Comic Book: Jill Trent Science Sleuth
Jill at work, Doing Science.
"Two girls seem hardly a match for tommy-gunning experts at crime — but Jill and Daisy have the limitless arsenal of Science at their command! Combined with canny courage, their exploits add up to another adventure in split-second sleuthing!"
Jill Trent, Science Sleuth
was a Golden Age
comic book feature that appeared in Nedor Comics The Fighting Yank
and Wonder Comics
between 1943 and 1948. Jill was a scientist and inventor who (alongside her very
close gal pal Daisy Smythe) solved mysteries with a combination of scientific knowhow and old-fashioned fisticuffs.
While quite obscure today, Jill Trent, Science Sleuth
is interesting for its positive depiction of an independent action heroine who was never dependent on her boyfriend to get her out of a jam. Indeed, she didn't even seem to have
a boyfriend, which itself was quite unusual for comic book heroines of the day. And while Jill typically used her science skills to solve the mystery, stories were generally resolved by Jill and Daisy punching out the bad guys, just like their male counterparts would.
The Jill Trent stories are now in the public domain. Scans of several stories are available on the Internet from sites such as the Nedor-a-Day Blog
and Golden Age Comics
.Jill Trent She Sir Science Sleuth
is a Remix Comic
parody of the original, in which Jill was formerly a slow-witted janitor named Jim, before exposure to Femavium turned him into a girl
who has "girl-brain cells with the proportional density of 58 girls" that allow her to Do Science
at an amazingly high level.
The original Jill Trent comic book feature provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Both Jill and Daisy.
- Badass Bookworm: Jill is both a top-notch science sleuth and quite competent with guns and fists.
- Girly Bruiser: Jill is thin and attractive, wears skirts, hats, and heels like other stylish '40s gals... and punches out bad guys with ease. Daisy usually qualifies too, though her appearance and personality are somewhat inconsistent.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Jill and Daisy. They're single women living together, which wasn't unusual for the time, but neither of them had an obvious boyfriend, or even the mention of one, which was highly unusual for female protagonists in the Golden Age.
- Science Heroine