Mike Madrid presents The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of the Comic Book Heroines, an exploration of what it means for the culture when superheroines do everything the superhero does, but in thongs and high heels.
Mike Madrid, a San Francisco-based refugee from the world of advertising, is a lifelong fan of comic books and popular culture.
His goal is to inform and entertain readers with a new look at modern-day icons. He's popular culture editor for Exterminating Angel Press and the creator of www.heaven4heroes.com, where comic book fantasies come to life.
Bound collection of comic strips, usually in chronological sequence, typically telling a single story or a series of different stories. The first true comic books were marketed in 1933 as giveaway advertising premiums. By 1935 reprints of newspaper strips and books with original stories were selling in large quantities. During World War II comics dealing with war and crime found many readers among soldiers stationed abroad, and in the 1950s comic books were blamed for juvenile delinquency. Though the industry responded with self-censorship, some adventure strips continued to be criticized. In the 1960s comic books satirizing the cultural underworld became popular, especially among college students, and comic books have been used to deal with serious subjects (e.g., Art Spiegelman's Maus books, about the Holocaust). Japanese comic books (manga), with their great variation in content and affect, have achieved wide popularity. Today comic 'zines represent a thriving subculture.