More Beautiful Comic Book Women

More of the beautiful women of comics

Welcome to my second article about the beautiful women of comics.

Like the last article, this one features some of the hottest women that comic book creators have...ummm...created?

Yes, these are all fictional women that push comic book subscriptions up when they appear on the cover or between the covers (ahem) of comic books.

Most people think that female superheroes take a back seat to the males, but I wonder who catches a comic book fan's eye faster...a scantily clad Batman or a scantily clad Storm?

I mean generally.

So while characters like Batman, Superman and Spider-Man may be the comic book company’s flagships, here are some more of the women that put the wind in those sails.....

Dawn

Dawn by Joseph Michael Linsner
Dawn by Joseph Michael Linsner

Dawn was created by comic book artist Joseph Michael Linsner in 1989.
She is the goddess of birth and rebirth and the also guardian of all the witches on Earth.
Dawn is so popular, that at Dragon-Con, a Dawn look-alike contest has been held for the past ten years.
And she is on the cover of the Gary Numan CD album Numan: Dawn (aka: Sacrifice).
Although Dawn is usually shown as a drop-dead gorgeous young red-haired woman, she has also been depicted in many different shapes, sizes and colors because she can change her appearance to match the expectations of the person looking at her.

Storm

Storm by J.Scott Campbell
Storm by J.Scott Campbell

If you want a woman with a colorful, full, rich background, you'd be hard pressed to find a character more complicated than Ororo Iqadi T'Challa-Munroe, also known as Storm.
Storm was created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum and made her first appearance in Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975).
Besides being a very strong female character, Storm has the honor of being the first (as far as I can tell) black woman to play a major role in a comic series for either of the two big comic book companies.
And just so you don't think Storm is just another pretty face, the Sentinels (robots programmed to hunt and capture or kill mutants) identify Storm as a possible Omega-level mutant.
Storm has weather control, great magical potential, combat skills, thievery skills, she's immune to extreme weather conditions and temperatures and she has one of the strongest wills in the X-Men.

She was played by Halle Berry in the original X-Men movies and will be played by Alexandra Shipp in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Rogue

Rogue by Ed Benes
Rogue by Ed Benes

The X-Man Rogue was created by Chris Claremont and Michael Golden, and she debuted in the 1981 Avengers Annual #10.
Like the two women before her on this list, Rogue is one of the most powerful beings in comics.
If Rogue touches you, she can absorb your memories, knowledge, talents, personality, and physical abilities.
Rogue appeared in all the X-men films (played by Anna Paquin) and all of the X-Men cartoons.
I have to admit though, the old 1990s X-Men was my favorite portrayal.

X Men: Rogue's Best Scenes

Black Widow

Black Widow by Adam Hughes
Black Widow by Adam Hughes

The Black Widow (Natalia Romanova or as she was known back "in the day" Natasha Romanoff) first appeared as a villain back in 1964 in Tales of Suspense #52.
After she dropped her weird original costume and got her trademark skintight black costume, she became one of my favorite characters.
She has been Daredevil's girlfriend (for about three years in real time) and led her own team (The Champions).
Of course the Widow is experiencing a surge in popularity due to Scarlett Johansson playing her in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.\

Will there be a Black Widow film? Maybe......

Fairchild

Fairchild - Ed Benes
Fairchild - Ed Benes

The muscle of the superhero group Gen13, Caitlin Fairchild seems to be a favorite of comic book artists and fans alike.
And she's the fourth red-head on this Hub so far.....
Originally, Fairchild had incredible strength and durability due to her gen-factor causing her mass and muscle density to grow exponentially.
Of course like any comic book hero, all that has changed and been altered over the years.
But the bullet-proof Caitlin that could throw trucks at you is my favorite incarnation.

