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Return of the Knave
Drink It Black
Monday, 3 January 2011
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The reader may be concerned about the image Lady Dorma portrays, but this Golden Age character shares the same rocky path to equality and fraternity as many female characters. We can take issue with how she is drawn as much as how she is written. The one thing we would probably agree on is that photographs of comic characters usually fail to live up to the 2D version.

While blue-skinned babes may be back in vogue thanks to CGI, a whole process of interpretation is required to make the character on the page preserve their look. I think Scarlett Johansson would have made a better ORIGINAL Black Widow than the later Natasha Romanoff. Not that there will necessarily be any call for that character to be brought to life, as it were. Presumably we only want images of the creators so that we know what they look like; it's a matter of curiosity.

This interest predates the invention of the photograph, as publishers and admirers went to great lengths to contract oil painters to capture the image of a favoured author. And, of course, artists could capture their own image for posterity.

I could go through my whole life enjoying Popeye the Sailor without thinking to see what EC Segar looked like. But when I found out that a woman created Miss Fury aka Black Fury, a forerunner to Catwoman, I did want a photo. How could such a significant figure be overlooked? 


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Updated: Sunday, 27 March 2011 2:48 AM NZT
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