The Women Behind Our Superheroes

BY AMANDA MOSES

March is women’s history month, an annual commemoration that highlights the contributions female figures have made throughout history. As we honor all of the trailblazers and Sheroes in the world, we should also acknowledge the visionaries who developed superheroes that captured our childhood imaginations. The Spring Creek Sun has compiled a list of female comic book artists who broke through the male-dominated field and created caped crusaders that rescued us from the monotony of our daily lives.

Trina Robbins (August 17, 1938) is an influential cartoonist, writer, artist, and editor from Brooklyn. She is one of the first female artists to join the underground comic movement (small press/self-published satirical comics focusing on relevant issues, but are topics that most mainstream
publications would not normally depict).

Robbins also created the first all-woman comic book entitled, It Ain’t Me Babe Comix, and since then she has spearheaded promotional projects for female comic artists, inciting the development of the anthology Wimmen’s Comix.

Rumiko Takahashi (October 10, 1957) is a Japanese manga artist who has achieved several accolades for her work, including two Shogakukan Manga Awards (in 1980 for Urusei Yatsura and in 2001 for Inuyasha), the Inkpot Award at the 1994 San Diego Comic-Con, inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 class, and in January 2019 she became the second woman and manga artist to win the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême.

In 1981 Urusei Yatsura was her first work to be adapted into an original video animation (OVAs). Some of her famously English dubbed and subtitled animated works include: Maison Ikkoku, Ranma and Inuyasha (all released by Viz Communications).

Gail Simone (July 29, 1974) is an American comic book writer, known for writing the Simpsons for Bongo Comics, Deadpool for Marvel Comics, DC’s Birds of Prey, Clean Room, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, and more. One of her most notable accolades is becoming the longest female writer for DC’s Wonder Woman.

In addition, she wrote for the Lara Croft series from 2014 to 2015 for Dark Horse Comics, which follows the 2013 video game reboot Tomb Raider and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Marie Severin (August 21, 1929 to August 30, 2018) was an award-winning American comic book artist who is famous for co-creating Spider-Woman in the 1970s and designed the costume for that character. She is also known for contributing to Marvel’s: The Incredible Hulk, The Sub Mariner, and Doctor Strange.

Serverin’s prolific work has been recognized with numerous awards, such as the San Diego Comic-Con International’s Inkpot Award in 1988, the Icon Award from San Diego Comic-Con International in 2018, and was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2001.

Amanda Conner (April 12, 1967) is an American comic artist and illustrator who has worked with Archie Comics, Marvel Comics, Claypool Comics, Harris Comics’ Vampirella, and others. She also is known for her work with DC Comics’ Power Girl, Supergirl, and helped revitalize Harley Quinn. Her design concepts were used in DC Universe’s creation of Harley Quinn Animated series.

She is the recipient of the 2019 Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award, and will be continuing her writing and drawing for Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey Black Label series.