Saturday, August 11

Little-Known DC Comics Superheronies

When asked the name of a super heroine from DC Comics, Wonder Woman is mentioned. Practically, she is the only one to come to mind other than Batgirl and Supergirl. In South and Central America, she is barely known, only the women who have a male namesake. In the media, there has been scattered DC heronies that don't have a male counterpart but still remain little known. Of the heronies with male counterparts include Batgirl, Supergirl, Matrix, Hawkgirl, Batwoman, and Hawkwoman.

Even though Rima the Jungle Girl only had seven issues from 1974 to 1975, Rima is one of the first female titular lead.

She made guest spots in the "Super Friends" Animated series in the 70's. She originated from a 1904 novel by W.H. Hudson.

Vixen, the first and most prominent black DC female DC Superhero. Unfortunately, the first issue of her comic was canceled in 1978. It did get published in the second and last of the never sold "Cancelled Comic Cavalcade". Her first appearance distributed to the public was in Action Comics #521. She has since joined the JLA, even though being a reluctant hero.

Although not a main character, she has made cameos in "Justice League Unlimited." She was last seen being in a relationship with John Stewart/Green Lantern.

Fire a.k.a. Green Fury a.k.a. Green Flame, her real name is Beatriz Bonilla da Costa. She first appeared in 1979 Super Friends #25. She is Brazilian. She has been paired with Ice in recent comics and media.

Visually appealing, she appeared and spoke the most in "Justice League Unlimited."

Michelle Hurd ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") also played her in the canceled TV pilot-turned-TV Movie "Justice League of America." It never aired on regular U.S. television but was transmitted through satellite feeds. It has appeared as a TV Movie outside of the United States. I saw it in Honduras on cable.

Phantom Lady was originally published by Fox Feature Syndicate in 1941. She is best known for being busty and scantly clad. When DC Comics acquired her, they changed the details of her origin by giving her a more active and aggressive role in her own empowerment, explaining her skimpy costume as a deliberate tactic to distract her usual male foes.

One of her identities was killed in 2005 but a new one was introduced in 2006. She has continued to be in DC Comics not having her own comic. Even though being a long standing female DC comic character, she has yet to appear in any form in the media.