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Mike Maihack’s Supergirl/Batgirl really, really needs to happen

Supergirl/Batgirl, by Mike Maihack

Although we covered the launch of DC Fifty-TOO! just last week — it’s the Jon Morris-spearhead blog on which cartoonists offer their own ideas for DC relaunch titles — I already find myself revisiting it to spotlight a cover. Heck, I could close my eyes, point and land on a half-dozen pieces worth highlighting, but today I’ll focus on the contribution by Cow & Buffalo creator Mike Maihack, who floats an irresistible spin on DC’s classic World’s Finest formula starring Supergirl and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon):

Can the same blonde-haired, wonder teen from Metropolis who helped Barbara Gordon finally put an end to Killer Moth’s week-long crime spree also be the new popular transfer student at Gotham High? Good thing they have superheroics in common because Babs’ and Kara Zor-El’s student lives are about to clash.”

That’s a rough tagline for a book that shouldn’t come as any big surprise for those who have followed me online for longer than a week. I would take a more all-ages approach to the series, placing Babs and Kara in high school who, despite some social differences, eventually become best friends. That’s when I would introduce an idolizing fourteen-year-old Mary Marvel to annoy the heck out of them.

It’s the promise of Mary Marvel that really sells it, isn’t it?

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I really dig this idea and would buy this book

Not that I have the least interest in this, or most such similar “write-in candidate” proposals, BUT…

…wouldn’t it be fantastic if our intellectual property laws allowed long-established concepts, like Batgirl (50 years old) and Supergirl (52-ish years old) to enter the public domain? At which point (aside from the niceties of trademarks, which could be accommodated), aspiring creators could just do their Supergirl/Batgirl series (after the inevitable Kickstarter campaign, at any rate) without having to lobby DC (or Marvel, etc.)?

If, in other words, copyright law still worked like it used to way back when, before that bit in the Constitution about “limited times” was conveniently ignored?

Oh well; pipe dreams, I realize.

I would buy every issue and trade paperback. I’d buy a couple extra books for gifts!

Do you want my money, DC?

Just because someone can draw a cover doesn’t mean they can draw 20 pages of interior pages a month, nor does it mean it flows well from a sequential art stance, nor does it mean it be well written. I wish people would consider this before saying people should work on books from one piece of art.

If I could wish it into existence, it would be so. *sigh* Great cover!!!!

I would buy this for myself and my two-year old daughter. This new 52 is a complete misstep, dating back to the cancellation of the Batman Adventures.

A “limited” time of nearly 100 years – which will no doubt be extended again when “Steamboat Willie” is about to fall into public domain – pretty much guarantees we will never live to see anything else become public domain.

I really love the cover – and I like the idea as well. Batgirl, Supergirl, and Mary Marvel. Make it happen! And add in Donna Troy while you’re at it.

“MadMikeyD
August 24, 2011 at 11:09 am
A “limited” time of nearly 100 years – which will no doubt be extended again when “Steamboat Willie” is about to fall into public domain – pretty much guarantees we will never live to see anything else become public domain.”

Sadly true.

“Just because someone can draw a cover doesn’t mean they can draw 20 pages of interior pages a month,”

One could say this for about a third of the artists DC DID PICK for the DCnU launch, so this thought is easily irrelevant.

“It’s the promise of Mary Marvel that really sells it, isn’t it?”

Actually, the promise of Mary Marvel kinda spoils it. She’s basically another Supergirl. Boring. Bring in a character with more difference … a young Black Canary who’s has to deal with a successful superhero mom (instead of male cousin) and who’s just learning to deal with her powers. Or a young Halo or Starfire, who must acclimate to Earth culture. Something like that.

This reminds me of the old Batman Adventures comics that would spotlight Batgirl. They were great fun reads, and this looks like it would be too.

@Ryan – you make a good point. However, what I think usually gets people excited in instances like this is that the creator is interested enough in doing a certain book that he/she takes the time to create the (unsolicited) image and have a take on the book, which at least indicates they have some sort of passion/excitement for it, which may very likely lead to an enjoyable book.

Personally, I don’t understand why every one of these proposals for the DC women involves infantilizing them or turning them into teens. Is the assumption that, if you want teenage girls to read the books, they have to read only about kids? If that’s the case, why didn’t they just turn all the DC characters into kewl teens as part of the reboot? I wouldn’t mind reading a book about Lois Lane or Supergirl or Batgirl or even Mary Marvel of an adult age if it was well-written and -drawn, so why must it be teens every damn time?

Not saying there are a ton of adult female superhero books out there, but if that’s what you want you already have Batwoman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Catwoman, and Birds of Prey.

@Ryan

Well it’s a good thing that Mike has a website full of his comics to peruse through then, isn’t it?

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