DC COMICS SUPER-FAN: Six Sexy Second-Tier Super-Heroines!


I love comics. I love superheroes. I have loved both for more than 30 years and have amassed a fair sized collection of comic books and collectibles over the years. Yes, I’m a grown man, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still be a fan, collector, or aficionado of both the medium and its most popular format. It used to irk me when people made fun of me for being a collector – as if being into comics and toys stunted my growth or made me less of a man. Well, as the years went on I’m still a fan of comics and superheroes and toys; I still have the items I grew up with and I still appreciate them with much fondness. I can’t say the same for all of those naysayers. They are a fading memory.

As the years passed, and as my reading habits matured, many different characters became favorites of mine. I like many comic book characters, superheroes or not, but in this posting I would like to discuss my favorite characters — I’ll describe a little bit about their history and origins, appearances in other mediums, and pinpoint the defining moment in the character’s rich history that made me their…Super-Fan!
 
Six Sexy Second-Tier Super-Heroines!

In the DC Universe, the boys usually see all of the action and get the acclaim. When it comes to displaying heroics from the fairer sex, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Power Girl, and Catwoman usually get all of the attention. Here are six sexy super-heroines that deserve their time in the spotlight.

*Please Note: All of the Characters featured are Pre-New 52.
 
ARISIA

ARISIA (Images Property of DC Comics)
ARISIA (Images Property of DC Comics)

Created by: Mike W. Barr, Len Wein, Joe Staton
First Appearance: Tales of the Green Lantern Corps #1 (May 1981)
Secret Identity: Arisia Rrrab
Team Affiliations: Green Lantern Corps.
Powers: Through the Green Lantern ring she wields, Arisia can create constructs of green ‘solid-energy,’ which can vary from microscopic to tremendous in size and/or complexity and are limited by the imagination and will of the ring’s wielder. This can be used to attack, defend, or to grab targets. Arisia’s native Graxonite physiology allows her to heal rapidly. She has been known to recover from what appeared to be fatal injuries by entering a death-like state until her body regenerates. Arisia ages one of her years for every 18.5 Earth years, because of the slow orbit of her planet around its Sun. This grants Arisia a lengthy lifespan compared to the average human. She is an accomplished hand-to-hand combatant, expert marksman, and her natural grace and agility make her ideal for stealth and sneak attack.

Arisia, in her appearance as a pixie like do-gooder, is one of the most likable and recognizable Green Lanterns. She comes from a long lineage of Green Lanterns, as she is the fifth person from her family selected to be a member of the honored Corps. She has been romantically linked to fellow Green Lantern’s Hal Jordan and Sodom Yat, and was the secret crush of the lovable brute Kilowog. She was believed killed by the maniac super-villain Major Force, but none were aware of the healing properties of Arisia’s alien physiology. When discovered trapped as a prisoner on the robot world Biot, Arisia was reinstated as part of the reformed Green Lantern Corps.

Why She Should Be Showcased?

Showcasing Arisia would be a fun way to include the power sets of a Green Lantern to any team or solo effort, but allow for a feminine perspective and break up the boys club that Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Raynor have run for quite some time. Her youthful appearance and slow aging, along with her formidable fighting prowess, would also make for some very interesting story-telling possibilities.
 
 
Arisia

ARISIA and former lover Hal Jordan (Images Property of DC Comics)
ARISIA and former lover Hal Jordan (Images Property of DC Comics)

 
 
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HALO
HALO (Images Property of DC Comics)
HALO (Images Property of DC Comics)

Created by: Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo
First Appearance: Brave and the Bold # 200 (July 1983)
Secret Identity: Gabrielle Doe (Violet Harper)
Team Affiliations: The Outsiders
Powers: Halo is an alien entity known as Aurakle from another realm that has powerful light amplifying powers when joined with a human vessel. She has the ability to manifest and maintain glowing auras of energy from different colors of the the spectrum. The light’s color gives Halo a different and distinct power when she switches from from one to another. When using her light powers, it creates a “halo effect” which emanates around her, allowing her to fly. Each of the following colors allow Halo a different power set: Red: Heat Blast, Orange: Force Blast; Yellow: Brilliant Light; Green: Stasis Beam; Blue: Distortion Effect; Indigo: Tractor Beam; Violet: all of the power’s combined – this is a dangerous combination as it creates a sociopathic personality which takes control of her body.

Halo is a long-standing member of the superhero team The Outsiders. When she first arrived on Earth she was suffering from amnesia and was perceived as a minor. Fellow teammate Katana became her guardian. She has reverted back and forth from time-to-time to her more aggressive Violet Harper personae when using all of her powers at once.

