This is a fantastic read. As a relative newcomer to superhero comics, it was really fascinating to read about the backgrounds of iconic female superheroes and the non-super characters like Lois Lane. I highly recommend this book if you want to understand what we’re talking about when we ask for better female representation in comics.— Karena
Mike Madrid is doing God's work. . . . mak ing] accessible a lost, heady land of female adventure. --ComicsAlliance
Sharp and lively . . . Madrid] clearly loves this stuff. And he's enough of a historian to be able to trace the ways in which the portrayal of sirens and supergirls has echoed society's ever-changing feelings about women and sex.--Entertainment Weekly
A long overdue tribute to those] fabulous fighting females. --Stan Lee
Mike Madrid has become known as a champion of women in comics and as the expert in Golden Age female characters. And now here is where it all began, as informative and entertaining as ever, in a revised and updated edition, including new illustrations and a new introduction, as well as an afterword bringing us up-to-date on what's happening with women in comics now.
Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics; Vixens, Vamps & Vipers: Lost Villainesses of Golden Age Comics; and the original The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, an NPR Best Book To Share With Your Friends and American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project Notable Book. A San Francisco native and lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture, Madrid also appears in the documentary Wonder Women The Untold Story of American Superheroines and is the illustrator of two of The History of Arcadia books: Lily the Silent and The Lizard Princess.