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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cool Superheroes List of The 80s! The Females!



Want to know what cool superheroes came out during the 80s? Well, you've come to the right place. Below is a list of some of the most popular and coolest superheroes that made their introductions into comics during the 80s. We're starting off with the ladies first, and then the dudes.



RAVEN

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Created by Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez, the comic character and well known Teen Titan made her comic book debut in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980.  

She is an empath with the ability to teleport and control her "soul self" to fight or observe anywhere away from her body, but these are not her only powers. Raven is half human and half demon, which means she possesses quite a few. Wow, I guess she gets her looks from her mother's side, no?

The character of Raven, according to Marv Wolfman and George Perez, was based on the comic character The Phantom Stranger. She holds team affiliations with both the Teen Titans and the Sentinels of Magic.



STARFIRE

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Another superhero that made her debut in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980, the comic character of Starfire was also not surprisingly created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. A native of the planet Tamaran in what is known in the DC Universe as the Vegan system, Starfire is of royal blood and in line to be Queen and ruler of her homeworld.

Like most Tamaraneans, Starfire can absorb ultra violet radiation and convert it to energy for flight. She can also produce starbolts with that same energy and has superhuman strength.

When creating the character, Perez admits to getting a visual cue from a type of Red Sonja in outer space look. She is a known member of the groups Teen Titans, Outsiders, Justice League, R.E.B.E.L.S, and the Red Hood and the Outlaws.  

In Comics Buyer's Guide's 100 Sexiest Women in Comics, Starfire ranked 20th, and rightly so!




 DAZZLER

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When it comes to cosplay, I often wonder why more don't dress up as the comic character Dazzler. I always liked her in the X-Men comic books during the 80s.

Dazzler is another graduate of 1980, making her first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #130. Created by Tom DeFalco and John Romita Jr., Dazzler is a mutant who can convert sound vibrations into light and, of course, focused energy beams that cause a wide array of damage. 

She has a pretty cool real life origin to the creation of her character. The character was originally a project commissioned by Casablanca Records in the mid-to-late 1970s to be a cross-promotion in the mold of the rock n' roll band KISS, who had two successful comic book tie-in super-specials by the end of 1977. Marvel Comics would develop a singing superhero, while Casablanca would produce a singer. The two companies would then work with Filmworks and produce a tie-in motion picture; Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter wrote a treatment for the project.

Although Dazzler has been affiliated with a wide array of teams, she is most notably an X-Man. [You can check out more X-Men key issues by visiting the link]. 



JUDGE ANDERSON

Judge Anderson imageThe Judge Dredd comics can't all be a sausage, testosterone fest now can it? Of course not!

While most mutants in Dredd's futuristic world are often walking around with three legs or arms, Judge Anderson lucked out. The blonde bombshell is a psychic and also has telepathic powers as well. She is a member of Mega City One's Psi Division and has become such a popular supporting character Anderson was spun off into her own comic series.

Created by Brian Bolland and John Wagner, Judge Anderson was modeled off of Debbie Harry, the famous singer of the rock band Blondie. Her first appearance was in 2000AD prog #150.



SHE-HULK 

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Bruce Banner has a cousin? The angry, green, rage monster does in fact and her name is Jennifer Walters.

Good thing for Bruce and the Hulk, because Jennifer also happens to be a skilled lawyer as well. Well, on second thought, it's not like the Hulk really needs a lawyer.

Anywho, it seemed that a big bad, crime boss had it out for Jennifer Walters and shot her. Seriously wounded, Bruce Banner was lucky to around that day and had the same blood type. It's this blood transfusion that turned Jennifer into the Savage She-Hulk.

Although, her solo series was short-lived, She-Hulk does have an impressive resume. She has been a member of the Avengers, The Fantastic Four, The Defenders, and S.H.I.E.L.D.

This strong, jade, beauty was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema. Her debut was in The Savage She-Hulk #1 in 1980. 
 

VINDICATOR (Heather Hudson)


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Not an overly popular character, but the character of Vindicator first made an appearance in the X-Men comics. The first Vindicator wasn't Heather, but was her husband James at first.

Former leader of the Canadian team Alpha Flight, Heather is a highly capable fighter who was trained by both Wolverine and Puck in hand to hand combat. Her suit first manipulated electromagnetic energies, but later got an upgrade to manipulate and control geothermal energy. Because of this, she can melt rock and manipulate the lava, create jets of lava blasts as well as jets of hot and cold water. Her suit can also absorb heat to power it up, create a personal force field, and allows her superhuman strength and speed.

Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the character of Heather Hudson first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #139 in 1980, and there's no doubt that Vindicator is one hot female superhero. 


KITTY PRYDE (Sprite/Shadowcat) 

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One of my personal favorites and another cool character from the X-Men comics is Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadow Cat. This brunette cutie is a mutant and has the amazing ability to phase and become intangible.


