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Action Girl Comics was a comic book anthology series, edited by Sarah Dyer, that ran for 19 issues from 1994 to 2000. It features the work of female comic book creators, and was published by Slave Labor Graphics. Its ethos was summed up in Dyer's introductory editorial every issue: "Action Girl has an all-ages sensibility, and is girl-positive and female-friendly -- but never anti-boy."

Publication History Edit

In the beginning, most of the stories were reprints of minicomics that Dyer wanted to promote and bring to a wider audience, but as time went by, more and more stories were produced specifically for the anthology. Dyer also devoted space at the back of each issue promoting other female-created and -friendly works being published contemporaneously.

Action Girl Comics was featured or reviewed in several mainstream publications, including Newsweek, Seventeen Magazine, Spin, and Bluejean.

Recurring FeaturesEdit

While many of the stories are either stand-alone or series original to the cartoonist, the eponymous superheroine Action Girl (a creation of Dyer's) has recurring appearances along with her own supporting cast. Action Girl is an athletic teenage girl who thinks quickly and usually resolves conflicts with little or no combat. Some of her friends are also superheroines, including Flying Girl and Ultra Girl (formerly Neutrina). Other recurring characters include Gwen and P.J., both of whom are non-superheroic, as well as Susanoo the Brawler, a tempestuous girl related to the Japanese god. However, the majority of stories in the comic are standalone rather than episodic.

IssuesEdit

Issue 1Edit

Actiongirlcomics01

Publication date: October 1994
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories

Issue 2Edit

Actiongirlcomics02

Publication date: January 1995
Cover by Elizabeth Watasin and Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 3Edit

Actiongirlcomics03

Publication date: April 1995
Cover by Jessica Abel and Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 4Edit

Actiongirlcomics04

Publication date: July 1995
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 5Edit

Actiongirlcomics05

Publication date: October 1995
Cover by Patty Leidy, colored by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 6Edit

Actiongirlcomics06

Publication date: January 1996
Cover Artist: Elizabeth Watasin

Stories


Issue 7Edit

Actiongirlcomics07

Publication date: April 1996
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 8Edit

Actiongirlcomics08

Publication date: July 1996
Cover by Elizabeth Watasin

Stories

All stories by Elizabeth Watasin

  • Prize Fighter
  • Mayhem of the Terror Jocks!
  • Protector
  • Fashion Fun with: Action Girl paper dolls
  • Fashion Fun with: Flying Girl paper dolls
  • A-Girl: Safe Night


Issue 9Edit

Actiongirlcomics09

Publication date: October 1996
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 10Edit

Actiongirlcomics10

Publication date: January 1997
Cover by Stephanie Gladden and Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 11Edit

Actiongirlcomics11

Publication date: May 1997
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 12Edit

Actiongirlcomics12

Publication date: July 1997
Cover by Tavisha Wolfgarth

Stories


Issue 13Edit

Actiongirlcomics13

Publication date: October 1997
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 14Edit

Actiongirlcomics14

Publication date: July 1998
Cover by Elizabeth "Eela" Lavin

Stories


Issue 15Edit

Actiongirlcomics15

Publication date: August 1998
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 16Edit

Actiongirlcomics16

Publication date: October 1998
Cover by Eela Lavin

Stories


Issue 17Edit

Actiongirlcomics17

Publication date: February 1999
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


Issue 18Edit

Actiongirlcomics18

Publication date: June 1999
Cover by Chynna Clugston

Stories


Issue 19Edit

Actiongirlcomics19

Publication date: Winter 2000
Cover by Sarah Dyer

Stories


SourcesEdit

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