2001: A Space Odyssey #6
Wonder Woman sketch by Phil Jimenez, at MoCCA Fest NY.
OH MY GODDESS!
A thing of beauty.
Black Widow #5
Stephanie Brown by Paolo Rivera
DAZZLING DC LADIES MONTH: Zinda Blake, aka Lady Blackhawk
First appeared: Blackhawk #133, February 1959
Who is she? Determined to become the first female member of the famed Blackhawk Squadron, Zinda Blake trained as a pilot, mastering a wide range of aircraft and becoming an expert in various forms of hand-to-hand combat and weaponry. From the very beginning, she was met with resistance: the Blackhawks weren’t keen on allowing a woman into their boys’ club, even if on their first meeting that woman had saved one of their teammates from certain death. Undeterred, Zinda continued to join them on their adventures, eventually earning honorary membership after saving the entire team from the Scavenger.
Then there was this thing where Killer Shark kidnapped and brainwashed her into becoming his evil girlfriend, Queen Killer Shark, but we’re going to gloss over that, because it’s gross.
So! Zero Hour happened, and Zinda found herself flung a good half-century or so into the present day, in a future where most of her friends were either dead or in nursing homes, and technology had advanced so far that she presumably needed to learn to fly all over again. She made the best of it, working in Guy Gardner’s bar and frequently aiding him and his team in fighting super villains.
Eventually, she was recruited by Oracle as the Birds of Prey’s new pilot. She quickly bonded with the other women on the team, and her aviation and combat skills proved invaluable.
What can she do? Zinda’s an ace pilot, an expert in aerial combat, and a skilled marksman, with expertise in a range of weaponry and hand-to-hand combat. She can also order beer in thirty languages and drink most people under the table.
Where can I find her?
- Blackhawk #133, 140, 143, 147, 151, 155, 161, 163, 166, 170, 182, 186, 188, 191, 200, 204, 216, 225, 228, 229, 231-233, 236, 239, 240, 242
- Guy Gardner: Warrior #24, 29, 36, 38-43
- Birds of Prey (vol. 1) #75-127
- Manhunter #33-36
- Birds of Prey (vol. 2) #1-14
"We each have our own ways of fighting"
Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #236 (November 1981)
By John Byrne
Favorite Fictional Females [my endless personal collection]
Carol Susan Jane Danvers → MARVEL COMICS