I had the fortune of visiting a comic shop over the weekend, where I was able to pick up a whole stack of Showcase Presents collections. I really love these collections for a couple of reasons;
- They are relatively inexpensive (500 pages for only $17!)
- A great many of the stories tie in directly to current goings on in the DCU
- The Silver Age tales are all age appropriate, which means my son can read them all he wants and I won’t have to worry about content that may not be suitable for someone under the age of 7
But I was a little disappointed in the cover to Showcase Presents: Batgirl.
But my disappointment isn’t the same as the disappointment that has caused the pipes of the Interweb to be clogged by those crying foul.
Where does my disappointment come from? Not from the what some might call misogynistic cover, but the fact the cover was switched. Instead of using the cover from her first appearance, the company decided to use the cover from Detective Comics #371. I liked the solicited cover better. But that is just me grousing…
For those people who are complaining about the cover as being a put down to Batgirl, perhaps they should read the issie in question. In it, Batgirl is having all sorts of issues being a girl and being a crime fighter. Her “natural woman instincts” keep causing her problems, but by the end of the story her “flaws” actually help save the day.
You know what? It is cheesy, it is a bit sexist, but the story was written during a time when women were trying to combat inequality (1968). As I read through the tome, it is clear this is where Batgirl comes into her own and becomes a much stronger character.
Even if it may place high on the weird meter, I think it stands as a glimpse into the time period it was released.
As I’ve said before I’m not as bothered by these kinds of covers like other people, but I’m going to leave it up to you to cry Fair or Foul on this cover.