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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Supergirl and Wonder Woman Gave Up Being Superheroes Because it is too “Manly”

Every Thursdsy, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature.

Today we take a look at a story by Bob Haney and John Rosenberger that is so bizarre that you really would think that you’re reading a tale of mind control…only it isn’t! Prepare yourself for “The Revolt of the Super-Chicks” from Brave and the Bold #63!

To give you an idea of how bizarre this comic is, just look at the opening page…

The gist of the story is that Supergirl saves a movie actress and is disappointed that people pay more attention to the movie star than her…

She determines that she needs to be more feminine…

This leads to a great confrontation between Supergirl and Superman where he has to quickly defend his heterosexuality…

However, when Wonder Woman goes to confront Supergirl, she finds her in Paris and becomes enraptured by the lifestyle…

You might think that this is a mind-control story. But it is not! This is them just deciding that these Paris hunks are more important than being superheroes!

The two women end up independently going to the same island for a romantic getaway. It just so happens to be the island retreat of the villain, Multi-Face, who has the awesome power of…you know…having multiple faces….

Multi-Face tries to take them out through various attacks. They not only stop the attacks, but they do so in a fashion that their boyfriends don’t figure out what’s going on…

I love the notion that Wonder Woman is UNDERCOVER! She’s wearing her tiara!!!

Finally, Multi-Face forces the super-chicks into suiting up and taking him down, ultimately leading them to realize that they have to be superheroes and have to give up their boyfriends…

I kept waiting for Superman to exclaim, “Who are you winking at?!?!”

One of Haney’s most bizarre tales, and that’s saying something!

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Obviously, the right dress and kiss are enough to make any woman change her life completely.

“Obviously, the right dress and kiss are enough to make any woman change her life completely.”

Sounds like my wedding day!

Poor old Steve Trevor gets a pretty bad rap in this story. Were they still going out when Wonder Woman decided to saunter off to Love Island with a dodgy frenchman?

James-That’s a good question.
Also….What happened Steve Trevor? Is he in the recent comics or is going to appear in any comics?

Great Story.
I have been swamped with getting the issues to mini-series and waiting for Trades so I can’t buy these issues right away, it could be a good present.

What the hell, Bob Haney?

I don’t know, this is pretty realistic to me. To me the humor comes from Haney’s accuracy.

The tiara bit is hilarious.

Poor old Steve Trevor gets a pretty bad rap in this story. Were they still going out when Wonder Woman decided to saunter off to Love Island with a dodgy frenchman?

He was in the picture, but they weren’t dating steadily. But yeah, he definitely gets treated pretty harshly in the comic – a lot of “boring Steve Trevor would never take me here!” stuff.

The whole time I read this entry, my mind kept remembering this related piece by The Onion:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/european-men-are-so-much-more-romantic-than-americ,11552/

It’s a little goofy, but judging by the bits you posted, it’s essentially a “Spider-Man: No More!” story with Wonder Woman and Supergirl swapped in place of Peter Parker, making it an enjoyable read.

Hm — well Bob Haney DID write that episode of Thundercats where Cheetara saves the day by deciding gold is pretty when all the other Thundercats want to throw it away.

*sigh* Judging from the GCD, this one hasn’t ever been reprinted … though presumably it could show up fairly early in the 3rd volume of SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERGIRL, if we ever get it.

Boo to DC for not including it in the 3rd SHOWCASE PRESENTS WONDER WOMAN.

Does anyone else love Diana dissing her “frumpy Amazon outfit” as much as I did? Yep, that orange thing with the bow was SO much hotter!

Are Lind Lee and Carol Danvers distant cousins?

A Horde of Evil Hipsters

January 13, 2012 at 8:45 am

“Every Thursdsy, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories ”

You seriously find this sort of sexism (bordering on misogyny) “endearing”? I realize that Silver Age comics are something of a sacred cow to certain people, but not everything old is golden.

This story is so filled with so many lols that I don’t know where to start.

I think it’s funny that Superman corrects himself when he accidentally calls Linda Supergirl in public even though they are having a conversation about her being Supergirl.

I should have paid attention in high school French class, clearly the ladies can’t resist a man who speaks it.

“I should have paid attention in high school French class, clearly the ladies can’t resist a man who speaks it.”

Or a man who kiss-rapes them, apparently.

There should have been a follow-up where Superman and Green Arrow decide wearing capes and brightly colored outfits isn’t manly enough so they quit crime-fighting and work on an assembly line.

bordering on misogyny

A story where two super heroines beat the bad guy, save their boyfriends, and even make Superman look silly – “bordering,” you say? No, pure unmitigated misogyny!

I cracked up at Superman stammering how he does, indeed, like girls. Don’t tell Jeph Loeb’s Batman that, Clark….

Was I the only one expecting this to be resolved by Hostess Fruit Pies?

“Why – uh – ulp – I – I’m very fond of girls – I – uh” Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Man when you wrote “Revolt of the Super Chicks” in your intro, I thought you were making up that title. High-sterical.

Wonder Woman’s fame was apparently not that big, beside the tiara and basically looking exactly the same undercover as she does while being a superheroine, the first French guy does not really draw attention to the detail that when he is hitting on a girl, Wonder Woman stops by for a chat and apparently knows the girl.
Or was it a regular duty for superheroes of the time to chaperone romantic couples?

