[Reading] ➷ The Superhero Women Author Stan Lee – Freepe.co

I was entertained by the 70 s stereotyping, regardless of how much effort Mr Lee said he put into breaking them. 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As Her Name Liberate Yourself From Worries With The Women S Side Of Super Sagas InThe Superhero Women This is an outdated book about outdated times that does show that you can try to be than what your contemporaries are about I read these stories and saw where they succeeded and failed and am proud to say that they are fun and still worth reading for the most part. WOW, SUPER HERO LADIES ARE AWESOME SHE HULK, EMMA FROST RED SONJA WERE MY FAVORITE AS A KID, THEY RE STILL HOTTT Giving this a 4 outta 5 mostly on nostalgic flashbacks, as my folks bought me the whole series Origins, Son of Origins, Bring on the Bad Guys, Greatest Superhero Battles when I was a kid and I dog earred the f k outta them Hadn t read any of them in about 20 years I enjoyed the seemingly randomness of the femme fatales included Hela over The Enchantress, for example , as well as the somewhat annoying but classic cliffhanger styled inclusion of non origin stories Ms Marvel, Shanna The thing that stuck with me, however, were Stan Lee s introductions to each woman His prose bubbled with nods to women s rights, equality, etc., but they kind of rang with a sense of inflated falseness, considering that the comic book field has always been male and white male, at that dominated Of the 11 stories included, only 2 were written by women and only 1 was illustrated by a woman Gerry Conway does deserve props for giving a shout out to his wife for aiding and abetting his Ms Marvel story, though , which kind of sums up what I m driving at the bulk of the stories are written by men and illustrated by men Sadly, even the two stories written by women still ring with the traditional Marvel voice, presumably due to male editorship The whole thing, in retrospect, is rather ironic That said, my favorite of the bunch was Lyra the Femizon, which is delivered in glorious black white The Red Sonja and The Cat are strong second runners, mostly because they aren t drawn by either John Buscema, Jack Kirby or John Romita who represent the bulk of the illustrations in the book One final note, I miss the kind of hokey, jovial, off the cuff nature of the old 60s and 70s comics, which are presented here in all of their somewhat outdated brilliance. The Superhero Women is the product of two very 70s things a chauvinistic approach to what was then called women s lib and that cultural moment when Stan Lee, in his capacity as Marvel Comics huckster at large, could still act as if he were the driving force behind the House of Ideas in its prime Though all stories in this volume feature female protagonists, of the ten stories included here only two feature a female writer and only one a female artist, though Marvel utility infielder Marie Severin makes an additional appearance in one chapter as a colorist.In his breathless, carnival barker prose, Stan Lee provides introductions to stories featuring the likes of Medusa of the Inhumans, Black Widow, and Ms now Captain Marvel among others In these pieces we gain insights into what passed for feminist representation in the 60s and 70s We learn that Sue Storm the Fantastic Four s Invisible Woman was significant because she was not merely Reed Richards s girlfriend, but his fianc e Red Sonja was not merely a beauty in a chain mail bikini, but a great and fierce warrior Marvel s 70 s line of black and white magazine sized sci fi and fantasy comics were so advanced they dealt with topics such as sexual discontent in a future matriarchal dystopia The inclusion of the likes of Sonja, the Femizons and cut rate Sheena of the Jungle, Shanna the She Devil, represents long lost efforts by Marvel Comics and mainstream comics in general to take chances on pulp genres aside from superheroes However Marvel built its universe on the long underwear set, and even in 1977 there were some iconic female characters who didn t make the cut here Jean Grey and Scarlet Witch, anyone Stan the Man gives them a shout out at the end of the book, but it s still a head scratcher.Still, these are Marvel stories from the company s heyday, delineated by some of the bullpen s best cartoonists Their gender consciousness is backwards by contemporary standards, but they represented a baby step or two in the right direction in their time Are these Marvel classics for the ages No Are they still dumb fun with a bit of nostalgic panache Absolutely But nowadays Marvel has repackaged all their best content from their good ol days into Masterwork this and Essential that You can find and better elsewhere.However, if you just can get enough of the toupeed and leisure suited 70s Stan Lee blowing Marvel ous smoke up your true believing keister, this could be your book.