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Divas, Dames & Daredevils : Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics


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Table of Contents

Introduction: A CAST OF THOUSANDS Chapter 1: WOMEN AT WAR Chapter 2: MYSTERY WOMEN Chapter 3: 20TH CENTURY GODDESSES Chapter 4: DARING DAMES Chapter 5: WARRIORS & QUEENS Afterword

Promotional Information

Co-op available Significant galley printing for media and booksellers. National print, public radio, and online campaigns, including a special focus on comics blogs Display at Denver Comic Con, Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, Modern Language Association annual conference, and College Art Association annual conference Special events: launch party at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum and appearance by author at Seattle's Geek Girl Con in October 2013 Simultaneous FULL COLOR eBook publication and promotion Giveaways through Goodreads and Library Thing Promotion through the author's website (www.heaven4heroes.com) and through EAP's social media networks and www.exterminatingangel.com Video trailer by Two Dogs Filming Blurbs solicited from Alison Bechdel, Gail Simone, Gloria Steinem, Lynda Carter, Trina Robbins, Jennifer K. Stuller, Michael Chabon, Jaime Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez Marketing and publicity efforts supported by Molly Mikolowski of A Literary Light

About the Author

Mike Madrid is the author of Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics (forthcoming from Exterminating Angel Press in October 2013) 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. Foreword contributor Maria Elena Buszek, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado Denver and author of Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture. Her writing has appeared in the Art Journal, Archives of American Art Journal, TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies, Bust magazine, and elsewhere.


ComicsAlliance and ComicsBlend Best Comic Book of the Year BUST Magazine "Lit Pick" Recommendation Certified Cool(TM) in PREVIEWS: The Comic Shop's Catalog "Mike Madrid is doing God's work... Divas, Dames & Daredevils makes accessible a lost, heady land of female adventure--one drowned out by the nicer, more traditionally feminine ladies of the silver age and postwar American culture at large. This is an essential book for the comics historian, the feminist fan, even the curious outsider." --ComicsAlliance "A perfect balance of historical context, brief biography, and chances to see these forgotten protagonists in action... Madrid's love for the subject matter comes through loud and clear, and his engaging, conversational language is as readable as the truly dazzling comics. He has endeavored to unearth the forgotten, and what he found is ultimately unforgettable." --BUST Magazine "[A] wide-ranging showcase... Thrillingly strange narratives." --Women's Review of Books "Serious and astute ... Madrid's research, choices and annotations hold the entire book together, elaborating on history and establishing the zeitgeist perfectly ... Highly recommended for comics fans and historians alike, these 'rarely anthologized' stories are excellent for giving girls of any age positive comic book role models to look up to." --PopMatters "A compelling discussion of comic heroines of the 1940s that are no longer lost to time thanks to this fascinating read." --GeekMom "An invaluable reference for those researching the history of comics, Divas, Dames, and Daredevils is also a welcome addition to those focused on the history of portrayals of women in popular culture... Mike Madrid has opened Pandora's Box, but one hopes he is not done examining the contents. Divas, Dames, and Daredevils is a fantastic introduction to the portrayal of women in comics, and the greatest delight is to be found in his inclusion of the actual comics." --New York Journal of Books "As the mother of several daughters, I'm always on the lookout for books with strong female characters... These forgotten [heroines] hold valuable insights into what is possible, and desirable, for our future." --San Francisco & Sacramento Book Reviews "In an age when fans take to social media to save comic books starring female heroes it's amazing to think back to a time when strong women packed the pages of comics... Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics is an entertaining, insightful, fun salute to these courageous women from the past. You feel like a friend at the comics shop is sharing a whole new world to you. You'll want to share this pop history collection, too." --ComicsBlend "This is an invaluable tool to comic historians ... It's also a fascinating, in-depth exploration of a small but important chapter in the history of female characters (and creators) in comics. It was a time when 'girls' were high-flying, bold daredevils, who raced headfirst into danger with nary a care for their own welfare, leading entire armies against the forces of destruction. During a period when female-led books are under increased pressure and scrutiny ... it's the perfect time to look back at some of the daring dames from the dawn of the artform." --ScienceFiction.com "Thorough and enjoyable ... if you are interested in comic history or in the history of women in pop culture I recommend this book." --DC Women Kicking Ass "Essential reading for anyone interested in the history of how women have been portrayed in comics." --Comics Worth Reading "Not only do we get to learn more about some really incredible female characters, we get to experience the thrill of reading their comics! ... [Divas, Dames & Daredevils] is so well done I can only hope that Madrid is at least entertaining the idea of doing similar books for Silver and Bronze Age comics." --Sequential Tart "What Madrid has accomplished is the rescuing of women who have otherwise been forgotten in the world of comics... This book gives you something that no others have ... the opportunity to read the actual stories in which these women appeared. For anyone who is interested in Golden Age comics, women in Golden Age comics, and women in comics, this is a great book to have in your library." --DestroyTheCyborg! "Academics are--let me correct that--some academics are becoming aware of the fact that popular culture defines reality for many people... Madrid shows that we were well on our way to equality of the sexes when the haircut and horn-rim crowd of the clean-cut 1950s insisted a return to Stone Age ethics in the treatment of women was appropriate... Madrid's book presents a story from several of the animated heroines of the days before censorship tamed the feminine mystique. More than that, he clearly shows how women--even ordinary women--were once deemed incredible and awe-inspiring." --Sects and Violence in the Ancient World "Exciting and fraught with danger ... Madrid presents the cream of a very ripe crop of empowered comic book heroines and introduces them quite eloquently, accentuating readers' enjoyment of the stories themselves but also making readers aware of why the stories matter so much regardless of the era in which they are read." --Library Journal "Mike Madrid (The Supergirls) has sought out these extremely obscure comic book heroines, found representative stories, and annotated each of the almost 30 characters, as well as ferreted out (some) information about the women creators who slid back into anonymity when their characters did--when the male artists returned from WWII. A nice tribute to a forgotten era of comics." --KC CARLSON, Westfield Comics blog "Mike Madrid gives these forgotten superheroines their due. These 'lost' heroines are now found--to the delight of comic book lovers everywhere." --STAN LEE "In one beautifully designed collection, [Mike Madrid] reprints the blood-and-thunder stories of twenty-eight Golden Age comic book heroines... Lovers of comics and strong women everywhere thank you, Mike Madrid!" --TRINA ROBBINS, author of Pretty in Ink: North American Women Cartoonists 1896--2013 "Madrid's meticulous and passionate research provides a window into a seemingly lost herstory of patriotism, bravery, and progressive ways of thinking about female agency and adventure. This collection, and the engaging context provided throughout, ensure that these divas, dames, and daredevils will not be forgotten." --JENNIFER K. STULLER, author of Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology

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