My mom loves Superman. I still remember watching old black and white George Reeves shows on Saturday afternoons… I also remember ME sitting down in front of the tv earlier that morning watching Superfriends (and Batman ‘66 later on in the evenings. I think I had some sort of crush on Burt Ward as Robin by the time I was 5). She never once told me that superheroes weren’t for girls. Many years later, my oldest daughter watched Batman the Animated Series immediately upon coming home from school. Now, even more years later, late night Superhero movie premieres are a tradition with my daughters, as is going to the closest big convention, together. Halloween and FCBD means finding some superhero theme and dressing up. I get to curl up in my office chair with my oldest granddaughter watching Teen Titans Go or playing with her Little People Batcave playsets with her.The grandbabies have their own shelf with board books and comics and costume pieces and a few selected action figures just for them. I’ve seen every combination during dressup times, including a Hello Kitty shirt with a Supergirl cape, Red Hood mask, and Flash earpieces, lol. And the oldest doesn’t distinguish between who she likes and who people have tried to tell her she should like. She’ll be happy to tell you she’s dressed as Batman, some days, instead of Batgirl. This was her third FCBD; she was Robin to her little sister’s Batman the first year, and Batman to her sister’s Robin last year (all three granddaughters, as well as myself and their mom, were the five Robins from comics for Halloween). She still kept to the Gotham theme this year, but her younger siblings were the other members of DC’s Trinity, Princesses Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, fully able to save themselves (or any Prince Charming) from the dragon.
I never thought anything could rival my daughter’s love for dinosaurs, until she discovered superheroes. Her first favourite was Hulk (the Hulk suit her little brother wears was hers first - it’s now worn to shreds) but she’s since moved on to Thor and pretty much all of the cast of her favourite Marvel movies and animated series.
I’ve lost track of how many times Bree and her little brother have reinacted their favourite scenes from the Avengers…
The drawing in the bottom of this collage is on the wall of her classroom. She drew Asgard, with Thor and Odin fighting frost giants, and Loki watching over from the top right corner.
Superheroes (and villains) have shaped our lives - and we love it. Right down to our bedtime rituals. “I love you to Asgard and back, across the nine realms and through Odin’s beard.” has over time evolved into our goodnight catch phrase.
My daughter’s only complaint? There’s not enough girl superheroes out there!
Here is my daughter Paige (5 yr old) dressed as Power Ranger RoboKnight last Halloween. She loves everything about Power Rangers and has a huge collection of costumes, action figures, and zords (robots). She even met Power Ranger Tommy Oliver (Jason David Frank) last year at WizardWorld!
She also sometimes pretends to be the Red Samurai Power Ranger, Lauren (yes, two seasons ago they had a female Red (leader) Ranger, if only for a few episodes). Spin Sword, SLASH!
The Girls Love Superheroes blog just had its 3rd anniversary and to celebrate I’m giving away some great prizes to help spread the word.
From now until May 11 submit a photo of your child or a child you had permission to photograph and you will be eligible to take home some great prizes. Remember this Saturday is Free Comic Book Day and many shops have costume contests so its an opportunity to see lots of girls showing their superhero love. But they don’t have to be just in costume. They can be playing with Superhero toys (any of those toys for Spider-Man for example) or reading comics. Two photos per person, please.
And what are the prizes? If I get 10 pictures, the prize package will be a Wonder Woman Little People car, a Bagirl Letgo Keychain and a Wonder Woman beach ball.
I’ll add a little something for every 10 pictures - could be an autographed comic - could be something else.
But if we break 50 pictures? How about a chance to win a copy of the super rare and super expensive first trade of Batgirl starring Stephanie Brown autographed by Bryan Q. Miller?
How cool is that?
AND this other stuff as well!
So again the rules are:
Submit up to two pictures of a girl (around 13 and under)