What drugs did Bob Haney use?

He makes other Silver Age DC writers seem realistic!

In a very strange way, this is one of my favorite comics. I figure that Haney, editorially assigned two female leads for Brave and the Bold, decided he was going to write this issue as a romance comic. Because two female leads.

There’s an unofficial sequel a few issues later in # 78 with Batman, Batgirl and Wonder Woman, where Batman’s plan to defeat the evil Copperhead requires Batgirl and Wonder Woman to pretend to fall in love with him, but then they DO fall in love with him and try to out-do each other in comin’ up with the most elaborate tokens of affection…

“Some gigolo’s in love with her!”

Hahahahaa

So this is how you defeat Wonder Woman:
Dangle some fashionable item in front of her, and when she coos “ooh what an adorable dress! Where did you g…” BAM! Knock her ass out!

love how when superman can not convince super girl to change her mind he goes to wonder woman saying you known the female mind being one then gets a little ego when supergirl and wonder woman figure out they can not give up being super heroes plus multi face talk about crazy bad guys back then

Man, Steve Trevor is an asshole

I have also wondered for a long time if chad is a bot or a long running joke by one of the authors here

I was disappointed that DC didn’t do a SHOWCASE PRESENTS for the non-Batman B&B team-ups.

Page 7, panel 4: Wonder Woman’s dialogue may be the most ridiculous I’ve ever read. “Your powers, they make you different–they… OOOH!… That dress–it’s adorable! Where’d you get it?” When I say “LOL,” I mean I am, quite literally, still laughing out loud at that. It’s so hackneyed, so wrong, and, yet, so bloody hilarious! So funny, I can’t be annoyed by the atrocious, repeated misuse of the ellipsis.

Since “I Love Ya But You’re Strange” is a weekly feature now, can you do the Elongated Man storyline from Detective Comics #456-457 where Ralph’s stretching abilities run out while facing some criminals and Sue (who is allergic to the stuff that makes Ralph stretch) had to pose as the Elongated Woman in a plot to restore Ralph’s powers? I know I’ve emailed this suggestion to you before, Brian, but I’m requesting it again here, just in case.

“It’s a little goofy, but judging by the bits you posted, it’s essentially a “Spider-Man: No More!” story with Wonder Woman and Supergirl swapped in place of Peter Parker, making it an enjoyable read.”

-Cass- Definitely had a ring of Spider-Man no more to it. It was silly, but in context, not exactly rampant sexism. (Context, of course, was that this was a comic book in the sixties.)

“I realize that Silver Age comics are something of a sacred cow to certain people, but not everything old is golden.”

-Horde- that is just it. This was the silver age. Being silly and small-minded was a thing all super-heroes did, not just the women. Superman spent more time messing with Lois’ mind than he did saving people from criminals and natural disasters, and everybody was cool with it.

“Does anyone else love Diana dissing her “frumpy Amazon outfit” as much as I did? Yep, that orange thing with the bow was SO much hotter!”

-Dr. Bob- Yeah, very much funny. I think she said it because the story required it, perhaps, but the whole thing is hilarious. And honestly, Cass is right. Frankly, between this and the modern enlightenment [sarcasm font] of things like ‘Sex and the City,’ this is a downright feminist tract.

Team-Up books!

In a strange sort of way, this is one of my favorite comics – Haney (et. al) are basically trying to do CAREER GIRL ROMANCE with superheroines. It really does need to be reprinted.

Side-note: According to later letter pages, Haney was dead-set against writing a Batman/Supergirl team-up. I guess you can’t improve on perfection.

Dammit. I already posted. How am I supposed to remember what I did three days ago?

LOL! That was absolutely hilarious. LOVE Superman’s flustered ‘I really do like girls y’know’ bit..Absolutely Priceless! Thanks for posting this!

I never understood why Supergirl was in college when Dick Grayson was in High-School! They were supposed to be the same age,

I love it! Comics used to be for kids.

oh dear lord.

Well, I for one won’t be laughing at the name Multi-Face. Not when your repertoire of faces includes that distinguished Juggalo-Mongul number. And the green retarded gorilla…and the chewing-gum-head. Man, just imagine all the crimes you could do with a power like that plus a bulletproof vest and a very fast car and maybe some way to compensate for having ordinary human strength!

I suppose it didn’t dawn on Supergirl to ask why her participation in The Never Ending Battle is now a duty and responsibility after spending so many years sidelined by Superman’s decree. Still, it’s a little unsettling to know her commitment to Lawful Good is only as deep as “eh, I tried Neutral for an afternoon once and it didn’t work out so well.”

Why does this story treat the act of giving up your superhero identity as taboo? Screw Sliver Age DC.

This was printed in 1955…long time ago…Wonder Woman was turned on by A French Man…Steve Trevor is not part of this storyline…The writer and artist thought a Tiara would not be noticed by a good looking French man…he might not heard of Wonder Woman.

I am loving this series. Why didn’t I read it years ago.

Anyway. Thoughts.

It’s interesting that all you need to get women, sorry, girls, to fall for you is to talk like Pepe Le Pew.
And Supergirl, giving up your heroic career because you want a normal life? What happened to “we do it because we can, because no-one else can, even if no-one knows we ever existed.”

Fickle child.

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