Intrigued, I decided to keep exploring the site, and I found out that it was created by none other than GAIL SIMONE!!! (Clearly, this excites me a lot.) What a funny coincidence! I found an interesting website that relates to our class... and it's written by an author we focused on in class!
Beyond this coincidence, the website is actually very entertaining. On the "Character List" page, it says:
Not every woman in comics has been killed, raped, depowered, crippled, turned evil, maimed, tortured, contracted a disease or had other life-derailing tragedies befall her, but given the following list (originally compiled by Gail, with later additions and changes), it's hard to think up exceptions.
It goes on to list an entire myriad of female comic book characters with what happened to them next to the name. For example:
Buf from X-Man (crippled)
Candy Southern (dead)
Captain Marvel II/Photon (depowered, ceded code name to a male hero)
Carol Ferris/Star Sapphire (turned into a villain by the Zamarons, possessed by the Predator)
Celsius (insane, dead, called delusional liar)
Christine Helvin of Troublemakers (victim of date rape, discovered she could never have children because she was no longer human)There is also a page on the site called "Respondent List" which features responses to the website from comic book creators. Most of them actually make great arguments and points about women featured in comic books. There is also a page of "Reactions" by various comic book authors, all worth a glance.
Why is it that female characters are perpetually killed/injured/depowered in comic books? Does this make it more entertaining, or is it now just something that has become part of the formula for writing a good comic book?
You should all click here to visit the website. It's fun to browse, very interesting to think about, and we get a glimpse of some of Gail Simone's work before "The Circle!"