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dynamite damsels
excellent writing
skilled art
historical bonus 3
total score 8
Dynamite Damsels
Only Printing / August, 1976 / 36 pages / Roberta Gregory
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After a couple of years of contributing to various underground comic anthologies (e.g., Wimmen's Comix), Roberta Gregory self published her first one-artist comic book, Dynamite Damsels when she was 23 years old. The book is loaded with brief chapters loosely based on Gregory's life as well as side stories featuring lesbian themes. Gregory went on to a long and successful career as a cartoonist and reflected on Dynamite Damsels on her website: "The art is pretty embarrassing to me, nearly 30 years later, but it is a humorous snapshot of the feminist world of the middle 70s. Frieda Phelps, the star of the Feminist Funnies strip, takes center stage. She is an idealistic young woman out to change the world for the better, and soon discovers roadblocks along the way, as well as learning what good things can come about when women work together for change!

"The comic also has two short fantasy stories, 'Superdyke,' a lesbian super-heroine, and 'Liberatia,' the story of a women-only land. The ad on the inside back cover in also enlightening, to show how many feminist underground comics (now nearly all unavailable) were being published in the '70s. AND, the inside front cover has me giving an opening monologue… and introducing my cat, two things I have become notorious for in the pages of Naughty Bits."

It is currently unknown how many copies were printed of this comic book. It has not been reprinted.

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