Thursday, April 8, 2010

Classic Character Profile: SKY GIRL

Sky Girl  has her priorities straight. Artist: Matt Baker.

Aviation adventure was a popular genre in American fiction during the second quarter of the 20th century, starting in 1927, when Charles Lindbergh made his famous flight. In newspaper comics, representatives included Tailspin Tommy, Barney Baxter and Scorchy Smith. In comic books, they included Hop Harrigan, Wing Turner and the entire population of Air Fighters Comics (Airboy, Bald Eagle etc.).

Very few of them were women. There were Flyin' Jenny in newspapers and The Black Angel in comic books, but that was about it — at least until the 1944 debut of Sky Girl from Fiction House Magazines (Tiger Girl, Firehair), a comics industry leader in the feminine aspects of heroism — not because they were particularly enlightened, but so they could show a lot of their protagonists' skin.

Sky Girl started in Jumbo Comics #68 (October, 1944), where Sheena, Queen of the Jungle was the cover feature. The series she replaced was The Creep with Inspector Dayton, detective stories that weren't intended to be taken entirely seriously. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

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