Black Death. She even had a rival and comic foil, the bumbling Inspector Cavanaugh, who would often muddle up a case that Peggy was working on.
For a time period where male characters dominated the genre, the concept of a female action hero was a refreshing change, and I can only assume her inclusion in Thrilling Comics was an attempt to attract young girl readers to comic books in the age of Rosie the Riveter. Peggy Allen was a police detective - a highly competent woman in a traditionally male cop role in the 1940s. This progressive notion of The Woman in Red was further served by contrasting the crime-fighting female vigilante with her more stereotypical female undercover roles of house maid and nurse. The appeal to a female audience must not have been enough for Nedor Comics because in 1945 The Woman in Red was finally dropped in favor of Miss Masque, another female superhero whose costume was clearly designed to appeal to young adolescent boys (although the two characters were very similar in other ways).
|The Woman in Red vs. The Black Death!|
Real Name: Peggy Allen
First Appearance: Thrilling Comics #2 [Nedor Comics March 1940]
- Criminology Expert
- Investigation Master
- Deception Expert - Disguise
- Law (Police Procedure)
- Martial Arts (Jiu-Jitsu)
- Stealth Expert
- Blast 5 (Shooting) - Colt .45 Semi-Automatic Pistol
|Peggy Allen and|
the Police Commissioner
- Identity: Undercover Police Detective
- Connections: The Police Commissioner
- Catchphrase: Two can play at this game!
- Catchphrase: Talk fast or I'll drill you!
- Enemy: The Black Death
- Enemy: Voa
- Social: Lady Cop in a Man's World
- Rival: Inspector Cavanaugh
- Wikipedia entry
- Public Domain Superheroes entry (The Woman in Red)
- Public Domain Superheroes entry (Black Death)
- Don Markstein's Toonopedia entry
- An International Catalog of Superheroes entry
- Project Superpowers Wiki entry
- Cash Gorman's Herogoggles Golden Age Encyclopedia entry
- Woman in Red comics at Nedor-A-Day
- Read The Woman in Red's first appearance at Comic Book Plus (in Thrilling Comics #2)
- Read The Woman in Red in The Curse of Voa in Thrilling Comics #5 at Comic Book Plus
- Read The Woman in Red vs. The Black Death in Thrilling Comics #10 at Comic Book Plus