History Comicbook / Supergirl

8th Feb '16 1:28:31 AM WillBGood
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In the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], a fateful decision was made: If Superman had a cousin on Earth-1, where Supergirl had long been established to live, why not one for the original Superman, Kal-L of Earth-2? Thus was ComicBook/PowerGirl, aka Kara Zor-L of Earth-2, introduced (in ''All-Star Comics'' #58, Feb. 1976), with an origin much like Supergirl's, except for some {{scotch tape}} to the effect that her capsule had taken much longer to reach Earth. Power Girl used a very different costume, an all-white one which highlighted [[MostCommonSuperpower her breasts, large even by comicbook standards]]. [[note]]This has given rise to the urban myth that her original artist, Wally Wood, increased her bust size with every issue. [[http://ragnell.blogspot.com/2006/05/power-girl-you-be-judge.html It's a funny story, but it's not true]].[[/note]] She was instantly inducted into the Justice Society of America and soon became a fan favorite. See more on [[ComicBook/PowerGirl her own page.]]
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In the [[TheSeventies 1970s]], a fateful decision was made: If Superman had a cousin on Earth-1, where Supergirl had long been established to live, why not one for the original Superman, Kal-L of Earth-2? Thus was ComicBook/PowerGirl, aka Kara Zor-L of Earth-2, introduced (in ''All-Star Comics'' #58, Feb. 1976), with an origin much like Supergirl's, except for some {{scotch tape}} a HandWave to the effect that her capsule had taken much longer to reach Earth. Power Girl used a very different costume, an all-white one which highlighted [[MostCommonSuperpower her breasts, large even by comicbook standards]]. [[note]]This has given rise to the urban myth that her original artist, Wally Wood, increased her bust size with every issue. [[http://ragnell.blogspot.com/2006/05/power-girl-you-be-judge.html It's a funny story, but it's not true]].[[/note]] She was instantly inducted into the Justice Society of America and soon became a fan favorite. See more on [[ComicBook/PowerGirl her own page.]]
30th Jan '16 3:19:15 AM Anicomicgeek
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Eventually, the "angel" aspect and the "Linda" aspect separated, with Linda keeping some powers of her own. This came at the same time that Supergirl was introduced in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', so in a bit of media property alignment, [[CanonImmigrant Linda was given the cartoon Supergirl's costume]]. In "Many Happy Returns", the final story arc of the series, Linda met the ''original'' Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Supergirl whose rocket somehow detoured to the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe. David hoped to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot use the arc to kickstart a new series entitled]] ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Blond Justice]]'', and while the story sold very well, the new series was not to be. Ultimately, Kara returned to her universe, and Linda [[PutOnABus retired from superheroing.]] ''Supergirl'' vol. 4 lasted 80 issues, ending in November, 2002. However, the success of "Many Happy Returns", suggested that there was interest in the original Supergirl...
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Eventually, the "angel" aspect and the "Linda" aspect separated, with Linda keeping some powers of her own. This came at the same time that Supergirl was introduced in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', so in a bit of media property alignment, [[CanonImmigrant [[RetCanon Linda was given the cartoon Supergirl's costume]]. In "Many Happy Returns", the final story arc of the series, Linda met the ''original'' Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Supergirl whose rocket somehow detoured to the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe. David hoped to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot use the arc to kickstart a new series entitled]] ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Blond Justice]]'', and while the story sold very well, the new series was not to be. Ultimately, Kara returned to her universe, and Linda [[PutOnABus retired from superheroing.]] ''Supergirl'' vol. 4 lasted 80 issues, ending in November, 2002. However, the success of "Many Happy Returns", suggested that there was interest in the original Supergirl...

* CanonImmigrant: The Kryptonian headband Supergirl was wearing when she died in ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''. It was added at the request of the producers of the 1984 ''{{Film/Supergirl}}'' movie... who then decided to ditch the headband themselves. The headband was explained in the comic as honoring her Kryptonian heritage, but in fact only male Kryptonians wore headbands before that. ** Also, the white T-shirt costume from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. It's explained in-story that Linda fashioned it from things she found in a costume shop, after Matrix (who wore a classic version of the costume) was forced to leave her.

