You really need to have paid attention for some time to know who the really, really hot women are in comics, and you aren't going to find them in DC or Marvel. If you want to familiarize yourself with the scorching hot women that have been published, you'll have to look to the independent publishers. They aren't concerned about things like whether Supergirl is wearing a too-short mini-skirt or hot pants or whatever.
I'm going to highlight just a few to get the barbecue going, and I'm not going to add much background or history. You either bought these comics or you'll have to hunt to find them (good luck). The funny thing is that the list doesn't consist of anything that's vintage, but since the independent comics usually had fewer print runs, finding copies of these comics can be daunting. And, as I say, this is just a partial list. I'm just using my memory here, so naturally the list is far from complete, but it gives you an idea of what you missed out while buying all those X-Men titles.
I'm deliberately skipping hot assets like Dawn and Vampirella because I think someone else covered them.
The list is presented in no order whatsoever. I guess it should be noted that some of these titles were X-rated because they included full nudity, which I'm naturally not able to reflect.
Were the comics any good? Yeah, I think some of them really were. What I liked about them is that they pushed the limit but not in an indecent way. They weren't porn -- at least to my way of thinking. The majority were just playing on the good-girl/bad-girl theme that ran through the 90s and decided to go for broke by displaying nudity (in some cases).
The comics featured terrific artists, and this alone makes them collectible.
Here we go.
This comic came out around the same time as the Barb Wire film was released with Pamela Anderson. I suppose the film bombed, but oh, well. I'd have to re-visit the movie, but I actually thought the movie was halfway decent at the time. The comic was so-so -- still pretty hot for its era. But the movie was burn-worthy. The intro to the film shows Anderson pretty much entirely in the nude -- not really doing anything but arousing interest. You have to compare her in the film with the likes of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Johansson is definitely hot but there's at least one scene of Anderson unloading both of her weapons in a stance (and wearing a far sexier costume) that kind of puts Johansson to shame (no fault of her own). Barb Wire probably got an "R" rating. Anyway, the comic seems like a precursor to such works as "Sin City."
This was done by Bud Root who had an amazing talent for glorifying the female figure -- as well as those of giant apes and dinosaurs. His attention to detail was amazing. Caliber Comics published most of his stuff. I think almost everything was just black and white, but it wasn't a drawback. This guy could really draw. His stuff is amazing. Avatar took up the reigns.
Lady Death was one of the strangest comics ever to be produced -- thanks to Brian Pulido. Most of Lady Death's titles appeared under the Chaos publishing title. Avatar picked things up once Chaos went underwater. One animated film did get made, and it's ... okay. A lot of artists have rendered Lady Death, and no wonder. Lady Death is not cute-sexy. Be prepared for a lot of blood.
Chastity was a kind of spin-off from Lady Death, also under the Chaos title. She didn't have the same shelf life, but still burned up the pages.
Hellina let all hell break loose. The comic presented some of the best nude and semi-nude covers from the era. I had to pay exorbitant prices to get my hands on all of her early sets plus alternate covers by losing my mind in Ebay bids. There is everything to choose from the era -- platinum, gold, fold-outs. Just be prepared to pay a king's ransom if you want to collect her early publications.
Pandora sailed for awhile under Avatar. I guess there was nothing particularly unique about the character to keep her afloat. The artwork was very good. Short-lived in the publication world but becoming increasingly rare and difficult to find.
I thought Rob Liefield had a nice way of depicting women heroes -- totally unrealistic looking, I guess, but sultry. The "B" magazine cover often depicted a female model who was worth the extra expense. I read somewhere that the model was his girlfriend or wife -- I don't know if that is accurate. All of this work could have fallen under a mainstream title. Liefield did have a tendency to draw a circumference -- and this would be one of the title stars left or right breasts ... then everything came after. I didn't seem to mind.
This was another Image "good girl" title. I thought this photo-realistic cover shot was more than the average comic book buyer could resist -- to heck with the story.
Jim Silkie did a magnificent job depicting what Bettie Page might have looked like if she had her own comic book adventures. He really knew his subject.
Razor was tossed around from one publisher to another but I came to appreciate her through the work of Everett Hartsoe. She was scary-sexy.
This was pretty popular in its time and not without good reason. This is also something you have to see for yourself.
Red Sonja has a long history. She had a couple of very nice volumes produced by Marvel. They never gave her the full credit she deserved, and the independent comics are showing what they missed.
Tucci really has no comparison. He's in a class by himself. What he has done with Shi over the years is nothing short of mind-boggling. What can you say about a master? The comic itself is not overtly sexual by any means ... yet Shi is so appealing ...
Jim Balent has been around to prove his talent for a long time. He was my favorite Catwoman artist. His work on Tarot has been simply amazing. He's self-publishing the title, and it's still going strong. The man is amazing. When I saw Tarot No. 1 on a newsstand, my eyes sort of popped out. I wish I had bought all the copies that were available because I should have known they would be collectible.
Elvira needs no introduction because she's been around for ... seemingly forever. Cassandra Peterson was pictured on most (if not all) of the covers. The interior art was terrific and the series lasted a long time -- as such thing go. I think everything Elvira will become collectible. She's a cult classic. The comic is very tame (other than showing a bit more cleavage than average) but otherwise is accessible to all ages. Earlier than Elvira Mistress of the Dark we had Elvira House of Mystery.
Mike Wolfer did an unusually good job of mixing erotica with the downright bizarre. Most of his stuff with Widow was published in black and white, but that didn't play down the really weird aspects of his artistry. Avatar picked up his work at a later date. If you can get over the fact that Widow has spider legs, she's pretty darn sexy.
Thank you Dark Horse. The best stuff was the first series. You have to check it out. It's unusual, different and even fairly intelligent stuff. It doesn't hurt to have frames where Ghost seems to be separating from her costume. Very, very well drawn.
A very rare find are the few Sinnamon comics produced by M. Gerald Delaney. Some of the issues were explict but never pornographic.
Featuring smoldering hot females in comics is nothing new. Bud Root was drawing Torchy back in the early 40's. The publisher Innovation reprinted a lot of his Torchy work with Olivia de Berardinis covers.
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 25, 2018:
I'm inclined to believe that the graphic comic books have taken any passiveness that women may have had in the decades leading up till now. Wonder Woman is a prime example. Wonder Woman has a much more assertive persona and inclined to be much more lethal when dealing with her adversaries. The same could possibly said about Modesty Blaise.
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 23, 2018:
Rhapsody was one more code name of the pilots in Captain Scarlet's Angel flight. Oops, forgot about Harmony ! Any more?
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 22, 2018:
Those glamorous female pilots all had code names such as Melody, Symphony, etc. names pertaining to music
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 20, 2018:
Further to last comment, a children's television series in the genre of Thunderbirds are GO; had a 'spin off ' namely Captain Scarlet depicting 'lifelike 'marionettes. His squadron comprised of Angel inceptors flown by glamorous female pilots. Think there was a comic strip version.
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 19, 2018:
To continue, the 'all girl' flight crew may have been created as a direct response of Pussy Galore's flying cicus from the 1964 Goldfinger, a year or two previous. As the name suggests they were Hollywood stunt girls skilled acrobats and secret agents as well. Honey trapping was another of their techniques.
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 17, 2018:
Jet Dream and her stunt girl counter spies.
Gadfly from Olde London Towne on October 17, 2018:
Greetings my little Darklings.
Jet Dream and her stunt girl counter - spies was a 1966 short lived comic strip featuring Jet Dream a Modesty Blaise type of adventuress.