Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen, the: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History

Author(s): Hope Nicholson


Sure, you re familiar with Wonder Woman and Batgirl. But what about Tomboy, the sweet teenaged gal-next-door by day and masked crook-pummeler by night? Or the Jaguar, an exchange student from Brazil coping with both feral animal powers and baffling American culture? Or Street Angel, the 13-year-old skateboarder who outfights ninjas and outsmarts demons? From tough-talking detectives and sarcastic social critics to cape-wearing crimebusters and ordinary teenagers, female protagonists have filled just about every role there is in comics. Yet too few have achieved the high-level pop-culture status of their male counterparts. Now is the time to give these successful, but largely unknown, characters their due, proving that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, but they ve always been there. With vintage art, publication details, and enthusiastic commentary, comics publisher and researcher Hope Nicholson brings these lost ladies of the comics world back to life.


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"Comic book heroines have come a long way and not always by the expected routes, as Nicholson, founder of Bedside Press, traces in this informative and entertaining encyclopedia of female characters in comics."--Publishers Weekly "Since superheroes, female and otherwise, permeate so much of our current culture, it's a real treat to get such rich history of how characters such as Carol 'Ms. Marvel' Danvers emerged and evolved, and Nicholson is a trustworthy, knowledgeable guide."--Publishers Weekly "A wonderfully entertaining and informative read; Hope Nicholson has captured the distinct core of every character, from famed icons to the forgotten heroines she's resurrected from the back issue bin of comic book history."--Tim Hanley, Author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, and The Many Lives of Catwoman. "In her snappy, irreverent style, tour guide Hope Nicholson takes us on a spectacular trip through time with stops to visit a crew of comic book heroines who range from the grotesque to the awesome. Some of this sisterhood of superwomen lasted only one issue, others have inspired us for up to 75 years, they are all fascinating. Thanks, Hope, for the time travel!"--Trina Robbins, Author of Last Girl Standing, Babes in Arms, and A Minyen Yidn "The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen is a wonderfully informative and oftentimes personal exploration of the leading women of comics from past to present. Hope Nicholson has created an intimate tome that very well may hold the keys to inspiring more women in comics--both on the page and behind the brush."--Gerard Way, writer of Doom Patrol & The Umbrella Academy "The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen is an in depth catalog of the only thing I like better than comic book superheroes: comic book superheroines. Nicholson pulls from both the back and front of the long box, critiquing well-known favorites and revealing little known gems."--Tim Seeley, writer of Revival, Hacks/Slash, and Nightwing "I like the mix of history, pop culture, and a little bit of reference. [The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen] is more akin to a heavily illustrated coffee-table book, allowing for browsing short entries about superheroes such as Wonder Woman and Jessica Jones and cult favorites such as Emily the Strange."--Library Journal "The characterizations of women in comics have come a long way since the 1930s, which is where Hope Nicholson begins her decade-by-decade review of famous, representative, quirky, or otherwise notable heroines in her thoroughly enjoyable book The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen."--Foreword Reviews "Nicholson doesn't spend too long analyzing any one character--even Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl, despite being named 'Hero of the Decade' of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, respectively, garner only a couple of pages of commentary apiece. It's a good choice, allowing Nicholson to cover a greater number of lesser-known characters, which she does in a breezy, conversational style (ripe with parenthetical notes and explanations, not to mention reprinted art), that's immensely fun to read." --Foreword Reviews

Hope Nicholson is the owner and founder of Bedside Press, specializing in archival and anthology comics collections such as Moonshot (a collection of Inuit, Metis, and First Nations comic book stories) and The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (an all-female comic and text anthology of true stories of geeky love). She s a consulting editor for Margaret Atwood s Angel Catbird (Dark Horse Comics, 2016). She s been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, ComicsAlliance.com, BleedingCool.com, and io9.com, and is a frequent speaker on women in fandom, comic book history, and self-publishing at conventions and other events.

General Fields

  • : 9781594749483
  • : Quirk Books
  • : Quirk Books
  • : April 2017
  • : 229mm X 178mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : May 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hope Nicholson
  • : Hardback
  • : 517
  • : English
  • : 741.59
  • : General Adult
  • : bl2017017264
  • : 256
  • : Black and white Illustrations