She can phase her body through any solid object. However, she cannot breathe while inside a solid object, so she has to hold her breath until she passes through it.


Kitty Pryde was the youngest member to ever join the X-Men team. She was created by John Byrne and Chris Claremont.

John Byrne drew the character based off a younger version of Sigourney Weaver (weird), and used the actual name of Kitty Pryde from a former art school classmate in Calgary for the character. 

Her character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 (1980), but didn't officially join the team until #139, where she took the codename Sprite. Later, in the coming of age mini series Kitty Pryde and Wolverine 1-4, she takes on the name Shadowcat when she matures from a young girl to a young woman.

Kitty Pryde's character will be in the new X-Men Days of Future Past movie coming out next year. 


ROGUE

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One of the most popular X-Men characters to come out during the 80s is the southern belle, mutie Rogue. With the ability to steal ones life force, psyche, and powers with a single touch of flesh, Rogue is a female badass with southern charm and actually permanently stole Ms. Marvel's powers. However, brilliantly created by Chris Claremont and artist Michael Golden, Rogue's mutant powers are a curse and the sole reason for her feelings of isolation and angst from the lack of human touch.

Making her debut in Avengers Annual #10 1981, Rogue started out a villain and adopted daughter of Mystique. The picture is of Rogue in her 80s costume. It happens to be my favorite costume of hers, and hardly anyone ever cosplays this version (hint, hint, hint!). 

Rogue, played by cutie actress Anna Paquin in the original X-Men movie series, will return for the movie X-Men Days of Future Past next year also.


ELEKTRA

Elektra art imageWho doesn't love assassins, especially hot, raven-haired female ones with ancient Japanese Sais and a belt in kicking much butt? It's no wonder this Greek hottie became such a popular character in the Marvel Comics universe and why even the blind Daredevil couldn't resist falling for her. Hey, who can resist a female who gives you a good whompin' every now and then?

Created by legendary writer and artist Frank Miller, Elektra made her first appearance in Daredevil #168 in 1981. Yep, she is a bronze age comic superheroine.  

Despite her highly panned movie, starring Jennifer Garner, this character is still amazingly popular and one of the most over-cosplayed female characters like Emma Frost and Rogue.
 

EMMA FROST (The White Queen)


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Much like Rogue, Emma Frost started out as a baddie and a telepath known as the White Queen for the Hellfire Club in the X-Men comics. This sexy, blonde vixen also shares the same debut as Kitty Pryde, first appearing in Uncanny X-Men #129 in1980.

Even though she started out as one of the X-Men's most dangerous foes, Emma Frost has become a central character and leader for the X-Men. Her popularity is enormous, and like Rogue, she is one of the most over-cosplayed comic characters out there.

Emma Frost was played by January Jones in the movie X-Men: First Class, but the character won't be returning for the sequel, X-Men Days of Future Past. She is another creation of the famed creative team of Chris Claremont and John Byrne! Emma Frost made my top list of female superheroes.




THE HUNTRESS (HELENA BERTINELLI)

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The second Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, is based on the Helena Wayne (yes, Bruce Wayne's daughter) character that first bore the name. Regardless, Helena Bertinelli is not the daughter of Bruce Wayne nor hold any relation to him. She is, in fact, the daughter of a major crime boss in Gotham.
After seeing her family gunned down in a mob hit (very Punisher-esque), she vows to take revenge and put an end to the mafia once and for all. Well, she is surely dressed for it. Actually, jokes aside, she is a highly trained hand to hand combatant.  

This raven haired beauty was actually first introduced in her own mini series called Huntress in 1989. She was created by Joey Cavalieri and Joe Staton. The character is pretty popular and often cosplayed. The Birds of Prey Costume team in the bay area did a pretty impressive version of the Huntress

2 comments:

  1. Great list! What's funny about She-Hulk is that she was created due to the TV series in the '70s and early '80s, The Incredible Hulk. According to legend, the TV show was secretly planning to introduce a female Hulk, and Marvel caught wind of this and had Stan Lee create the She-Hulk before the TV show could so they could gain exclusive rights to the character. If they hadn't done this, then the TV show would have the rights to her. Crazy, right? So that's how she was born, according to legend.

    Again, thanks for the list.

    --Jeff

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    1. That is funny and it is crazy but not surprising that She-Hulk had an odd way of being created like that. DC Comics are usually guilty of having a female counterpart to their heroes ie Batgirl, Supergirl, Hawkgirl. I often wonder why DC never came out with Wonderman before Marvel did.

      I guess Marvel decided to scratch the possibility of a She-Hulk TV series? That would of been interesting to see.

      Thanks for sharing that story Jeff. Great story and always good to hear from ya.

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