Divas, Dames and Daredevils, Lost heroines of the golden age

I spotted this book in Previews and I'm thinking of getting it, but the 16.95 is a bit much, especially with the Phantom Lady and Miss Fury books in there. Anyone know if this is a good book to get?

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A while ago, Mark, I made to decision to favor collections of actual comic books over texts about comic books (or comic book artists). I personally will be buying the Phantom Lady and Miss Fury collections (especially Miss Fury!) but giving a pass to Divas, Dames and Daredevils.

It doesn't sound like anything new. I won't be buying it. I will sometimes buy things that are about comics, and I actually have a subscription to Back Issue, but this one doesn't sound particularly interesting.

Seeing the Phantom Lady tpb solicited in the current Preview brought to my attention that I don’t have the HC. My retailer had been acquiring all PS Artbooks from an overseas distributor years before they were available on this side of the pond, but recently switched to Diamond and several volumes fell through the cracks. Anyway, once I discovered the omission, I asked my retailer to order one for me, which I started reading Wednesday. I can recommend it to anyone who likes “good girl art” and there will be a volume two.

Volume one features every PL appearance throughout the forties. There was a brief revival in the fifties (possibly due to interest being sparked by an unrelated murder mystery book and movie), but other than that, I don’t know what else is going to be included in volume two.

...Is this new "about" book by Ron Goulart? He's a regular book-ABOUT writin' machine!

I got the first Miss Fury hardcover (IDW), and loved it, and I have ordered the second volume (actually the first, chronologically!). I also have the first Phantom Lady volume but haven't read it yet, and the second on order.

I may get this book, when I find out what the contents are.

There's an excerpt here: http://exterminatingangel.com/blog/2013/03/28/an-excerpt-from-divas..., but I can't find any information on who's covered or even chapter titles. These books that give us general write-ups and reviews from the author's pals as ordering information get pretty frustrating.

From both his byline ("compiled and annotated") and a review at Library Journal (http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/07/books/graphic-novels/xpre...), I infer that this is a collection of reprinted stories starring female protagonists, introduced by Madrid with some additional commentary. So it's less history book, as was his earlier Superheroines book, and more a compilation.

But without some notion of who's in it, it's buying a pig in a poke at this point. So I'll wait and see. His first book got good reviews, but this is a different animal.

BTW, I moved this thread down here, thinking that it might get more response (especially at this point) in the older-comics section. We're trying to encourage posters to target threads closer and put them in the best places to aid search-engine optimization and readership by visitors. Changing the Forum sections and moving News out was part of that, too.

-- MSA 

I'm the publisher of Exterminating Angel Press--thanks for the heads up that we should have let you know on the website which superheroines are featured in the compilation of their complete stories, in Divas, Dame & Daredevils. We've put up a gallery of all of their pictures here: http://exterminatingangel.com/blog/2013/08/09/superheroines-feature...

I personally didn't know about any of these before Mike Madrid brought them to my attention, but I was immediately charmed--especially by Mother Hubbard, and Jill Trent. And Marga the Panther Woman. And Fantomah. And...and...and...

Let me know if we missed any of your favorites. Thanks again for the heads up.
Mr. Silver Age said:

There's an excerpt here: http://exterminatingangel.com/blog/2013/03/28/an-excerpt-from-divas..., but I can't find any information on who's covered or even chapter titles. These books that give us general write-ups and reviews from the author's pals as ordering information get pretty frustrating.

From both his byline ("compiled and annotated") and a review at Library Journal (http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/07/books/graphic-novels/xpre...), I infer that this is a collection of reprinted stories starring female protagonists, introduced by Madrid with some additional commentary. So it's less history book, as was his earlier Superheroines book, and more a compilation.

But without some notion of who's in it, it's buying a pig in a poke at this point. So I'll wait and see. His first book got good reviews, but this is a different animal.

BTW, I moved this thread down here, thinking that it might get more response (especially at this point) in the older-comics section. We're trying to encourage posters to target threads closer and put them in the best places to aid search-engine optimization and readership by visitors. Changing the Forum sections and moving News out was part of that, too.

-- MSA 

Thanks, Tod -- both for joining us here and for updating your website! Divas, Dames & Daredevils looks like a really terrific book!

Looking at the headshots on your page, I think it's a neat coincidence (probably) that Spider Widow is shown with her face half normal-looking, and half covered in webs -- much like how Steve Ditko used to draw Peter Parker whenever his spider-sense tingled!

Sorry if I get a little confused about how to reply to whoever, I'm kind of new to these kind of threads...jeez, Luddites joining in...

I love these pictures. I had no idea there were these heroines in our cultural past! And when I was a young girl, I got kind of fed up with having nobody my own sex but Wonder Woman to follow. If I'd known about Jill Trent! Well!



Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Thanks, Tod -- both for joining us here and for updating your website! Divas, Dames & Daredevils looks like a really terrific book!

Looking at the headshots on your page, I think it's a neat coincidence (probably) that Spider Widow is shown with her face half normal-looking, and half covered in webs -- much like how Steve Ditko used to draw Peter Parker whenever his spider-sense tingled!

Likewise, thanks for coming in to give us some details! That's a pretty wide ranging line-up! I've heard of some of them, but I don't think I've ever read any of their stories.

Are we correct in surmising that this is a collection of their stories, rather than a prose recounting of their careers a la Mike's Superheroines book? And if so, is it in color or b&w?

It's hard not to like a character called The Sorceress of Zoom!

-- MSA 

hey, COMPLETE stories, all 28 of 'em. Really, check out Jill Trent's bedroom and Mother Hubbard's fierceness, not to mention Pussy Katnip's cover as a chanteusie. Amazing stuff. 

Mike annotated the stories. We had a blast picking out which ones from his favorites. 

The trade paperback is in black and white, mainly because some of the comics were so degraded in print quality that color wouldn't have printed up well. BUT that said, we're bringing out an eBook simultaneously that's in color, since we can correct color on those files. So you can have both, if you'd like.

And I'm willing to bet you'll love Maureen Marine. She's Irish Catholic, but somehow she ends up being Poseidon's daughter. Who knew?


Mr. Silver Age said:

Likewise, thanks for coming in to give us some details! That's a pretty wide ranging line-up! I've heard of some of them, but I don't think I've ever read any of their stories.

Are we correct in surmising that this is a collection of their stories, rather than a prose recounting of their careers a la Mike's Superheroines book? And if so, is it in color or b&w?

It's hard not to like a character called The Sorceress of Zoom!

-- MSA 

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