This month's recommendation comes from Margaret Janz, Scholarly Communications and Data Curation Librarian.

Margaret’s recommendation to read:

"The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines" by Mike Madrid.

Why I recommend this book:

I started paying closer attention to femme superheroes about five years ago when I helped my best friend plan her Justice League themed wedding. There seemed to be so many more male superheroes, most of whose origin stories were well known. I started trying to find more women in the genre and found this excellent title by Mike Madrid. It’s a great, easy to read introduction to amazing characters you might not have met like Miss Fury and Saturn Girl. It also gives more information about where familiar women like Wonder Woman and Batgirl came from – both in the origin story and how they were created and rebooted throughout the ages. Madrid does a nice job acquainting us with these and many more characters and explain how and why they either succeeded or failed to stay in our hearts and minds.

Note: If you get hooked, there’s a new book out by Hope Nicholson called “The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen.” I’m not done with it yet or you’d have just read all about it.

How you can read The Supergirls: fashion, feminism, fantasy, and the history of comic book heroines:

Penn students and faculty can read The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines online the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center with their Penn ID. Alumni and friends of the Penn Libraries can also borrow our books for a yearly membership fee. Click here for information on how courtesy borrowers can access the Libraries' resources.