Supergirl birthday tribute: “She always learned from her mistakes”
Today is Supergirl’s birthday and I’ve asked some of the character’s biggest fans to write about why they love her. The first post was by Michelle of Supergirl: Maid of Might. This post is by Anj of Supergirl Comic Box Commentary, a fun site with a fantastic collection of commissions including this one by Jamal Igle. His thoughts follows.
It’s a question I get asked all the time. Someone asks me ‘who is your favorite comic book character?’ And I answer ‘Supergirl’. This seems to stun the asker. They usually look at me with a quizzical eye, trying to size up my response. And then I hear it, almost incredulously …
And I guess it’s a legitimate question. Why would a middle aged man list a (usually) teenage girl as his favorite character? Why not Batman or Green Lantern or Wolverine like so many of my peers? Why pick a character which lives on the fringes of the comic universe, usually belittled or forgotten?
I wish I could answer it with one sentence. But to understand why, you have to understand Supergirl and what she represents.