* RetCanon: Supergirl's 80's costume (the one with the headband) was originally designed for the live-action movie. It was dropped from the movie at the last minute, but by then, it was too late for the comics to ditch it.
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* RetCanon: RetCanon: ** Supergirl's 80's costume (the one with the headband) was originally designed for the live-action movie. It was dropped from the movie at the last minute, but by then, it was too late for the comics to ditch it.it. ** Also, the white T-shirt costume from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. It's explained in-story that Linda fashioned it from things she found in a costume shop, after Matrix (who wore a classic version of the costume) was forced to leave her.
27th Jan '16 3:55:18 PM nombretomado
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Eventually, the "angel" aspect and the "Linda" aspect separated, with Linda keeping some powers of her own. This came at the same time that Supergirl was introduced in ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', so in a bit of media property alignment, [[CanonImmigrant Linda was given the cartoon Supergirl's costume]]. In "Many Happy Returns", the final story arc of the series, Linda met the ''original'' Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Supergirl whose rocket somehow detoured to the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe. David hoped to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot use the arc to kickstart a new series entitled]] ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Blond Justice]]'', and while the story sold very well, the new series was not to be. Ultimately, Kara returned to her universe, and Linda [[PutOnABus retired from superheroing.]] ''Supergirl'' vol. 4 lasted 80 issues, ending in November, 2002. However, the success of "Many Happy Returns", suggested that there was interest in the original Supergirl...
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Eventually, the "angel" aspect and the "Linda" aspect separated, with Linda keeping some powers of her own. This came at the same time that Supergirl was introduced in ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', so in a bit of media property alignment, [[CanonImmigrant Linda was given the cartoon Supergirl's costume]]. In "Many Happy Returns", the final story arc of the series, Linda met the ''original'' Pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} Supergirl whose rocket somehow detoured to the ComicBook/PostCrisis universe. David hoped to [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot use the arc to kickstart a new series entitled]] ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen Blond Justice]]'', and while the story sold very well, the new series was not to be. Ultimately, Kara returned to her universe, and Linda [[PutOnABus retired from superheroing.]] ''Supergirl'' vol. 4 lasted 80 issues, ending in November, 2002. However, the success of "Many Happy Returns", suggested that there was interest in the original Supergirl...
14th Jan '16 7:34:15 PM UrthWyrm
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[[folder: Supergirl's Comic Incarnations]]
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[[folder: Supergirl's Comic Incarnations]]#0) Super-Girl]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder: #1) Kara Zor-El]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:#1.5) Power Girl]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:The Crisis]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:#2) Matrix]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:#3) Linda Danvers]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:#4) Cir-El]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder: #5) Kara Zor-El (Post-Crisis)]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder:#2.5) Power Girl (Post-Crisis)]]

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[[/folder]] [[folder: #6) Kara Zor-El (New 52) and #3.5) Power Girl (New 52)]]
12th Jan '16 9:50:03 AM nirao01
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In 2007 Supergirl became a regular character on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' as Clark's cousin Kara from Krypton (played by Laura Vandervoort), using a variation of the origin where she is older than him and, as is typical in that series, NotWearingTights or using a code name. (There had earlier been a fake "Kara from Krypton" who turned out to be neither. It was a plan by an [=AI=] made in Jor-El's image, and from the way she was hitting on him, she wasn't supposed to be Clark's cousin [[IncestIsRelative unless Kryptonian social mores are]] [[strike: very different from]] [[IncestIsRelative pretty much the same as modern human ones]].)
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In 2007 Supergirl became a regular character on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' as Clark's cousin Kara from Krypton (played by Laura Vandervoort), Creator/LauraVandervoort), using a variation of the origin where she is older than him and, as is typical in that series, NotWearingTights or using a code name. (There had earlier been a fake "Kara from Krypton" who turned out to be neither. It was a plan by an [=AI=] made in Jor-El's image, and from the way she was hitting on him, she wasn't supposed to be Clark's cousin [[IncestIsRelative unless Kryptonian social mores are]] [[strike: very different from]] [[IncestIsRelative pretty much the same as modern human ones]].)
25th Dec '15 7:51:30 PM nombretomado
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* ArchEnemy: In the SilverAge Kara's ArchEnemy was evil Kandorian scientist Lesla-Lar who specialised in stealing powers and/or bodies and tried to replace Kara with herself more than once (she was also GenreSavvy enough to decide she should kill ComicBook/LexLuthor after milking their villainous partnership for as much as possible). Post-Crisis it was Superwoman (Lucy Lane). In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} it is evil billionaire Simon Tycho.
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* ArchEnemy: In the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Kara's ArchEnemy was evil Kandorian scientist Lesla-Lar who specialised in stealing powers and/or bodies and tried to replace Kara with herself more than once (she was also GenreSavvy enough to decide she should kill ComicBook/LexLuthor after milking their villainous partnership for as much as possible). Post-Crisis it was Superwoman (Lucy Lane). In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} it is evil billionaire Simon Tycho.

