The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines. (Revised and Updated Edition)

by Mike Madrid


The San Francisco Chronicle on THE SUPERGIRLS:  “San Francisco writer and Amazing Fantasy regular Mike Madrid was always partial to the superhero women so often forced to sit on the sidelines, and it was his dream to write about them.” Lisa Hix|Feb 7

The Amelia Bloomer Project picks SUPERGIRLS: “From the super heroines of today to “Goddesses of Tomorrow,” Madrid questions the position of women in the world of superhero fantasy, showing the parallels between society’s expectations and the depiction of American women in comic fiction.”

WORN Fashion Journal sees the chic in SUPERGIRLS: “There comes a time in every comic book geek slash fashionista’s life when she must ask herself ‘What do costumes and couture have in common?’ THE SUPERGIRLS sets out to answer that question….a quick read that skims over the history of publishing powerhouses Marvel and DC, making it informative enough and providing sufficient cultural context for those who may have no prior comic book knowledge.” WORN| issue no. 9

The Best Five Books to Share With Your Friends: “Of Satin Tights and Equal Rights: [E]ven as it delivers its clear-eyed critique of the way mainstream superhero comics have alternately eroticized or deified female characters, The Supergirls, gleefully celebrates the medium itself, in all its goofy, glorious excess.” Glen Weldon | NPR | Dec 2

Excerpt: ‘The Supergirls’ “I had a vague idea who Superman was… I was more fascinated, however, by Supergirl. She could fly and was incredibly strong, and I could tell from the way she was drawn that she was brave and noble. I thought she was great. Although I wasn’t sure exactly what her relationship to Superman was, I could tell that she was somehow considered inferior. And I didn’t understand why…” NPR | Nov 30

What About Super Women?: “Mike Madrid has written a comprehensive survey of superheroines. I talk with him about what drew him to them, how they reflect cultural images of women, and where superheroines might be headed…”Kim de Vries | Sequential Tart | Nov 30

I Need a Heroine: “It’s been a long and rocky road for super heroines. But thanks to intrepid online activism and a new generation of creators, it might finally be their time to shine.” Erin Polgreen | Campus Progress | Nov 12

The Supergirls: “The Supergirls, Mike Madrid’s book about the evolution of female comic-book characters, is sharp and lively — and just obsessive enough about women who wear capes and boots to be cool but not creepy. The guy clearly loves this stuff…” Jeff Guiles | Entertainment Weekly | Oct 6

The Supergirls: A feminist response to catsuits? “There’s a surprising gap of research, let alone feminist research, on female superheroes from comics. Trina Robbins has turned out some amazing books on women and comics, including one on female superheroes, but she can’t do it alone…” Kjerstin Johnson| Bitch Magazine | Sept 16

Tough Babes: “If you’ve ever wondered about the history of the female superhero, then the upcoming The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines (Exterminating Angel Press, September 2009, $16.95) may just be the book for you…” Chris Zuga | Portland Mercury | Sept 10

When Comics and Cleavage Collide: “Mike Madrid’s visual companion to his new book The Supergirls, a history of comic book superheroines, is as thorough and captivating a graphic account as the book is a verbal one…” Jane Carlen| Portland Mercury | Sept 11

Good Comics for Kids: (This is just a short one folks, so here’s the whole blurb for you:) “Here’s a useful resource: Mike Madrid has posted some image galleries to accompany his book Supergirls: Fashion, feminism, fantasy, and the history of comic book heroines.” School Library Journal | Sept 16

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf: “Any comics or graphic movel library needs THE SUPERGIRLS… It provides a cultural history of comic book heroines and asks whether their fantasy world has any connection to our own, offering a fine survey of different super-women in comic history and crime fighting. Any long-time comic book reader will relish this blend of scene re-creation and social analysis.” Midwest Book Review | Nov 2009

$16.95 / 336 pages
Trade Paperback Original ISBN: 978-1-935259-33-6/  eBook ISBN: 978-1-935259-35-0

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And don’t miss the AUDIO BOOK download version of THE SUPERGIRLS, by Last Word Audio, ISBN 978-1-935259-13-8

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