorious excess.” (NPR)
The Supergirls, Mike Madrid's book about the evolution of female comic-book characters, is sharp and lively — and just obsessive enough about women who wear capes and boots to be cool but not creepy. The guy clearly loves this stuff. And he's enough of a historian to be able to trace the ways in which the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society's ever-changing feelings about women and sex. ” ( Entertainment Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Trish on 09-25-12

Some Supergirls to Save the World

Respectful, informative, but often repeating information. Take that into consideration, but all-in-all a great read for a comic book fan.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By James Hays on 07-12-15

A story I never considered

Good story of a side of comic history I had not considered before. When I started reading comics I mostly read male superheroes as most of the female characters just did not seem interesting. Only in the past few years I have started reading comics again and Madrid's book really shows the sexism that drives these stories.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-23-12

Enjoyed this book

I downloaded this book on a whim after browsing through a lot of titles as I thought the name and summary sounded interesting and unlike anything else I had read before. Turns out I was right about that. This book gives a very thorough history of women in comic books, covering a wide range of decades, aspects and themes. I am by no means an expert in comics, I haven't even read a great deal of them, but this inspired me to read more widely after finishing it. The only suggestion I have is maybe include more on female villains, as I'm sure they have had an equally interesting progression in comics. Well worth listening to overall.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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