Sunday, June 2, 2013

DC Direct Silver Age SUPERGIRL!

Silver Age Superboy & Supergirl Deluxe Action Figure Set - DC Direct 2002
Welcome to the first of fourteen Superman-related reviews I will be posting in celebration of the June 14th theatrical release of Man of Steel.  Supergirl is a character that perfectly fits the kind of hero I obsess over.  In a nutshell, I love obvious female versions of established male characters.  Why do I focus on these heroines rather than those with more independent origins (like Wonder Woman)?  I honestly don't know, but it probably has something to do with the ability to do a direct gender comparison between two characters.  Typical differences like superpowers, personal motivations, or high-tech gadgets just don't come into play when these ladies step up to the plate.  I love a good change of perspective and these characters can provide that in spades.  This version of Supergirl was introduced in 1959 as Superman's cousin Kara Zor-El.  There had been a few versions of Supergirl prior to this debut, but this was the version that stuck and is still popular today.  The Tim Bruckner sculpt perfectly captures the Silver Age "wholesome" style.  I love her.  Let's check her out below.

The Deluxe Action Figure Set packaging from DC Direct was always bright, colorful, and fun.  Superboy and Supergirl are no exception.


Supergirl came with her pet, Streaky the Super-Cat.  Unfortunately my Streaky is sitting on my desk at work (much to the amusement of my peers).  Here are some images snagged from eBay.

Kara has limited but decent articulation.  One joint that she has (that future DC Direct figures phased out) is ankle hinges.  They make for good flying poses.
Here are some images of early Supergirl comic appearances.


Time for a Comparison Pic!


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