MARC ALAN FISHMAN: “Super-heroines,” Get Back In The Kitchen!

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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8 Responses

  1. Martha Thomases says:

    Ahem… Dakota North.

  2. And I’d love to see North. But to be honest, I’d never heard of her. A quick wikipedia’ing tells me she is certainly interesting… and I hope perhaps she gets utilized again.

  3. Rebel Rikki says:

    I don’t know, man. I think the X-Men has the strongest female cast of any ongoing comic… you mention Kitty, Emma, Storm and Jean; let’s not forget Rogue, Psylocke, even Jubilee. They’re not all great characters, but they’re diverse and powerful. And the reasons you cite for their being less than ideal all seem to attack Marvel’s/comics’ penchant for crazy soap-opera stories, which doesn’t seem exactly fair, because you could probably write off all the dude X-Men as easily.

    Also, you may want to watch calling Black Widow a “slut with guns.”

  4. Blake says:

    Yeah, this entire rant is rubbish. You forgot that Rogue was pretty much the main character of X:Men Legacy ever since it got that new title. Your harangue against Scarlet Witch comes off as “women shouldn’t be allowed to make mistakes or commit crimes in comics because it’s anti-feminist,” and your self-professed lack of knowledge on half of these characters just tells us you aren’t willing to LOOK for good female heroes. What about Dan Slott’s awesome SHE-HULK? What about Jessica Jones in ALIAS or Ms. Marvel’s ongoing you clearly don’t remember? Are there fewer female heroes? Yes, because they don’t sell as well. Are there many more male-centric books? Yes, because female heroes don’t sell as well (Any argument like this that makes no reference to the business side of things simply doesn’t work). But Marvel has consistently tried to create three-dimensional female characters who make mistakes, have their own wants and needs, and save the day. You’re consciously overlooking what obviates your argument.

  5. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    Blake and rikki,

    Where some bloggers would just whine and bitch about being wrong, I’m happy to admit my faults. Your aforementioned heroines I am not so well versed in so my argument is in fact biased and not the end all to the debate. I can and will write more to you both but not when I’m on an iPhone. Seriously though , great points xnd I’m willing to debate on it a little later.

  6. The new Ghost Rider has potentional, but if they can’t get Blaze out of the series soon she’ll be buried.

    The She-Hulk has always had great potentional but since Marvel let Bryne turn her into a joke, it seems no one will ever take her seriously (I will say that Peter David wrote her the best after Bryne).

    The MC-2 Universe seemed to have Marvel’s best female characters.
    Mayday Parker (the REAL Spider-Girl who is the daughter Peter and Mary Jane) from Marvel’s now defuct MC-2 Universe was a great character.
    So was the American Dream (Captian America and Sharon Carter’s daughter) and then was Wild Thing (the daughter of Wolverine and Electra) was another character that has and still does have great potentional if Marvel would revive the MC-2 Universe and give it a chance.

  7. Mindy Newell says:

    Marc, afraid I have to go with others and disagree with you about Marvel’s super-heroines…and, hell, even their non-superpowered women! All the X-Men women have always been portrayed as strong individuals…even Kitty when she was “just a kid.”

    And their costumes have always made more sense, too.


  8. While I’d like to see event comics go the way of 8-track tape players, it is well past time that Marvel give its female complement of characters their (long-overdue) day in the sun. And there have been steps in the right direction: Nextwave, Kitty Pryde: Shadows and Flame, and Heralds, to name three examples.
    On a personal note, maybe you should stop drinking and reading comics at the same time.