Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I mentioned Superwoman before and her great sacrifice during the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and thought it would only be fair to show her first appearance in 1959 in Action Comics #252. As it turns out, her guest-starring role was the trial balloon for the character Supergirl, who appeared six months later. Since she was a time traveler, no one remembered her after she returned to her own time. This meant she could return to the 20th Century “for the first time” on several occasions! Superwoman was Kristen Wells, a time traveler from the 29th century. Some have described her as “the greatest hero of the 20th Century!” but that is a controversial assertion; everyone must decide that issue for himself or herself. However, on more than one occasion her feats eclipsed those of even Superman!

In issue 5 of her own title, Superwoman defeats Superman’s greatest foe Lex Luthor ! In issue 7 you can see, Superman is not very pleased to get beaten to the punch once again! I believe she was a greater hero than Superman, at least for a time; perhaps you believe that too. Certainly while the fans may disagree about Superwoman, there’s no doubt that she’s left behind a rich legacy.

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