The NY Times profiles DC’s first ongoing woman writer for Wonder Woman – Gail Simone, who also started “Women in Refrigerators.”

This (Women in Refrigerators) is a list I made when it occurred to me that it’s not that healthy to be a female character in comics. I’m curious to find out if this list seems somewhat disproportionate, and if so, what it means, really.

These are superheroines who have been either depowered, raped, or cut up and stuck in the refrigerator. I know I missed a bunch. Some have been revived, even improved — although the question remains as to why they were thrown in the wood chipper in the first place.


  1. While I’m looking forward to reading Gail’s WONDER WOMAN, and expect it to be a terrific and lengthy run, I’ll note that the first female “ongoing writer” for WONDER WOMAN was Mindy Newell, back in the mid-1980s.

    Mindy took over from Dan Mishkin, and wrote the book for a few issues leading up to CRISIS and the end of the series run. Gerry Conway wrote the final issue.

    Brief though Mindy’s run was, she was the regular writer while she was there, not a fill-in writer. She was also the regular scripter of the next WONDER WOMAN series for a while, over George Perez’s plots. But her brief 1985 stint is enough to get her the distinction.

    And if anyone’s wondering, I think the first female regular writer for LOIS LANE stories was Tamsyn O’Flynn, a few year earlier.


  2. Is there anything Kurt Busiek doesn’t know? :)

    If there was a post on Peter Milligan’s Rogan Gosh, the comic book, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kurt reply with a full ingredients list and cooking instructions for Rogan Gosh, the Indian cuisine.

  3. Of course both Joye Murchison (1945-1947), and Dann Thomas (1983) were ongoing Wonder Woman writers even before this. You could argue that Thomas was the less famous of a writing team, but Murchison’s stories were solo…..