Black Cat

Black Cat by Terry Dodson
Black Cat by Terry Dodson

Marvel Comics Black Cat (Felicia Hardy) is one third of possibly the hottest love triangle in comics with Spider-man, Mary Jane Watson (Parker) and herself.
Actually, the Black Cat wasn't created as a Spider-Man character, but a Spider-Woman character.
And no matter what her creator Marv Wolfman says, I still think Black Cat is an homage to (or inspired by) Catwoman.
"Cat" as part of her name...check
Cat Burglar...check
Black Costume...check (yes let's argue that Catwoman didn't get her all black costume in the comics till Frank Miller, but 1966..Julie Newmar/Catwoman...black cat suit.)
Unrequited love for a super-hero...check
Of course just because I think Black Cat is inspired by Catwoman, it doesn't make Black Cat any less of a character.
I mean look at Aquaman/Namor, Green Arrow/Hawkeye, Dr Fate/Dr Strange...all similar but different.

Elektra

Elektra by Greg Horn
Elektra by Greg Horn

I think it's safe to say that except for Dark Phoenix, Elektra has the highest body count attributed to her of any female superhero.
She is a ninja assassin, highly skilled in martial arts and weaponry and has shown psychic abilities like hypnotism, mind-swapping and low-level telekinesis, plus she can telepathically communicate with others that have her same level of mental prowess.
Elecktra was portrayed by Jennifer Garner first in Daredevil (2003) and then in the spin-off film, Elektra (2005).

Mystique

Mystique by Joseph Michael Linsner
Mystique by Joseph Michael Linsner

Another character with a long convoluted past is Mystique.
She is the mother of bad guy Graydon Creed (the father was Sabretooth), the hero Nightcrawler (the father was a demonic-looking mutant named Azazel) , and the foster mother of the Rogue.
This mutant shapeshifter with blue skin and yellow eyes has formed her own team (the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants), knocked off almost as many people as Elektra and is said to be over one hundred years old.
In the X-Men films she was portrayed by Rebecca Romijn, but I really never got into her reptilian look.
I prefer the "normal" blue skin, but I guess maybe they were afraid using that would lead to Smurfette jokes.

Starfire

Starfire by Michael Turner
Starfire by Michael Turner

Koriand'r was created by Marv Wolfman (yes, the same guy that created Black Cat) and George Pérez and made her first appearance in DC Comics Presents #26 (1980).
Starfire is a visually striking character.
Besides her obvious physical appearance, she leaves a contrail behind her when she flies, has a waist length auburn hair, and fires starbolts.
Of course the comic book version of Starfire looks vastly different than the Starfire that appeared on the Teen Titans animated series.
And Koriand'r is the fourth DC hero to carry that name.
Before her was the Russian superhero Starfire, the Supergirl villain Starfire and the swordswoman Starfire, none of which are related to her.

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey by Ed Benes
Birds of Prey by Ed Benes

The last entry here isn't just a person, it's a group.
Birds of Prey started out as a one shot Black Canary/Oracle: Birds of Prey in 1996.
The Huntress didn't join the group until 2003, and of course most people are familiar with this trio because of the Birds of Prey TV series in 2002.
The Birds of Prey isn't just a trio though, most of the female superheroes in the DC universe have been members or worked with them at one time or another.

X-23

X-23 by Danni Shinya Luo
X-23 by Danni Shinya Luo

Like Harley Quinn in Batman The Animated Series, X-23 was created for a cartoon (X-Men: Evolution) and brought into the comics later.
She was created by Craig Kyle and Chris Yost and is the cloned "daughter" of Wolverine.
I'm sorry but when I first saw this character I just wrote it off as catering to the fanboys.
"Wolverine is really popular...so let's combine his powers and a hot teenage girl!"
Ka-Ching!
However, thanks to writers like Marjorie Liu, the character has risen above eye candy status.

