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5 Favorite Comic Book Heroes For Young Girls

When people think of comic book heroes, they tend to think of male heroes like Superman, Spider-Man, and Batman. It’s a pretty male-dominated form of entertainment, but in more recent years, we’ve seen a surge of strong female characters that have made their way to the forefront of the comic book world. This is great news for young girls that want to get into comic books as they’re now represented more than ever on the pages.

While some female superheroes have been around for decades, there are others that have come in more recently to help stir things up. If you have a young girl in your family that’s into comic books and want to give her some female characters to look up to, try one of these five favorites for readers.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is often the first crime-fighting heroine that young girls look up to. Wonder Woman’s iconic look, strength, and thirst for justice gives young girls an idol they can be proud of. Psychologist and writer William Marston created the magnificent superhero with inspiration from his wife and their shared partner. 

Wonder Woman made her first appearance in 1941 and since then has starred in her own television series, played by Lynda Carter, and the more recent Wonder Woman films where she’s portrayed by Gal Gadot. 

Supergirl

Supergirl, also known as Kara Zor-El, is best known as the magnificently powerful, nearly indestructible, flying, and costumed heroine that is closely related to the infamous Superman. She was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, making her 1959 debut in Action Comics. 

Her powers are similar to those of Superman, ranging from super speed, immunity to all diseases, X-ray vision, freeze-breath, and many other superhuman abilities. Supergirl is the perfect specimen, despite her weakness to kryptonite like her superhero cousin. She’s a mentally and physically strong, yet responsible, a female idol for young girls everywhere to look up to. 

Batgirl

Batgirl originally started out as a character named Betty Kane, but in 1967 Gardner Fox reinvented Batgirl. She was given the name Barbara Gordon, written into the storyline as Gotham City’s police commissioner James Gordon. Batgirl is the female counterpart to the popular DC comic legend, Batman. 

Like Batman, Batgirl also lacks any superhuman powers but gets by with ease using her intelligence, cunning, and creativity to invent helpful tools to apprehend, or aid in Batman apprehending, Gotham’s slew of criminals. Batgirl’s smarts, inventive nature, and bravery make her a superhero idol for young girls everywhere. 

Spider-Gwen

Within the Marvel multiverse is the Spiderverse, alternate dimensions full of a variety of storylines for our favorite Marvel characters. In one of them, Earth-65, Gwen Stacy finds herself possessing similar spider-like superpowers, making her one of the few female counterparts to the classic Spiderman. 

They possess many of the same powers and find themselves infatuated with one another in this alternate universe. Spider Gwen, sometimes referred to as Spider-Woman, or Ghost Spider is a welcome female character that shows you don’t always need to be saved. She shows girls they can do the saving themselves and gives girls a long awaited female spiderman counterpart to admire. 

Captain Marvel  

Carol Danvers, most commonly known as Captain Marvel, is the ultimate female superhero. Though she’s known as Captain Marvel, she was first created as the male Captain Marvel’s female counterpart, originally named Ms. Marvel. Captain Marvel is one of the most recently relevant superhero idols young girls have the opportunity to adore. 

The Captain Marvel films, along with the Avengers films, showcase the bravery our tough heroine has in tense situations where the world depends on her actions. Her power and sense of responsibility, combined with her grace, make her a well-rounded role model for impressionable minds. 

5 Must-Read Comic Book Issues for Spider-Man Fans

There are certain comic book superheroes that are universally beloved, and toward the top of the list, you’ll find Spider-Man. Not only is the wallcrawler one of the greatest classic comic heroes, but his movies have always been box office gold, showing how broad his appeal has been over the decades.

When you focus on just the comic books, though, there are certain issues that have really stood out as the best in the Spider-Man series. If you’ve been a fan of Spider-Man and all of his films over the years, there are some issues that you have to read. Here are our picks for five Spider-Man comic issues that are required reading for all fans.

5. To Have and To Hold

Anyone that’s in a relationship knows how important it can be to put everything in perspective and look back on what makes everything work. This happens beautifully for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson in the 2007 issues of The Sensational Spider-Man titled “To Have and To Hold”.

After the events of “Civil War”, Spider-Man’s identity was revealed to the public and Mary Jane was being questioned by S.H.I.E.L.D. For readers, it was the perfect way to showcase the relationship between the two characters and why they meant so much to each other, and all of us.

4. Spider-Man: Blue

In another retrospective into Spider-Man’s love life, “Spider-Man: Blue” debuted in 2002 and shows how much the web slinger misses his lost love Gwen Stacy (more on that later). Recalling her death, Parker is depressed and scarred, still missing her long afterward. However, at this point, Parker has been married to Mary Jane Watson.

Spider-Man is recording an audio tape for Gwen to tell her how much he misses her, and Mary Jane takes notice. Instead of resulting in an argument, Mary Jane joins in the mourning in a very touching and poignant ending.

3. If This Be My Destiny

There have been some instances where Spider-Man has “leveled up” in a sense as he’s grown because of an obstacle in his way. The Amazing Spider-Man #33 was the culmination of Spider-Man’s needing to ascend to the next level of power to survive and allowed for one of the most iconic panels in comic book history.

Trapped under a pile of heavy machinery, Spider-Man thinks about his family when all things seemed lost. With his head spinning and the weight of the world literally on his shoulders, Spider-Man is able to lift an unfathomable amount and it moved Spidey up the power scale for superheroes. 

2. Spider-Man No More

For Spider-Man film fans, many consider the top movie featuring the character to be “Spider-Man 2” from the Tobey Maguire/Sam Raimi trilogy. In the film, Peter Parker throws his Spider-Man suit into the garbage and says that he’s “Spider-Man no more!” This is a callback to volume one of the Amazing Spider-Man series (#50).

Even the camera angle used in the film was taken directly from the famous comic book panel. There’s one big difference between this issue and the film, though, and it’s that Kingpin is the main villain in the comic books rather than Doctor Octopus.

1. The Night Gwen Stacy Died

This one might be cheating since it’s technically a two-parter, but “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” (a.k.a. “The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122) is the one that Spidey fans always come back to. Originally released in the summer of 1973, the story follows Spider-Man after his identity is discovered by the Green Goblin. Using this information, he goes after Peter Parker’s loved ones, namely his girlfriend Gwen Stacy.

This was a pivotal moment for not just Spider-Man, but for comic books in general. It showed higher stakes than had been seen before and was the start of the Bronze Age of comics. Those that are more familiar with Mary Jane Watson thanks to the Spider-Man films have this issue to thank as she became a more prominent character following Stacy’s death. It also set a new standard of evil for the Green Goblin.