Sunday, October 29, 2017


A punchout scene from the "underage-but-not-really" Green Lantern ARISIA.

Friday, September 15, 2017


SUB-MARINER #58 introduced a new potential love-interfest for Namor, a red-sklnned lady named Tamara. She gained super-strength when she came to Earth but was not in Namor's league. She only made a handful of appearances in the Silver Age series and in the 1990s NAMOR title, and seems to have disappeared since.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Excellent BLACK WIDOW fight-scenes from master artist Gene Colan.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


SAILOR MOON was never a favorite of mine, but here's a fight-scene from her TV show anyway.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


Though she was just a supporting character in THE PHANTOM, girlfriend Diana Palmer was often portrayed as a tough cookie--as witness the first panel of the first PHANTOM comic, where she's practice-boxing a guy. Pretty good for 1936!

Friday, June 16, 2017


In addition to the changes in Poison Ivy that I described in this post, she was also occasionally given a little more martial talent than she'd displayed in her first appearances. I haven't found many screencaps of relevant scenes on the web, though there is this nice Jim Lee page, in which Poison Ivy gets physical with Catwoman and finds herself completely outclassed.

Monday, May 22, 2017


One of the DC groups that may have influenced the Fantastic Four was the the Sea Devils (1960-67), a group of deep-sea daredevils made up of an alpha-male leader, his girlfriend, the girlfriend's brother and the leader's best buddy. Girlfriend Judy Walton wasn't one of the most prepossessing heroines of the period, but given that she was a full-time swimmer, there was a little more emphasis on her fighting villains alongside the boys.