More Beautiful Comic Book Women
More of the beautiful women of comics
Welcome to my second article about the beautiful women of comics. Like the last article, this one features some of the hottest women that comic book creators have...ummm...created?
Yes, these are all fictional women that push comic book subscriptions up when they appear on the cover or between the covers (ahem) of comic books. Most people think that female superheroes take a back seat to the males, but I wonder who catches a comic book fan's eye faster...a scantily clad Batman or a scantily clad Storm?
I mean generally.
So while characters like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man may be the comic book company’s flagships, here are some more of the women that put the wind in those sails.....
Dawn was created by comic book artist Joseph Michael Linsner in 1989. She is the goddess of birth and rebirth and the also guardian of all the witches on Earth.
Dawn is so popular, that at Dragon-Con, a Dawn look-alike contest has been held for the past ten years. And she is also on the cover of the Gary Numan CD album Numan: Dawn (aka: Sacrifice).
Although Dawn is usually shown as a drop-dead gorgeous young red-haired woman, she has also been depicted in many different shapes, sizes and colors because she can change her appearance to match the expectations of the person looking at her.
If you want a woman with a colorful, rich background, you'd be hard pressed to find a character more complicated than Ororo Iqadi T'Challa-Munroe, also known as Storm. Storm was created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum and made her first appearance in Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975). Besides being a very strong female character, Storm has the honor of being the first (as far as I can tell) black woman to play a major role in a comic series for either of the two big comic book companies. And just so you don't think Storm is just another pretty face, the Sentinels (robots programmed to hunt and capture or kill mutants) identify Storm as a possible Omega-level mutant. Storm has weather control, great magical potential, combat skills, thievery skills, immunity to extreme weather conditions and temperatures and she has one of the strongest wills in the X-Men.
She was played by Halle Berry in the original X-Men movies and will be played by Alexandra Shipp in X-Men: Apocalypse.
The X-Man Rogue was created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden, and she debuted in the 1981 Avengers Annual #10. Like the two women before her on this list, Rogue is one of the most powerful beings in comics. If Rogue touches you, she can absorb your memories, knowledge, talents, personality, and physical abilities.
Rogue appeared in all the X-men films (played by Anna Paquin) and all of the X-Men cartoons. I have to admit though, the old 1990s X-Men was my favorite portrayal.
X Men: Rogue's Best Scenes
The Black Widow (Natalia Romanova or as she was known back "in the day" Natasha Romanoff) first appeared as a villain back in 1964 in Tales of Suspense #52. After she dropped her weird original costume and got her trademark skintight black costume, she became one of my favorite characters. She has been Daredevil's girlfriend (for about three years in real time) and led her own team (The Champions).
Of course the Widow is experiencing a surge in popularity due to Scarlett Johansson playing her in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.\
Will there be a Black Widow film? Maybe......
The muscle of the superhero group Gen13, Caitlin Fairchild seems to be a favorite of comic book artists and fans alike. And she's the fourth red-head on this article so far.....
Originally, Fairchild had incredible strength and durability due to her gen-factor causing her mass and muscle density to grow exponentially. Of course, like any comic book hero, all that has changed and been altered over the years. But the bullet-proof Caitlin that could throw trucks at you is my favorite incarnation.
Marvel Comics Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) is one third of possibly the hottest love triangle in comics with Spider-man, Mary Jane Watson (Parker) and herself.
Actually, the Black Cat wasn't created as a Spider-Man character, but a Spider-Woman character. And no matter what her creator Marv Wolfman says, I still think Black Cat is an homage to (or inspired by) Catwoman.
"Cat" as part of her name...check
Black Costume...check (yes let's argue that Catwoman didn't get her all black costume in the comics till Frank Miller, but 1966..Julie Newmar/Catwoman...black cat suit.)
Unrequited love for a super-hero...check
Of course, just because I think Black Cat is inspired by Catwoman doesn't make Black Cat any less of an original character. I mean look at Aquaman/Namor, Green Arrow/Hawkeye, Dr Fate/Dr Strange...all similar but different.
