For over 7 decades now, comic book heroines, often (but not always) clad in implausibly skimpy outfits, have been saving the world in style. These powerful, liberated women often combine a fearsome physicality with a potent emotional vulnerability that, quite frankly, makes them totally irresistible to readers across the globe. ...And it isnt just sex-starved fanboys who think so, either! In fact, female readers the world over are connecting and empathizing with their fictional, super powered counterparts on the printed page at a greater rate than ever before. Like it or not, sex appeal, even in the fictional world of tights and fights, is a significant part of this development. So, does a superheroine need to be sexy in order to be successful? No, of course not. In the same way that a male superhero doesnt need to have the muscle-bound body of a Greek God and movie-star good looks, a female hero could be short, overweight, frumpy and bad tempered and still become a best seller. Having said that, it is hard to imagine Superman, the prototype for all subsequent superheroes, male or female, being anything like as popular if he didnt have the innate sex appeal that young girls wanted to enjoy and young boys wanted to emulate. So, if youre a cosplayer looking for your next project, or just a fan of flight-capable, spandex clad, high-heeled heartbreakers, this list is for you...
I am a professional author and lifelong comic books/pro wrestling fan. I also work as a journalist as well as writing comic books (I also draw), screenplays, stage plays, songs and prose fiction.
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