Vampirella

Vampirella by Joe Jusko
Vampirella by Joe Jusko

Well as rjbatty suggested I added Vampirella.
Yeah I had to do a face shot so as to not get into trouble with "The Powers That Be", but I think this shot still conveys how sexy/hot/deadly the girl from Drakulon is.
She was created in 1969 by the legendary Forrest J Ackerman and costume designer Trina Robbins.
The iconic red sling suit, white collar and shiny black knee-high boots are immediately recognized by fans all over the world, no matter which artist draws her.
Out of respect, we won't mention the 1996 direct to video adaptation starring Talisa Soto, Roger Daltrey, Richard Joseph Paul, and Corinna Harney, except in passing.

Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock)

Psylocke by Greg Land
Psylocke by Greg Land

Marvel Comics' Psylocke (Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock) was created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe way back in 1976.
But she didn't start out here in the States, her first appearance was in the Marvel UK series Captain Britain.
The twin sister of Captain Britain, Betsy started out as a precog, became a telepath, then eventually had her mind placed in the body of a Japanese female ninja known as Kwannon and later gained telekinesis.
Actually, she has had so many powers and abilities that it would probably take a whole article just to list them all.
Psylocke is a favorite of fans and cosplayers.
And she has showed up on the big screen twice, in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, she was played by Meiling Melançon and in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse, she was played by Olivia Munn.

More Beautiful Comic Book Women

Who is your favorite out of these comic book women?

  • Dawn
  • Storm
  • Rogue
  • Black Widow
  • Fairchild
  • Black Cat
  • Elektra
  • Mystique
  • Starfire
  • Birds of Prey
  • X-23
  • Vampirella
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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

I like Electra best, Thanks sabre for featuring the comic ladies,


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Really? I pictured more of a "Storm" person....

Thanks for stopping by!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

From this list, Black Widow was always my favorite, with Storm a close second. By the time BW got the black leather suit, it seemed artists always made the extra effort to make her look sexy. Remember Elasti-Girl from the original Doom Patrol? I always thought she was beautifully drawn by Bruno Premiani.

When can we expect a hub listing the most beautiful comic book women without powers? Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy, Lana Lang, Karen Page, Shalla Bal, etc.? That would be an interesting list.

Thanks, this was fun.


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

I ALMOST put MJ on this one. Then I thought,"She's not actually a super hero" and stopped. Although the title is "comic book women"...hmmmm..maybe next time.


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Linda MS Enos 6 years ago from Beautiful Manoa Valley

I love it! Thank you for helping to make the hubpages fun! Its juicy mind candy! I am gravitating toward Black Cat. :)


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raven1967 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Very cool artwork!


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mdlawyer 6 years ago

Very engaging indeed!


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I like to draw some of the comic book characters. I did a woodburning of Princess Ai. Has anyone heard of her? She's from a dramatic comic book series created by Courtney Love.


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Linda MS Enos: Hmmm...Black Cat? Interesting. I would have pictured you more as a Storm person....


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

raven1967, mdlawyer , lovelypaper : Thank you all for dropping by.

And no I haven't heard of Priincess AI, maybe you should do a Hub!


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

I love Elektra and Fairchild. Al these women are smoking hot. Thanks for doing yet another hub on more beautiful comic book women! This is a real treat! You do great research on your subject, Sabre! You a such a Great Hubber. : )


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Cheeky Girl: Thank you! I've always been kinda partial to Black Widow myself.


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sunspot1214 6 years ago from somewhere on earth

Ooops you already featured Black Canary and Huntress, so how about, uhmm, Vixen and Hawkgirl? Also, do GI Joe women characters like Scarlett, Lady J and Cover Girl apply?


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Well I thought about GI Joe because of...The Baroness!

They may apply just because of her...LOL


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Alaster 6 years ago from Knoxville

I've always been a fan of Poison Ivy. Also I like how every comic book chick has big boobs.


mtsi1098 6 years ago

Birds of Prey reminds me of the Charlies Angels of Comics :)


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

A great hub and comic art with Electra hard to beat.


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lilly_dens 6 years ago

Storm's my favorite :) nice hub!


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bojanglesk8 6 years ago

Cool hub.


person 6 years ago

Wow,I didn't know that much about those x-men girls... and that's my fav. movie!!! I sortta wanted to be Mystique for Halloween... but I'm still thinkin bout it... cool info and pics.

