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Go ahead and call me a lecherous male chauvinist, cause I ain’t lookin’ at the snakes – Supergirl #8

June 22, 2010

Two things drew my eye to this cover.  The second was Supergirl’s head of snakes — usually I think of a Medusa-like hairdo as having one kind and one color of snake.  Just an observation.  The first thing that drew my eye was, well, I’ll give you two guesses.

I feel like a pig.  Fine, I am a pig.  Let’s move on.

The story inside (“A Head-Full of Snakes” from Cary Bates and the appropriately named Art Saaf) is typical fluffy Supergirl fare and can be summed up in a few lines.  Kara first gets a Medusa-curse thrown onto her and then the Justice League tries to help:

Reading the word “crisis” coming out of her mouth almost brings a tear to my eye.

She resists the League’s attempts to help her and they’re all accidentally turned to stone — so much for the airtight protection afforded by a cape/headscarf.  Supergirl learns where Medusa’s body is entombed and goes there to put an end to this hex.  On the way she’s intercepted by her friend Mitch, who has in turn been possessed by the spirit of Perseus:

They fight, Perseus tries the old shield-mirror trick, but both of them realize that they’re on the same side and combine to find and defeat Medusa herself.  Kara’s golden locks return to normal, Mitch goes back to his old self, and presumably the League and the other petrified souls return to life.

On the whole this is a rather vapid effort and does nothing towards dispelling the perception that Supergirl is just a watered down version of her cousin.  To be fair, Superman’s stories from this era often had more than their share of silliness, but at least they had the status of the world’s foremost hero to help buoy them.

 Just as an FYI, the outfit Kara sports here is actually my preferred Supergirl costume (though the one with the headband and the symbol that melds with the cape that she had around the Crisis had its sassy merits), and God knows she’s had enough of them over the years.  The “S” logo off to the side with its opportunities for a plunging neckline and the kicky scarf effect with the cape are both unique and quite appealing.  They make this attire at once sexier than her early matronly garb and somehow more dignified than her contemporary form-fitting and bust-hugging threads.

See, I’m not that much of a pig.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. David Morefield permalink
    June 23, 2010 8:27 am

    This has always been THE Supergirl costume, in my mind. When I was a youngster, I had the biggest crush on Kara, and a lot of it had to do with that blouse and those hot pants.

    • June 24, 2010 10:04 pm

      You know, I once saw a guy dressed up in that costume in line for a movie opening — not even a comic book movie — and it’s kind of ruined it on some levels for me. But even in the face of that awfulness I still bow to its preeminence.

  2. June 27, 2010 6:37 am

    Despite its determined flimsiness, the Cary Bates/Art Saaf run on the strip is easily my favourite version of Supergirl – and not just because of the costume. The stories are packed with a whole load of chauvinism but Supergirl seems a much more appealing character than in earlier or later incarnations.

    • June 27, 2010 8:33 am

      Point taken. There is a certain good-heartedness in the Bates/Saaf depiction. I have a soft spot for the latter pre-Crisis days, but that’s mainly due to the involvement of Carmine Infantino.

  3. August 2, 2010 9:01 am

    Hi

    Thanks for the complements about my dad, Art Saaf.

    Steve S
    http://www.artsaaf.com

    • August 3, 2010 12:33 am

      No problem. It’s worth pointing out that any critiques I post on this blog are proffered with a lot of respect — I can’t say how much I appreciate the collective efforts of all the comics creators out there.

      Your dad drew a heck of a Supergirl.

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