Why She Should Be Showcased?

With her various light amplified powers and alien heritage, Halo could have good story potential in the Green Lantern Universe. By harnessing all of the powers of the emotional spectrum (as well as her violent split-personality when using all of the powers at once), Halo could be a great associate and liaison for all of the various Colored Ring Corps. Plus she’s cute and sprite-like.
 

HALO (Images Property of DC Comics)
HALO (Images Property of DC Comics)

 
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HUNTRESS
HUNTRESS (Images Property of DC Comics)
HUNTRESS (Images Property of DC Comics)

Created by: Joey Cavalieri and Joe Staton
First Appearance (as the Huntress): The Huntress #1 (April 1989)
Secret Identity: Helena Rosa Bertinelli
Team Affiliations: Birds of Prey, Batman Family, Justice League, Outsiders, Checkmate
Powers: Helena is a regular human with no superpowers. She is however, an extraordinary athlete with exceptional hand to hand combat skills and melee fighter. Helena was trained by Richard Dragon (the master of Kung Fu) for a short period. She is also a highly skilled expert in armed combat with the crossbow being her long range and the bow staff as her short range weapons of choice.

Helena Bertinelli is the daughter of a hardened mobster. She trained vigorously under the tutelage of some of the world’s greatest fighters, including Richard Dragon, and sought out vengeance for her family. She eventually, changed her focused and after being inspired by Batman, began using her skills for crime-fighting. She is sultry and seductive, calculating and precise, and no-nonsense. She’s often accused of being too violent against her adversaries and has been scolded by Batman on numerous occasions for her hostile methods. She has been linked in sexual relationships with Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Arsenal (Roy Harper), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), and the over-the-moon-about-it parking lot attendant Josh.

Why She Should Be Showcased?

Huntress is kick-ass. She looks good, is super-sexy and is one tough cookie. She’s a great street-level crime-fighter and works well with the Bat-Family. Her abrasiveness and difficult attitude plays off well against other female characters with more kitty-cat like personalities.
 
Huntress

HUNTRESS (Images Property of DC Comics)
HUNTRESS (Images Property of DC Comics)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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LIBERTY BELLE
LIBERTY BELLE (Images Property of DC Comics)
LIBERTY BELLE (Images Property of DC Comics)

Created by: LIBBY LAWRENCE – Don Cameron and Chuck Winter / JESSE CHAMBERS – Len Strazewski and Mike Parobeck
First Appearance: LIBBY LAWRENCE – Boy Commandos #1 (Winter 1942) / JESSE CHAMBERS – Justice Society of America #1 (August 1992)
Secret Identity: Libby Lawrence – Jesse Chambers
Team Affiliations: LIBBY LAWRENCE – All-Star Squadron / JESSE CHAMBERS – Justice Society of America, Teen Titans, The Conglomerate, and the Justice League
Powers: LIBBY LAWRENCE – By ringing a miniature replica of the Liberty Bell on her belt, has enhanced speed, strength, and stamina as well as the ability to project powerful pulses of sonic vibrations from her hands that will shatter solid objects. JESSE CHAMBERS – has all of the same abilities as her mother and also has Super Speed when she utter’s her father’s formula “3×2(9yZ)4A” she is able to move super fast can turn it off she can speaks the formula “Z25Y(2AB)6. She can fly by running at super speed and launching herself into flight, and she can phase her molecules through solid objects.

After escaping Nazi-occupied Europe in World War II, Libby Lawrence became a reporter and while writing a human interest piece on Liberty while in Philadelphia at the famed Liberty Bell, a guard gives her magical talisman that bestows upon her incredible gifts. Naming herself after both the talisman and the actual landmark, Liberty Belle embarked on a crime-fighting career on the home-front during wartime. She joined the All-Star Squadron and soon became it’s leader. She partnered, fell in love with, and eventually married fellow superhero Johnny Quick. The pair had a daughter together, Jesse Chambers, would would grow up to inherit both of her parents incredible abilities and continued in the family superhero tradition. Jesse was a member of various superhero teams and eventually followed in her mother’s footsteps by falling in love and marrying fellow superhero Hourman (Rick Tyler).

Why She Should Be Showcased?

Guilt over the death of Johnny Quick by both mother and daughter, as well as Jesse’s married life with super-heroics mirroring her mother’s early days as a costumed adventurer would make a title starring these two characters a fun legacy piece. Stories, adventures, and enemies could be book-ended with the past meeting or influencing events in the present. The fiery relationship between mother and daughter would make for a compelling dynamic.
 
