Legendary Women was at Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Convention again this year, raising money for Moving Creations Inc, a Philadelphia based organization that helps teenage girls become agents of positive change in their own lives and in their communities.
We asked people to participate by voting for their favorite comic book super heroine. They donated money in their favorite’s name. The more they donated the more votes their favorite had. Donations ranged from pocket change to $20. We provided eight heroines to choose from, but also accepted write in votes. Not only were we able to raise over $300 for Moving Creations, we also got the chance to talk to people about the heroines they love and learned a lot about what makes a fictional woman a memorable hero.
After three days of voting, here are the results of our very unscientific poll.
[img_assist|nid=324|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=137|height=200]#8. Zatanna – An accomplished stage magician as well as a born sorceress, Zatanna doesn’t simply fight crime. She does it with pizzazz. 6 year old Deirdre Wurster not only voted for Zatanna, she also came to the convention dressed like her. Zatanna’s her favorite because she talks backwards and is different from your average superhero.
#7. Jubilee – The X-Men’s teenager Jubilee has been through a lot in her 23 year history. Originally she had the power to create explosive plasma bursts which could temporarily blind an opponent or cause a powerful detonation. More recently she’s lost her powers and been turned into a vampire, but she still fights on the side of justice. “Jubilee is literally my favorite character in Marvel,” said Amber Champion. “She’s very underrated and awesome.”
#6. Batwoman – Batwoman may be DC Comic’s highest profile gay character, but that wasn’t the reason people voted for her. Instead, they talked about the high quality of the writing in her comic book, which debuted last September. “Her sexuality doesn’t define her. It’s there, it isn’t ignored,” said Mike Kovaleski, “but she’s also a great, well rounded character and her story is really interesting.”
#5. Witchblade – Our only entry that wasn’t from Marvel or DC Comics, Witchblade is published by Top Cow Productions. This New York City police office turned superhero with the help of a mystical gauntlet wasn’t as widely known as our other heroines, but those who were familiar with her were eager to sing her praises. “I like her spunk and bad ass attitude,” said Rob Baté.
#4. She Hulk – A hero both on the streets and in the courtroom, She Hulk is an accomplished and highly idealistic lawyer. She’s argued for the rights of minorities as well as other civil liberties. “She’s strong and smart,” said Ryan Lowther. “She can out smart you but she can also break your face.”
[img_assist|nid=330|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=137|height=200]#3. Batgirl – After more than 20 years away from the Bat costume, Barbara Gordon once again donned the mask and cape in 2011. While many mourned the loss of her alter ego, Oracle, others celebrated the return of the best known Batgirl. “She’s smart, self-motivated and had a great trainer,” said Staks Rosch. “Plus she has no powers, so she does what she does because she really wants to do it.”
[img_assist|nid=331|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=137|height=200]#2. Black Widow – The popularity of The Avengers movie helped propel Black Widow to second place on our list, but there were still plenty of people who knew her from her comic book incarnation. This former Soviet spy uses high tech gizmos as well as her expertise in martial arts to bring down the bad guy. “She’s strong and she doesn’t take anything from anyone,” said Meg Anderson.
[img_assist|nid=332|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=137|height=200]#1. Storm – One of the most powerful members of the X-Men, Storm blew the competition away this weekend and joins our 2011 victor, Wonder Woman, as Philadelphia’s favorite comic book heroine. “She’s ridiculously calm in the face of all the stupidity the X-Men deal with,” said Anji Savage, adding, “She looks like me and it’s so important to have a character who looks like you and who is presented as powerful and good.” Aynsley Mexhanic expressed her fondness for the weather controlling heroine a bit differently, saying. “I want to make babies with Storm.”
Honorable mentions go to the write in votes we received.
Squirrel Girl – Marvel Comic’s tongue in cheek Squirrel Girl has a prehensile tail, strong buck teeth and the ability communicate with squirrels. With the aid of her squirrel sidekicks, Monkey Joe and Tippy Toe, she has defeated most of Marvel’s major super villains.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Best known for her movie and TV incarnations, Buffy has crossed over to comic books (published by Dark Horse Comics) and continues to save the world from the forces of evil.
Rogue – One of the more popular members of the X-Men, Rogue has the ability to absorb memories, life energy and even super powers from other people. Originally seeing her condition as a curse, she started out as a villain, but has since learned to control her power and use it to help save humankind.
Emily Nussdorfer – The founder of Moving Creations Inc, our charity partner for this event, Ms. Nussdorfer works with teenage girls to create rites of passage performances. Through the use of the creative and performing arts the girls discover their own super power and leaderships skills they can take back to their community. We couldn’t agree more with this write in vote. Ms. Nussdorfer is a real life hero.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in our poll and helped us raise money for such a worthy cause. Join us next year at Philadelpha Wizard World 2013 when we’ll have a new batch of heroines to choose from.
Pictures copyright DC Comics, Marvel Comics and Top Cow Productions.