Superman turns 75 on April 18. I know this because I live in Cleveland, OH, home of the 2 teenagers who created Superman in 1933. Media in this region is positively besotted with the super guy in red socks.
You know where my head went, right? What about the super blonde in red boots?
Supergirl first appeared in DC Comics/Action Comics in 1959. She arrived on Earth as a teen. Her Krypton name was Kara Zor-El, but her superness was totally hidden by a dark wig she wore as her alter ego, Linda Lee Danvers, high school student. Her powerhouse mentor? Cousin Superman. And yes, she’s a NotMom. Which is probably best, since she’s also a teenager. Forever.
The Supergirl story lines of my memory could feel too much like Betty & Veronica with zoom. Even so, if Superman’s turning 75, I wondered about her.
Pop Quiz: Do Superman and Supergirl have equal powers?
Supergirl.com says it’s the official Supergirl site, and maybe it is. She looks exactly as I remember her in my 1960’s comics (which I did not save, of course). But, she’s refreshed her brand, trying to be SO totally cool to today’s young women and girls. (see what you think!), She has 96,644 Likes on Facebook..
One problem. This official site declares:
“Supergirl might not be as strong as Superman, but as Superman’s younger cousin she’s got plenty of attitude and style.”
She’s weaker than him? Yet cute and sassy? WTF?
Next, I went to the DC Comics site, where Kara’s look has… evolved. I’m going with: flying blonde from the Playboy Mansion. (Note that her costume is no longer a one-piece.) On this site, she’s got her groove back, and equal power:
“The Girl of Steel possesses all of Superman’s powers—from superhuman strength, speed, and invulnerability all the way down to his flight and enhanced senses. Still learning to control her awesome powers and lacking her cousin’s self-restraint, she may even be more dangerous than the Man of Steel.”
Some say that S-girl died in 1985. Perhaps she was revived by magic of DC Comics’ corporate business sense – she’s still prominent on that site and Wikipedia. With much love to Superman, I’m just sayin’: Supergirl’s alive and rocking 54.
(Image credits/trademarks: super awesome DC Comics)