From:

Jean Grey (lol)...!


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Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

give an alternative... thanks


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Raf Domingos 6 years ago from São Paulo, Brazil

Great Hub, I like the elektra from Frank Miller, and Black Widow, for sure.


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estranged911 6 years ago from India!

Wow.. haven't known about so many of them.. i liked Electra the most!


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glenn wallace 6 years ago

Hehe, I detect a definite redhead bias. Not that I'm complaining of course. I have a Gen 13 #1 hiding somewhere in storage that I bought almost exclusively for the pic of Fairchild on the cover.


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rulerofdarkness13 6 years ago

Storm kewl ^^


Ann 6 years ago

Aww, poor Jean Grey.


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Richard Manifest 6 years ago

I've been an advent comic collector and connoisseur for years. Each of these women have been beautifully drawn by various artist over the years. Personal Favorites have ranged from Magik to Spellbound to Baby Phoenix Rachael Summers! But one has to have an all time favorite and mine is Rogue...

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Mr Tindle 5 years ago

Sabreblade,

Nice hubs about the women of comics. I always enjoyed comic books when I was younger. X-Men were great.

Can't believe you left Mary Jane out though!


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bob9125 5 years ago from United States

excellent art work! I liked Storm the best.


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W. K. Hayes 5 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

Yep...but who can forget the princess, Wonder Woman? Hubba-Hubba! Alot of the pics are not showing up though...bummer.


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sabrebIade 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Hmmm...musta been an HP glitch cause I'm seeing them all now.

And of course WW was on the first Hub....LOL


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bugslady8949 5 years ago from The Bahamas

I like all of the comics females drawn,I wish I created them.


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Manny Fore 5 years ago

I'll have to say Power Girl should be mentioned, but I guess that she's not that popular?........right?


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Manny Fore 5 years ago

I forgot to mention She-Hulk, Thundra, and the Invisible Woman should've been posted above, but I guess it would become a longer picture post of female heroines.


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sabrebIade 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Manny Fore: Power Girl is on the first Hub


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Manny Fore 5 years ago

Sabreblade

My apologies to you. Good illustrations and very well thought out. I have read your article and I enjoyed it. Bravo to you, Sabreblade.


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sabrebIade 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Manny Fore: No need to apologize! I still gotta fit Thundra (one of my favorites)She-Hulk and Sue Storm in here somewhere!


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edw4rdcull 5 years ago

Fair Child is Hot


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hanwillingham 5 years ago

Cool hub! Very nice arts. Thanks for sharing.


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rjbatty 3 years ago from Irvine

My vote would go for Vampirella. Over the years she's been drawn by some outstanding artists. I'd also have to mention Lady Death.


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sabrebIade 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

I agree. However...it's had to find a picture of Vampi or Lady Death that HubPages would allow me to post without shutting down the Hub.


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rjbatty 3 years ago from Irvine

You're probably right. Maybe Witchblade?


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chopsooy 3 years ago from China

From the list, I chose Elektra...Phoenix is awesome though.


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sabrebIade 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

I think she is in Part 1


kj 9 months ago

Excuse me but WHERE WAS HARLEY QUINN


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sabrebIade 9 months ago from Pennsylvania Author

Ummmm...she was in Part 1


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limpet 5 months ago from London England

Vampirella has always been a 'fav' of mine as is Elvira who i think would make a great couple working in tandem. As a red blooded adolescent youth i aspired a lot to Batwoman, of course she was more a contemporary of Batman then, than a superhero in her own right.


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limpet 4 months ago from London England

Now on the way to a 'comic book & graphic novel display being held at a city library. More to follow.


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limpet 2 months ago from London England

Greetings my little Darklings

I'm inclined to think the super heroine doesn't challenge super villain at all. She opposes the meglo-maniacs of the world and guess who triumphs every time.

Sweet dreams.

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