Monday, September 5, 2011
Since most everyone else who has posted before me seemed to focus on sexuality, I decided to stick with that theme but focus it more. I thought of the least sexual super heroine we've discussed, Mary Marvel. The first issue about her that I read during class was from 1945. My goal was to see if she has become more sexualized in the following issues. Between 1945 and 1948, there were only 28 issues about her. Though I couldn't read through every issue, from looking at the covers (which you can see at this website: http://www.comicvine.com/mary-marvel/49-25309/?) it seemed liked the writers kept her character basically the same for those three years. Her outfit remained as conservative, her poses very nonsexual. I began to wonder if when they redid her, how much she changed then. I learned that she reappeared in The Power of Shazam! series from 1994 to 1999. There were a few changes made to her. First, her outfit changed from red to white (new outfit seen here: http://images.wikia.com/marvel_dc/images/5/5b/Mary_Marvel.jpg), but other than the color change, the outfit remained fairly conservative and she still remained very nonsexualize. Second, instead of transforming basically from a 12 year old to a 14 year old, she now transforms into a full-grown woman. But even with these changes, Mary Marvel still remains one of the least sexualized female superheroes. Is that why she isn't as famous as Wonder Woman? Or why her comics only last for a few years at a time? Is sexuality that important in selling comics about female superheroes?