* GirlNextDoor: Kara/Linda's personality in the SilverAge.
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* GirlNextDoor: Kara/Linda's personality in the SilverAge.UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}.

* KindheartedCatLover: Streaky the Super-Cat, in fact. He got powers in a lab accident. Yes, he was a cat who could shove the planet out of orbit if he liked; just repeat the MST3KMantra and enjoy it for the SilverAge fun it was.
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* KindheartedCatLover: Streaky the Super-Cat, in fact. He got powers in a lab accident. Yes, he was a cat who could shove the planet out of orbit if he liked; just repeat the MST3KMantra and enjoy it for the SilverAge UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} fun it was.

* StoryArc: Unusually for DC characters in the early SilverAge (especially Superman himself) Supergirl stories were regularly two or three (or rarely longer) story arcs rather than just stand alone stories.
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* StoryArc: Unusually for DC characters in the early SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] (especially Superman himself) Supergirl stories were regularly two or three (or rarely longer) story arcs rather than just stand alone stories.
27th Nov '15 8:19:35 PM pepsimax
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Most recently, a [[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl TV series]] starring [[Series/{{Glee}} Melissa]] [[Film/{{Whiplash}} Benoist]] as Kara [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/supergirl-tv-series-cbs-dc-greg-berlati-ali-adler-836682/ premiered on CBS]] in the fall of 2015.[[/folder]]
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Most recently, a [[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl TV series]] starring [[Series/{{Glee}} Melissa]] [[Film/{{Whiplash}} Benoist]] Creator/MelissaBenoist as Kara [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/supergirl-tv-series-cbs-dc-greg-berlati-ali-adler-836682/ premiered on CBS]] in the fall of 2015.[[/folder]]
20th Nov '15 1:11:26 PM DragonQuestZ
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* CostumeEvolution: Her outfit started as a blue mini dress with a red cape and boots. Changes over the years include making the skirt red, making the suit a two-piece, changing the skirt with shorts, and adding gold edging.
8th Nov '15 5:18:47 PM comicwriter
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* RetCanon: Supergirl's 80's costume (the one with the headband) was originally designed for the live-action movie. It was dropped from the movie at the last minute, but by then, it was too late for the comics to ditch it.
28th Oct '15 9:37:13 AM dsneybuf
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In 2007 Supergirl became a regular character on ''{{Smallville}}'' as Clark's cousin Kara from Krypton (played by Laura Vandervoort), using a variation of the origin where she is older than him and, as is typical in that series, NotWearingTights or using a code name. (There had earlier been a fake "Kara from Krypton" who turned out to be neither. [[spoiler: It was a plan by an [=AI=] made in Jor-El's image]], and from the way she was hitting on him, she wasn't supposed to be Clark's cousin [[IncestIsRelative unless Kryptonian social mores are]] [[strike: very different from]] [[IncestIsRelative pretty much the same as modern human ones]].)
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In 2007 Supergirl became a regular character on ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' as Clark's cousin Kara from Krypton (played by Laura Vandervoort), using a variation of the origin where she is older than him and, as is typical in that series, NotWearingTights or using a code name. (There had earlier been a fake "Kara from Krypton" who turned out to be neither. [[spoiler: It was a plan by an [=AI=] made in Jor-El's image]], image, and from the way she was hitting on him, she wasn't supposed to be Clark's cousin [[IncestIsRelative unless Kryptonian social mores are]] [[strike: very different from]] [[IncestIsRelative pretty much the same as modern human ones]].)

Most recently, a [[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl TV series]] starring [[Series/{{Glee}} Melissa]] [[Film/{{Whiplash}} Benoist]] as Kara will be [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/supergirl-tv-series-cbs-dc-greg-berlati-ali-adler-836682/ coming to CBS]] in the fall of 2015.[[/folder]]
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Most recently, a [[Series/{{Supergirl2015}} Supergirl TV series]] starring [[Series/{{Glee}} Melissa]] [[Film/{{Whiplash}} Benoist]] as Kara will be [[http://deadline.com/2014/09/supergirl-tv-series-cbs-dc-greg-berlati-ali-adler-836682/ coming to premiered on CBS]] in the fall of 2015.[[/folder]]
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