cover image The Great Women Superheroes

The Great Women Superheroes

Trina Robbins. Kitchen Sink Press, $21.95 (224pp) ISBN 978-0-87816-481-3

The most famous female superhero is Wonder Woman, created in 1940 by a William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who also happened to invent the lie detector. But superheroines like the Blonde Phantom (1946); Ultra Violet (1947) and Miss Masque (1946) have long been forgotten. Trina Robbins (A Century of Women Cartoonists) resurrects the story behind these early characters and introduces a new generation of superheroines and their creators in The Great Women Superheroes (Kitchen Sink, $21.95, ISBN 0-87816-481-2; cloth $31.95 -482-0)