Because Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine in comic books, most people assume that she was also the first. However, this was not the case. By the time Wonder Woman made her debut in 1941, a number of other powerful heroines had already paraded across the comic book pages. But with the passage of 70 years most of these trailblazing women have been forgotten.
The comic book industry was born in the late 1930s. Modern day comic book readers might be surprised at the broad spectrum of heroines that appeared in those very early days of comics, from masked vigilantes and intergalactic warriors to crafty reporters and jungle goddesses. At that point there weren't as many established rules about how women should or shouldn't act. As a result, the heroines of the day were fearless, intelligent, and even dangerous. In their pursuit of justice they acted as judge, jury, and sometimes, executioner. These gutsy women could crack a joke one minute and a crook's jaw the next. They were, in a word, badass. Let's take a look are ten badass lost heroines that I am particularly fond of. To read more about the adventures of these lost heroines and others like them, look for my book "Dames, Divas & Daredevils" (Exterminating Angel Press, 2013).