Folks, it is about time we take a little break from Marvel and DC Comics and honor some unknown superheroes, especially unknown female super heroines. I wrote, some time ago, about female superheroes, and I still have a lot to write about them, especially Catwoman and Wonder Woman, my two absolute favorites.
But first, I want to shed some light on obscure female superheroes. This is because they are female, and usually when it comes to superheroes, I have the feeling that one automatically thinks ‘male’. A bit of Girl Power won’t do you no harm, if you ask me. So, sit back, relax and let me make you discover some gems.
The women I am about to introduce to you are not the only ones out there, but I chose them to show you some kind of evolution through the years, of drawing and mentality.
The Blonde Phantom
Let me introduce you to Louise Grant Mason, aka The Blonde Phantom, issued by Timely Comics in 1946. She was created by Stan Lee and Syd Shores, at a time when the enthusiasm for super heroes was declining, after World War II.
So what’s her story? Well, it is no surprise that she was the secretary of a detective, Mark Mason, alongside whom she was fighting crime with. They got married, and she became a widow in 1986. This was true love, there is no sinister twist to this love story.
In the late 1950, Louise was part of the Avengers team assembled by Nick Fury.
Bulletgirl is the wife of Bulletman, and together, they were created in 1940 by Fawcett Comics. I suppose a comparison could be made by saying that she was created a bit like Eve was created out of one of Adam’s ribs. Jim Barr, aka Bulletman, decided – one fine day – to create the same helmet for his girlfriend, Susan Kent. This is the same helmet as the one he was using to fight crime in the DC Universe, after DC acquired the Fawcett characters.
If it can make you happy, Susan discovered the superhero identity of her boyfriend and decided to join him in the fight against evil. Jim, as an employee of the ballistics department of the police, had created a bullet-shaped Gravity Regulator Helmet which allowed him to fly and deflect bullets. He made another one for his girlfriend. How romantic…
Phantom Lady, Mistress of the Dark
And here comes Sandra Knight, armed with a black light ray projector and, more essentially, a little fabric to cover her bottom. This is probably because her foes are mainly males and she needs to have the right ammunition to distract them. If not her brain, something else then…
I am absolutely not judging, but it is quite amusing how a woman can hypnotise a man with the right outfit!
She is the daughter of a US Senator and she lives in Washington, DC. It is difficult to figure out what pushed her to defy crime, as her origins are vague. There are rumours, however, that there was a possibility that she uncovered a plot to assassinate her father, though.
Her super powers, which did not come naturally, but rather through intensive training and weaponry, includes the ability to make herself invisible and see in the dark. Superpowers I would not mind having myself!
Moonbeam used to be alive, and now she’s not. Hence, Dead Girl, some kind of a mutant zombie who can use her superpowers now that she’s dead. Logical, isn’t it? She is part of the X-Force, now the X-Statix.
Her boyfriend killed her. Doesn’t it remind you of the complicated love story (if it is a love story when only one member of the couple loves the other) between Harley Quinn and The Joker?
Dead Girl was created in 2002 by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred, for American comic books. She can reform her body and control its parts when dismembered, as well as read the memories of dead bodies. Very useful, if you ask me.
The duo, Cloak and Dagger, were seen for the first time in 1982, in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man. Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan created them, also for American comic books, published by Marvel Comics.
Cloak (Tyrone “Ty” Johnson) and Dagger (Tandy Bowen) are minors when they meet in New York, where they both have fled from their families. They were both drugged by a criminal – who used them as guinea pigs – but they managed to escape from a fatal destiny.
The upside to this? They both developed super powers: Cloak controls the dark dimension and Dagger uses her daggers of light. They both decide to fight drug crime and to help runaway children, giving birth to the superhero comic books Runaways.
Deena Pilgrim teams up with Christian walker and together, they investigate cases involving people with super powers. Hence, the title of the comic book they are featured in is Powers.
The pair was born in the year 2000 and the story line combines police procedural, superhero fantasy and crime noir genres. Powers was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming.
The last issue came out in 2012. So, Deena is not a super heroine, as she has no super powers, except that she has a wicked sense of humor, which is sufficient for me to make her appear in this article.
Faith believes she can fly and she is damn right about that! It took her some time to master this super power of hers, but she is now completely operative.
Faith Herbert, aka Zephyr, is a super heroine that could have been mentioned in my earlier post about the politics of super heroes. And why is that, you might ask? Well, because you can see from the picture above that she is a plus-size woman and thankfully, neither her story lines nor her super powers revolve around her weight.
She was created in January 1992 for Valiant Comics, by Jim Shooter and David Lapham. She is a latent psiot, and as such, was activated by Peter Stanchek, a member of the Harbinger Foundation.
Harbingers are a group of super-powered teenage outcasts and psiots are a sub-species of humans that have evolved psychic/mind-based powers.
As you can see, the world of comics is endless and even if there is a lack of imagination, it is always going to be possible to reinvent the story of an already existing super heroine and to create more adventures for her, hopefully with issued of the 21st century.