DC Ladies Meme — Helena Wayne // Huntress
"But Mom always said, you save the world when you save a single life."
If you could go on ONE perfect date with a DC character, whom would you pick?
And then same question, with a Marvel character?
Not based on their powers, just who you find most attractive or appealing?
DC Comics: Huntress (Helena Wayne)
Marvel: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova)
None of these awesome ladies have powers. Just a wide array of skills, cool gadgets, high intelligence, and they fight for the things that are most important to them. Most of it has to do with a love for human life and having a low tolerance threshold for people who abuse their power and hurt others.
As promised, before we delve deep into the history of the pre-Crisis Huntress, you must first get know what her pre-Huntress life was like! (It’s actually pretty damn awesome).
A year ago on the pre-Crisis Helena Wayne’s birthday, I did a review of her original origin story. I admit, this story actually involves a fridging (something I failed to acknowledged in the original review—shame on me), but I do draw attention to the fact that the story is centred more on Helena Wayne’s relationship with her mother than with her father. The importance given to Selina’s relationship to her daughter is also acknowledged and explored in another pre-Crisis Huntress story: The Lion Roars at Midnight, which I reviewed for Mother’s Day last year.
Once you’ve gotten to know Helena’s pre-Huntress life, we must next talk the origins of her better half, Kara Zor-L, who becomes the next important woman in Helena’s life once her Huntress career kicks off. Not only is Kara the first JSAer Helena immediately likens to following her first mission with the Justice Society, but this relationship becomes very significant to her later on. Helena is especially intrigued by her new friend’s extra-terrestrial origins! ;)
But again, that is a future discussion. For now get reacquainted with our pre-Huntress. :)
SECRET ORIGINS OF SUPERHEROES | The origin of the Earth-2 Huntress.
Earth-Two’s newest heroine begins her career right here! Learn why the Golden Age Batman retired—who he married—and what his connection is to the raven-haired avenger who is DC’s latest and greatest star!
—DC Super-stars, Vol. 03, No. 17, Nov-Dec 1977
Before the New 52 destroyed everything that was great about Helena Wayne (first by having her usurp the identity of Helena Bertinelli and later by having Thomas Wayne usurp her place on Earth-2), there was a time when DC Comics actually treated women with more respect, and even attempted to be more inclusive of women.
By the 1970s, the second wave of feminism hit a cultural peak in the United States (and possibly around the world as well), and this cultural revolution found its way into the offices of DC Comics. The first product of second wave feminism resulted in the creation of the Earth-2 Kara Zor-L as Power Girl, who was originally characterised as a strong advocate for female emancipation. The second was the creation of the Earth-2 Helena Wayne as the Huntress, who was also originally characterised as a strong advocate for women’s rights and of the poor.
As evidenced by the advertisement above, DC Comics in 1977 felt very confident about their newest addition to the Earth-2 (and ultimately, the Golden Age) mythos, so much that they described her as ‘DC’s latest and greatest star!’
Since I’ve already announced a much needed six-month hiatus from the New 52 (I really do need to detox, guys!), I may as well fill the void with something else fans have asked me to do in the last three years: reacquaint them with the original Helena Wayne!
Over the next six months, I’m looking to cover:
- The pre-Crisis origin of Helena Wayne (which I’ll post shortly)
- The pre-Crisis origin of her better half: Power Girl
- Helena’s first case with the Earth-2 Justice Society
- Helena’s first meeting with the Earth-1 Batfamily (which I already reviewed)
- The Death of the Earth-2 Batman
- The Justice League/Justice Society crossover to Apokolips
- Huntress’s team-ups with Power Girl and the Earth-2 Robin
- The foundation of Infinity Inc (which I started reviewing a while back)
- America vs the Justice Society
- The best stories of the Paul Levitz and Joey Cavalieri eras
I have a lot of reading (or re-reading in some cases) to do.
Welp. I have stuff to say regarding my future coverage of the New 52, and let’s just say I’m taking a holiday.
Or, if I may be more accurate, I’m basically skipping the next Crisis and hopping into my own personal TARDIS to cover the Earth-2 comics of times long past.
Some Huntress Fanart :-)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY | To our favourite crossbow-wielding superheroine.
'Dad said I came into the world kicking and fighting. I guess I owe it to him to go out the same way.'
-Helena Wayne (Wonder Woman #290)
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