The Golden Age of comics was a screwy time. All manner of publishers put out all manner of characters, and many superheroes, the ones that weren’t blatant rip-offs of other superheroes, had some really bizarre powers that they used mostly to fight Nazis and homegrown criminals.
Well, I’m officially behind on Convergence. We’re already into Week Five and I still haven’t finished Week Four. Things aren’t going to get any better any time soon as Secret Wars kicks into gear and I’m off on special assignment for a week starting Sunday to investigate the non-geeky phenomenon known as golfing where it is warm because Canada and go frack yourself winter. So hang in there with me, I’ll get all this stuff covered eventually…
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Read on for Week Four spoilers after break for Convergence Crime Syndicate #1, Convergence Infinity Inc #1, Convergence Justice Society Of America #1, Convergence Plastic Man And The Freedom Fighters #1 and Convergence World’s Finest Comics #1
Gabbing Geek Jenny recently challenged the readers to come forth if they could name a female character that:
Does not have a male version
Has not cameoed in a movie or TV show
Has an origin story older than the mid 90s
And that Jenny herself has read
Her answer to this riddle, when trying to figure an iconic hero that hadn’t gotten his or her own movie yet, was Madame Xanadu. While Xanadu is a fine character, often associated with DC’s various mystical books and teams, she may not be the best character to dub as “iconic”.
See, a better answer may have been a more obscure character, Phantom Lady, also owned by DC, who actually is considered the epitome of Golden Age “good girl art”. There’s no Phantom Man to go with her, she was created in the 40s, and her only appearance on TV or in a movie was a single episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold alongside the rest of the Freedom Fighters. Of course, if Jenny had read of Phantom Lady, maybe that would have made the cut. Or perhaps not, as we shall see…
Continuing my seldom read (hey Johnathon!) run down of three new comics I’ve read this week. I keep the variety rolling with Multiversity and…hmm….two Spider titles. I really need to branch out my interests.