 

LIBERTY BELLE (Images Property of DC Comics)
LIBERTY BELLE (Images Property of DC Comics)

 
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PHANTOM LADY
PHANTOM LADY (Images Property of DC Comics)
PHANTOM LADY (Images Property of DC Comics)

Created by: Arthur Peddy
First Appearance: Police Comics #1 (August 1941)
Secret Identity: Sandra Knight (others have donned the costume as well – Dee Tyler and Stormy Knight)
Team Affiliations: All-Star Squadron, Freedom Fighters, ARGENT
Powers: A normal human of above-average physicality, knows how to fight, is incredibly agile, and has a calculating mind for reason and deduction. She is equipped with a “black light ray projector” that scientist Professor Davis developed. Sandra wears the device on her wrist and uses it as a blinding and disorienting weapon.

The daughter of a promising U.S. Senator, Sandra Knight discovered an assassination plot against her father by two hardened criminals looking to orchestrate political anarchy. With nothing but a rolled up newspaper, Sandra managed to thwart the assassin’s plans. This left her exhilarated and yearning for more crime-fighting capers. She underwent rigorous combat training and honed her stealth, espionage, and detective skills to an extraordinary degree. Along with her impressive skills, and the black-light device built by Professor Davis used as a form of invisibility and blinding weapon towards her opponents, the special goggles crafted that allow her to see in the dark, she also designed a deliberately sexy costume in order to distract her male opponents before smacking them with a wallop. With all of her crime-fighting tools at her employ, Sandra Knight became the self-titled mistress of the dark – the sexy heroine known as Phantom Lady. She is related to Ted Knight, the original Starman of the 1940’s. She had a brief love affair with powerhouse super-hero Iron Munro, her partner in the Espionage group ARGENT, and as a result of this tryst had a child that she gave up for adoption. It was revealed in later years, that she is the grandmother of Kate Spencer, the crime-fighting Manhunter.

Why She Should Be Showcased?

Phantom Lady, as portrayed by Sandra Knight, would benefit greatly from a film-noire style setting and story. As the modern world of superheroes have vastly greater powers and abilities which would eclipse her power set, Sandra Knight’s Phantom Lady would definitely fit in tales depicting crime-fighting in the 1940’s and 1950’s. As there have been a number of different characters donning the costume through DC Comic’s publishing history, an anthology series depicting the various Phantom Lady’s of different eras would be an interesting take on this currently shelved Golden Age voluptuous vixen.
 
 

PHANTOM LADY in Action(Images Property of DC Comics)
PHANTOM LADY in Action(Images Property of DC Comics)

 
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ZATANNA
ZATANNA  (Images Property of DC Comics)
ZATANNA (Images Property of DC Comics)

Created by: Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson
First Appearance: Hawkman #4 (October–November 1964)
Secret Identity: Zatanna Zatarra
Team Affiliations: Seven Soldiers of Victory, Justice League, Sentinels of Magic
Powers: Zatanna’s powers stem from her lineage as a Homo Magi – a race of incredibly powerful sorcerers. She is able to command elemental forces, heal, transmute, transmogrify objects, manipulate minds, attack opponents with energy blasts, manipulate time and space, manipulate fire, air, water, and earth. Zatanna speaks her spells backwards as a way to concentrate all of her powers through a specific focal point. The degree of her power is also dependent on her self-confidence.

Zatanna is the daughter of Golden Age magician and superhero John Zatara. Zatanna is part Homo Magi from her mother’s side, a mystic tribe of sorcerers called the Hidden Ones. Zatanna inherited her magical powers from her mother. Following in her father’s footsteps, Zatanna created a stage persona for herself and a superhero career. She’s had a brief affair with John Constantine and the two remain close friends. Zatanna has also had heavy flirtations and close relationships with both the Flash (Barry Allen) and Batman (Bruce Wayne). She is a well respected long-standing member of the Justice League of America and is the all-around go to for all things mystical in the DC Universe.

Why She Should Be Showcased?

Zatanna should be showcased because, for all intents and purposes, she should be an A-list super-heroine. Wonder Woman is the pre-eminent female superhero in the DC Universe, followed quite closely by Supergirl but Zatanna SHOULD be standing toe-to-toe with them. There is no male counterpart with her powers and abilities (an argument could be made for Dr. Fate), so that is a niche that she alone sits atop. She has a pleasant disposition and her adventures are fun and often bizarre. A corner of the DC Universe that is virtually untapped.
 
 
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ZATANNA (Images Property of DC Comics)
ZATANNA (Images Property of DC Comics)

 
 
**WHO ARE YOU FAVORITE SEXY SECOND-TIER SUPER-HEROINES?**

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