I think it's safe to say that except for Dark Phoenix, Elektra has the highest body count attributed to her of any female superhero. She is a ninja assassin, highly skilled in martial arts and weaponry and has shown psychic abilities like hypnotism, mind-swapping and low-level telekinesis, plus she can telepathically communicate with others that have her same level of mental prowess.
Elecktra was portrayed by Jennifer Garner first in Daredevil (2003) and then in the spin-off film, Elektra (2005).
Another character with a long convoluted past is Mystique. She is the mother of bad guy Graydon Creed (the father was Sabretooth), the hero Nightcrawler (the father was a demonic-looking mutant named Azazel), and the foster mother of the Rogue.
This mutant shapeshifter with blue skin and yellow eyes has formed her own team (the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants), knocked off almost as many people as Elektra and is said to be over one hundred years old.
In the X-Men films she was portrayed by Rebecca Romijn, but I really never got into her reptilian look. I prefer the "normal" blue skin, but I guess maybe they were afraid using that would lead to Smurfette jokes.
Koriand'r was created by Marv Wolfman (yes, the same guy that created Black Cat) and George Pérez and made her first appearance in DC Comics Presents #26 (1980). Starfire is a visually striking character. Besides her obvious physical appearance, she leaves a contrail behind her when she flies, has a waist length auburn hair, and fires starbolts. Of course, the comic book version of Starfire looks vastly different than the Starfire that appeared on the Teen Titans animated series. And Koriand'r is the fourth DC hero to carry that name. Before her was the Russian superhero Starfire, the Supergirl villain Starfire, and the swordswoman Starfire, none of which are related to her.
Birds of Prey
The last entry here isn't just a person, it's a group. Birds of Prey started out as a one shot Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey in 1996. The Huntress didn't join the group until 2003, and of course most people are familiar with this trio because of the Birds of Prey TV series in 2002. The Birds of Prey isn't just a trio though, most of the female superheroes in the DC universe have been members or worked with them at one time or another.
Like Harley Quinn in Batman The Animated Series, X-23 was created for a cartoon (X-Men: Evolution) and brought into the comics later. She was created by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost and is the cloned "daughter" of Wolverine. I'm sorry but when I first saw this character I just wrote it off as catering to the fanboys. "Wolverine is really popular...so let's combine his powers and a hot teenage girl!" Ka-Ching! However, thanks to writers like Marjorie Liu, the character has risen above eye candy status.
As a reader suggested, I added Vampirella. I had to do a face shot so as to not get into trouble with "The Powers That Be," but I think this shot still conveys how sexy/hot/deadly the girl from Drakulon is. She was created in 1969 by the legendary Forrest J Ackerman and costume designer Trina Robbins. The iconic red sling suit, white collar and shiny black knee-high boots are immediately recognized by fans all over the world, no matter which artist draws her. Out of respect, we won't mention the 1996 direct to video adaptation starring Talisa Soto, Roger Daltrey, Richard Joseph Paul, and Corinna Harney, except in passing.
Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock)
Marvel Comics' Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock) was created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe way back in 1976. But she didn't start out here in the States. Her first appearance was in the Marvel UK series Captain Britain. The twin sister of Captain Britain, Betsy started out as a precog, became a telepath, then eventually had her mind placed in the body of a Japanese female ninja known as Kwannon and later gained telekinesis. She actually has had so many powers and abilities that it would probably take a whole article just to list them all. Psylocke is a favorite of fans and cosplayers. She has showed up on the big screen twice, in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, she was played by Meiling Melançon and in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, she was played by Olivia Munn.
Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff)
The Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) is one of those characters that has a long convoluted history. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1964, she first showed up along with her brother, Quicksilver, as a part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in X-Men #4. A mutant, she originally used "hex bolts" and "hex spheres" that did pretty much what the writer wanted them to do. But that went from a mutant power, to the ability to manipulate chaos magic, to the ability to utilize witchcraft that The High Evolutionary genetically enhanced. She was the daughter of the Golden Age superhero Whizzer, then the daughter of Magneto, then a non-mutant who had been kidnapped and experimented on by the High Evolutionary. Now she and her brother are the children of Django and Marya Maximoff, Ana and Mateo Maximoff. No wonder this poor woman has so many issues.