Responses to various things:
The only comics I read are just adaptions of things that aren't comics.
How interesting and unique. I know someone who buys the recent Stephen King adaptations but doesn't read comics otherwise. I guess that means they must be pretty good, right? I think I bought one of the series because it was Jae Lee, but I haven't read it yet. (I buy lots and lots and lots of comic artists' stuff just based on their name only. Actually that's pretty much how I choose things, based on the creative team, not the characters.)
The Thing From Another World
Here's a link
to a shop in New York that has all of the first series for $3 before shipping ... but then the shipping to Australia adds, like, $15. :( Oh well, never mind. :) I thought I could find you a reasonable price there, but I forgot how unaffordable overseas mail is.
FWIW, at least for comics buyers in the USA, that site there
has by far the best selection and prices I've found anywhere on the web; oftentimes the deals are better than you can find at small comics conventions, which is one of the only other ways that I can find stuff cheap enough for my moneygrubbing tastes. :) (Crappo, did I just inadvertently break a rule by linking to a selling site? Somebody tell me if I did. I won't get a commission or nothin'.)
I think you completely misunderstood everything I said in a huge way.
I see that now; sorry about that. The word "worst" in the post I was replying to seemed to contradict other stuff you said. But anyway, thanks to your clarifications, I think I got your point now. :)
Still, I wonder what your definition of weak is. And your definition of powerful. Does power mean evil?
Are we still talking about superhero comics, or in general? Because that would make a gigantic difference, as far as my answer goes.
About women in superhero comics, as several here have already pointed out, the history of the medium makes a huge difference. Here's some stuff I've heard about it, although I'm no authority. One of the sad legacies of the success of Superman in 1938 was that comics started being aimed predominantly at pre-pubescent males. Little boys don't give two hoots about any women except Mom, from what I can recall; or else they find all little girls repulsive. (Obviously that does a 180 once their hormones kick in.) (Also obviously I'm making generalizations about children who end up straight, as I did; it must be different for many gay people, I would guess.)
Anyway, women have no
role in superhero comics historically except as that of the rescue-able victim. With rare exceptions, superhero comics with female leads or aimed at female readers have always failed sooner rather than later, and that remains true to this day. (Another aside: that's not to say that there haven't always been some women reading superhero comics, but the largest numbers of women who paid any attention to comics at all were more drawn to other genres, like romance comics -- once a huge business -- or comics with cartoon-type characters, like Disney. Did you know that historically-speaking, the latter type of comic is still the all-time bestselling variety, moreso than superhero comics? Not many people know that now because superheros have ruled the market since the 60s.)
Sorry, I enjoy talking about comics history. Anyway, my personal opinion is that we've never had the privilege of seeing superhero comics created with a genuinely and predominantly female sensibility in mind, because there's no market for it, and the owners and creative people have always been mostly male. Would I love to see such comics? Hell yes. Do I think it will ever happen? Sure doesn't look likely, but you never know!
Instead we're stuck with T&A up to our eyeballs. The weird thing about that, to me, is that the only reason it's out there is because comics artists are almost all horny adult males, even though the superhero genre in its essential nature targets prepubescent males. The poor artists are stuck drawing naked flying beefcake all day, which might be great for them if they were gay, but most aren't, so now and then they get frustrated and vent by doing mega-cheesecake, over-compensating for having to draw muscle-y dudes for a living. I can't blame 'em -- in fact, I love that stuff, because I'm a dumb horny average straight dude too, but I don't think it makes for good superhero comics.Essential reading for all straight male comics readers and anyone else who cares about gender issues in comics.
Also the original source
is worth some attention. There's so much more to say on those topics, but I better stop for now.
If I remember correctly, Storm started out as a powerful woman, long before Claremont got his hands on her. In fact, she was considered to be a Weather Goddess from the start. She's out badassed a lot of other characters, and was the co-leader of the X-Men. Jean Grey was always known to be the most powerful telekinetic, before Claremont. He's the one who did the stupid Phoenix Saga, not to mention that because of him, Ms. Grey is now considered a joke. "How long will she be dead this time, before we see a clone, mysterious resurrection or retcon? Also, calling Emma Frost weak is more than just amusing... It's deadly.
Just a little more history: Claremont deserves total credit for the powerful nature of Storm and Jean Grey and Emma Frost and Jubilee. I'm pretty sure he created the latter two and did all the defining work on the former two, neither of which were written by anyone else for hardly any time before he took over. The fact is that everything
well-known about the X-Men is based on his work exclusively
, because those are the comics that sold. The ingenious X-Men "mutie vs. the world" concept was created previously by Lee and Kirby, but they failed to make it successful at the time.
The issue is that writers/creators whomever seem to think including a female hero is good enough, and that makes it balanced,so the feminists should shut up. However, making a female character that exaggerates that her main appeal, on TOP of being a hero/villain is how sexy she is negates that. The characters in question are also just 'badass', which tends to translate to 'cold, calculating, strong' etc. That's not balanced out all the time by having a strong moral standpoint, showing compassion or mercy, being impacted by the death of others (and NOT just to 'get revenge) or just being smart, because giving someone more than two out of that list makes them less 'cool'. So yeah, what women often get depicted as whenever they are heroes or villains are just archetypical men with tits and less logical costumes.
If I hadn't blabbed for too long already, I'd have lots more to say about these kinds of things. This paragraph for example is chock-full of intriguing insights, IMO.
I'm struggling to think of female writers and artists. That's a damn shame.
Dan Didio got publicly pilloried over this issue after making an idiotic PR gaffe at last years San Diego con. This old link
about that has a very long comments section which includes mentions of just about every woman who has worked in comics since the Bronze Age, and the lists are shockingly long. Most of them aren't famous though.