The Superhero Women strike back Another valiant volume in the Marvel Origins series stories of the start of your favorite Marvel maidens including Ms Marvel disguised as the editor of a women's magazine who has super strength and the power of flight Red Sonja than the equal of any man and known as the She Devil with a sword Medusa one of the Inhumans her hair is horror for baddies Janet Van Dyne wealthy socialite who can shrink to insect size float like a butterfly and sting like The Wasp that she is and The Cat Greer Nelson as graceful athletic and inscrutable as her name Liberate yourself from worries with the women's side of super sagas in The Superhero Women


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    And finally you're about to see what I mean when I say that men and women should be must be and will be treated equally and fairly in every Marvel magazine just as they should and must be treated in life itselfThe pages that await you are just a comic book story Yet let us hope they'll somehow presage an age of sanity an age of equality for men and women an age where all will be judged by ability and deeds rather than an accident of birth Stan Lee 1977 page 234I am going to give Stan Lee a lot of points for trying very enthusiastically to position Marvel as being on the cutting edge of 70s feminism And for being so gung ho himself The quote above comes from his introduction to the story featuring Black Widow and it reappears in different ways throughout all of his intros It was nice to read that perspective good job grampsUnfortunately the majority of these are not stories about empowerment I appreciate the effort But feminism and equality is not just women being able to kick as much ass as menInvisible Woman's powers are expanded from simple invisibility to the generation of force fields yikes I could write a whole thesis on that and she realizes that she's now the most powerful member of the team It's all thanks to her hubby's big brain that this power expansion occursHela the fearsome Norse goddess of death tracks Thor all over the earth but eventually gives up on seeking his death after realizing that she's just sad she doesn't have love in her lifeThe Wasp is given super powers by Ant Man so that he can have a sidekick She quickly falls in love with him He's eh about itMedusa of the fabulous Inhumans lays the smack down on Spider Man but is tricked by a dodgy corporate type after she agrees to wait for it become the spokeswoman for hairsprayBlack Widow also fights Spider Man She soon realizes she's got nothing on Spider Man SighThere's definitely a disconnect between Stan Lee's introductory comments and many of the stories that follow I understand why the stories chosen are all seminal tales for each of the heroines on display rather than ones that focus on their actual empowerment Most of the stories basically revolve around men Sigh The stories themselves are on the okay side of funRed Sonja and Shanna the She Devil fare better in their installments because no man gets in between those heroines and their goals and importantly they are not defined by men On an unrelated note I was pretty surprised at the bloodthirstiness in both of those stories Ms Marvel also clearly doesn't need a man to define her but that's only in the particular story chosen for this collection in her actual origin story her powers are given to her by the Kree warrior called Captain MarvelI would loved to have read all about Lyra the Femizon wow of the futuristic Voluptuaries wow Sadly some ingrate literally tore that story entirely out of the volume I have Must have been a good story I guess Probably featured a lot of skinPerhaps the purest example of a genuinely feminist superhero woman is the story featuring The Cat She's mentored by an elderly female scientist she goes after a villain because he killed another woman and her powers aren't just kick ass physical they are also intellectual and psychic in nature She's the whole package complete with claws that can fly right off of her hands Surprisingly she has no compunction against killing which is a rarity in mainstream comics and I'm not saying that's a feminist thing it's just something that is pretty striking The Cat was written by a woman Linda Fite and drawn by a woman Marie Severin It lasted exactly one issue Sigh