Posts Tagged 'gender studies'



Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)

Ma Hunkel is comic's first crossdressing superheroineWhile Abigail Mathilda “Ma” Hunkel isn’t the first crossdressing superhero in comics (that distinction goes to Madam Fatal, a man who dresses as an elderly lady to fight crime), she is the first superheroine to dress as a man.

As a large, tough as nails, hardworking mother of two, Ma Hunkel is a very different kind of superheroine than is typically depicted in comics.

Created by Sheldon Mayer, Ma Hunkel first appeared in the pages of All-American Comics #3 (June 1939) in a feature entitled Scribbly. More than a year after her debut, she would create her Red Tornado persona in All-American Comics #20 (November 1940). Continue reading ‘Women’s History Month Superheroine Spotlight: Red Tornado (Ma Hunkel)’

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Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course

Taught by Christina Blanch of Ball State University with Mark WaidMark Waid (Kingdom ComeDaredevil, Irredeemable) has recently announced a free online college-level course called “Gender Through Comics” which will feature live weekly interviews from some of the comic industry’s top creators! Continue reading ‘Mark Waid Wants You To Enroll in Free ‘Gender Through Comics’ Online Course’

My Favorite Four LGBTQ Couples in Marvel Comics

Variant cover to Astonishing X-men #51In case you haven’t heard, Northstar and Kyle Jinadu are getting married today in Astonishing X-Men #51!

Comic fans across the country are celebrating and there are even two same sex marriages scheduled to take place today at Midtown Comics in Downtown New York. I can honestly say that I haven’t been this excited about a comic book wedding since Jean Grey and Cyclops got married back in 1994.

To celebrate this Marvel milestone, I’ve decided to share my favorite four LGTBQ couples in Marvel Comics: Continue reading ‘My Favorite Four LGBTQ Couples in Marvel Comics’

My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)

If the Avengers all posed like the Black WidowWith all the buzz surrounding Marvel’s The Avengers, you’ve probably seen Kevin Bolk’s Avengers Booty Ass-emble parody. It answers the question “what would happen if the male Avengers posed like the Black Widow Continue reading ‘My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)’

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

still of Wonder Woman from WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of documentaries about the treatment of women in comics. That’s why I was excited to stumbled across an article about a new film called Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Continue reading ‘Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines’

Support Women and Minorities in Comics and Pre-Order These Books (Vol. 1)

Provoked by the recent cancellation of Marvel’s X-23, I have redoubled my commitment to pre-order more comics with well-written female and minority characters. Here are a few for which I have high hopes.

Astonishing X-Men #48 written by Marjorie Liu with art by Mike Perkins

Astonishing X-Men #48 (Marvel) – As of issue #48 (out last Wednesday), Marjorie Liu (X-23) has taken over writing duty for Astonishing X-Men and the book’s new lineup comprises one of the most diverse superhero teams I’ve seen to date.

In addition to Wolverine, Gambit, and Iceman (white males), the Astonishing X-Men will also include the new Warbird (bad-ass warrior woman from another world), Dr. Cecelia Reyes (Afro-Latin American woman, surgeon, and former X-Man), Karma (Vietnamese lesbian hero), and Northstar (openly gay X-Man). Continue reading ‘Support Women and Minorities in Comics and Pre-Order These Books (Vol. 1)’

I’m Responsible for the Cancellation of ‘X-23’

Last week, the final issue of ‘X-23’ hit store shelves.

Sadly, the final issue of X-23 hit the stands last Wednesday. I love X-23. She’s an amazing character. Sure, some creators have handled her better than others, but overall Laura is one of my favorite female characters in the Marvel Universe.

That’s why back in November when Marvel announced that X-23 had been canceled I was outraged. X-23 was the company’s last solo-book starring a female lead! They had already canceled their female-starring Ghost Rider series! How could Marvel do this?

Then I realized that I hadn’t purchased a single issue of X-23 or Ghost Rider. It’s my fault they were cancelled. Continue reading ‘I’m Responsible for the Cancellation of ‘X-23’’

An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 2

This is part 2 of my recent interview with filmmaker Tristan Nall regarding his most recent documentary entitled Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators. Continue reading ‘An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 2’

An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 1

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with filmmaker Tristan Nall, and talk to him about his upcoming documentary Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators. Continue reading ‘An Interview with the Filmmaker Behind “Women, Superheroes, and Refrigerators” Pt 1’

The New Gay Teen Titan and LGBT in Comics

Teen Titans #3 give us our first real indroduction to the team’s openly gay member, Bunker.

I’ve been looking forward to reviewing Teen Titans #3 ever since artist Brett Booth announced on his blog that the issue would be introducing Miguel Jose Barragan, a new flamboyant, openly gay, Mexican superhero who goes by the alias Bunker.

In a recent interview with Comic Vine, Scott Lobdell explained his decision to create a new openly gay Titan: “It just came about because when Brett [Booth] and I were asked to create some new characters, he and I agreed that the comics industry is filled to overflowing with straight white male characters… Continue reading ‘The New Gay Teen Titan and LGBT in Comics’


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