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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Save a life...

only eat the green bean casserole!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cigam fo Ssertsim


DC Comics' most powerful sorceress leads a dual life. She doesn't have a secret identity so much as a civilian life where she performs stage magic for audiences. Her other life is spent fighting crime and protecting people from dark magical forces. Her powerful incantations are spoken backwards and until television versions started appearing, you had to imagine what it sounded like.

Throughout her superheroic career, she has changed costumes many times, but ultimately has returned to her magician garb complete with fishnets and top hat. It was with this outfit that she premiered on television with in the early 90's on the Batman: The Animated Series. She has continued to appear in animated form in shows like the webseries Gotham Girls or the newer show Batman: The Brave and the Bold. It is the classic Bruce Timm style that she's appeared in most often that I like best.

Her costume is an easy one to duplicate for cosplay at comic book conventions and that was the only way you could see a live action version of Zatanna. At least that was the case until Spring of 2009. Zatanna appeared in an eighth season episode of Smallville played by an actress with a magical sounding name herself, Serinda Swan.

She came back in the ninth season and hopefully will make another appearance in the tenth.

I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Global Guardians

Fire & Ice

The Global Guardians were an international group of heroes that teamed up with the Super Friends in the comic based on the television show. Two members to appear were Green Fury and Icemaiden. When they joined the Justice League, they changed their names to Fire and Ice.

Fire’s history has been changed and altered many times. She started as Green Fury, the Brazilian hero who could breathe mystical green fire. When she joined the Justice League with Icemaiden, they changed their names and Fire eventually developed the ability to change herself into a being of green fire due to a metagene bomb. When the creators of a new version of the Justice League brought the two characters as members, they created a new secret identity for Ice. They had not realized that Icemaiden was Sigrid Nansen from Norway. So Tora Olafsdotter became the new Icemaiden and changed her name to Ice. When Ice died in battle, the original Icemaiden took her place. Luckily, Ice returned and Fire and Ice were reunited.

In 1997, a pilot for a new show was filmed called Justice League of America.

It never aired, but Michelle Hurd and Kimberly Oja portrayed the heroines.

Lousy special effects and casting missteps (David Ogden Stiers as Martian Manhunter) guaranteed that it would never become a series. Regardless of the quality, it was the first time live action actors were portraying Fire and Ice.

When Justice League Unlimited aired, our DC heroines were part of the backdrop, but got special moments of action and Fire actually had speaking lines.

Though these female heroes are not the top tier of characters in the DC comics line, they have developed a following and maybe this won’t be the last time they appear in action on TV or film.

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I know FemForce is a girl group of heroes drawn in "good girl" art style published by AC Comics, but none of those characters will be appearing in my upcoming posts. I started off trying to think about all the female superheroes that have made it to live action and animation so I could make a list of not only how many there were, but to also determine my grouping.

Characters like the live action heroine Black Scorpion and the animated Jana of the Jungle will not be included in these posts. I love those characters, but I want to concentrate only on the comic book heroines that have jumped off the pages into action. Some will be short while others will be longer. Some characters will have more than one post to cover all the media versions I can. My thanks go out to the actresses that have filled the costumes and given voices to some great characters. Many more thanks for the writers and artists who have created these characters and the comic book companies like DC Comics and Marvel who keep them around.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

It's a Supermonth!

With Marvel's Captain America making magazine covers and Ryan Reynolds starring as Green Lantern, I've decided to dedicate this month's posts to superheroes. Well not just any superheroes, but heroes of the female gender.

I've always liked the female heroes in comics, but it was rare that I got to see them in action in movies or on TV. At least, that's what I thought. I started thinking about all of the women who have appeared as masked crimefighters, caped crusaders, or spandex starlets and realized that there have been a lot of wonder women that have appeared across my television or movie screens.

Granted, the men always got more exposure like Superman and Batman. Each appeared in early serials:

But they've also graced the small screen,

and the big screen.

Other heroes have had their own TV shows like the Flash,

or appeared with many other heroes in animated form like Hawkman.

Well, ladies, it's time to shine! Each post will feature either one heroine in her many formats, or it may be just one specific show or movie that will be spotlighted. I will tell you that Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl will each get posts, but other lesser known supergals will also be mentioned like Black Canary, ElectraWoman, and Isis.

Now, while I do like Marvel characters, most will be from the DC Comics roster.


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