Obscurity of DC Presents: A Tribute to Trina Robbins!

Why hello there, @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community! Welcome to a special read-a-long from Obscurity of DC! For those of you who haven’t already heard the bad news, legendary comic artist Trina Robbins has passed away just a few days ago. As a tribute to Trina Robbins, one of the greatest artists of our time, OODC will have an additional focus on one of her most obscure series…


Number of Issues: 4

Description from comicvine.gamespot.com: Trina Robbins started writing and drawing comics in 1966, when she was running a clothing boutique in San Francisco in the heyday of Haight-Ashbury. But the public didn’t know about her guilty little pleasure until she edited IT AIN’T ME, BABE, the first all-woman comic book in 1970. Later, in 1972, she was one of the founders of WIMMEN’S COMIX, which is, to this day, the longest running all-women comic book anthology in history. She co-edited STRIP AIDS USA, an AIDS benefit comic book in 1988 and in 1990 she self-published a pro-choice benefit book entitled CHOICES. Besides numerous articles in art periodicals, Trina has also written two histories of women in comics: WOMEN AND THE COMICS, which she co-wrote with cat yronwode, and A CENTURY OF WOMEN CARTOONISTS. She also has produced a number of children’s books and paperdoll books which are now highly sought-after collector’s items.

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. What does Trina Robbins’ early work in comics say about the overall industry feelings towards women working on comics? Was it supportive or against them? Explain.
  2. While Trina Robbins had made contributions to the underground comics, her work in women comics on It Ain’t Me Babe Comix were different from other things she did at the time. Why do you think working on It Ain’t Me Babe Comix book differed from other comic books at the time?
  3. Toward the latter half of the 20th century, what would you say set Trina Robbins’ art apart from other artists at the time?
  4. What can you infer about Robbins’ contributions to Wonder-Woman, whether writing or drawing the character, that showed her influences from Women/Underground Comics? Explain.
  5. A seminal figure in the comic industry, what would you consider to be her best contribution, Trina Robbins, made to comics? Use an example.

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