Power Girl Index

1977

All-Star Comics #64: Jan.-Feb. writer: Paul Levitz; artist: Wally Wood; editor: Joe Orlando
#65: Mar-Apr. dialogue: Levitz; artist and plotter: Wood; editor: uncredited
#66: May-June. writer: Levitz; artists: Joe Staton and Bob Layton; editor: uncredited
#67: July-Aug. writer: Levitz; artists: Staton and Layton; editor: uncredited
DC Special #29: Aug-Sept. writer: Levitz; artists: Staton and Layton; editor: uncredited
All-Star Comics #68: Sept-Oct. storytellers: Levitz, Staton & Layton; no editor credit
Justice League of America #147: Oct. writers: Paul Levitz and Martin Pasko; artists: Dick Dillin and Frank McLaughlin; editor: Julius Schwartz
#148: Nov. script: Pasko (assist from Levitz); art: Dillin & McLaughlin; editor: Schwartz
All-Star Comics #69: Nov-Dec. storytellers: Levitz, Staton and Layton. No editorial credit

1977 covers

On the DC Message Boards in those interminable threads about Power Girl's bust size, many posters have mentioned a rumor (sometimes told as a fact) that artist Wally Wood kept increasing the size of PG's breasts with each issue until DC management finally told him to cut it out. True or not? Who knows?

Well, Wood didn't have long to go on the book anyway.

PG bawls SSK out

Peege lost the "front window" of her costume as well as her belt as of issue #64, which was Wood's first solo issue on art. She unwarrantedly accuses the Star-Spangled Kid of being a "LITTLE CHAUVINIST PIGLET!" when he creates a "P" version of Superman's "S" shield for her.

"I thought you UNDERSTOOD -- I may be SUPERMAN'S COUSIN, but I'm not his CARBON COPY! I'm my own woman!"

During a trip to ancient Camelot, during which Peege dons a medieval dress that looks as though it's made from white Saran Wrap, she is the one who first sees through a trap laid for them by Vandal Savage.

In issue #65 PG's boobs grow to mammoth proportions. No, I'm not going to include a pic, you perv. She demonstrates a weakness to kryptonite as Vandal Savage tries to drain her powers to revive his immortality. Note that S-S Kid saves her, carrying her off in true romantic hero style, while Superman battles Savage.

#66: Joe Staton takes over the art with Bob Layton in inks. During an battle against the Injustice Society, PG takes a lightning bolt from the Wizard (which S-S Kid had tried to protect her from) and she falls unconscious into S-S K's arms. Later in the issue S-S Kid declares that Peege and he make the best sub-team within the JSA, and he lifts her in his arms to take her to Alaska.

"And just what do you think you're DOING, you Romper Room Romeo?" Peege demands. By the end of the story, she defeats the Wizard and breaks his wand. Anyone want to read anything Freudian into that? It probably wasn't meant that way.

By the way, Super-Squad (does anyone remember that?) member Robin shows up for a cameo.

All-Star 67

#67: PG continues a mood of bad team spirit, insisting that she can do everything herself. In fact, she even ko's S-S K to get him to join her in investigating a weird pit in the ground which spews violent creatures (some of whom have carried Wildcat away). It's a strange scene: first PG says she'll do it herself, the Kid says he's going along with her, Wildcat doesn't want to investigate, then Wildcat's captured but all of a sudden S-S Kid doesn't want to follow or investigate, and PG knocks S-S Kid out just before she herself is captured.

In mid-scene and without explanation, a blue belt (red on the cover) is added to her costume. As the adventure continues, this time concerning beings from the center of the Earth, the romantic tension between her and S-S Kid is built upon. At the end she believes that the Kid has been killed and cries against Wildcat's neck, only to express joy when the very much alive Kid taps her on the shoulder.

The DC Special, "The Untold Origin of the Justice Society" is the story (I think) that first brought us the rather silly and cheap (imho) explanation that Hitler owned the Spear of Destiny, a device that kept most superheroes from confronting him directly during WWII. Whatever. Peege only appears in the first page (with a belt that is now red), which is a splash of all members of the JSA.

68: PG yells at her teammates for arguing and reminds them that they're a team. She uses personal insults (to Flash: "And as for the fastest MOUTH alive--") to get everyone to calm down so they can form a plan of action. (Her belt varies from red to blue during the issue.)

She beats the mind-controlled Green Lantern but falls to the Psycho Pirate. Again she breaks up a fight between JSAers. When she races the Flash, she says he's faster but she's got more endurance. He beats her because he's got better braking control.

Star-Spangled Kid and Wildcat

Justice League: "Crisis in the 30th Century!" In one of those interminable and too-long crossovers, too many heroes in the JLA and JSA meet the Legion of Super-Heroes and go up against Legion foe (he wasn't a JSA foe pre-Crisis) Mordru, as well as foes the JLA and JSA had fought before: Abnegazar, Rath and Ghast.

Peege comes on to the Earth-1 Superman: "I'm beginning to really LIKE this place! It has a much NICER brand of SUPERMAN, y'know?"

Superman replies, "I can't get USED to you -- you're nothing like MY cousin, SUPERGIRL!"

PG: "Maybe not -- but that's HER problem!"

Watch out, Peege. Superman has a history of coming on to his cousin in not-so-subtle ways and going after her lookalikes!

S-S Kid looks on with jealousy and declares that Women's Lib (the perpetual anti-woman point of blame during this era) is too, too much.

JLA #147

During this adventure Peege demonstrates a weakness to magic. She teams up with Flash-2: "I swear, P.G. -- only YOU would have the gall to tell the FASTEST MAN ON EARTH-TWO to 'hurry up'!"

PG: "It's not 'GALL', FLASH -- It's DETERMINATION!"

In the concluding issue, the demons bring the two teams from JSA and JLA into the 30th Century. Rath hypnotizes the JSAers to be his minions and sets them upon the other two teams, who are similarly controlled by the other two demons. Peege sets upon Superman but before she can throw a punch, Wildfire steps in and the two males battle for a while.

Finally PG alters the balance by taking out Wildfire, and we find that she alone of all the JSAers is not mentally controlled, only physically, while none of the JLAers are. They suspect that their youth makes them immune.

JLA #148 cover

So PG sets out with GL of Earth-1 and they stage a phony fight, but both are taken out by Wildfire. Eventually somehow (who cares?) others figure a way to pit the demons themselves against each other, and the good guys win. All the 20th C. people get mind-wipes about the 30th C before returning to their time.

Note that in this story arc, McLaughlin raises PG's neckline up to her neck and the colorist makes her belt red. The cover artists (Rich Buckler and Jack Abel) give her a standard superhero cape that wraps around her neck and is closed with one central gold button.

All-Star 69

All-Star 69: The belt settles into being red. Well, more or less. It alternated between blue and red, but was mostly red. Maybe it was a characteristic of the belt material? Anyway, Peege is seriously wounded by machine gun fire, but heals over the next day due to her strong sytsem. When she reappears in costume the turtleneck is gone and the costume has a scoop neck (which is how it has been miscolored since the beginning of the issue. They didn't pay their colorists much, I guess. Back in the medieval story, the colorist made a mistake [perhaps] and colored PG with a bare back. You'd think an editor would catch these things. Oh, that's right -- there's no editor credited with being there). The line that had delineated the top of the turtleneck now becomes thicker -- a black neck band.

NOTE: This issue is the first appearance of the Huntress, who skulks outside PG's hospital and reveals herself only to the reader in the last panel.

No civilian name for Peege this year. Those letterers must get weary of constantly writing "Power Girl" whenever anyone addresses her. Of course, Wildcat still consistently calls her "Girlie..."


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