DC History Club June 2021: Supergirl Being Super and Her Creators

Super Heroes Girls
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Earth-2 did have a Dick Grayson Robin. He had grown and went off on his own. Kinda like a way more heroic and far less annoying version of Nightwing. (I have never been a Nightwing fan)
Also, Earth-2 Robin had a grey costume, which is the best Robin costume ever.

The way they handled Earth-2 variants, especially PG and Robin was very good counter point to Earth-1 Supergirl and Robin. And, especially in Supergirl’s case, it set her apart as a unique character in the DC Mythos.

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We are talking

Silver Age Earth 2 Robin, first seen in a JLA / JSA teamup

All Star Comics 58 and up Earth 2 Power Girl

Versus

New 52 Earth 2 Supergirl
Who uses Power Girl name on Main Earth

New 52 Earth Robin, daughter of Batman and Catwoman, uses Huntress name on main Earth

Two different versions

Neither exist any more

Helena Wayne will be Batwoman in future

As for PG,
Seen in Background shots
But not yet spoken
In Rebirth or later
(Except maybe Harley / PG which I have not read)

Of course
Now ‘everything happened’

So who knows?

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There have been so many “reboots” since COIE, it is hard to keep track. It took DC 35 years to “reboot” with COIE. In the last 35 years there been 5 or 6 crisis level events. I hope the rebirth continuity finally sticks.

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Right

There is probably a ‘just turning into teen ager’ Dick Grayson Robin in the Earth where Batman from Detective 27 is still fighting criminal more than 80 years later, barely aged at all

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I do think that is one of the things about Supergirl I’ve always liked. She’s always a heroes journey and “coming of age” and trying to step out of Superman long cast shadow wrapped into one. There are so many ways to do an arc like that, but doing it well, not simple.

I gotta admit that the STAS-JLU arc is one of the best I’ve seen. It hits all the points and merges them as a seamless arc. Gotta give Timm mad props on that.

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Supergirl 1984 movie

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Smallville

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Supergirl tv show

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Until you said it

I didn’t realize how
The STAT / JLU
was a complete
Hero’s Journey
Encompassing
Many years

I didn’t even consider
Such episodes
As the one with
Green Arrow and Question
Or the conflict between
Kara and her PG lookalike clone

Interesting that the last season of JLU
Happened accidently

The Legion story,
Which connected
The advanced technology of Krypton
To the tech of the 31st Century
Made the end of
Kara’s journey obvious
(That and, of course, the boy)

Kara was 21
And made the best decision for her.

I wouldn’t have minded
That Legion series either.

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Of all the issues
That Supergirl
Was in since
Action 252 in 1959

What were your favorites?

Any titles
That I should add
From what
I already mentioned?

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From the DC Book Club
Volume 3

IN CELEBRATION OF DC PRIDE MONTH!

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Supergirl: Being Super (2016) #1

In Supergirl: Being Super, Kara’s new friend Dolly is confident in her identity as a gay young woman. What role do you see her playing in Kara’s life?

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My take

First
I doubt Dolly is a ‘new friend’

I don’t know if the three best friends have known each other from first grade

Or more recently

It is clear that they have known each other for years

Also Mariko Tamaki
Takes a unique approach
To these three

She excludes all the other students, giving them at best a page of dialogue.

Most teen age movies are about status in high school or romantic relationships.

That is not the concern of Mariko Tamaki.

Except for the track team (of which we know nothing about the other girls on the team), school life barely exists for the three.

Two things here

Dolly is named for a famous singer.

This might be a shout out to
Cher and Dionne in the teen age movie Clueless

Dolly has made a choice.

Kara thinks you don’t have to.

Dolly has good instincts

Lee follows instructions … just because

Only panel involving school work. Other school scenes are mainly hall ways

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Dolly knows
Kara is different
In some ways
But doesn’t care.

Dolly know what it means to be different

Putting
Dolly in danger
Forces Kara
To make a choice

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A more ‘typical’ take
On teen age life

Involving
Status
School
A little bit of romance
And of course
A murder case

Supergirl
Season 3 episode 6

Season 6

Kenny Lives!
(Relative of Kenny in South Park?)

Edit
Watching Episode

“Kenny died in the old world.
This is the New World”
(The result of Crisis)
So Season 3 Episode 6
Didn’t haopen that way)

Nia and Brainy

Kara Danvers Entry

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I think one of Dolly’s big functions in the trio is to show Kara that you can be the ‘outsider’ while still being part of the community around you. Dolly is no the norm, but doesn’t care, lives as who she is, and in the process is accepted as that. Plus, she I agree is the most grounded of the three girls. She sees the world as it is, not too cynical not too naive.

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This is
Pride Week
For the
Supergirl Being Super and Creators Topic

This week will cover

The writer
Mariko Tomaki

Pride CW Supergirl TV series

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Before talking about
Mariko Tomiko herself

Here are her major
Comic Book works
That are in our library

Besides Supergirl Being Super

https://www.dcuniverseinfinite.com/collections/edt-talentspotlight-marikotamaki

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From @msgtv

:00_dc_pride:Pride Profile: Mariko Tamaki. This Canadian writer and artist made an indelible impact with her 2008 graphic novel Skim, drawn by her sometime collaborator and cousin Jillian Tamaki. This and subsequent works often explore ideas “about living in the moments of wrenching transition …[and] the conflicting need to belong and desire to resist.” Themes seemingly drawn from her own life and identity as a lesbian growing up in Canada. Tamaki joined the DC family with highly praised Supergirl: Being Super, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, and I am not Starfire. She has also written She Hulk and Lumberjanes novels, and is now currently writing Detective Comics.

HQ breaking glass

Supergirl: Being Super

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DC Daily

Amy interviews

Mariko on
Wonder Woman

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