Love Among the Superheroes

Jacque Nodell has posted a booklet version of her Popular Culture Association presentation titled “The Look of Love – The Romantic Era of DC’s Lois Lane, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman”. There’s some substantial content there, complete with images, about how the roles of those female characters changed in the 60s and 70s and how their stories reflected typical romance comic concerns.

I particularly liked seeing the house ads that pushed these superhero characters to romance readers, and I’d never realized before how significant the crying scenes were. (I could have done without the Lois Lane upskirt shot, though.) Jacque even uses my favorite Supergirl cover, shown here, from issue #3 (1973). What good are world-changing superpowers if a boy won’t go out with you? For extra pathos, add a small animal taking pity.

If you’d like to read more, check out Jacque’s presentation from last year, “Forgotten Romance: Artists of a Bygone Genre”, also posted as a PDF.

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