Each Wednesday, one of the Blog@Newsarama contributors discusses the things we love about comics in a feature we like to call, “I ♥ Comics”!
Whenever someone asks me what my first comic was, I have no idea, I’ve been reading them since I could remember. I know for sure it was the late seventies, I wasn’t even in school yet, and was partial to the female characters. Of course, I loved Wonder Woman, and I used to dress up like her, with my little Wonder Woman bathing suit, a home made tiara, and my little red booties. Then at some point, I started to get DCs Adventure Digest and the star spangled panties weren’t cool anymore. I wanted to wear all black! I wanted a black swimsuit, a black jacket, black buccaneer boots, and fishnet stockings. I don’t know why, but Alex Toth’s Black Canary absolutely captured me.
I wonder how many mothers hear those immortal words “mom, I want fishnet stockings.” Especially at a time when fishnets were associated to street walkers, not super-heroes. My mom would tell me those were adult clothes. Now, my mom is fairly cool, and reads comics herself, and has every issue of Mad Magazine to date so maybe that’s why it wasn’t a big deal to her that I was asking for such things. I have no idea if she thought I was serious or not, or if she would have let me, but it didn’t matter. Good luck being a child under five years old wanting black clothes. The availability of an item like that was next to none. The closest I could find to black in my size was brown or navy blue corduroy pants.
I believe it was in Blue Ribbon Digest that I discovered another fishnet clad heroine. Top hat, tails, fishnets! Oh my gosh, she was soooo cool! I told my mom I wanted to wear that to an upcoming wedding. I ended up settling with a mesh hat, a Barbie pink dress, and white panty hose with a frilly lacy bum. Okay, so it wasn’t quite the same…