Divas, Dames & Daredevils

Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics
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San Francisco author Mike Madrid will be talking about his latest book,  Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics, at the San Francisco Main Library.  Mike will be in conversation with Dr. Louis Schubert, a professor of Political Science at City College of San Francisco, where among his classes he teaches a course on social science taught through comic books and graphic novels. He has been involved in comics as a fan since before he could read, and in the comic book business since he was 14.

Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle ruled the pages of comic books in the 1940s, but many other heroines of the WWII era have been forgotten. Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their ingenious abilities to mete out justice to Nazis, aliens, and evildoers of all kinds.  Madrid's book reveals a universe populated by extraordinary women—superheroes, reporters, galactic warriors, daring detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who protected America and the world with wit and guile. The book introduces us to heroines with striking similarities to more modern superheroes, including The Spider Queen, who deployed web shooters 20 years before Spider Man, and Marga the Panther Woman, whose feral instincts and sharp claws tore up the bad guys long before Wolverine. These women may have been overlooked in the annals of history, but their influence on popular culture, and the heroes we’re passionate about today, is unmistakable.

About the Author

Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics and The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, an NPR “Best Book To Share With Your Friends” and American Library Association Amelia Bloomer Project Notable Book. Madrid, a San Francisco native and lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture, also appears in the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines.

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