- Posted by Johanna on October 9, 2006 at 4:47 pm
- Category: Comic News
An old friend of mine who has the most darling little girl just emailed me a query:
[My wife] got [my daughter] a Supergirl backpack to take to preschool, and she loves it so much I think the time may be right to introduce her to comics via some Kara Zor-El adventures. Are any of the old Adventure stories collected in a vaguely affordable format? Either way, any particular starting places you would suggest? Keep in mind that she’s three, so the Peter David and/or Jeph Loeb incarnations are just right out.
Here’s my response.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing easily available that I’m aware of.
There is an issue of the old Superman Adventures comic run dedicated to the cartoon version of Supergirl. I think it was #21. (It’s also done by Sarah Dyer and Evan Dorkin, so it’s good.)
All of the collections are the modern stuff, which I agree is not what you want. Supergirl may appear in some of the Justice League Unlimited cartoon-based comics, but your best bet might be looking for cheap back issues of the old Superman Family dollar comics.
I’m posting this because 1) I’m hoping someone can come up with some better suggestions than I could and 2) it is REALLY ANNOYING that one of the few well-known female superheroes has NOTHING available that a child can read. This is one of the biggest holes in DC’s output available today, because little girls LOVE Supergirl.
Later on in our conversation, the idea of the Supergirl Archives came up, but those are so outdated and cheesy that I only recommend them to adults who can appreciate how different attitudes were in that fargone era. (“Welcome to Earth, long-lost cousin! Let me lock you away in an orphanage and keep you secret from everyone!”)